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What a birthday weekend!

What a birthday weekend!

There are birthdays, and then there are birthdays. This last weekend there were two celebrations that took place. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is now one year old.   Lovely celebration took place Saturday, complete with cake for a thousand, prepared by students of the Manual Arts high School culinary program – an introduction to […]

Echo Park religious leader diagnosed with cancer

Echo Park religious leader diagnosed with cancer

Photo from L.A. Episcopal Diocese Bishop Jon Bruno, head of the Echo Park-based Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles,  has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia.  The former police officer and professional football player who arrived  in Echo Park during the mid 1980s as rector of St. Athanasius church announced late last week that he […]

A Western scene from Elysian Park

A Western scene from Elysian Park

Photo by Mary-Austin Klein A pair of urban cowboys took advantage of today’s bright and warm afternoon to ride their horses through the trails of Elysian Park. Read the Full Story at Eastsider LA

Proposed Echo Park development poses “significant” environmental impacts

Proposed Echo Park development poses “significant” environmental impacts

Early rendering of Barlow development A plan by Barlow Respiratory Hospital to transform its 25-acre property on the edge of Echo Park into a a massive residential community  would pose significant and unavoidable impacts on the area, according to a preliminary environmental report released this week. The fact that the project poses significant  impacts on […]

The crazy hazy days beginning in May

The crazy hazy days beginning in May

I think I’ve been writing so much because the next couple of weeks will be crazy busy with other things.  Mostly with preparations and presentations.  It’s a lucky life I lead that I am invited to participate in a lot of different venues and do a lot of different things. This work week will be […]

Bulletin Board: Section of L.A. River bike path to be closed on May 6

Bulletin Board: Section of L.A. River bike path to be closed on May 6

Submitted by Scott Levin Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge will host a 5K Fun Run on Sunday, May 6 in celebration of the Los Angeles River. The route will take runners (and walkers!) along the banks of the river  in celebration of its beauty. Cyclists should note the closure of the Los Angeles River bike path from 4 AM until 11:00 AM. on May 6th from Los Feliz Boulevard to Marsh […]

News & Notes from Atwater, East L.A., Highland Park & Silver Lake

News & Notes from Atwater, East L.A., Highland Park & Silver Lake

Victorian Charmer, Historic Filipinotown | Photo by David Kimbrough/Flickr Silver Lake pushes back on Sunset Junction Development. The Eastsider Pedestrian killed on East L.A. freeway after being struck by multiple vehicles. ABC7 DWP plans on raising water and electric rates over the next two years. Daily News Atwater Village Neighborhood Forum has a new home. […]

Tasty bits of history

Tasty bits of history

While at LA Plaza on Sunday, I wandered through the exhibit, and saw this book – Pio Pico’s Spanish/English Conversation Manual – on display.  Seeing items like this excites most historians.  We like, political wonks, have some sort of coding in the DNA that not only allows for this response in what some think a dry […]

Storefront Report: Pioneering Echo Park coffee house changes ownership

Storefront Report: Pioneering Echo Park coffee house changes ownership

The Downbeat Cafe opened more than a decade ago in an Alvarado Street storefront as the first of many coffeehouses that popped up across Echo Park.  As new competitors opened across the neighborhood, The Downbeat  continued to brew coffee but began to look a bit tattered and started closing on Sundays.  But in February, new […]

What you’re supposed to be doing

What you’re supposed to be doing

Saturday was a very full day.   It began with a quick visit to Adelante Mujer Latina at PCC.  2,000 young women – with mentors, mothers, and role models learning about or sharing the value of higher education.  It’s the eighteenth year of the conference.  It was brought back from the edge by dedicated work […]

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