A Roundup of Eastside News & Info

Dodgers go vegan for their annual Thanksgiving giveaway. Could the old General Hospital house the homeless? And the street artist, the Invader, surprises. Some News & Notes to digest ahead of the holiday.

Dodgers go Vegan?

For the first time the Los Angeles Dodgers offered vegan options for their annual Thanksgiving Turkey giveaway.

Relief pitcher Kenley Jansen was among those in the Dodgers organization that gave away  turkeys and fixings to 1,200 pre-selected families and nonprofits over the weekend.

And 100 of those packages were bird-free, consisting of Tofurky roasts with wild-rice stuffing donated from PETA’s Echo Park office.

For its part, PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, thinks the meatless options will be a “grand slam” for certain fans.

“Since millions of Americans now enjoy a meat-free holiday for animal rights, health, religious, or environmental reasons, offering a delicious Tofurky roast will be a grand slam,” he said.

Can we expect vegan Dodger Dogs next season?

Will LA’s old General Hospital be homeless housing?

Boyle Heights’ iconic General Hospital,  once the go-to-place for  the county’s most needy but now mostly vacant, could become badly needed housing.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is looking at how the nearly empty, 1.5-million-square-foot,  Depression-era hospital can be “brought back to life”  with an eye toward housing homeless and low-income residents.

But, it’s not the first time the board has had ambitions for the hospital. Not long after General Hospital shut down, the board wanted to turn the hospital into a biotech incubator. That  went nowhere.

The once bustling 19-story, Art Deco tower shut down in late 2008 after a 600-bed replacement hospital opened next door. The storied hospital had been badly damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and portions of it were unusable after the temblor.

The  hilltop building  overlooks swaths of the Eastside and  played an important role in the Chicano movement and became a focal organizing center during the 1980s AIDS outbreak,  as Curbed pointed out. The hospital facade was also used in the opening shots of the soap opera “General Hospital.”

Street artist Invaders’ mark in Silver Lake

Anonymous French street artist, the Invader, is well known to many Angelenos.

He launches “invasions” in cities around the world with his pixilized mosaics art pieces inspired by the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders. His followers hold scavenger hunts, and this week his solo exhibit opened Downtown.

But he surprised culture writer Deborah Vankin and  Silver Lake resident with the reach of his work, she wrote in the Los Angeles Times. 

Vankin had been interviewing the mask-clad artist. As he showed her pictures of his street art hanging in far-off locations, she noticed something that looked familiar.

“Wait, is that my house?!” she told him.

Turns out the Invader had a “blue and red mosaic alien” painted 13 years ago next to  her home.

She wrote:

“3,698 public art works to date, in 77 cities, across five continents is a lot. Check your street.”

Congratulations to the Garfield High Bulldogs!

The East L.A. high school’s 24-21 win over Eagle Rock on Friday not only means that the football team remains undefeated this season but that it now heads to the Open Division championship, says the L.A. Times. Credit Nick Delgadillo and his one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for giving Garfield its last-minute lead.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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