Los Feliz street hazards | Shooting at East Hollywood Metro station | Gender-neutral bathrooms at Boyle Heights schools

Mar 25, 2019

A Roundup of Eastside News & Info

Los Feliz wants safety measures after a pedestrian death. There was a shooting at an East Hollywood Metro station  — the same place where a brutal rape occurred a week earlier. Plus an update on the school board race and a look at gender neutral bathrooms in Boyle Heights schools. Here’s your News & Notes for Monday:

Pedestrian death highlights dangerous Los Feliz streets

The Los Feliz Neighborhood Council wants street safety measures taken on Hyperion and Fountain avenues after a woman was fatally  struck earlier this year along one of  the streets, reported Curbed LA.

Cristina Garcia had been collecting bottles to pay for her daughter’s college when a  car lost control and hit her as  she stood on Hyperion. It’s unclear if any traffic calming measures  would  have made a  difference, but the council told Curbed it showed the need for attention.

The council said they warned the Los Angeles Department of Transportation in 2017 about the dangerous stretches between Sunset and Rowena Avenue but were met with  silence,  according to the Los  Feliz Ledger. Last month, the council called for immediate measures to slow down speeders.

A portion of the corridor is included in the city’s High Injury Network, a database of the streets and intersections with the highest number of deaths and serious injuries, Curbed LA reported. It includes a stretch of Fountain that’s just a block from where Garcia was killed.

Man shot at East Hollywood station

Police arrested a suspect in the early Saturday  morning shooting of a 45-year-old man at an East Hollywood Metro station where a woman was sexually assaulted a week earlier, various media reported.

CBS reported that two men got into some sort of argument on the platform if the station at Sunset Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. One of the men pulled out a handgun and opened fire around 1 a.m.

On March 14,  police  said a transient  raped, strangled and beat a woman in her 60s, said CBS2.  The victim had asked the man for help because she felt a little disoriented. The suspect is still at large.

Gender-neutral bathrooms at Boyle Heights  schools

There’s at least one gender-neutral restroom in every Los Angeles Unified School District campus. But, at least in Boyle Heights schools, not everyone knows about it, reports Boyle Heights Beat.

Roosevelt High School principal Ben Gertner advocated for the change and created gender-neutral bathrooms even before a 2016 state law required single-use restrooms provided by  employers and government agencies be gender neutral.

But he kept it low key, opting  to reach  out  to LGBTQ groups groups instead of making it more widely known. At Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez High School, students led the  charge and educated others on the topic. And at  Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet, the sole single-person all-gender bathroom is at the nurse’s office and few students know about it.

It’s Goldberg vs. Repenning for LAUSD  board

Teachers’ union favorite and front-runner Jackie Goldberg will face off against Heather Repenning, a former Mayor Eric Garcetti aide and public works commissioner, in May for a seat on the school board, according to the official results released late last week.

Repenning narrowly beat Graciela Ortiz, a school counselor and a Huntington Park council member, by 31  votes for second place. As of Saturday, Ortiz had  five days to ask for a recount,  which can begin March 30, reports the LA Times 

Elysian Heights resident Goldberg won 48 percent of the vote, short of the majority  needed to claim an outright victory.

Repenning resigned as a city publics works commissioner to run for office.

The District 5 board seat represents  most of the schools on the Eastside.

Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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