EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

Speed limits are changing on more than 100 miles of city streets – including many that are going up instead of down. These streets include thoroughfares in, Cypress Park, El Sereno, Silver Lake, Elysian Park and Echo Park. Cities must post speed limits that mirror the natural flow of traffic. If the speed limit is more than seven years old or too slow, officers can’t use the radar guns they rely upon to catch speeders. The Eastsider

As thousands of striking teachers rallied outside City Hall, groups protested locally along Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park and Silver Lake. In Atwater Village, a group demonstrated in support of teachers outside Atwater Avenue Elementary as Aaron Shaw, a teacher, serenaded the picket line with his bagpipes.

FBI investigators looking at Eastside Councilman Jose Huizar are also seeking information about Councilman Curren Price, top aides to the council president, developers and city officials. Even Salesian High School, a Catholic boys’ school in Boyle Heights where Huizar’s wife, Richelle, fundraised got caught up. Los Angeles Times

A large part of Echo Park was hit by a power outage last week, including many blocks between Echo Park Avenue and Alvarado Street. One Eastsider reader said that the lights at the Echo Park Vons were were “flickering madly”and only two registers were operating. Others reported a brown-out or partial power outage beginning shortly after 8 pm before things went totally dark. The Eastsider

A lawsuit has been filed to block construction of an elementary charter school near Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights. KIPP Promesa Prep was set to open this summer at 443 S. Soto Street on the former site of Promise Hospital. But the lawsuit argues the 625-student school would pose an environmental hazard, increasing traffic and pollution. It accuses the city of failing to conduct a full environmental impact report. The lawsuit reflects the fierce battle that has been playing out in the district over private charter schools versus public schools. Boyle Height Beat

Two suspects who were tagging a fence near the Gold Line in Highland Park opened fire at a passerby who confronted them. The suspects then fled in an unknown direction. Police could not confirm if the passerby had suffered a gunshot wound, but detectives believe the shooting may have been gang-related. The Eastsider

Whole Foods said it will not open anymore stores under the Whole Foods Market 365 brand. Although the Silver Lake branch of the store, on Glendale Boulevard, will remain open, it will be merged with Whole Foods overall operations. The Eastsider and Supermarket News

Why can’t the Chandelier Tree in Silver Lake get relit? The man who hung those chandeliers wants to be certain that things work out before filing for the right permit. “We have to make sure we have a good chance of getting [the permit] prior to applying,” said Adam Tenenbaum, who began hanging lamps from the tree in front of his home at Silver Lake Drive and Shadowlawn Avenue about 11 years ago. “It’s really expensive just to start.” The property under that tree, it turns out, belongs to the city, not to Tenenbaum’s landlord. The Eastsider

A vehicle that drove off a dirt road and was in danger of dropping off a 150-foot high hillside was stabilized before it slid downhill. A motorist lost control of the vehicle in what was described as a weather-related incident near the 700 block of Museum Drive. Fire crews used picks, sandbags and heavy-duty rescue equipment to pull the vehicle back on to the road. The Eastsider

More than a dozen neighborhood councils across the Eastside will be holding elections this April. But candidates who want to run must register within the next two weeks. The Eastsider

When the new Madison Avenue Park in East Hollywood opens – hopefully this summer – a little handiwork from the neighbors will be a permanent part of the grounds. The Eastsider

A pregnant woman was assaulted as she jogged near the Glassell Park Recreation Center, and people came to her aid as she cried out during the attack. A transient was arrested for robbing her of her cell phone. Boulevard Sentinel

The mass-produced future of marijuana is now in operation in Boyle Heights. The Cure, a 30,000-square-foot industrial marijuana grow in Boyle Heights, has more than 3,000 pot plants in various forms of cultivation. Daily Bruin

Police arrested a 47-year-old man one day after his car allegedly struck and killed a woman on the sidewalk in Silver Lake. Freddy Prieto of Los Angeles faces a felony charge of vehicle manslaughter in connection with the death of 57-year-old Christina Garcia. Prieto worked as a janitor at Thomas Starr King Middle School, a few blocks from where his car apparently spun out of control on Hyperion Avenue and struck Garcia. The Eastsider and ABC7

A concrete retaining wall in Echo Park collapsed, crushing two vehicles in a slide of mud and debris amid heavy rain. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

Photo by Aurelio Jose Barrera


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