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Original Article By Brenda Rees for The Eastsider LA

Eagle Rock — After taking L.A. County’s new Voting Solutions for All People system for a test ride this weekend at a mock election, my husband Jim and I were impressed with the streamlined technology and user-friendly system.

We can also happily report that the best parts of voting will still be intact: receiving a paper voter booklet in the mail, having human interactions to (if you choose) bookend the physical experience, and being handed the “I Voted” sticker.

The turnout at the Yosemite Recreation Center may have been small compared to the glitz of other high-profile locations (with food trucks, giveaways and possible celeb sightings), but the voting staff were eager to walk us through the process.

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Remember volunteers leafing through a huge paper roster of names and then you signing upside down on a ruler at check-in? Gone. A new electronic system efficiently found me and physically printed out my ballot with QR code denoting my election history, party preference and precinct area.

This new system eliminates the need for provisional ballots, allowing voters to vote at any one of 1,000 vote centers that will located around the county; you’re not tied to vote ONLY at your precinct.

Also, remember that voting will now be an 11-day affair to counter excuses about “finding time to vote.”

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Original Article Credit By Jesus Sanchez for The Eastsider LA
Eagle Rock — A film nonprofit plans to reopen the legendary Vidiots video store along with an independent theater inside the former Eagle Theatre.

Vidiots Foundation is launching a fundraising drive as it prepares to renovate the 90-year-old theater at Eagle Rock Boulevard and Yosemite Drive with new sound and projection systems, the organization announced on its website. An adjacent storefront will stock Vidiots’ more than 50,000 titles on DVD, BluRay, and VHS for rent.

Vidiots closed its landmark Santa Monica store in 2017 after a 35-year-run that saw it become a favorite destination for those seeking hard-to-find film titles.

The announcement by the Vidiots Foundation, the nonprofit that took over the collection, comes a few months after an effort began to bring back movies to 200-seat theater, which has served as a church for the past two decades.

The approximately 9,400-square-foot building, which was most recently home to a church and dance studio, is now vacant, with the landlord asking nearly $19,000 a month.

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“Bringing the Eagle Theatre back and providing L.A. with a long-needed new film space is thrilling,” said foundation Executive Director Maggie Mackay. “Vidiots at the Eagle is a community space created by and for film lovers and filmmakers. We welcome and encourage everyone who believes in our mission to join us as we work towards opening in Fall 2020!”

In addition to the original 200-seat theater, which will screen repertory, new independent and classic titles, the foundation also plans to create a smaller, 50-seat theater for smaller screenings, events and workshops. The plans is for Vidiots to operate seven days a week and offer daily screenings and special programs.

The theater was originally called the Yosemite Theatre, which played silent films and two days of vaudeville acts, according to Cinema Treasures, a website devoted to old movie houses. It was also known as the New Eagle Theatre and, during the 1970s, screened adult films as part of the Pussycat chain.

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Original Article Credit to Mike Sonksen for KCET.org

The rampant gentrification of Eagle Rock and Highland Park is one of the most talked about issues in Los Angeles over the last decade and it continues at a breakneck pace. “Taking Back the Boulevard,” a new book from Occidental College Professor Jan Lin, not only documents the current situation in these two adjacent neighborhoods but it tells a bigger story of the artists and activists that have called Eagle Rock and Highland Park home for over a century. The key question of the book that its narrative centers on is: “Will the streets of Northeast L.A. remain a place for immigrants to pursue their American dreams as gentrification continues to unfold?”

The title of the book refers to a number of methods of “taking back the boulevard.” Initially the term came from a campaign of the Eagle Rock Association called Take Back the Boulevard (TBIB). But in the book, “taking back refers to the social agency of people who take to the streets to oppose unwanted urban development, gentrification, and the accompanying eviction and displacement, gentrification, and the accompanying eviction and displacement process and demands for housing rights.”

Lin celebrates the social agency and heroic efforts of programs including TBIB, and groups such as the Northeast Los Angeles Alliance (NELA), the Occidental College Students United Against Gentrification, Friends of Highland Park and the LA Tenants Union to take back their boulevard and hold on to their neighborhood even in spite of market forces and the efforts of carpetbagger developers and emerging transplants. He spotlights a litany of strategies these groups are using to fight gentrification in order to create “a more socially just, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable urban future.” Lin knows all of these groups because he lives in the area and he has been a participant-observer in the processes he writes about.

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The book’s subtitle outlines further its larger purpose: “Art, Activism and Gentrification in Los Angeles.” The text examines the evolving built environment along Figueroa and Colorado Boulevards over the last 100 plus years to meticulously document the history of Highland Park and Eagle Rock’s historic architecture, their patterns of development, their shifts in migration, the residential succession, the rise of community movements and most recently, waves of gentrification. Lin’s account mixes his 20 years of field experience in the area with quantitative research using street- and community-level experiences of neighborhood transition to document the shifts.

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Original Article Credit By Mary Lynch for Boulevard Sentinel

The Eagle Rock Music Festival, now in its 20th year, is getting a makeover. Instead of a one-day event on Colorado Boulevard, the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock (CFAER) will present a series of events in the coming year to showcase local music talent in local venues.

CFAER Director Melinda Ann Farrell said the new format will allow for a focus on local bands and more performances overall.

It will also solve certain recurring problems with the street festival version of the Eagle Rock Music Festival. Many local merchants have long been unhappy with the boulevard closure on festival day and food trucks that compete with local eateries.

With the new format, local bands get to play for local audiences and local merchants are happy.

Entitled the “20th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival,” the music series kicks off with three performances at CFAER, 2225 Colorado Blvd:
Filipinx Night of Music + Dance on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
NELA Music, a concert by six local artists and groups on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Global Rhythm Fest on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

All performances: $10 for ages 12 and older, free for under age 12 / RSVP at [email protected] / For more information visit: cfaer.org or call 323-561-3044, ext. 223.

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Original Article Credit By Bianca Barragan for LA Curbed

The shuttered Tokio Florist on Hyperion Avenue—one of the last remaining markers of LA’s “once-abundant flower growing industry”—is a big step closer to becoming a city landmark.

In a 4-0 vote, the cultural heritage commission moved today to declare the half-acre Silver Lake property, along with the 1911-built Tudor- and Craftsman-style house that sits on it, the sign that advertises the florist, and the garden that grows on the site, as a historic-cultural monument.

Catherine Gudis, an associate professor of history at UC Riverside, who prepared the landmark application, told commissioners that the property offered a rare chance to “highlight obscured history” of Japanese-Americans in Los Angeles, a demographic that produced 65 percent of flowers grown in California after World War II and through the 1970s.

It’s a marker that might not be around forever. The family has put the site up for sale, asking $3.98 million, and there is the “potential threat of development” that comes with the change of ownership, said Kristen Hayashi of the Little Tokyo Historical Society.

The historical society nominated the site for monument status. Hayashi told commissioners that Yuki Sakai opened the Tokio Florist on Los Feliz Boulevard just before the Great Depression. They were one of several Japanese-American flower businesses on Los Feliz, and many Japanese-Americans lived in the area between East Hollywood and Silver Lake at the time.

Japanese-Americans dominated the flower industry for decades, though for many of those decades they could not legally own land or businesses, or rent in certain areas because of the state’s Alien Land Law and housing covenants that excluded non-whites.

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Original Article Credit by Farley Elliott for LA Eater

A popular Los Angeles burger pop-up is getting its first taste of the restaurant life in Silver Lake soon. Goldburger, which won last month’s Los Angeles Food & Wine Epic Burger Throwdown, is about to set up in the former Hache space right on Sunset Boulevard — at least for the next six months, anyway.

Goldburger founder Allen Yelent confirmed the takeover news to Eater yesterday, saying that he should be up and running by the middle of October at the latest. The plan is to start with Saturday and Sunday hours initially, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and to potentially expand to a couple more days per week down the line. Cheekily enough, the plan is to give the run its own name: For a Limited Time Only.

So why only six months? Well, Hache — itself a five-year-old burger place — closed because the property is being redeveloped. The landowner didn’t want the address to sit unattended before then, however, and so just like Dear John’s in Culver City, the two parties agreed on a plan to please everyone. Yelent will offer the same three different burger styles that he has become known for with pop-ups around town, as well as two different kinds of fries: traditional and seasoned curly fries.

That said, don’t expect too many frills at the new pop-up restaurant space. There’s seating on the covered patio with room for 20 or so diners at a time, but otherwise expect the whole thing to largely feel like the kind of pop-up Goldburger has successfully run at places like Monkish Brewing, Tabula Rasa, or Bar Covell.

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Original Article Credit By Los Feliz Ledger for Los Feliz Ledger

A recent expansion of Los Angeles County’s CalFresh food assistance program has made benefits newly available to seniors and people with disabilities receiving social security, but thousands of eligible residents in Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Silver Lake and Atwater Village have yet to apply, according to county officials.

CalFresh recipients are given an EBT card, which works similarly to a bank debit card and is reloaded with funds each month. That card can be used to purchase food items at participating supermarkets, restaurants and farmers markets.

According to county data from 2017—the most recent year available—more than 60% of low-income locals eligible to receive food assistance through the CalFresh program in the 90026, 90027 and 90039 ZIP codes never applied. The percentage is likely even higher now since the expansion of the program in June.

“This expansion of the CalFresh Program helps our department serve the county’s most vulnerable and food insecure populations,” said the county’s Dept. of Public Social Services (DPSS) Director Antonia Jiménez in a statement. “It will ensure that they will not have to decide between buying food, paying rent or medication.”

CalFresh applications are accepted in person at any DPSS office during business hours, online at getcalfresh.org, or by phone Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by calling (866) 613-3777.

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Original Article Credit by Denise Dador for ABC 7 News

ATWATER VILLAGE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A young Atwater Village father of two has a warning for everyone of all ages: unchecked high blood pressure can silently destroy your kidneys.

Ian DeLoach needs a new kidney. But how does this happen to someone so young and so fit? Seven years ago, at the age of 33, DeLoach tested his blood pressure with a home device just for fun. It was through the roof. He immediately went to a doctor where he also learned he had stage 3 kidney disease.

“And even the doctor said ‘you’re too young’,” Susan said.

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because the signs are subtle.
“I had no idea,” DeLoach said. “I would occasionally get a headache, but everybody would occasionally get a headache.”

Unchecked hypertension is a common cause of kidney failure, according to Dr. Anthony Cardillo with Adventist Health.
Symptoms include headaches, blurry vision, intermittent chest pains, weakness and dizziness.
“The kidneys are made up of a lot of small very delicate blood vessels and that high blood pressure damages those blood vessels,” Cardillo said.

DeLoach is dependent on dialysis to stay alive until he finds a donor.
“I can wait for my name to come up on the list, which can be 8 to 10 years, or we can try to find my own private donor and that’s what we’re are trying to do,” he said.
DeLoach needs a donor with O type blood.
“I wish more people would consider giving others the gift of life,” he said.

DeLoach’s wife works two jobs to keep her family afloat. For now, she’s focused on her kids and getting her husband well.
“I know when he gets a new kidney, it’s going to be a new start to life and we’re never going to let it get to the point where we don’t know what’s going on inside of his body,” she said.

Click here to learn more about the family’s struggle and click here to learn how to register to be a donor.

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Original Article Credit by Jesus Sanchez for the Eastside LA

Are parking enforcement officers steering clear of Eagle Rock this year?

The number of parking citations issued by officers in Eagle Rock during the first seven months of this year plunged about 45% compared to same seven months last year, according to an analysis of city data by researches at USC.

Officers in Eagle Rock wrote 3,334 parking tickets between Jan. 1 and July 31 of this year compared to 6,074 during the same period last year, said Crosstown, a joint project by several departments at USC.

Apparently traffic officers in Eagle Rock and other L.A. neighborhoods have been too busy with other duties to slap as many tickets on windshields this year as they did in 2018, according to officials.

Citywide, the number of parking citations issued between Jan. 1 and July 31 dropped 13.1% from last year to 1.07 million (yes, that’s more than a million tickets). But Eagle Rock was among several Eastside neighborhoods that showed much steeper declines in parking tickets, which are issued for everything from street-cleaning-day to expired-meter violations.

The number of issued citations dropped about 34% in Glassell Park to 1,224, nearly 30% in Atwater Village to 5,653 and nearly 20% in Boyle Heights to 26,077.

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