A Roundup of Eastside News & Info

Some Eastside streets will see higher speed limits, an update on the Trader Joe’s shooting and a Boyle Heights theater struggles to survive.  News & Notes for Thursday:

Trader Joe’s suspect pleads not guilty; says he’s bipolar

The man charged with taking hostages during a deadly police shootout at the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s in July plead not guilty this week, KTLA reported.  Gene Evin Atkins, 28, who is representing himself in the case, told the judge he is bipolar and was not guilty by reason of insanity.

A store manager, Melyda Corado, was killed during the gun battle when a bullet shot from an officer exchanging fire struck her. Atkins is also accused of shooting his grandmother and kidnapping his girlfriend before leading police on a chase that ended with a crash in front of the Hyperion Avenue store. Corado’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LAPD.

Struggling Boyle Heights Theater CASA 0101 finds lifeline

Fundraising efforts and some administrative changes are helping keep the struggling CASA 0101, a Boyle Heights Theater, afloat. Founder Josefina López  feared the theater, which helps cultivate local talent and has become a cultural force in the neighborhood, was in danger of shutting down this year.

But  according to Broadway World,  López, best known for her play, “Real Women Have Curves,”  said it will stay open through 2019 despite financial challenges. Their show calendar for the coming year is filling up.

Speed up? LA raised the speed limit on some streets to give more tickets

Speed limits are going up on more than 100 miles of streets so the LAPD can write more speeding tickets, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Huh? It sounds counterintuitive, but then again so is the law that forced the move, or as one councilman said it’s “stupid.”

Apparently, 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 to catch speeders. So, the L.A. City Council jacked up the limits. The new limits won’t take hold for at least a month.

Watch out:  Here’s some Eastside streets with speed changes.

  • A section of Avenue 28 in Cypress Park goes up to 30 mph from 25 mph.
  • One mile of Huntington Drive in El Sereno goes up to 40 mph from 35 mph.
  • Stadium Way through Elysian Park goes up to 40 mph from 35 mph.
  • Bellevue Avenue in Silver Lake goes down to 25 mph from 30 mph.
  • A stretch of Stadium Way through Elysian Park goes up to 40 mph from 35 mph.
  • Alvarado Street south of the 101 Freeway slows to 30 mph from 35 mph.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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