No parking between curb and sidewalk; partially blind approval of Olympics; dad deportation delay

Aug 13, 2017

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • An Echo Park pastor who is being detained by ICE agents speaks out as he faces deportation. “I’m not a bad hombre,” said Noe Carias. KTLA
  • The LAPD is proposing to begin flying drones under a pilot program a few years after deciding against using the machines amid privacy and civil liberties concerns. The L.A. Fire Department was recently allowed to use drones. FOX11
  • A video simulates flying over the future the $482 million new bridge that will eventually replace the old Sixth Street Bridge. The Eastsider
  • It looks like Club Tee Gee in Atwater Village, the long-time bar whose owner died earlier this year, has been purchased by the owners of The Short Stop Bar in Echo Park. A bartender said “there might be some renovations coming” under the new ownership.  LA Weekly
  • A leader of the Hazard street gang that is allegedly responsible for much of the crime in and around the Ramona Gardens housing project has been sentenced to 15 years in prison as part of a racketeering investigation. Victor Barrios, 43, has admitted to playing “a leadership role for the gang’s criminal activities” that included overseeing drug sales, the collection of “tax payments from area drug dealers, and plots to commit acts of violence, the FBI said. The Eastsider
  • A strip of storefronts on the north side of Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights has been put on the market again, this time at an asking price of $6.2 million. The same parcel was once part of a proposed Metro redevelopment project that was abandoned in the face of community opposition. Streetsblog
  • A profile of Betty True, the 85-year-old who became known as the “The Rally Granny” and “Flashin’ Granny” after she raised her blue shirt and revealed her white bra on Dodger’s Stadium’s massive video screen during a game. “I don’t [know] why it was such a big deal,” she said. “I was just showing off my Dodger colors.” L.A. Times
  • The money is lined up to build a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over the L.A. River between Cypress Park and Elysian Valley. But it’s going to cost much more than expected. Constructing the approximately 400-foot-long Taylor Yard bridge is now estimated by the Board of Public Works to cost $19 million – about $11 million or more than double the estimate in 2014. The Eastsider
  • City building inspectors will now take extra efforts to make sure new homes and apartments constructed near freeways have air filtration systems. But that does not apply to existing homes, and health risks are still a concern even with the use of air filters. KPCC
  • City parking enforcement officers will begin ticketing motorists who park their vehicles on parkways — that strip of public land between the curb and sidewalk — beginning Monday, Aug 14. The Eastsider
  • Former Echo Park guitar maker Gabriel Currie is continuing to craft acoustic and electric guitars in a new locale: Detroit, where Echopark Guitars now operates out of a storefront in the Old Redford neighborhood. In contrast to Los Angeles, Currie was able to afford to buy a house (a 2,800-square-foot stone house on a giant wooded lot that was listed at $175,000) and finds Detroit traffic pretty tame. “Driving around here, I thought, ‘What holiday is it?’ There’s nobody on the roads.” Detroit News:
  • The Board of Immigration Appeal canceled a deportation order for a Lincoln Heights man who was arrested by ICE agents while dropping off his daughters at school. It could take years for immigration courts to resolve the case. KPCC
  • County supervisors approved an affordable housing project across the street from Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles over the objections of neighbors concerned about increased traffic and the size of the development. EGP News
  • The City Council endorsed an agreement to host the 2028 Olympics and cover any cost overruns without any updated figures about the costs involved. L.A. Times
  • The story of Room 8 — the feline mascot of Elysian Heights Elementary during the 1950s and 1960s — will be featured in a lecture on Southern California cat history that will be presented at CatCon. KPCC

Photo of the Week


Boyle Heights | Aurelio Jose Barrera


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