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Larry's Market in Elysian Valley. Thanks to Katrina Alexy for the photo.

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Grass Fires

Eagle Rock: Firefighters extinguished four small grass fires Tuesday morning on the border of Eagle Rock and Glendale that briefly shut down some traffic lanes near the junction of the 2 and 134 freewaysThe Eastsider

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Wilson High invests big in performing arts 

 It looks like El Sereno's biggest center for arts and culture will end up at Woodrow Wilson Senior High.

School board member Mónica Garca says the L.A. school board approved spending $26 million on building a visual and performing arts center on the hilltop campus.  Completion is expected by 2025.

There will be large, flexible spaces that will double as classrooms and performance areas, a stage, dance and choral rooms, a large digital/graphic arts classroom and an atrium where students can display their work. Outside, an amphitheater with stage will be built near a garden. 

Wilson has active visual and performing arts programs, but facilities are cramped and "subpar,” said Peter Cabrera, a board member with the Wilson Mules Alumni Association. “A new, modern facility, equipped with proper sound, lighting, and dressing room accommodations will surely enhance their confidence and performances."

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The location of the new visual & performance arts center will complete the Wilson High "W."

The performing arts center will complete the layout of the school's main section, which roughly resembles a “W,” with smaller buildings that stretch out from both sides of a central tower.

Tomas Benitez, another Wilson alumnus, said the school, which moved onto the existing campus in 1970after being on Eastern Avenue, was designed by pioneering African-American architect Paul Williams.

Williams designed Wilson with a five-story central tower. It was called the first “high-rise” school in the county, and the first California public school with elevators, according to the Paul R. Williams Project. 

"Fifty-one years later, we are still waiting for the completed brilliant design by the late great architect, Paul Williams," Benitez said. "It is time to finish the ‘W’."

Speedy Gold Line

Perhaps you noticed, but traffic and Gold Line trains are moving faster through a section of Highland Park.

At crossings like the one at Avenue 45, Gold Line (now L Line) trains initially traveled at 45 mph, said Metro community manager Jackie Gonzalez at a neighborhood council meeting. But in 2015, the California Public Utilities Commission lowered the speed to 30 mph because it worried that a train operator couldn't see far enough or stop in time if something was on the tracks.

Last year, Metro conducted some research and found … 45 mph was safe after all. The original speed resumed on Oct. 4.

Train riders won't be the only ones to benefit. Motorists won't have to wait as long at the Avenue 45 crossing because faster trains mean the crossing gates spend less time closed. 

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