Edificio Vacante en Eagle Rock Ardió en Llamas

January 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Los bomberos de Los Ángeles tuvieron que abrirse paso a la fuerza en una propiedad en Eagle Rock el domingo donde se incendió un edificio comercial vacío.

Respondiendo a una llamada sobre un incendio alrededor a las 3:30 de la tarde en el bloque 4537 del norte del boulevard Eagle Rock, los bomberos encontraron un edificio comercial vacío envuelto en humo, según un comunicado en la página de Facebook de LAFD.

El domingo, 98 bomberos de Los Ángeles tardaron más de una hora en apagar por complete un incendio en un edificio comercial desocupada en Eagle Rock.

La estructura de 75 pies por 250 pies, construida en 1968, estaba rodeada de vallas de seguridad y requirió entrada forzada para obtener acceso completo al edificio, según el LAFD.

Los bomberos se vieron obligados a retroceder en un punto cuando el techo se derrumbó parcialmente, pero luego pudieron tomar la delantera luego de tomar precauciones de seguridad. Un segundo edificio en el sitio no fue dañado en el incendio, dijo el departamento.

Tomó algo más de una hora para que los 98 bomberos desplegados en la escena extinguieran completamente el incendio. No se informaron heridos.

Dog Attacks Man in Eagle Rock: Police Searching for Owners

October 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Police today are looking for anyone that can provide a description of the owner or owners of a dog that bit a man’s face in front of an Eagle Rock restaurant, causing extensive facial injuries.

Police have just the description that the mixed pit bull’s owner was an adult male, according to Officer Jenny Houser of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section.

It happened about 7 p.m. Thursday in front of Jersey Mike’s Subs at 2601 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles police Sgt. C. Gomez said.

According to ABC7, bite victim Ian Alli — said to be in his early 20s — told police said he was collecting donations for a charity in front of the business when he saw two girls walking the dog and asked if the pit bull mix was friendly and was told it was.

When Alli knelt down to pet the dog, it bit him in the face, police said,

Alli immediately ran inside the restaurant for help and was taken to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition, authorities said.

Investigators were accessing video from the scene to get a potential identity, Gomez said.

Anyone who witnessed the attack was asked to call the LAPD’s Northeast station at (323) 561-3211.

Vandals Trash 9/11 Memorial at Occidental College

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

An investigation was underway Monday into the removal of nearly 3,000 small American flags that had been set up as a 9/11 memorial at Occidental College for the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The 2,997 flags were put in place in the quad area Saturday night by members of the Occidental College Republican Club, a student organization, as a 9/11 memorial, with each flag representing a victim of the terror attacks, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

By Sunday morning, the anniversary day of the attacks, the club reported that the memorial had been trashed.

On their Facebook page, the Occidental College Republican Club said that vandals had “crushed, snapped, and threw in the garbage every single flag. Not one was left on the ground.”

The group also said posters and flyers that “shamed the victims of 9/11” were posted on campus.

President Obama attended Occidental from 1979 to 1981. However, he finished his undergraduate degree at Columbia University in New York.

In response to the 9/11 memorial incident, Occidental College issued a statement saying administrators don’t know yet who is responsible for the memorial destruction, but those responsible will be found and the school “will take disciplinary action.”

The college asks that anyone with information about the incident contact officials at conduct@oxy.edu.

Police Shoot, Wound Man in Eagle Rock

August 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

(CNS) – An officer-involved shooting in the Eagle Rock area Tuesday left a man wounded and hospitalized in stable condition, police said.

No officers were injured in the shooting, which occurred shortly after at 2 a.m. when police conducted a traffic stop in the 5500 block of Nordyke Street, said Los Angeles police Officer Aareon Jefferson.

During the traffic stop, the driver, a man in his 30s, got out of the vehicle and the officer-involved shooting occurred, Jefferson said. The wounded man was taken to a hospital in stable condition, and police recovered a handgun at the location, Jefferson said. A female passenger in the vehicle was being interviewed by police, he said.

Drone Obstruye Contención de Incendio en Eagle Rock

August 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Un incendio, que acaparó un cuarto de un acre cerca de la autopista 134 hacia Ventura en Eagle Rock, fue contenido el miércoles 27 de julio. Esto fue posible a pesar de que un pequeño avión de control remoto (drone en inglés) obstruyó el trabajo de los bomberos trabajando el área.

Las llamaradas iniciales fueron reportadas un poco antes de las 10:30 a.m. en el bloque 7500 de la Calle Figueroa pero fueron apagadas 40 minutos después de la llegada de los bomberos, dijo Brian Humphrey parte del Departamento de Bomberos de Los Ángeles (LAFD).

Tres carriles en dirección este de la autopista 134 fueron cerrados como precaución por el Servicio de Patrullas de Carretera de California.

“Aunque no tuvimos que usar un helicóptero para apagar el incendio, la presencia del drone nos restringió ya que nos quitó la opción de usarlo si hubiera sido necesario”, dijo Humphrey.

El Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles (LAPD) interrogó a la persona que entregó el drone, que se atravesó durante la contención, pero fue dejada libre, de acuerdo a Aareon Jefferson, oficial del LAPD.

“Nuestro planeta es lo suficientemente grande para que no vuelen estos avioncitos en las zonas designadas de peligro de incendios”, dijo Humphrey.

La causa del incendio aun no se conoce, de acuerdo al LAFD.

Widow Sues Occidental College, Professor for Husband’s Death

July 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The widow and four children of a motorcyclist killed in a collision with an Occidental College professor allegedly driving while using a cell phone sued the school and the professor July 22.

Emily Dalton Chavez, the widow of 43-year-old Victor Chavez of Eagle Rock, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming Occidental College, the professor, Malek Moazzam-Doulat, and Julie Sadoff, who is described in the complaint as being an owner of the car Moazzam-Doulat was driving.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

A school spokesman could not be immediately reached.

The suit states that Victor Chavez was riding his motorcycle on Eagle Rock Boulevard and was crossing Avenue 42 in Glassell Park on Oct. 9, 2014. Moazzam-Doulat was making a left turn from Avenue 42 onto Eagle Rock Boulevard when he failed to yield to the motorcyclist and collided with him, the suit alleges.

The suit states that the plaintiffs are “informed and believe” the professor failed to obey a stop sign, made an unsafe turn and was “using a handheld wireless telephone while driving.”

Moazzam-Doulat was using the device to “write, send or read a text- based communication,” the suit alleges.

Victor Chavez’s family has lost the financial support he provided as well as his love, companionship and affection, the suit states.

Moazzam-Doulat is described in the Occidental College website as an assistant professor of religious studies.

Breves de la Comunidad

June 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Commerce

Un hombre de 33 años, residente de Commerce, murió cuando su motocicleta chocó con una Toyota Tacoma 2000 en Long Beach el lunes alrededor de las 10pm, dijo la policía.

El accidente ocurrió en la calle Séptima y la avenida Newport, informó la policía de Long Beach.

El hombre quien iba en una Harley-Davidson 2008 murió en la escena y su nombre no fue revelado en espera de la notificación de sus parientes. El conductor de la Toyota es un residente de Long Beach de 70 años, dijo la policía.

Quien tenga información sobre el accidente puede llamar al (562) 570-7355.

Eagle Rock

La votación para escoger los diseños de arte que adornarán 15 cajas de utilidades de la calle Figueroa, Yosemite Drive y los bulevares Eagle Rock y Colorado ya esta abierto desde hoy hasta el primero de julio.

Los votantes pueden escoger hasta cinco diseños visitando: https://docs.google.com/a/egpnews.com/forms/d/19iRXzg92Q-WksoxzsovBlwSG2njZ9hXywXIllV28J8I/viewform

Occidental College Reaches Agreement Over Sexual Assault Reporting

June 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with Occidental College to resolve allegations that students were discouraged from reporting incidences of sexual assault.

The department’s civil rights office “found a campus actively engaged in important work to satisfy Title IX responsibilities for all students,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, the Department of Education’s assistant secretary for civil rights.

Where we had concerns, Occidental leaders committed to taking appropriate steps to ensure student safety,” she said. “I am grateful for Occidental’s responsiveness during the course of the investigation, as well as its commitment to its students.”

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

The findings came three years after dozens of then-students and faculty members at the Eagle Rock campus filed federal complaints that college administrators had fostered a hostile environment for victims of sexual assault.

Occidental voluntarily resolved the investigation before the civil rights office had completed its review, addressing concerns that arose in the course of the probe. For the issues under review, the board found insufficient evidence that Occidental violated federal law, except with respect to promptness of the college’s review of several cases during the 2012-13 school year.

The investigation did reveal concerns in some areas, and the college committed moving forward to secure full satisfaction of Title IX requirements, Lhamon said.

The civil rights office determined that the college’s current policy and procedures for addressing complaints of sexual violence and harassment are in compliance, and that the college meets requirements regarding publication of a notice of non-discrimination and having a civil rights coordinator.

The office found insufficient evidence that the college violated a federal requirement to provide an equitable grievance process over the four-year period – 2010-2014 – that was examined, but did find that some sexual assault complaints were resolved in an untimely manner.

The investigation also concluded insufficient evidence of a hostile environment on the basis of sex existed during the time period examined.

Finally, there was insufficient evidence to show that the college engaged in retaliatory conduct against the individual students and faculty who advocated for changes in the college’s sexual misconduct policies and procedures, according to the findings.

However, the civil rights office was concerned about actions by college administrators to discourage students from speaking up about their experiences with sexual violence, indicating that the college’s staff may not be aware of their responsibility to safeguard student speech, along with the Title IX requirement not to interfere with student advocacy.

Staff responses to such advocacy can have an impact on whether students and the broader college community feel comfortable speaking about Title IX protections and reporting complaints of sexual harassment and violence, according to the Department of Education.

In addition, the civil rights office said it is concerned that a recent survey conducted by the college suggested that students are not reporting complaints of sexual assault.

Prior to the conclusion of the investigation, Occidental agreed to take action to resolve all areas of concern and to enter into a voluntary resolution.

Occidental committed to revise its sexual misconduct policy, which the college has already completed to the civil rights office’s satisfaction, Lhamon said.

City Attorney Cracks Down on NELA ‘Brothels’

February 11, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Wednesday the filing of a lawsuit against the operators of an alleged ring of brothels fronted by massage parlors in Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Wilmington and North Hollywood.

The nuisance abatement lawsuit targets Helen Haihong Huang and Mark Richard Vitatern, who operate MHWI Int’l Inc., and others believed to be associated with a ring made up of at least four businesses.

One parlor is located at 6630 N. Figueroa St in Eagle Rock and another at 5740 York Blvd. in Highland Park, near the We Tell Stories art school and the Highland Park Foursquare Church, according to the city attorney.

The other businesses in Wilmington, at 1037 Avalon Blvd., and North Hollywood, at 3214 De Witt Drive, are also near churches, he said.

The lawsuit seeks orders prohibiting the operators from running similar businesses and the property owners from allowing such activity.

The lawsuit alleges the massage parlors were covers for prostitution businesses that advertised their services on the Internet and used text messages to set up appointments.

Searches by Los Angeles Police Department officers on Jan. 7 turned up a condom bin at one business and about $80,000 in cash at the home of one of the operators, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

The alleged ringleaders operated four other businesses in Los Angeles that have since shut down, following several prostitution arrests, according to Feuer.

Street Improvement Projects in Eagle Rock, Boyle Heights Earmarked

February 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Street improvement projects in Eagle Rock and the Boyle Heights area were recently earmarked for almost $18 million in state and other funds, City Councilman Jose Huizar announced.

The funds will go toward “complete street” initiatives “that prioritize pedestrians and bicyclists as   much as automobiles, while also helping drive foot traffic to our main corridors,” Huizar said.

“I am extremely happy about the nearly $18 million we’ve recently secured,” he said. “I look forward to pursuing other funds to bring even more improvements to Council District 14.”

Eagle Rock is getting about $12 million, including a $9.8 million grant from the California Transportation Commission for a number of upgrades along Colorado Boulevard: pedestrian lighting between College View Avenue and Eagle Vista Avenue; curb extensions at 21 sites, including Townsend, Argus and Maywood; a flashing crosswalk at Eagle Rock Boulevard and Merton Avenue; a new sidewalk next to College View Avenue; street furniture; and bicycle striping.

A $2 million grant from the state’s Active Transportation Program was awarded to the Eagle Rock area, and will pay for medial islands on the westside of Eagle Rock Boulevard, a pair of new traffic signals at La Roda Avenue and Hermosa Avenue, and bus stop lighting.

Boyle Heights is receiving $6 million, including $5 million in Active Transportation Program grants for sidewalk work, pedestrian lighting between Pico Gardens housing and Sixth Street Bridge East Park, and a new signal at Fourth and Clarence streets.

Whittier Boulevard also will get $1 million in redevelopment funds for sidewalk repairs, though more funding is being identified.

In addition to the funding announced today, Boyle Heights had already received $2.55 million last year to build new sidewalks and bicycle amenities along Mission Road, from the Sixth Street Bridge to Seventh Street, and a roundabout.

These projects are set to begin construction early next year.

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