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Election Day coming up; $2 million grant to pay for riverside park plans; Silver Lake dam tour today

MORNING REPORT: Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, May 16 to decide whether incumbent Gil Cedillo or newcomer Joe Bray-Ali will represent Council District 1 .... A state agency has awarded $2 million to develop plans to turn a section of the former Taylor Yards rail yard into 41 acres of parkland and greenspace next to the L.A. River .... Council District 13 will host walking tours and present renderings today of a public pathway that would be created atop the South Dam of the Silver Lake Reservoir Read More »

State shuts down Eagle Rock charter school; gentrification and the Council District 1 race

MORNING REPORT: The state board of education voted to shut down Celerity Troika Charter School in Eagle Rock amid concerns about the governance and financial stability of the company that manages the school .... An interview with Jeremiah Axelrod, an Occidental College history professor and founder of the Eagle Rock's school Institute for the Study of Los Angeles .... A recap of the First Council District race between incumbent Gil Cedillo and Joe Bray- Ali and how gentrification might have an impact as voters head to the polls next week Read More »

Hit-and-run driver strikes Gold Line train; former Silver Lake priest being defrocked; making bootlegged apartments legal

MORNING REPORT: Gold Line train was struck by a hit-and-run driver near Third and Herbert streets in East Los Angeles .... A Catholic priest who once served in a Silver Lake parish is now in the process of being defrocked following allegations of sexual misconduct .... The City Council has made it easier for landlords to legalize "bootlegged" apartments created without permits Read More »

Concerns raised about Measure C; officials to honor Eastside Market Italian Deli; Silver Lake home project under review

MORNING REPORT: Police reform activists and the public in general were left out of the process to create ballot Measure C, which would make significant changes to the LAPD disciplinary hearings .... Officials will gather at the corner of Alpine Street and Figueroa Terrace in Victor Heights this morning, Wednesday, May 10, to dedicate “Eastside Market Square” .... A trio of small-lot homes planned for 1347 Lucile Avenue in Silver Lake will be reviewed at tonight’s meeting Read More »

East L.A. tenants demand rent control; L.A. Times pans Lincoln Heights’ “The 14th Factory” show; the cost of opening savings accounts for L.A. Unified kindergartners

MORNING REPORT: Tenants from East L.A. and other areas are scheduled to hold a march to demand rent control protections in unincorporated portions of L.A. County .... L.A. Times reviewer Sharon Mizota was for the most part not impressed with the giant “The 14th Factory” show in Lincoln Heights .... A proposal by 4th District Councilman David Ryu to have the city fund a $50 savings account for every L.A. Unified kindergartner could cost as much as $3.4 million a year Read More »

Sheriff targets East L.A. pot shops; Joe-Bray Ali keeps campaigning despite controversy; Gov. Jerry Brown weighs in on 34th Congressional District race

MORNING REPORT: Sheriff deputies inspected permits at a several pot shops in unincorporated East Los Angeles on Wednesday as the medical marijuana outlets come under greater scrutiny .... Jimmy Gomez has been endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown in the race to represent the 34the Congressional District .... First District City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali has continued his campaign and fired back at critics who say he should drop out of the race against incumbent Gil Cedillo. Read More »

Yes, that was Kevin Bacon in Atwater Village; bike community divisions over Joe Bray-Ali; improvements for Boyle Heights jogging path

MORNING REPORT: Kevin Bacon and wife Kyra Sedgwick were spotted shopping in Atwater Village on Sunday .... The controversy surrounding Council District 1 candidate's Joe Bray-Ali's online behavior has revealed divisions among L.A. cycling proponents ..... The popular jogging and walking path around the Evergreen Cemetery in Boyle Heights is undergoing some improvements Read More »

Dodgers played on as L.A. Riots began; new home for Boyle Heights theater company

MORNING REPORT: Former Dodger employee recalls what it was like inside Dodger Stadium 25 years ago as fans watched a Dodgers vs Phillies game while violence and fires erupted in the first hours of the L.A. Riots of 1992. “Even at night we could see the smoke. It was surreal.” ..... The Hazard Park Armory in Boyle Heights is now home to Company of Angels, a repertory theater company that will stage shows in a new black box performance space Read More »

Windstorm leaves thousands without power; Joe Bray-Ali under pressure to abandon City Council campaign; a visit with Echo Park’s “The Family Acid”

MORNING REPORT: Last night’s windstorm knocked out power to thousands of Eastside residents .... Joe Bray-Ali is under growing pressure to drop out of the Council District 1 race after he conceded to posting comments in controversial online forums .... Super-reggae fan Roger Steffens and his counterculture photo collection of 40,000 images are featured in the L.A. Weekly following the publication of a second book Read More »

Highland Park shooting leaves boy wounded; City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali loses endorsement

MORNING REPORT: An eight-year-old boy was shot in the leg on Tuesday afternoon in what may have been a drive-by shooting in the 500 block of Nolden Street in Highland Park .... Council District 1 candidate Joe Bray-Ali has lost the endorsement of the East Area Progressive Democrats over the numerous remarks he made on controversial online forums .... The pedestrian who was killed when he was struck by a Metrolink train in East Los Angeles earlier this month has been identified as 33-year-old Demetrius Dandridge Read More »