EDITED by BARRY LANK
A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
A woman died in August after being hit in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium, according to ESPN, which was only recently able to confirm the story with the county coroner. Linda Goldbloom was celebrating her 79th birthday and 59th wedding anniversary at a Padres-Dodgers game on Aug. 25 when a ball in the ninth inning went over the protective netting into the Loge Level, striking her in the head. Goldbloom died four days later. Television cameras had not shown where the ball went, and the event had gone unnoticed by the media until recently.
Robberies and break-ins are so frequent along a one mile strip of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock that some restaurants and shop owners consider crime a cost of doing business. Robbers hit five restaurants last month. Many business owners blame the LAPD’s failure to keep a watchful presence. Since 2016, LAPD records show at least 40 break-ins have occurred on the strip between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Eagle Vista Drive. Boulevard Sentinel
Business owners in Los Feliz are thinking about hiring their own private security, after several retailers were broken into along Hillhurst Avenue last year as well. Los Feliz Ledger
Parts of Echo Park sounded like a war zone recently, and for good reason: The U.S. Army was holding training exercises across Los Angeles and Long Beach. Neighbors reported low-flying helicopters that rattled windows and doors — and went on Twitter to ask what the heck was going on. Prepare for more noise: Military training is scheduled to continue through Feb. 9. The Eastsider
A 7-Eleven in Highland Park was robbed of $60,000. The suspect, described only as a white man, walked into the empty store at Figueroa and Avenue 52 with a gun. He demanded that the cashier turn over his money before he fled. Nobody was hurt. The Eastsider
Anti-gentrification activists briefly took over a Metro-sponsored community meeting in Boyle Heights on extending the L.A. River bike path. A video on Facebook shows more than half a dozen activists, some with black hoodies, black sunglasses and red bandanas, coming into the meeting carrying protest posters. One of the activists took to his bullhorn to denounce development in the working class community that’s been a flashpoint over gentrification. The 8-mile river path extension would run between Elysian Valley to Vernon. It has close to $365 million in Measure M funding. It’s expected to be completed by 2027. The Eastsider
A Silver Lake apartment complex has been nominated as a historic landmark. The Roberts Apartments on Griffith Park Boulevard was recommended “as an excellent example of a Mid-Century Modern multi-family apartment building.” The nine-unit apartment block that steps up the hillside was built in 1965, and the architect, Allyn E. Morris, was eventually recognized by the Los Angeles architecture community “for his sculptural, cubic aesthetic, and cost-effective designs,” according to the monument application. The Eastsider.
Forever 21 sold its Lincoln Heights headquarters and warehouse for $166 million. That’s $128 million more than what Forever 21 paid nine years ago for the Mission Road property. The buyer was Blackstone Group, a major real estate investment firm. It’s not clear whether Forever 21, which opened first store Highland Park in April 1984, will remain Lincoln Heights, where it employs about 2,000 workers. L.A. Business Journal
A homeless man in his 50s was found dead outside a liquor store in Boyle Heights. The Los Angeles County Coroner is investigating the cause of death. Last year’s homeless count found more than 50,000 men, women and children living on the street. The Eastsider
A “nuisance smell” forced people to flee the Goodwill store in Glassell Park. Paramedics also evaluated several people. The Eastsider
Two LAPD officers sustained minor injuries in Cypress Park after their vehicle was hit by a suspected drunk driver Friday night. The two unidentified officers had been heading eastbound on Avenue 28 when a southbound motorist heading along the 2600 block of North Jeffries Avenue failed to stop. The officers were transported to a local hospital and released. The driver, a man in his mid-20s, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The Eastsider
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