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USC came up with concessions after its expanding health science campus met with opposition in Boyle Heights. Are there parallels between the Jussie Smollett case and that of a legendary Echo Park evangelist? And the Silver Lake Medical Center gets sold. News & Notes for Monday.

USC and anti-gentrification Boyle Heights group reach deal

The University of Southern California reached an agreement with a group that fought a 95-unit student housing complex near the school’s health science campus on the border of Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights. Opponents claimed the new dorms would quicken the pace of gentrification and raise housing costs, Boyle Heights Beat reported.

The move is a win for  L.E.A.D.S., which represents about a dozen community groups  including East LA Community Corporation, Inner City Struggle and Legacy LA that have been fighting gentrification on the Eastside since 2017.

Under the terms  announced Jan. 15, USC will provide a job training fund of up to $100,000, and ACC will hire 25 percent of construction workers on the project from within a three-mile radius of the campus.

Echo Park celebrity once charged with staging a hoax, reminiscent of Smollett

The LA Times draws a parallel between the case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and that of Aimee Semple McPherson, the pioneering evangelist who founded Angelus Temple in Echo Park during the 1920s.

McPherson went missing in May 1926 after going for a swim in Santa Monica. She appeared a month later in the Mexican border town Agua Prieta  saying she was abducted, drugged and tortured and walked 20 miles in 120 degree heat.

The district attorney said McPherson’s account didn’t hold up and she was charged  with “criminal acts to commit acts injurious to public morals and to prevent and obstruct justice,” the Times said. But the charges were eventually dropped.

The Silver Lake Medical Center sold

The Center, really in Echo Park, was sold for about $85 million, according to various news reports. The sale comes after the hospital’s parent companies, Florida-based Promise Healthcare and Success Healthcare, filed for bankruptcy protection last November. Part of the company’s recovery plan was to sell the Echo Park hospital and a sister facility.

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