Street artists repaint their Highland Park canvas

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

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HIGHLAND PARK - Two street artists who go by the names of Xtreme and Kastle recently created a colorful new mural near Marmion Way and Avenue 53. It turns out that the two artists have painted murals...

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Family fundraising to rebuild Echo Park grandmother’s home

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

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The family of an 82-year-old woman who lost her Echo Park home in a fire has rallied to her support, maxing out their credit cards to buy building materials and starting a crowd funding effort to...

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On the Agenda: Boyle Heights Metro projects; Echo Park development update; homeless outreach in Eagle Rock

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

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This week’s agenda items include a review of  Metro projects proposed for Boyle Heights, an update on a plans to build 214 residential units on 2.6 acres of land in Echo Park and a homeless...

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Boyle Heights community leader apologizes over “gentrification fence” photo

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

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BOYLE HEIGHTS — An Instagram photo of a fence is something you would not expect to cause much of a stir. But Maria Cabildo – an affordable housing developer, city planning commissioner...

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13-year-old arrested in fatal East L.A. stabbing; a locals-only Highland Park homeless encampment; Metro “starting over” on Mariachi Plaza development

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

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Morning Report: A 13-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old outside an East L.A. middle school ... Homeless encampments that have spread beyond Downtown...

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The begging gets better…enough to entice me at a fast food joint

Sun, Jan 25, 2015

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Yes, the ubiquitous tipping jar got bumped a bit with some humor injected by some bored soul at the Philly’s Best in Monrovia.  

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East L.A. food cycle

Sun, Jan 25, 2015

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EAST LOS ANGELES — Photographer Aurelio Jose Barrera distributes food to the homeless in East Los Angeles once or twice a week. But instead of making his deliveries in a car or van,  Barrera...

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A Walk in the Woods Premieres at Sierra Madre Playhouse

Sat, Jan 24, 2015

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No spoilers. But its a grand performance by all concerned Last night was the opening of Sierra Madre Playhouse’s performance of “A Walk in the Woods”.  It opened to a sold out...

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Weekend Bite: Gelato with a buzz

Sat, Jan 24, 2015

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SILVER LAKE —  The affogato with scoops of vanilla bean and salted caramel gelato over espresso at Pazzo Gelato satisfies your need for coffee and a creamy desert. “They call them...

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State park worker shares his love of the great outdoors with an urban audience

Sat, Jan 24, 2015

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Luis Rincon is surrounded by upturned mounds of earth. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the scene, with views of downtown skyscrapers and warehouses, but this is a state park - Los Angeles State...

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Fatal East L.A. stabbing victim identified; “Togetherness” director selling Eagle Rock home for $1 million; birds banging into Silver Lake windows

Sat, Jan 24, 2015

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Morning Report: The 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death outside of an East L.A. middle school has been identified as Steven Cruz ... Were the birds that banged into a Silver Lake window flying...

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A Groovy Echo Park Pad Offered for Sale

Sat, Jan 24, 2015

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The grooviest house on the market! This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom Echo Park home has soaring open-beamed ceilings and clerestory windows to let the sunshine in. A seamless floor plan makes for...

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No Deal: Flea’s music school drops bid to buy Sunset Junction property

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

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SILVER LAKE —  The Silverlake Conservatory of Music has ended its effort to buy a Sunset Junction parcel for a new school after waging a public campaign to get the land owner to sell and give...

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Teen fatally stabbed with scissors outside East L.A. middle school [updated]

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

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EAST LOS ANGELES – Authorities are looking for the suspect who used a pair of scissors to fatally stab a 14-year-old outside David Wark Griffith Junior High School in East Los Angeles this...

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Lassens’ grand opening in Echo Park; Boyle Heights taqueria reopens; Eagle Rock’s sweet spot for Mexican hot chocolate

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

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ECHO PARK — Lassen’s new store has been open since last fall but the natural foods market is holding a grand opening celebration on Saturday, Jan. 24 featuring vendor demos, prizes,...

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Eastside Open House: Million-dollar Eagle Rock bungalow; Highland Park condo & more

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

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This weekend’s open housing listings range from a million-dollar bungalow in Eagle Rock to a Highland Park condo priced under $300,000. Always check to make sure the open house has not been...

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Eastside Weekend: L.A. Witch at The Echo; Homegirl poetry jam with Black Butterfly; Agents Provocateurs in Echo Park

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

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This weekend's events include a concert by the garage band L.A. Witch, an exhibit of skateboard graphics in Echo Park, a "homegirl poetry jam" and a reading by emerging writers in East L.A.

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Planning for the future of the Southwest Museum; Korean investors chasing after Dodgers; the controversy over a Lincoln Heights street vendor review

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

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Morning Report: The National Trust for Historic Preservation will spearhead an 18-month effort to come up with a plan for the future of the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington ... The Dodgers are...

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A Renovated Mid-Century Modern in the Franklin Hills by ReInhabit

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

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ReInhabit brings a slice of Palm Springs to the Franklin Hills with this meticulously renovated Mid-Century Modern home. Combining creativity and careful execution, the spacious three bedroom, three...

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SUV rolls over during Sunset Boulevard crash

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

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ECHO PARK — A woman was momentarily trapped in her SUV after the vehicle collided with a compact car and rolled over on Sunset Boulevard near Everett Street during the evening rush hour....

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Big & Blue: A review of East L.A.’s new super-sized recycling cart

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

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EAST LOS ANGELES --Sometimes size really does matter, at least when it comes to disposing of trash from our homes. Republic Services, which provides waste disposal for unincorporated East Los...

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Momentum builds for Silver Lake tire slasher reward as vandalism continues

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

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SILVER LAKE - New street lights have been installed and police have promised to be extra vigilant. But the Silver Lake tire slasher has continued to damage more vehicles. Now, some members of the...

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Is the flipper-fueled Eastside housing market cooling down?

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

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Which L.A. neighborhoods will be the hottest this year when it comes to home prices and sales?  You won’t find any on the Eastside, according Redfin’s Hottest Neighborhoods of 2015...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House to reopen next month with a 24-hour open house

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

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LOS FELIZ — After being closed to the public for several years, the Hollyhock House, the famed landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, will reopen to the public on Feb. 13 after undergoing a...

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Highland Park veterinarian dies; charter school co-founder running in L.A. Unified board race; Council District 4 debate a “madhouse”; groovy Echo Park home selling for $749,000

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

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Morning Report: Rolando P. Vasquez, co-owner of North Figueroa Animal Hospital in Highland Park, has died from lung cancer ... Ref Rodriguez, the co-founder of a chain of charter schools who is...

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Adventures in blogging…care to join us?

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

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I’m telling you, I’ve had the best adventures since I started blogging.  Most are because I used my “media credentials” to kick open doors and invite myself into new...

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Eagle Rock High students give campus quad a makeover

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

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EAGLE ROCK — The quad at Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High looked like a giant dust bowl, with much of the grass having given way to dirt in the busy gathering space. But the same spot now sports a...

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National preservation group steps into Southwest Museum fray [updated]

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

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MOUNT WASHINGTON — The National Trust for Historic Preservation is scheduled to make an announcement on Thursday  “about the future” of  Southwest Museum, the city’s first...

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