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August 14, 1986
Nine Los Angeles City firefighters were injured early today when part of the ceiling of a flame-filled Echo Park restaurant collapsed. The blaze, which broke out at 2:55 a.m. in a commercial complex at 1716 W. Sunset Blvd., was extinguished in 42 minutes. All the firefighters were released after treatment for head and neck injuries, authorities said. Damage to the Senor Burrito Restaurant and adjoining Fashion Five store was estimated at $125,000.
July 15, 1993
The Echo Park Improvement Assn. is holding its next graffiti removal effort on Saturday. Community members are invited to meet at 8:30 a.m. in the city parking lot next to 1160 Glendale Blvd. Volunteers are asked to wear old clothes. The association will provide paint, rollers and brushes. There will be a free pizza lunch provided by Domino's. "We find that if we have an environment that has a lot of tagging, criminals feel real comfortable doing drug sales, mugging and loitering.
July 15, 1993
The Echo Park Improvement Assn. is a recipient of the Community Service Award by the Criminal Justice Panel of the Los Angeles city attorney's office. The association was nominated for the award by Capt. Robert Riley and Officer Joe Writer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Northeast Division. About six to 10 civic groups, individuals, or community associations are selected each year for the award, said Mike Qualls, spokesman for the city attorney's office.
May 20, 2001
What's the story behind your glass art? I saw a blue bottle in the supermarket and put it in the sun in the windowsill. I had an epiphany and started putting them together. We have evolved to love that lazy "S" shape; it's all over our bodies and in nature. How do people respond to your yard? They come from around the world: Finland, Japan, Scandinavia. I have no idea how they hear about it. Three college girls from Denmark have sent two different Danish couples here. Once at about 1 a.m.
January 16, 2009 | Jessica Gelt
Why would a woman who spent seven years working on the wildly popular "CSI" franchise give it up to open an Echo Park wine bar? To many an aspiring Angeleno in the entertainment industry, that would be a mystery worthy of Horatio Caine himself. But for 37-year-old Nicole Daddio, who left a position as associate producer of brand management on the shows to open up City Sip on Sunset and Alvarado, the move was a no-brainer.
March 9, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals did a few things right when it opened its new West Coast headquarters in Echo Park last month. First, PETA spent $7.4 million buying and renovating its 82-year-old building, equipping it with such eco-industrial flourishes as a restored Art Deco facade, exposed ducts, vintage glass casement windows and cork flooring. Next, the animal rights group brought in 60 jobs - mostly transfers from its main office in Norfolk, Va. - but some local hires as well.
August 18, 2012
Training for stair-climbing events isn't easy without stairs, which is why people in L.A. are at a disadvantage compared with those who live in 60-story apartment buildings in Manhattan. According to Chris Solarz, who last year set a Guinness World Record with 33,000 feet of stairs climbed in 12 hours and was ranked sixth in the world in 2010, you need at least 30 continuous floors for good training. That's roughly 650 steps. You'll probably have to settle for fewer in L.A. The Aon building opens three times a week for climbers in the three months before the Fight for Air Climb in March, and the YMCA event, this year on Sept.
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.
February 28, 1993
A group of residents will again be cleaning up graffiti Saturday morning. Organized by the Echo Park Improvement Assn., the paint-outs are conducted every other month and target primarily Sunset Boulevard businesses, according to organizer Yeu-Wei Yee. About 30 Echo Park residents and 30 teen-agers from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps work for three hours, painting over graffiti with supplies provided by the city's Operation Clean Sweep program, Yee said.
August 19, 1993
Grass-roots community organizations are putting together an "Echo Park Mural Fest '93" on Friday to unify the neighborhood and to honor 15 local youths for restoring a mural at the entrance to Elysian Park. The potluck event, from 6 to 9 p.m.
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