EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

The rash of robberies in Eagle Rock continues – with a cell phone store along Colorado Boulevard, and a liquor store along Eagle Rock Boulevard that was apparently targeted by the same robbers who hit a Highland Park liquor store about an hour later. Last month, burglars struck five Colorado Boulevard businesses in one night. The strip has proven a tempting target over the years given its proximity to freeways, unprotected windows and the lack of other other security measures, says the Boulevard Sentinel.

Former State Senator Kevin de León has entered the race to succeed Jose Huizar on the City Council. De León has moved from Mt. Washington, which is in Council District 1, to Eagle Rock in order to run in District 14 – an area that also includes all or portions of Boyle Heights, Downtown, El Sereno, Hermon, Highland Park and Monterey Hills. Huizar, who is the subject of a federal investigation, is termed out in 2020. The 52-year-old De León served in the state legislature for more than a decade before being termed out last year as representative of the 24th State Senate District, which includes Eagle Rock. L.A. Times

A dramedy set in Boyle Heights is coming to Netflix. The half-hour, bilingual show Gentefied tackles gentrification, bicultural identity and queer intimacy in Boyle Heights – following three Chicanos as they chase the American Dream that threatens some of the things they hold dear. Deadline LA

A team of students from Franklin High in Highland Park won the 2018-19 Academic Decathlon for the Los Angeles Unified School District. The winning teenagers will compete in the upcoming state competition on March 22-24 in Sacramento. L.A. Times

Two city properties in Los Feliz are being eyed for temporary homeless housing – and, surprisingly, there’s been little backlash (so far). City Councilmember David Ryu is looking at 3210 and 3248 Riverside Drive  near the landmark William Mulholland fountain and across from the Griffith Park Recreation Complex and Friendship Auditorium. Los Feliz Ledger

A new serape-themed mural is in the works for El Sereno. The city’s Cultural Affairs Commission has approved the concept by artist Sonia Romero for “El Sereno Serape” at Alhambra Avenue near Lowell Street According to a project description, the project will feature “a ceramic tile mural that uses the colorful, striped pattern of a serape blanket to share the stories of the neighborhood, its various landscapes, and diverse cultures.” The Eastsider

A pursuit of an SUV that began in the Newhall area ended when the driver pulled off the southbound 5 Freeway in Los Feliz and drove into the parking garage of a Riverside Drive apartment building. Authorities apprehended one woman who said she was sleeping in the vehicle. ABC7 & KTLA

Police took a suspect into custody in connection with the slashing of tires on more than 30 vehicles in the 300 block of N. Breed Street in Boyle Heights. ABC7

Robert Winter, the former Occidental College professor who co-authored “An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles,” died recently at age 94. Winter made an appearance at the college in December during a book launch for the sixth edition of the guidebook. Facebook

A carjacking suspect is in critical condition after colliding with a tree following a pursuit by sheriff’s deputies out of East L.A. Deputies tried to pull over a car near Hubbard Street and Sadler Avenue that had been reported stolen earlier that day. The suspect drove off at high speed, leading deputies on a chase northbound on the 710 Freeway. The pursuit ended near Valley Boulevard and South Fremont Avenue in Alhambra after the suspect crashed into a tree. The suspect, a 23-year-old man, remains in critical condition. He now faces multiple charges including carjacking and felony reckless evading. The Eastsider

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