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August 23, 2012
EVENTS The young Echo Park Rising festival — cobbled together in the wake of Sunset Junction's demise — features top-shelf locals No, Black Apples, Gothic Tropic, Hands and Dante Vs. Zombies among its many attractions in its second year. Various times and venues in Echo Park, Sat. Free. echoparkrising.com.
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April 10, 2014
Re "Team dusts off an old way to stadium," April 4 With the new baseball season comes an old problem: congestion on the streets around Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers' new ownership is making significant investments in the team, stadium and community, and that's creating excitement for this season. The Dodgers want the best experience for fans and neighbors alike. Now it's time for the city to do its part and work with the team and the community to improve on the current traffic mess.
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OPINION
February 6, 2014
Re "Locos no longer locals," Feb. 4 As The Times notes in its article about gentrification and gangs in Echo Park, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer did address the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (of which I am a member) on the subject of supporting a gang injunction. What the article doesn't report is that the council voted against the injunction. Seeing this as an attempt by developers to market the community as "hipster ready" to potential buyers, the council was convinced that the injunction promised great harm, including racial profiling and guilty-by-association policing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The dreaded Giants were in town and Dodger fans were out in force on opening day, tailgating, wearing the blue and turning Elysian Park into a giant latrine. Chad Kline of Echo Park was walking his dog, Lola, early Friday morning when he saw fans hiking up into the bushes between Scott and Academy Roads to water the plants. "I went up to these three motorcycle officers … and informed them about 15 gentlemen were urinating in the park and I said, 'I think it's illegal, what are you going to do about it?
NEWS
March 30, 2012 | By Patt Morrison
Echo Park is at least a half-hipster hipster neighborhood now, but what it was when Brando Skyhorse was growing up there was quite different: one of the working-class parts of town ringing Dodger Stadium, home to a lot of Latinos, among them Skyhorse's family. I talked to him a while back about his novel "The Madonnas of Echo Park," and just popped off an email to him this week to congratulate him on the news that HBO is working on making "Madonnas" into a dramatic series.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt
Over the last decade, Echo Park has morphed from a largely ethnic neighborhood populated by mom-and-pop shops and small restaurants serving simple Mexican and Central American fare to one of the hottest bar-hopping neighborhoods in town. With more than a dozen bars and restaurants within walking distance along Sunset Boulevard and more on the horizon, the neighborhood is changing into the "it" place to be at night. 1. Mohawk Bend Tentatively scheduled to open in mid-February, this 10,000-square-foot full-service bar and restaurant is being built in the nearly 100-year-old Ramona theater next door to the vegetarian hot spot Elf Cafe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
Under ordinary circumstances, I wouldn't find a way to get porn and hunger into the same column. But when you fish for a living, you never know what you might catch. The story begins with my neighbor Hilda working out one morning at Curves, where her buddy Gloria from Echo Park tells her about a mysterious problem she's having with gay sex magazines.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2011
Modernist complex overlooks Echo Park Location: 1701 Clinton St. #316, Los Angeles 90026 Size: Two bedrooms and one bathroom in 834 square feet Published on: Jan. 3, 2010 Listed then for: $399,000 Listed now for: $379,000 Price reduced: 5% . Contemporary condos on Venice boardwalk Location: 419 Ocean Front Walk, Venice 90291 Size: Unit A has three bedrooms,...
FOOD
November 11, 2009 | Jessica Gelt; Mary MacVean
A raw, vegan and organic restaurant called Mooi is being built in the corner space of the Jensen Rec Center at Sunset Boulevard and Logan Street in Echo Park. Party promoter Stephen Hauptführ began a raw, vegan catering company after hosting dinner parties and realizing that his talents were in demand. It wasn't long before he began contemplating opening a restaurant. Mooi is set to open by the holidays. The ground floor and main dining room (there will be private dining on the mezzanine)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2012
MUSIC Patrick Wolf, Zola Jesus and the Big Pink headline the sprawling Filter magazine Culture Collide Festival in Echo Park. It leans a little heavily on British rock as a major culture for colliding, but it's a strong bill nonetheless. Various venues, Echo Park. Thu.-Sun. $20. culturecollide.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Not long ago, Barbara and Ethan Gruska - the fresh-faced siblings at the core of L.A.'s Belle Brigade - were deep in a rehearsal with their two bandmates. The goal that afternoon was reworking the songs on the Belle Brigade's self-titled 2011 debut so that they fit alongside tunes from the group's just-finished follow-up. It took some doing. A sunny blast of retro West Coast folk-pop, "The Belle Brigade" pulled deeply (and openly) from crowd-pleasing forebears such as the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac. The new album, by contrast, begins with a digitally processed train whistle laid atop a booming drumbeat.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | By August Brown
Bradley Hanan Carter feared the worst about his future. The New Zealander singer-songwriter had spent much of the 2000s with his rock band, Steriogram, that was on a major label and had a track in an Apple commercial. Since landing in L.A. though, his music career had fallen off. He wondered if he'd have to pack it all in soon. FOR THE RECORD: Echo Park's NO: In the March 8 Calendar section, a profile of the Echo Park band NO said that its record label, Arts & Crafts Records, is based in Montreal.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
These days it gets so crowded at the Low End Theory in Lincoln Heights that by 11 p.m. the door guys stop letting people in. The long-running weekly beat music club, which helped propel the careers of Flying Lotus, DJ Nobody, Nosaj Thing, Tokimonsta, Gaslamp Killer and others, draws fans from around the world who line up each Wednesday. The goal: to gain entry to the second-floor room with a capacity of a few hundred, featuring gut-vibrating bass cabinets, sweat on the walls and nonstop rhythms.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A long-vacant office tower in a complex on Sunset Boulevard designed decades ago by famed Los Angeles architect William Pereira is being transformed into an upscale 96-unit apartment building known as the Elysian. The sparsely occupied stretch of Sunset on the eastern edge of Echo Park was perhaps best known as the office headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, which provides drinking water to six southern California counties, until it moved downtown in 1994. The tower has been vacant since the MWD moved, said Leonard Hill, a partner at Linear City Development.
OPINION
February 25, 2014
Re "L.A. geography lesson," Mailbag, Feb. 22 After reading the letters on the Eastside-Westside debate, I had to chime in, as people seem to be missing the point. They are looking to pinpoint an exact, literal spot where East becomes West. Do these same people go to Thousand Oaks and tell the city to change its name because there are not, in fact, exactly 1,000 oak trees? The dividing line between East and West is not a street, it's a state of mind. It's how you decide to live your life in this great city.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Robert Greene, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
“It's less attractive every year to own an automobile here,”  says Echo Park resident Ryan Johnson, looking up from his bike. Johnson notes the rising cost of parking, the traffic, the hassle. “It's just easier to live without a car. And I don't miss it at all.” Johnson is still in the minority in Los Angeles, but it's a growing minority. He is one of several cyclists featured in “City Cyclists - Competing for Space,” one of two Los Angeles Times videos following the evolving relationship between cyclists and drivers on city streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz
Christian Lara was on his way home from work early Thursday when he got a call from his apartment manager saying the Echo Park building was on fire. He said he immediately thought of his two roommates -- his cousin and his brother. Lara, 33, said later Thursday that when he arrived in the 1000 block of North Bonnie Brae Street, he found his cousin on the ground, injured after jumping from a window in their second-floor apartment. He said he yelled for his brother, who he identified as 23-year-old Diego Alberto, but got no response.  "The fire by then had consumed most of the building," Lara said, adding that Los Angeles Fire Department officials later told him his brother was still inside.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Barnyard: Opening on Friday in Venice is the new Barnyard , helmed by Tasting Kitchen alum Jesse Barber. Barber, who also worked at Thomas Keller's French Laundry and Bouchon , succeeds chef Jeremy Fox after he split with the owners this summer. The Pacific Avenue restaurant's menu focuses on local ingredients but skews Mediterranean: olive-oil-poached baby octopus with fresh chickpeas; French fries with harissa and creme fraiche; honey-glazed ribs; clams with white beans and fennel; prawns with olives and romesco; braised sausage and cabbage; kale with sunchokes and marcona almonds; lamb and seared escarole; risotto allo pilota (Italian fried rice)
OPINION
February 6, 2014
Re "Better history through storytelling," Opinion, Feb. 3 Nicholas Meyer thinks that "no one learns history (or civics, remember them?) anymore. " He blames the "dismantled" school system and says movies that are based on history but alter facts are picking up the slack. The same complaint appeared in the New York Times - on April 4, 1943, in an article with the title, "Ignorance of U.S. History Shown by College Freshmen. " It reported that only 25% of the students knew that Abraham Lincoln was the president during the Civil War and that only 15% knew where Portland, Ore., was. In 1930, Thomas Briggs of Columbia Teachers College reported that high school students had no idea who Solon was and were unable to define the Monroe Doctrine.
OPINION
February 6, 2014
Re "Locos no longer locals," Feb. 4 As The Times notes in its article about gentrification and gangs in Echo Park, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer did address the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (of which I am a member) on the subject of supporting a gang injunction. What the article doesn't report is that the council voted against the injunction. Seeing this as an attempt by developers to market the community as "hipster ready" to potential buyers, the council was convinced that the injunction promised great harm, including racial profiling and guilty-by-association policing.
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