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August 31, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
It's the stuff professional bug trappers dream of. As he peered at the first fly trap of the day, Ignacio Velazquez spotted his mottled foe, wriggling frantically under the magnifying lens. "I think I actually found one," said the 13-year veteran of the state's Department of Food and Agriculture, a hint of caution in his voice. "At this point, we'd call it a suspect." With 10,000 traps set statewide and about 200 trappers on the prowl, it was a needle-in-a-haystack discovery for Velazquez, an agriculture technician hunting for crop-destroying psyllids in the fruit-tree-lush neighborhood of Echo Park.
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.
May 21, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Elizabeth Fischbach became obsessed with a dingy little bar named Lupita's tucked into a 1920s-era storefront on Temple Street. It wasn't the lime green walls, dirty pool table or murals of naked women that drew her to the boite. It was a sense of familiarity that she couldn't quite place. When Lupita's closed down and went up for rent last March, Fischbach — who was working as a studio manager for a fashion designer — decided to lease it even though she had never owned a bar. More than a year later, she reopened the bar, where the ragged edges of Filipinotown and Echo Park meet just northwest of downtown L.A., as a minimalist beer and wine hall called 1642.
March 4, 1993
Echo Park Lake was stocked with hundreds of rainbow trout last week as part of a California Department of Fish and Game program to provide trout fishing opportunities to city dwellers. Echo Park, one of five urban lakes in the program, received about 400 pounds of trout (between 700 to 800 half-pound fish) from the Fillmore Hatchery in Ventura County, according to hatchery manager Jim Adams. He said that this is the first time the lake has been planted with fish in six years.
September 7, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Bands change. Bassists leave, to be replaced by others. As Spinal Tap can well attest, drummers vanish, overdose, spontaneously combust. After the genius Who percussionist Keith Moon died, former Faces drummer Kenney Jones, no slouch, tried to fill in. The Rolling Stones haven't toured with Bill Wyman in ages. Dude from Sublime died, but Sublime (with Rome) still tours. The Doors went on the road with Ian Astbury of the Cult as their lead singer, for heaven's sake.  These are challenging events for fans, not to be taken lightly.
December 6, 2009 | By Steffie Nelson
Tavin, a colorful gypsy caravan of a shop that opened in Echo Park in July, feels like it was plucked from an old cobblestone street on Paris' Left Bank and transported to Los Angeles. Bird cages, jelly jars and Victorian garments dangle from the ceiling; rustic shelves and cabinets are crammed with books, hats, beaded purses and mirrored textiles; and the walls are a dusky pink plaster whose patina might have come from years of burning candles and incense. An opulent, eclectic collection of vintage and designer clothes hangs from old ballet barres; here, a sequined top ($34)
June 7, 2010 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Victual voyeurism reaches staggering heights at Mooi, the new raw and vegan restaurant that opened two weeks ago in Echo Park's historic Jensen's Rec Center. Order a plate of orange jackfruit chicken over rice and within seconds of the dish's arrival, you'll feel eyes on you. Lots of them. A diner or two might even approach and ask what you're eating. Five or six others, having taken in the contents of your plate with more than a glancing curiosity will then train the cold digital eye of a camera or iPhone on their own meals.
June 6, 1993 | JEB BRIGHOUSE, Jeb Brighouse, 56, is founder of the Echo Park Renters and Homeowners Assn. and a member of the community group Echo Park 2000. Brighouse, who has lived in Echo Park 18 years, is also a former political science teacher at Glendale Community College. He was interviewed by Regina Paris. and
Echo Park is a historical area with roots that go back a century. There are people of all races, income levels and educational backgrounds--which is a microcosm of what every city in America should be. Echo Park 2000 was proposed at a community meeting that was held in response to last year's riots. We wanted to form an organization to define what kind of community we wanted to have and protect.
July 8, 1999 | ROBIN RAUZI
Before there was Hollywood, there was Echo Park--or, as it was known at the time, Edendale. Early movie studios, including the Selig Co. and the Sennett-Keystone, had their "lots" on Glendale Boulevard, north of Sunset Boulevard. The Keystone Kops silent comedies were filmed in the area's streets. Tom Mix used its then-rural hills for early westerns. The studios are long gone, but Echo Park still contains lots of local history.
October 7, 2001 | RACHEL KREISEL
You've got to promise not to tell anyone," says Vic. His voice drops to a conspiratorial hush. "There's a fossilized whalebone on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park." Vic, a local artist (and a fossil in his own right as the son of old-line Lefties), has visions of corporate entrepreneurs transforming his quirky neighborhood into a paleo theme park.
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