Pickup truck drives through Gold Line tunnel; legal pot up for sale; did cold weather freeze out crime?

Eastside Review

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

  • A pickup truck drove for about a mile through a Metro Gold Line tunnel as a suspected vehicle thief allegedly tried to flee police. Authorities said they pursued 27-year-old Rafael Lopez Jr. through East L.A. until he jumped the Gold Line tracks and entered the tunnel at E. 1st Street near Lorena Street in Boyle Heights. The Eastsider
  • Temporary permits to sell cannabis for recreational use have been issued so far to about a hundred businesses citywide. Only a few of those shops and businesses permitted to engage in “commercial cannabis activity” are on the Eastside. But the list is growing. The Eastsider
  • Police calls seems to have dropped during L.A.’s most recent cold weather spell, according to LAPD officers at three Eastside stations – though officials had no hard numbers. “When it’s cold, people tend to stay indoors, so there is less interaction between potential victims and suspects,” said Lt. Michael Mabie with the Los Angeles Department Rampart Division. The Eastsider
  • A protest was held outside the LAPD Hollenbeck Division station over the fatal shooting of Christian Escobedo last month by police officers. Police said they were responding to reports of a man with a gun in the 3400 block of North Amethyst Street in El Sereno when the 22-year-old Escobedo was fatally shot. Family and friends dispute the police account, saying Escobedo had fallen asleep a few blocks from his home after walking from El Monte. ABC 7
  • An entire safe was stolen from the Village Bakery & Cafe in Atwater Village during a burglary early Friday, according to the bakery’s Instagram and Facebook page. Village Bakery has posted a blurry, black-and-white surveillance camera shot of the burglars, who also took computer and stereo equipment. The Eastsider
  • The Bureau of Sanitation says it needs more than double the money it currently receives to remove homeless encampments. Cleanup requests have nearly tripled to about 1,900 a month during the past three years. The department is requesting $17 million for its Clean Streets Program in the coming fiscal year compared to this year’s $6.4 million. L.A. Times
  • An armed robbery suspect fleeing the CHP struck a pedestrian near Velasco Street and Gleason Avenue in Boyle Heights Tuesday night before abandoning the vehicle and running into the neighborhood. ABC 7
  • Congressman Adam Schiff is not thinking about running for president in 2020. But thanks for asking. “I certainly have not been thinking about it and am not running,” Schiff told L.A. Times political columnist George Skelton. “But I have to say, I’m surprised about how many people have been asking me about it.” The representative from California’s 27th District – which includes Atwater Village, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Los Feliz and Silver Lake – has attracted attention and many fans for challenging President Trump over national security and other issues. L.A. Times
  • The cost of the Glendale-Hyperion bridge between Atwater Village and Silver Lake is now estimated at $62 million – up from the $50 million discussed back in 2015. The Eastsider
  • A doctor at L.A. County-USC Medical Center in Lincoln Heights said she was sexually assaulted by another doctor at the hospital in 2015. Dr. Guillermo A. Cortes has denied he assaulted Dr. Meena Zareh in a doctors’ call room, and the District Attorney has so far declined to file charges because of a lack of evidence. But a civil lawsuit has been filed over the matter, and L.A. County Sheriff Department investigators say the case remains open and are looking for other potential victims. L.A. Times
  • An excessive use of force lawsuit has been filed over the October 2016 shooting that took place when officers responded to a brawl outside The Short Stop bar in Echo Park.  Andres Ramirez was shot twice in the back by police as he fled from the scene of the fight, which involved an off-duty LAPD officer. Police said Ramirez was armed  but his lawyer said Ramirez did not use or point the weapon at police.  ABC 7
  • Seven people were injured, including two pedestrians, when two cars collided Friday afternoon in the 2900 block of Division Street on the border of Cypress Park and Glassell Park. One of the vehicles struck two pedestrians as a result of the crash. Three persons were described in fair condition and the others in good condition. LAFD

Residential fires

  • Cypress Park: Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in a one-story home in the 2800 block of Macon Street in Cypress Park. The fire was limited to an area near a wall heater and a portion of the attic. No injuries reported. LAFD
  • East Hollywood: A vacant home in the 800 block of N. Edgemont Street in East Hollywood collapsed after it was engulfed in flames. It took firefighters about 24 minutes to put out the blaze near L.A. City College. No injuries were reported, and the cause of fire had not been determined. LAFD
  • Echo Park: A rubbish fire broke out in what appears to have been a homeless encampment next to the maintenance building at Echo Park Lake. There were no reports of injuries. But one side of the brick building was blackened by smoke. The debris included charred bikes, chairs, cans and a bag of golf clubs. The Eastsider
  • Mt. Washington: One person was treated for smoke inhalation during a fire that engulfed the second floor of a Mt. Washington home in the 1100 block of Oban Drive. KTLA

Picture of the Week

Photo by Dean Decent

  • What the heck is that? That’s what Dean Decent wondered last week when he spotted this strange looking object being pulled out of Echo Park Lake. It seems to be one of the “fish attractors” that were installed underwater a few years back. The Eastsider
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