Scenes, sightings & stories from 2014

Dec 31, 2014


Where did the year go? The Eastsider was busy in 2014 covering everything from homicides to million-dollar home sales. We have our favorites but sometimes readers have other ideas about what’s popular. Here are a dozen of the top stories, based on page views, from 2014:

Eastside Property: Welcome to Echo Park’s million-dollar row

Park Drive has long been one of Echo Park’s most desirable streets, with sweeping views across the city and a location next to Elysian Park. To underscore Park Drive’s prime hilltop location, a trio of  million-dollar home sales has taken place within approximately the last  six weeks.  Read More>>>

What a difference 2+ years makes on York Boulevard

York Boulevard has undergone plenty of change in the last few years, with numerous businesses coming and going on the Highland Park street. The stretch of road that has been deemed L.A.’s coolest street (whatever that means) doesn’t show any signs of slowing down with the pace of new boutique, restaurants and gallery openings. But how much change has actually taken place? Read More>>>

The new look of Echo Park? Neighborhood council endorses 214-unit residential development

The Echo Park neighborhood council has given its blessing to one of the largest residential developments proposed for the area – a 214-unit residential complex that would rise as tall as five stories and stretch for nearly 700 feet along Sunset Boulevard. But while the council endorsed the project last week, it was clear that many board members who supported the complex would have preferred a much smaller development. Read More>>>

Eagle Rock says goodbye to Ernie Jr’s Taco House

Photo by Brenda Rees

The mystery continues at Ernie Jr’s Taco House, which quietly announced that it would serve up its last Grande Burrito and platters of Mexican-American food this coming Saturday, April 19. Read More>>>

Echo Park market prepares to close in the face of steep rent increase

For nearly 50 years, El Batey No. 2 has anchored the corner of Echo Park and Delta Avenues at the bottom of a brick apartment building. Here, a 74-year-old woman named Evelia has tended to the family business that served a primarily Latino clientele with all manner of merchandise, from soda and Mexican foods to beer and cleaning supplies. Now, after watching the block gentrify with boutiques, a coffee house and gourmet grocery, El Batey is preparing to close early next month after failing to come to terms with the new landlord. Representatives of the new owners have talked about raising the rent approximately 300%, said Ramon Pack III, an attorney and Evelia’s son. “Not only is that not feasible, it’s a slap in the face,” he said. Read More>>>

One killed in Silver Lake area shooting

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One person was killed this morning after they were shot outside a Del Taco restaurant on Sunset Boulevard near Fountain Avenue, reports CBS2. The 11 a.m. shooting prompted the lock down of nearby Thomas Starr King Middle School. Read More>>>

Northeast L.A. drinking water showed signs of fecal contamination

Fecal bacteria were present in samples of drinking water taken last month in Northeast L.A. but later testing showed no further signs of contamination, according to the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Read More>>>

Police investigating Echo Park stabbing death

The man who was stabbed during a Friday night argument with three suspects on Sunset Boulevard has died from his wounds, police said today. Read More>>>

Is the new Highland Park Starbucks really that bad?

Whether or not you are a fan of the Starbucks brand, they have a well-developed approach to store design. Their mission statement says, “we design our stores to reflect the unique character of the neighborhoods they serve.” No wonder Highland Park residents are not happy with the new Starbucks, it shows a lack of respect for the neighborhood. Read More>>>

Echo Park and Silver Lake squawking about parrots

Photo by Daniel Merrill

The skies above certain parts of Echo Park and Silver Lake have been rather noisy lately. No, it’s not the drone of police and TV helicopters. It’s the squawking of parrots. Read More>>>

Anti-gentrification protest rolls down York Boulevard

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A group of anti-gentrification protestors – some of them masked and waving banners – paraded down the sidewalks of York Boulevard tonight, taping “Eviction Notices” on new businesses and prompting some heated remarks and exchanges on Twitter. The protestors appeared as many of the York Boulevard shops were preparing for the monthly art walk. Read More>>>

Highland Park residents share stories of gentrification during Saturday night demonstration & vigil

Photo by Nathan Solis

Photo by Nathan Solis


A silent, candlelight procession marched down Figueroa Street on Saturday night to vacant apartment buildings where people gathered to hear poignant speeches about being displaced from the neighborhood in the second gentrification demonstration to take place in recent weeks. Read More>>>


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