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Festival takes over Echo Park; summer black-outs; back-to-school

Aug 20, 2017

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • L.A. Unified students returned to class, and, for the first time in 36 years, all campuses began the school year on the same day. L.A. Schools Report
  • Plans to improve pedestrian and traffic safety along North Figueroa Street — including any creation of a bike-only lane — are on hold. This follows a City Council motion last month from First District Councilman Gil Cedillo to stop all road diets, traffic lane removals, and lane configurations in his council district that have not been approved by his office. The Eastsider
  • Three hospitals on the Eastside are among the top ranked in the state and the Los Angeles area – Keck Hospital of USC in Lincoln Heights and the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital in East Hollywood. U.S. News and World Report
  • A $50,000 reward has been approved for critical information on the New Year’s Day fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Christian Nino in Cypress Park. The Eastsider
  • L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez said cleaning the water in the L.A. River should be a priority as officials have proposed spending $1.6 billion to revitalize the waterway. “I would definitely go kayaking,” James Alamillo from Heal the Bay told Lopez. “But I would not go swimming or wading in the water.”
  • A giant Sriracha bottle on wheels, a non-motorized car that looked like the van on the Scooby Doo cartoon, and another car shaped like a sloth – these were among the 70 entrants that have been converging on Elysian Park for the latest Red Bull Soapbox Race. The Eastsider
  • The city is to have a marijuana czar. Cat Packer, a prominent supporter of legalizing marijuana, will serve as the city’s first executive director of the new Department of Cannabis Regulation after her appointment was approved by the City Council. At age 26, she will be one of the city’s youngest executives. Daily News
  • An intersection in Highland Park could be renamed in honor of Bobby Brown, a 24-year-old man who was shot and killed after leaving a gay bar in November 1983. His murder near Figueroa Street and Avenue 41 was never solved. But his killing and that of another gay man two years earlier, Richard Lee, prompted the formation of the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance. The Eastsider
  • A project to build 49 residential units in Boyle Heights for mentally ill homeless people suffered a blow when a Los Angeles City Council committee sided with a Boyle Heights shopping center owner who opposed the project. L.A. Times
  • Though the city has a traffic plan to handle game-day traffic near Dodger Stadium, Waze and other traffic apps keep sending fans into narrow side streets – raising complaints from nearby residents of Echo Park and Solano Canyon. The City Council is considering a proposal to change the traffic plan to take those apps, new traffic counts and road closures into account. The Eastsider
  • A new study finds that about 60% of the homeowners in Atwater Village, Echo Park and Silver Lake are “equity rich,” which is defined as those residents who “own outright more than half the estimated market value of their home and have a mortgage on the rest.” KPCC
  • Echo Park Rising took over Echo Park throughout the weekend, with 460 bands and performers, including comedy, activities and entertainment for kids, “hipster crafts” and art displays and opening receptions. The Eastsider
  • Why are Trader Joe’s parking lots so small? An urban planning professor says the market can be an oasis in food deserts because it can shoehorn a store and parking onto smaller lots. KPCC
  • About 5,000 LADWP customers in Los Feliz and Silver Lake lost power Friday night. Results included worse-than-usual traffic congestion, as some traffic signals went out during the evening commute. The Eastsider
  • A black-out also hit about 1,600 LADWP customers El Sereno a day before that after an SUV sheared off a fire hydrant and downed electrical lines near Eastern Avenue and Gambier Street. ABC7
  • Calling the upcoming solar eclipse “one of the largest driving distractions in years,” Caltrans is advising drivers on “how to avoid wrecking your car” during Monday’s eclipse. Topping the list of recommendations: “Don’t look at the eclipse while driving.” Twitter

Photo of the Week

Dodger Stadium | Daveed Kapoor

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