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Monday, February 27, 2017

News and notes

Possible Highland Park sexual assault under investigation; Councilman Mitch O’Farrell criticized over development as he seeks reelection

MORNING REPORT: Police are investigating a possible sexual assault that took place Saturday night, Feb. 25, in the 4800 block of Figueroa Street near Sycamore Park in Highland Park .... 13th District Councilman Mitch O'Farrell is being criticized for failing to project neighborhoods from real estate development and gentrification as he campaigns for reelection. Read More »

Councilman Gil Cedillo’s reelection challenges; stolen vehicle pursuit ends in East L.A.

MORNING REPORT: Concerns about gentrification and whether he has lost touch with his district are among the challenges First District Councilman Gil Cedillo faces as he seeks reelection ..... The police pursuit of a stolen vehicle that began in Boyle Heights ended in neighboring East Los Angeles, where the suspect crashed into another vehicle on Floral Drive .... Candidates campaigning to represent City Council District 13 will appear at a forum on Monday, Feb. 27 Read More »

Councilman Cedillo defends record; running for Congress in the Trump era; vehicle break-in spree in Angeleno Heights

MORNING REPORT: Council District 1 representative Gil Cedillo, who is running for re-election in the March 7 primary, defended his record in a Lincoln Heights candidate forum .... About half of the 23 candidates running in the 34th Congressional District are either immigrants or the son of immigrants .... Angeleno Heights and Echo Park got hit with a spate of vehicle break-ins over the past week Read More »

Former Grey’s Anatomy actress sells Echo Park homes for $1.4 million; praise for the Cypress Park Art Tunnel; LAPD pressured to put more cops on patrol

MORNING REPORT: Former Grey's Anatomy actress Sara Ramirez sold her Echo Park residence, which includes a guest house, for $1.4 million .... The Cypress Park Art Tunnel, which opened in 2013, has helped bring "the community together in a very positive way" .... The LAPD faces growing pressure to put more of its 9,000 officers on patrol as crime continues to rise Read More »

Food trucks now serving at Occidental College; proposed Boyle Heights brewery up for review; last day to register for March 7 election

MORNING REPORT: Tired of the college cafeteria? The lunchtime options at Occidental College in Eagle Rock now include food trucks .... A public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22 over plans to allow a proposed brewery with a 39-seat tasting room to operate in a former manufacturing building in the 600 block of Anderson Street in Boyle Heights .... Today is the last day eligible residents can register to vote in the March 7 city primary election and other races. City Read More »

Power outage update; Council District 1 candidates to discuss issues in Lincoln Heights; Eagle Rock romance

MORNING REPORT: Tom Bartlett of Eagle Rock in an L.A. Affairs piece describes his pursuit of the woman he married 20 years ago on Valentine's Day .... About 400 LADWP customers in Eagle Rock were among about 5,000 citywide who were still without power Sunday night in the aftermath of Friday's powerful storm .... A Council District 1 candidates forum is scheduled to be held tonight at the Sacred Heart Auditorium in Lincoln Heights. Read More »

Power still out for thousands; school board candidates weigh in on issues

MORNING REPORT: Thousands of customers across the Eastside remained without power this morning following Friday's big storm ....Find out how candidates running in the District 2 school board race stand on the issues, including overseeing charter schools and the performance of Superintendent Michelle King .... What's closed on President's Day? Read More »

City cracks down on cash-for-keys; where to stock up on sandbags

MORNING REPORT: A new city law has targeted the "cash-for-keys" practice in which landlords offer tenants cash to move out of their rent-controlled apartments. In some cases, the offer is well below what tenants could receive under city law .... Need a sandbag? L.A. residents can pick up to 25 bags (while supplies last) at fire stations in Eagle Rock in El Sereno Read More »

L.A. Times endorses Mitch O’Farrell for Council District 13; 23 candidates running for 34th Congressional seat; City Council votes to decriminalize street vending but ….

MORNING REPORT: The L.A. Times endorsed Mitch O'Farrell in the Council District 13 race, saying the incumbent councilman has "proved himself to be a thoughtful, committed representative" .... The City Council voted to decriminalize street vending and set up a permitting system amid concerns that immigrant vendors might face deportation if charged with a misdemeanor .... 23 people - including a state legislator, labor activist and filmmaker - have officially filed paperwork to run in the special April 4 election to succeed former Congressman Xavier Becerra Read More »

Soap opera star selling Glassell Park home for $815k; homeless can pay tickets with community service; more inspections for problem apartments

MORNING REPORT: The City Council voted in favor of allowing homeless persons to pay parking tickets through community service instead of paying a fine .... "Blighted or low-quality" apartment building will be inspected more frequently by the city's Housing and Community Development Department .... Actress Katherine Kelly Lang -- aka Brooke Logan of The Bold and the Beautiful soap opera -- has put her Glassell Park home on the market for $815,000 Read More »

Occidental College warns of intruder; catalytic converter thefts in Silver Lake; students on the beat in Boyle Heights

MORNING REPORT: Occidental College warned students and staff of a man who entered the student dormitories and engaged in "lewd, lascivious behavior" .... The student journalists at Boyle Heights Beat learn about leadership and research and develop other skills as they cover their community .... A Silver Lake resident is warning her neighbors to watch out for catalytic converter thieves near Waverly Drive and Auburn Street Read More »

Bomb scare at Echo Park area McDonald’s; man sentenced in East L.A. taco stand stabbing; where did the bus riders go?

MORNING REPORT: Streets were blocked off and the LAPD bomb squad was called in on Sunday morning to inspect a suspicious item - a backpack - left outside the McDonald's at Temple and Alvarado streets .... Metro reported another drop in ridership in 2016 as a nearly 9% decline in bus boardings offset a 4.4% rise in rail and subway ridership .... A man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the unprovoked knife attack last September against a woman standing in line at a Whittier Boulevard taco stand Read More »

Councilman Cedillo defends record; Assemblyman wants to stop 710 Freeway tunnel; Cal State L.A. receives grant for bio-science boot camp

MORNING REPORT: First District Councilman Gil Cedillo defends his record on development, traffic safety and affordable housing in response to the L.A. Times endorsement of Joseph Bray-Ali .... A state assemblyman has introduced legislation that would prevent the building of freeway tunnel under El Sereno, Pasadena and South Pasadena to close the 710 Freeway gap .... Cal State L.A. and its partners have been awarded a $500,000 federal matching grant for a "boot camp" to train bioscience entrepreneurs Read More »