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School shooting near Echo Park; Dodgers could host All-Stars; burned body in Cypress Park

Feb 4, 2018

Eastside Review
EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

  • A 12-year-old girl has been booked in connection with an apparent accidental shooting that wounded two students — one of them critically — inside a classroom at Sal Castro Middle School just south of Echo Park. The shooting left a 15-year-old boy in critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the temple and a 15-year-old girl in fair condition after being shot in the arm, according to police and fire department reports. In addition to the two students who were shot, three others — including a 30-year-old female, an 11-year-old-male and a 12-year-old female — sustained minor injuries described as cuts and abrasions, mostly likely from broken glass, said the L.A. Fire Department. The Eastsider
  • Baseball’s Major League All Star Game could happen here in 2020. The Dodgers are apparently in the running to host the game as well as related events during All-Star Week. It would be the first time the ballpark hosted the All-Star match since 1980. While there has been no official decision yet, the team is getting things in order just in case. Councilman Gil Cedillo of District 1 introduced a motion saying that the Dodgers have agreed to pay $100,000 to cover the cost of additional services – such as law enforcement and traffic management – that the city would provide during All-Star Week. The motion does not say how much cost that city would actually incur but notes that the week-long event has typically provided a $90 million economic boost to host city thanks to fan spending. The City Council must approve the deal. Dodger Blue & L.A. City
  • Congressman Adam Schiff has asked the Army Corps of Engineers to stop using an herbicide in the L.A. River that some studies and government health agencies have linked to cancer. Pasadena Star News
  • A body was found burned to death in the parking lot of the Cypress Park Home Depot, and authorities are working to find the dead person’s identity. Firefighters found it when responding to reports of an early morning rubbish fire. The Eastsider
  • Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights is in danger of closing, and a fundraiser has been launched to save it. “We are on the brink of closing down because we can’t pay our rent,” said founder and Real Women Have Curves author Josefina Lopez in a video fundraising appeal. “So, we need your financial support – now.” The nonprofit theater is seeking monthly contributions of at least $25 from 350 donors. Broadway World
  • The man charged accused of setting fires at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights and three other houses of worship during the past two years now faces 20 felony counts that include arson, vandalism of religious property and other crimes. Christian Michael Garcia, 27, of La Puente faces a maximum prison sentence of 23 years if convicted.  L.A. TimesDistrict Attorney
  • Affordable housing could replace five public parking lots in Lincoln Heights. But there has been a lot of buzz in the neighborhood about what exactly the city’s plans for that entail. Some claim these lots near the shops and restaurants of North Broadway will be turned into homeless centers and the sites for 1,000 apartments. Officials have refuted that number and other claims. The Eastsider
  • The city’s program to reduce traffic fatalities on city streets fell short of its goal last year amid opposition to “road diets” designed to slow down motorists and increase safety. Traffic deaths declined 6% last year, far short of the 20% goal set under the Vision Zero Program. Daily News
  • Four suspects in a fatal shooting have been arrested, and a “significant cache” of weapons and narcotics has been seized in connection with the death earlier this month of a 23-year-old man in Elysian Park, police said. The Eastsider
  • A pedestrian on the northbound 5 Freeway was killed near Ditman Avenue in East Los Angeles after being struck by several cars. L.A. Times
  • A new traffic signal has been activated on Sunset Boulevard at Mohawk Street on a curving section of roadway that has been the scene of frequent collisions, some of them deadly. The new light and crosswalks mean that motorists will now face three traffic signals in a short, four-block stretch between Alvarado Street and Rosemont Avenue. But pedestrians will gain a safer place to cross Sunset. The Eastsider
  • L.A. bungalow courts “are increasingly at risk” as soaring land values prompt owners to sell the properties for development. Only about 350 bungalow courts remain across the city. Curbed L.A.
  • The city paid more than $19 million last year to settle lawsuits filed over the death and injuries of cyclists on damaged city streets.  Some of the largest settlements involved cases in which city did not repair broken pavement or fill potholes despite complaints being filed by residents or work crews. L.A. Times
  • The intersection of Figueroa Street and Avenue 41 is being named in honor of Bobby Brown, who was fatally shot there 34 years ago after leaving a nearby gay bar. Writer Helin Jung interviewed Brown’s sisters and boyfriend to find out more about the man who is being honored. The Eastsider
  • The widow of a 76-year-old Lincoln Heights man who died after being attacked by two pit bulls last year has filed a lawsuit against the dogs’ owners and is seeking damages. My News LA
  • The legacy of Eastern Group Publications, the Eastside newspaper publisher which shut down operations after nearly 40 years in business. L.A. Times
  • Gum has been scraped off the sidewalk by volunteers who are tired of the numerous flattened remains that dot Highland Park. Blame years of visitors to restaurants and boutiques along Figueroa. The Eastsider
  • An 8-year-old girl was allegedly grabbed and threatened with a knife in the Echo Park Walgreens. Police arrested a suspect they believe may have been on drugs. He ran off but was later apprehended by officers. ABC 7

Photo of the Week

Photo by Brenda Rees

  • The second Glow Ball Night Golf took place at the Los Feliz Golf Course in Atwater Village. It’s night golf played with the lights off, using balls that glow in the dark. The Eastsider
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