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Pedestrian killed in Atwater Village after being struck by train

Pedestrian killed in Atwater Village after being struck by train

ATWATER VILLAGE — A pedestrian was killed this morning after being struck by a Metrolink train, according to the L.A. Fire Department. The collision took place shortly before noon near the 3000 block of Casitas Avenue and the 2 Freeway. No passengers or crew were injured on the train headed southbound to Union Station. > […]

School board president slapped with felony charges over campaign fundraising

School board president slapped with felony charges over campaign fundraising

Ref Rodriguez at Sept 12 School Board Meeting The L.A. County District Attorney  filed felony charges today against L.A. school board president Refugio “Ref” Rodriguez — a prominent charter school leader who grew up in Cypress Park  — for allegedly violating campaign fundraising laws. Rodriguez and his cousin allegedly reimbursed nearly $25,000 to donors, according […]

Price cuts on Boyle Heights duplex; new Echo Park townhouse; Highland Park 4-bedroom with a pool

Price cuts on Boyle Heights duplex; new Echo Park townhouse; Highland Park 4-bedroom with a pool

Prices on more than two dozen homes, condos, apartments and other Eastside properties dropped during the past week. Here are some examples, followed by a breakdown by neighborhood: Boyle Heights: $50,000 reduction for two 2-bedroom units on a lot, in need of repair. $500,000. Echo Park: Price drops more than $74,000 for a 4-bedroom townhouse […]

There’s no light at the end for this troubled Silver Lake tunnel; pedestrian passage to be permanently sealed

There’s no light at the end for this troubled Silver Lake tunnel; pedestrian passage to be permanently sealed

By BARRY LANK SILVER LAKE – Long ago, pedestrian tunnels seemed like a good idea. Little kids would avoid traffic by walking through a network of underground passageways. What. Could. Possibly. Go. Wrong. Well, now we know: People sleeping in the tunnels, defecating, leaving garbage. For the pedestrian tunnel under Sunset Boulevard at Golden Gate […]

Body found in L.A. River; Metro ridership drops; prison for tossing pit bull off cliff

Body found in L.A. River; Metro ridership drops; prison for tossing pit bull off cliff

Edited by BARRY LANK A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside. Water-dropping helicopters took advantage of the recently refilled Silver Lake and Hyperion reservoirs, using a large hose to suck water into the aircraft. The La Tuna fire was raging at that time in the Verdugo […]

Environmental group warns public to stay out of L.A. River as kaykers prepare for boat race

Environmental group warns public to stay out of L.A. River as kaykers prepare for boat race

Kayakers preparing to launch into the river in Elysian Valley | Martha Benedict ELYSIAN VALLEY —  The environmental group Heal the Bay issued a last-minute warning on Friday advising the public to stay out of the L.A. River this weekend after it found “alarmingly high levels of bacterial pollution” in the water earlier this week. […]

Botanica’s review; chef shuffle in Silver Lake; Triniti prepares to open in Echo Park; Eastside’s top tacos

Botanica’s review; chef shuffle in Silver Lake; Triniti prepares to open in Echo Park; Eastside’s top tacos

BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL Botanica in Silver Lake received nods and misses by restaurant reviewer Besha Rodell of the LA Weekly. Coined as a marketplace, restaurant and magazine (which has yet to materialize), one of Botanica’s stand out dishes include the kofte kebabs with their Japanese sweet potato dressed in pert salsa verde. What were the […]

Does gentrification explain why fewer people are riding the No. 2 bus down Sunset?

Does gentrification explain why fewer people are riding the No. 2 bus down Sunset?

The No. 2 bus is one of several Metro lines on Sunset Boulevard that pass through Echo Park and Silver Lake, taking riders as far east as Downtown and as far west as the Pacific Ocean.  In recent years, however, ridership on the No. 2 line and across the Metro bus system has declined.  But […]

Does gentrification explain why fewer people are riding the No. 2 bus down Sunset?

Does gentrification explain why fewer people are riding the No. 2 bus down Sunset?

The No. 2 bus is one of several Metro lines on Sunset Boulevard that pass through Echo Park and Silver Lake, taking riders as far east as Downtown and as far west as the Pacific Ocean.  In recent years, however, ridership on the No. 2 line and across the Metro bus system has declined.  But […]

Bring on the Shade: Glassell Park Transit Pavilion gets ready for its debut

Bring on the Shade: Glassell Park Transit Pavilion gets ready for its debut

Shady shelter awaits bus riders GLASSELL PARK — A dozen years in the making, the Glassell Park Transit Pavilion, a large bus stop and waiting area shaded by a trio of  canopies, is scheduled to be dedicated this weekend. The shaded shelter, complete with benches and landscaping,  was still fenced off during last week’s record-breaking […]