Echo Park charter school debate | Fake Angelino Heights parking signs | Los Feliz power outage

EDITED by BARRY LANK

A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

“Yo, please maximize parking. Park 2-3 feet from other vehicles. Park close to the end of curbs,” read some pretty official looking parking signs (well, except for the “Yo” part) on West Kensington Road and Laveta Terrace in the Angelino Heights. Derek Boonstra, a 13-year resident, made the signs and put them up.  But city officials may be readying to take them down. Boonstra was motivated by drivers that parked their cars in a way that wasted off-street parking space, which is especially scarce during Dodger season. FoxLA & CBS

Power to about 1,100 LADWP customers in Los Feliz was knocked out for several hours Friday night after the failure of a cable ignited a fire in an underground electrical vault. The small fire broke out near the corner of Vermont and Franklin avenues at about 10 p.m. Friday. No injuries were reported. Service was restored by 4 a.m. after about a 4-hour outage. The Eastsider

Parents and students from around the city have been singing their praise of Gabriella charter school in Echo Park. But leading school board candidate Jackie Goldberg, who lives in Echo Park, isn’t likely to encourage her neighbors to attend. L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez checked in with Goldberg and Gabriella’s principal on the debate over charter schools. Goldberg argued that charters rob traditional schools of resources, a point of view that could heavily influence school board policy if she wins. L.A. Times

The city will open a 20-vehicle, overnight parking lot in Glassell Park this month for the homeless, despite opposition from local seniors. The lot on Verdugo Road at the Glassell Park Senior Center is part of the citywide Safe-Parking program and will house a wash station and a toilet. Glassell Park Seniors, a group that meets at the center, said they were never consulted, though the Councilman Gil Cedillo’s office did get the approval of the neighborhood council. Homeless people who have been approved by officials will be able to park in the lot from 7 pm to 7 am. Boulevard Sentinel

More shade is coming to Silverlake Dog Park – along with more ways to exploit the shade that’s already there. Four new concrete tables are to be added under the shade canopies and more trees are to be planted in the popular dog park at the south end of the Silver Lake Reservoir. “Anything we can do to get more shade trees,” said one park-goer. The Eastsider

An interview with Fiora Boes, the founder of Silverlake Flea, a weekly vintage and craft market that’s now going into its 11th year. The Eastsider

Five suspects are in custody after leading police on a brief pursuit in an allegedly stolen vehicle in Montecito Heights. The pursuit started at about 8 p.m. on the Arroyo Seco Parkway at Avenue 43. After patrol officers identified the vehicle as stolen, they attempted to pull the vehicle over, and the driver took off. The driver pulled over near Avenue 43 and Griffin Avenue and the five suspects exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The suspects, some of whom are juveniles, were apprehended and taken into custody, police said. The Eastsider

A man was fatally stabbed along the 4000 block of Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles. Los Angeles Sheriff homicide investigators have provided no further details about the suspect or suspects. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

A motorcycle rider and his passenger suffered minor injuries in a crash in Highland Park, and are now seeking the driver of a large red pickup that made a left turn in front of them. Dash-cam footage of the crash also shows an LAPD vehicle driving by during the crash but not stopping. It’s not clear if the people in the patrol vehicle saw the crash. Police did not arrive at the scene until 30 minutes after the collision. The Eastsider


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