Eastside Review Collage

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

More than 140 candidates ran in various races for neighborhood council Saturday – including in Atwater Village, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Los Feliz, Rampart Village and Silver Lake. A second batch of Eastside neighborhood councils in Boyle Heights, Cypress Park, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Hermon, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Lincoln Heights Montecito Heights and Mount Washington will hold their elections on Saturday, April 13. The city’s network of neighborhood councils continue to attract veteran activists as well as newcomers – even though the positions are unpaid, the boards are powerless to change city laws and the meetings can be long and sometimes unruly. The Eastsider

A 23-year-old man who'd been ordered to stay away from actress Natalie Portman was arrested outside her Los Feliz home. Gregory Edward Pearce had been told last month to stay away from Portman after showing up outside her house in January and trying to open the gate. Police said they discovered a partially assembled Glock-style handgun inside his car at that time. A filing states that Pearce believes he communicates with Portman telepathically. L.A. Times

If you're heading to Coachella, maybe you can carpool with some Eastside locals who are heading out there to perform - including Highland Park-raised Billie Eilish, the Highland Park-based beat collective Soulection, or Mac DeMarco, who is based out of Los Feliz. L.A. Times

A student from Eagle Rock died after jumping off the seventh floor of the Americana at Brand mall in Glendale, landing on a man below. Joshua Allende, age 17, attended Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School. He landed on a man with two young children. The man was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The children were not hurt. ABC7 and L.A. Times

A corner lot awaiting development at Franklin and Western is becoming a safety issue, neighbors say - as squatters vandalize the property, illegally divert power lines and cause disturbances of the peace. In one instance, squatters also broke a gas meter, causing a natural gas leak. A Valero gas station and two residential buildings are to be demolished this month, and ultimately replaced with a controversial mixed-use apartment complex. Los Feliz Ledger

A deputy-involved shooting took place in East Los Angeles after the Sheriff’s office was called in on a report of shots being fired in the air near Goodrich Boulevard and Union Pacific Avenue. The deputy-involving shooting occurred when authorities saw the suspect shooting a firearm, possibly a shotgun. Further details were not offered. The suspect retreated into a mobile home, but later surrendered. Fox 11

An Echo Park facility for homeless veterans is closing up shop, with only vague reasons being given for why. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is closing the Billets, a 72-bed program that has placed as much as 70% of its chronically homeless veterans in permanent housing over the last six years. A statement from the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System said only that there were better applicants for the grant of $1 million a year. The list of applicants or the chosen recipient will not be released until June. L.A. Times

A movie that is set in Silver Lake will head to video-on-demand only three days after its theatrical release following decidedly mixed reviews. “Under the Silver Lake,” a crime thriller starring Andrew Garfield, is to be released on Amazon on April 22, then Google Play, iTunes, Fandango Now and Vudu on April 23. It will hit theaters on April 19. Even before this, the movie’s release had already been delayed because of mixed critical reception since it was screened at Cannes last year when the Guardian's review said it showed "the dangers of a hot director being given free reign."  Garfield plays a man who investigates the possible disappearance of a mysterious woman he meets at his apartment’s swimming pool. Variety

The mother of a 21-year-old man in East L.A. who was shot and killed by Sheriff’s deputies last summer has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the county and the deputies. Sheriffs were searching for three robbery suspects at the Nueva Maravilla Housing Community on Aug. 12. Officials say Anthony Daniel Vargas resisted arrest and pulled a gun from his waistband. The plaintiffs, however, says Vargas was unarmed, and was not known to carry a gun. Investigators do not think Vargas was involved in the robbery. LA Times

Detectives are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 64-year-old homeless man at Lincoln Park on Monday. The victim was at the park at about 3 p.m. when an unknown suspect approached him and stabbed him once before fleeing on foot. Police said the victim was accompanied by a woman who was escaped without injury. The victim is believed to have been living at the park. The suspect remains at large and is described as Latino male in his 50s, 5-feet 7-inches tall. The Eastsider

The owner of Bloom & Plume Coffee, Maurice Harris, discusses what it was like to get his café started in Echo Park. “Now, nobody tells you, like, your business plan is just a plan,” he said. “When you get into reality, and you bust open walls, and the city and the health department and building and safety come through to do their inspections, you have no idea what they're going to say or what's going to happen.” Marketplace

Another little side-street is finding itself swamped with traffic as drivers try to avoid traffic along the main routes. This time it’s Earl Street in Silver Lake – and once again, blame is being cast at Waze and other GPS apps. ABC7

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