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Echo Park oil spill; LAPD accused of under-reporting crime; fake fusion menu

Eastside Review

Edited by BARRY LANK

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

  • An LAPD captain has accused the department of under-reporting crimes in three divisions, including Hollenbeck, which covers Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights. Capt. Lillian Carranza alleges that she was denied promotions for complaining about the crime numbers. L.A. Times
  • Cal State L.A. plans to move its commencement ceremonies indoors for 2018 to protect attendees from heat. The change is being made after temperatures climbed into the 90s during this year’s ceremonies in May. Medical response teams at the El Sereno college received 30 requests for help and even had to transport some people to the hospital. Next time, the 14 separate ceremonies will be moved to the university gymnasium. University Times
  • The murder of Joseph Gatto, who was fatally shot in his Silver Lake home, remains unsolved after four years. Gatto’s son, former California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, has tried to keep attention focused on the killing over the years by holding events. But attendance has waned and the murderer has remained at large. “This year, I’ve chosen to spend the day in quiet solitude at my father’s gravesite,” Gatto said. Los Feliz Ledger
  • The pursuit of an allegedly stolen red Mustang that at one point was going 100 mph ended in El Sereno after going through L.A. and Orange Counties, passing through Commerce, Downey, Monterey Park and Alhambra, among others. KTLA
  • Now that drinking water no longer replenishes the Silver Lake reservoirs, storm water runoff that usually washes away into the ocean could help keep the reservoirs filled in the future. Funding is coming together for the project. The Eastsider
  • Twenty-six-year-old Cat Packer, who heads the city’s new Department of Cannabis Regulation, talks about how she became interested in legalizing and regulating marijuana, the challenges of implementing the new regs and her views on personal consumption. “Would I use cannabis on the job? Absolutely not.” KPCC
  • The L.A. school board rejected a proposal to open a new charter school in Glassell Park for more than 400 students. District officials cited several reason for rejecting the bid from the International Studies Language Academy, including a flawed educational program and a “unrealistic financial and operational plan.” L.A. Schools Report
  • As much as 40 barrels of oil spilled in Echo Park from a small oil well located amid homes and apartments on the southern edge of the neighborhood. L.A. Times & The Eastsider
  • The former Lincoln Heights Jail could be the center of a sprawling residential and commercial complex next to the L.A. River. The City Council voted to have city staff work on a development deal with Lincoln Property Company and the Fifteen Group, which won the bid to develop the site of the 229,000-square-foot former jail. The Eastsider
  • An L.A. Sheriff’s Department sergeant and his police dog received medical treatment after the SUV the sergeant was driving crashed with another vehicle at Rogers Street and City Terrace Drive in City Terrace. KTLA
  • Sadao Munemori, who was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor after being killed in battle during World War II, was honored with the dedication of a memorial at Lincoln High, where he was part of the graduating class of 1940. He died in Italy in April 1945 “when he threw himself upon a German hand grenade to shield his fellow soldiers from harm after knocking out two machine guns with grenades in a one-man frontal attack through direct fire from the enemy.” He was 23. Rafu Shimpo & LAUSD Daily
  • A web site for a fictitious restaurant – supposedly in Boyle Heights – offers parodies of L.A. fusion foods, including Nordic Tacos, Lebanese Corn Dogs and Irish-Catholic Hummus. EaterLA

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