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L.A. homelessness jumps 20% even as more housing is provided

The number of people living on the streets or in shelters in the City of Los Angeles spiked 20% despite the relocation of thousands of formerly homeless residents into permanent housing, according to the L.A. Homeless Services Authority.  The sharp rise in homelessness comes as apartment rents have increased and vacancies have declined, the authority noted. An annual homeless count ... Read More »

Shop owners priced out of Silver Lake find a new home in Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK —  After being priced out of their Sunset Junction location in Silver Lake, the owners of Reform School, which sold everything from vintage apparel and books to handmade pottery and prints, have landed  on Figueroa Street in Highland Park. The selection remains eclectic but partners Tootie Maldonado-Ellman & Billie Lopez have opted for a more refined and “grown-up” ... Read More »

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Man shot dead by sheriff’s deputies in East L.A.

EAST LOS ANGELES –– A 29-year-old man was fatally shot early this morning by sheriff’s deputies when he allegedly tried to reach for his weapon during a traffic stop. The shooting near Ferris Avenue and Whittier Boulevard  took place after 4 a.m. when police investigating a stolen vehicle conducted a traffic stop, according to a statement issued by the L.A. ... Read More »

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New Highland Park restaurant to fill a void on York Boulevard

HIGHLAND PARK –   When Hervey Chapman died in early 2011, he left behind the Verdugo Pet Shop in the middle of a block that would become ground zero of gentrifying York Boulevard. After cats were rescued from the shuttered store, it would take many more months before Chapman’s estate was settled and the space cleaned out and put up for sale. Then more ... Read More »

LAFD knocks down Echo Park area apartment fire

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that broke out this morning in an apartment on the top of a three-story building near Sunset Boulevard and Boylston Street. An estimated 73 firefighters took 16 minutes to knock down the fire that was reported at 10:26 a.m., according to the L.A. Fire Department. No injuries were reported. Three dogs “were located and brought ... Read More »

The photographer of Eastside Chicano activism; Highland Park bar manager releases new music video

MORNING REPORT; The photography of Oscar Castillo has become a valuable insight into the Chicano protests and activism across the Eastside during the 1960s and 1970s .... Patrick Duniven not only works at two bars in Highland Park. The singer-songwriter also just released his fifth music video that was also shot in a neighborhood studio .... The Eastsider welcomes first-person submissions from readers about memorable moments about living and working on the Eastside Read More »

Driver sentenced to nine years in prison for fatal Highland Park hit-and-run

HIGHLAND PARK — A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge today sentenced Alexis Virto to nine years in state prison in connection with last’s June fatal hit-and-run of a cyclist on Figueroa Street near near Pasadena Avenue, said the L.A. District Attorney. Alexis Virto, 22, was speeding northbound during the early morning hours of June 26 when he struck 33-year-old cyclist ... Read More »