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Want a free fruit tree? Get in line

Want a free fruit tree? Get in line

Fruit tree line up./Jessica Craven Trees waiting for adoption/Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez/Facebook A fruit-tree giveaway attracted a long line of people this morning in the parking lot of the Superior Grocers in Highland Park. Mt. Washington resident Jessica Craven, who snapped the photo above, was among those who claimed about 200, five-gallon cherry, avocado, and plum [...]

Eastside Property: Buyer wastes no time snapping up Eagle Rock Craftsman

Eastside Property: Buyer wastes no time snapping up Eagle Rock Craftsman

The flippers who purchased this nearly century-old Craftsman back in early May for $485,000 managed to preserve some of the Eagle Rock’s home historic charm and features – including original wood molding and floors – while building a sleek new kitchen and adding central air and heat. The three-bedroom home’s location just off  Colorado Boulevard [...]

Helping hands – and shovels – for Echo Park Lake

Helping hands – and shovels – for Echo Park Lake

Dream Center volunteers on patrol for trash at Echo Park Lake./Darrell Kunitomi Many fans of Echo Park Lake have expressed concern about how the lake and park will fare after it reopened this past weekend after a nearly two-year clean up. After spending more than $45 million in clean-water bond money on the project, city [...]

Lost: Gremlin, a terrier mix last seen in Elysian Park

Lost: Gremlin, a terrier mix last seen in Elysian Park

Submitted by Jade Gremlin was last seen around 9PM on June 18, 2013 in Elysian Park. She is around 10 lbs. and a terrier mix. She has strawberry Blonde fur, with white fur on her belly and paws. She is somewhat skittish, but not mean or dangerous in any way. She was rescued, but believed [...]

News & Notes From El Sereno, Highland Park And Silver Lake

News & Notes From El Sereno, Highland Park And Silver Lake

Trapped Lotus Flower, Echo Park | Jesse Saucedo School board votes to close El Sereno charter high school. 30,000 L.A. Unified students to get free iPads. Captain of LAPD Hollenbeck Division moves on. Highland Park’s Buchanan Street Elementary celebrates centennial. LADWP to hold Silver Lake Reservoirs pipeline meeting tonight. Today’s links gathered from Boyle Heights [...]

Fence coming down, ducks moving in at Echo Park Lake

Fence coming down, ducks moving in at Echo Park Lake

Fence coming down around Echo Park Lake. There are a few more signs that Echo Park Lake is returning to normal after its grand reopening this weekend:  On Monday, workers began removing large sections of the chain link fence and green screen that had encircled the park during a two-year long  construction period.  Recreation and [...]

The waters of Echo Park Lake are not true blue

The waters of Echo Park Lake are not true blue

The grand opening of Echo Park Lake this past weekend found park visitors getting reacquainted with their favorite landmarks, including the  park’s landmark green bridge,  the pink lotus blossoms and the blue lake. Wait a minute. A blue lake? As anyone remembers, the color of Echo Park Lake used to range from a muddy brown [...]

Lessons in life and auto repair learned from an East L.A. dad

Lessons in life and auto repair learned from an East L.A. dad

Photo by Wonderlane/Flickr By C.J. Salgado When I was a little boy growing up in East L.A. my father was perfect. They even had a special day for him, Father’s Day. Or, so I thought. You see, he had an amazing strength. I mean, he had to be like Superman, working so much. He’d get [...]

Echo Park is reunited with its lake

Echo Park is reunited with its lake

The cutting of a ceremonial red ribbon unleashes a crowd of visitors to newly reopened Echo Park Lake. Nearly two years after being fenced off, dug up, drained and refilled, Echo Park Lake reopened this morning to a flood of park-deprived fans, politicians, media and one Chinese dragon. The crowd flowed into the park after [...]

The 17 rules of Echo Park Lake

The 17 rules of Echo Park Lake

Photo by Seth Abramovitch Visitors who come to Echo Park Lake on Saturday for its grand reopening celebration will come face to face with some new signs (see the close up image below) that spell out the rules of the park. How many rules?  Looks like 17 rules plus additional warnings listed  in a large [...]