EDITED by BARRY LANK
A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
The bodies of two men were found a day apart in Echo Park from causes that were not immediately apparent. On Monday, a homeless person was found dead at the Edendale post office on Alvarado. The deceased was identified as 49-year-old Fred Contreras Jr. A day later, another man was found dead in a public restroom at Echo Park Lake. Maintenance workers discovered the body of a white male in his 20s on Tuesday morning in a restroom near the boathouse. Both cases were referred to the County Coroner. The Eastsider, March 26 and March 25
About 24,000 runners poured through the streets last weekend for the 2019 L.A. Marathon. Residents cheered and photographed as runners passed Echo Park Lake and then headed west on Sunset into Silver Lake. Elisha Barno was the fastest runner among the men, with a time of 2:11:45. Ethiopian Askale Merachi finished first among women, with a time of 2:24:11 – a record for the marathon. The Eastsider
A man was shot at the same East Hollywood station where a woman had been sexually assaulted a week earlier. Police arrested a suspect in the early shooting of a 45-year-old man in the station at Sunset Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. The two men had gotten got into some sort of argument on the station platform around 1 a.m., when one of the men pulled out a handgun and opened fire. On March 14, police said a transient raped, strangled and beat a woman in her 60s at that same station. CBS
The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council wants street safety measures on Hyperion and Fountain avenues after a woman was fatally struck earlier this year along one of the streets. Cristina Garcia had been collecting bottles to pay for her daughter’s college when a car lost control and hit her as she stood on Hyperion. It’s unclear if any traffic calming measures would have made a difference, but the council said the incident showed the need for attention. The city’s High Injury Network – a database of the streets and intersections with the highest number of deaths and serious injuries – includes a stretch of Fountain that’s just a block from where Garcia was killed. Curbed LA.
There’s at least one gender-neutral restroom in every Los Angeles Unified School District campus. But, at least in Boyle Heights schools, not everyone knows about it. Roosevelt High School principal Ben Gertner advocated for the change and created gender-neutral bathrooms even before a 2016 state law required single-use restrooms provided by employers and government agencies be gender neutral. But he kept it low key, opting to reach out to LGBTQ groups groups instead of making it more widely known. Boyle Heights Beat
Teachers’ union favorite and front-runner Jackie Goldberg will face off against Heather Repenning, a former Mayor Eric Garcetti aide and public works commissioner, in May for a seat on the school board, according to the official results released late last week. Repenning narrowly beat Graciela Ortiz, a school counselor and a Huntington Park council member, by 31 votes for second place. The District 5 board seat represents most of the schools on the Eastside. LA Times
The owner of the historic Southwest Museum in Mt. Washington said it is looking for another organization to run the place. The Southwest is closed to the public for much of the year and most of its valuable collection of Native American artifacts has been moved to a storage facility in Burbank, even though The Autry Museum of the American West, which took over the Southwest in 2003, has invested millions in the facility. The Eastsider
A woman in her 60s was shot in the upper back in Highland Park, and is in stable condition. The suspect remains at large. Police officers found the woman after going to the 6300 block of Aldama Street on a report of three or four shots fired. She had been shot while walking on the street. It is unclear if the victim was an unintended target. Police described the suspect as a male Latino, 5-feet, 11-inches tall with a medium build. The Eastsider
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