EDITED by BARRY LANK
A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
About 24,000 runners, walkers and cyclists are expected to pass through Echo Park and Silver Lake Sunday for the Los Angeles Marathon — one of the world’s largest marathons. Several major streets, including portions of Sunset Boulevard, Glendale Boulevard and Temple Street, will be closed, while access to others will be limited. Runners are heading from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica, over a somewhat winding course that covers 26.2 miles. The Eastsider
A man was shot to death in an alley in East Los Angeles – becoming the second East L.A. homicide within a week. The victim, described as a Latino between 25- and 30-years-old, was found by deputies in an alley south of the 6100 block of Whittier Boulevard. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. There is no suspect or vehicle description at this time, and it is unknown if the shooting is gang related. The shooting comes on the heels of a fatal East L.A. stabbing this past weekend that happened in the 4000 block of Whittier Boulevard. The Eastsider
A row of Los Feliz garages collapsed late last week after they were struck by a delivery truck. The large white vehicle was in an alley across from the garages along Lambeth Street near Los Feliz Boulevard when for unknown reasons it went across the street and slammed into the garages. There were no reports of injuries but what remained of the garages were red tagged because of possible structural collapse. An adjacent apartment building was yellow tagged and its tenants were forced to move out. The Eastsider
A man is suspected of committing rape last week in the Sunset-Vermont Metro station. Police have released a photo and drawing of the suspect, who is described as an African-American male with brown eyes, between 5′-7″ to 5′-10″ inches tall, about 165 pounds to 180 pounds. He has a shaved head, wears an earring on his right ear, has a 2- inch to 3- inch scar on his left forearm and was wearing all dark clothing. They say he is a transient who frequents Metro station, and that he lured the victim into a secluded, emergency exit stairwell after asking for directions. The Eastsider
A paraplegic Echo Park renter says her new landlord is threatening to demolish her only accessible bathroom. Tenant rights activists have come to the defense of Cassandra Tang and her elderly mother after her landlord – who purchased the $1.35 million property on Portia last summer – said he had to take down the bathroom because it had been added illegally by a previous owner. Construction crews have been fended off for now, but the fight also puts two city agencies at odds: The city’s housing department has told Tang’s landlord to hold off on demolition, while the Building and Safety department has said the bathroom addition needs to be taken down. L.A. Taco
An Eagle Rock singer and comic book writer is getting a Netflix show. The comic book “The Umbrella Academy” by Gerard Way will become a Neftlix 10-episode series. Way, who is also frontman for the band My Chemical Romance, has “emerged as singular and respected voice in comics … who embraces the bizarre and the postmodern possibilities of the medium,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
A trustee at Occidental College has resigned after a picture of her in blackface surfaced. Jennifer Townsend Crosthwaite resigned last month after a 1984 college yearbook picture of her and two other Occidental College alumni in blackface turned up. Crosthwaite, who has been a major funder of the Eagle Rock school, said in a letter sent out via email that she “deeply regret the decision.”
Cal State L.A. has broken ground for a 1,500-bed housing complex just east of an existing student apartment complex. Construction on the Student Housing East project began in January, replacing a surface parking lot along the east side of campus by the 710 Freeway. It is to be an eight-story, L-shaped building for freshmen and sophomore students, with a dining commons and a learning center. It’s expected to be completed by Fall 2021. Urbanize
Where is the money from the 710 Freeway extension project going to go, since that effort has now been abandoned? Nearly $50 million of it is to be diverted to El Sereno and Boyle Heights projects, helping pay for widening Soto Street and the North Soto Street Bridge, and bringing upgraded traffic signals to Huntington Drive, Eastern Avenue and Valley Boulevard. The Eastsider
A man was left in critical condition after being shot while he and a woman were walking down a street in Boyle Heights. The pair were walking near the intersection of Houston and Fickett streets at about 1 a.m. when they were approached by the suspect who opened fire. The suspect, a Latino male, shot the male victim in the abdomen before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction. What prompted the shooting remains unclear. Police say it may have been gang related. The Eastsider
A hit-and-run driver still remains at large four months after striking a man in Glassell Park as he crossed the street with his daughter. Police say the pedestrians were in a marked crosswalk on San Fernando Road at Hallett Avenue when a red four-door vehicle with disabled plates, possibly a Toyota Camry, approached at high speed. The father managed to push his daughter out of the way before the car hit him, breaking his leg. Police have now released a surveillance video of the incident. The suspect is described as a white female, about 60 to 65 years old, with gray hair and a heavy build. The Eastsider
Scene of the Week
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Parkman Alley, Silver Lake | Katrina Alexy
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