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Police involved in Highland Park car-to-car shooting; Angeleno Heights historic hospital; Baxter Street now one-way – in both directions

May 27, 2018

EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

A police cruiser was shot at while pursuing a stolen vehicle in Highland Park, police said. Officers had begun pursing the white Honda Civic in the area of Figueroa Avenue and Avenue 52 when one of two male suspects leaned out of the car and fired a shotgun at the police car. The pursuit ended when the officers lost control of their vehicle and collided with the curb at Avenue 50 and Aldama Street. The suspects – described as gang members – fled on foot, but were apprehended. The officers were not harmed. The suspects’ vehicle and a loaded shotgun were recovered a short distance from the police crash. The Eastsider

A lawsuit is challenging the city’s approval of a 97,334-square-foot mixed-use project at the corner of Franklin and Western avenues. The Los Feliz Improvement Association filed the suit against the city and developer Western and Franklin, LLC., saying in a statement that the LFIA was concerned with the city’s approval of off-site liquor sales, a lack of traffic mitigation, and what the LFIA called a low level of affordable housing at the project. Los Feliz Ledger

A two-block stretch of Baxter Street in Echo Park is now a one-way road, running downhill on either side of Alvarado Street. One block of Baxter now heads eastbound from the top of the hill at Alvarado down to Lake Shore. But Baxter runs westbound from Alvarado to Allesandro. Baxter, one of the steepest roads in the city, was converted to one-way after numerous complaints about increased traffic congestion and accidents blamed on the use of navigation apps like Waze. Two other nearby steep streets, Fargo and Cove, will also be getting the same one-way treatment. The Eastsider

A woman who ran an immigration services business out of her home was slapped with 21 more felony counts for allegedly selling $270,000 worth of fake visas and passport stamps. This is in addition to charges brought last October against 63-year-old Dalila Moreno, after 19 additional victims were found. Moreno now faces a total of 38 charges, including 27 counts of grand theft of personal property, along with attempted grand theft of personal property, forgery, counterfeit seal and extortion. The Eastsider

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he is interviewing the three candidates for police chief a third time and expects to make a decision within a week. Garcetti has previously said he planned to make his selection before the end of the month. Meanwhile, two police commissioners have publicly disagreed over whether one of the candidates — Robert Arcos, who grew up in Atwater Village — should have disclosed his daughter’s drunk driving convictions and problems. L.A. Times

The City Council approved the mayor’s nearly $10 billion budget that features spending more money to deal with homelessness and road repairs as well as increased revenue from legalized marijuana businesses. Daily News

Some history about the 130-year-old Luckenbach House on Carroll Avenue, the site of L.A.’s first Jewish hospital. Currently a residential fourplex that recently sold for $1.42 million, the Angeleno Heights Victorian began housing tuberculosis patients in 1902, and continued until 1910. The hospital then moved elsewhere, eventually becoming Cedars of Lebanon, then Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Eastsider

The two sanitation workers who helped rescue a 13-year-old boy more than 12 hours after he fell into a sewer pipe in Griffith Park were honored at the start of last week’s Dodgers-Rockies game. Daily News

A million-square-foot residential and commercial project proposed between Echo Park and Downtown is partly located on an earthquake fault and includes some potentially historic buildings that would be demolished. Those are some of the findings of an initial Planning Department study that says the $600 million project will — as expected — require a full environmental impact report. The Eastsider

Joseph Lucey, a Northeast L.A. resident who just graduated from Cal State L.A., has been awarded a $34,000 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He will be using his grant and stipend when he begins his Ph.D. program at UCLA in the Hydrology and Water Resource Engineering. Cal State LA

People can now check the E. coli bacteria levels in the L.A. River before they head over there for kayaking, fishing and hiking. With the river opening for summer season starting on Memorial Day, L.A. Sanitation is testing the water twice a week along various points in the recreation zone and posting the results on the department’s web page. The Eastsider

Four students at Irving Middle School in Glassell Park were taken to a hospital as a precaution after they were reported as being sick or acting as if they were under the influence of a drug. One student said his cousin became ill after taking a pill but it’s not clear what caused the problem, officials said. CBS2

Trucks, RVs, campers and other oversized vehicles would no longer be allowed to park overnight on nearly five miles of streets in Cypress Park and Glassell Park, under a proposal by First District Councilman Gil Cedillo. Vehicles taller than 7 feet and longer than 22 feet would be towed away if they were parking between 2 am and 6 am on a specific set of streets. Such restrictions are usually imposed following complaints of homeless people living in vehicles. But there’s no mention of the homeless in Cedillo’s proposal that is now making its way through City Hall. The Eastsider

East Area Progressive Democrats, a political group whose members live in Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights and other Eastside neighborhoods, claims that there were “substantial violations” of state open-meeting laws when the L.A. school board selected Aaron Beutner as the new superintendent. The school board has denied the allegations while the L.A. County District Attorney is reviewing the complaint. Daily News

Two men working at a taco truck in East L.A. were robbed at gunpoint following a similar robbery targeting a taco stand in South L.A. At about 2:50 a.m. Thursday morning, three men armed with handguns approached an employee of a taco truck in the 5400 block of Whittier Boulevard and forced the employee at gunpoint into the truck where another employee was inside. They proceeded to take the victims’ cell phones and an undisclosed amount of money. The suspects, adult Latino males, then fled on foot in an unknown direction. The Eastsider

Threats were reported at John Marshall High in Los Feliz on Friday. Police said the threats were not credible, but still deployed officers to the campus. School remained open that day, but attendance appeared to be light. The nature of the threats has not been made public. The Eastsider

Scene of the Week

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