On-site burglary test | 93 apartments for Temple Street | COVID Closures | Echo Park Weekly


In This Issue: Burglars hit the Echo Park walk-in COVID testing site. Another large apartment building is planned on Temple Street. And the latest wave of COVID has resulted in temporary shutdowns.

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News and Notes

Six theft suspects were apprehended following a police chase which ended near Lake Echo Park. The chase began after a detective investigating a series of downtown jewelry thefts attempted to arrest a suspect driving a vehicle with five male passengers. Officers chased the vehicle to Angeleno Heights, where the suspects eventually abandoned the car near West Kensington Road and Bellevue.

A woman who visited the Echo Park COVID test site, located behind the Edendale Library, was surprised to learn that it could not be tested. The reason? Burglars had stolen some of the material from the test site overnight, reports The Eastsider.

The apartment boom on Temple Street keep on going. Last week a plans submitted by the developer with the city to demolish Luzon Plaza, a two-story shopping mall in the 1900 block of Temple. In its place would rise a large block, complex of five floors and 93 units between North Bonnie Brae Street and North Westlake Avenue. Eight units would be reserved for very low income tenants.

New Los Angeles Times list of places to go if you are alone understand Ceramic workshop pot, the 108 LA piercing / welding / jewelry studio and Bahia Club.

Restaurant news: Campanelle, a flower-shaped pastry with mushrooms served at Bacetti, is part of Thrillist’s “Best food we’ve eaten this year in LA. It’s “perfect for a cozy winter meal,” Thrillist said … Cafe Lady Byrd transformed its outdoor patio into a winter wonderland adorned with twinkling lights and frosted trees. Yelp Los Angeles made a video tour experience… French restaurant Taïx offers a special Christmas Eve menu.

COVID outbreaks have forced some temporary closures. Ototo and sister restaurant Tsubaki postponed a JFC special, inspired by the modern Japanese tradition of ordering KFC around Christmas, after temporary closure this week due to a staff case of COVID-19 … The same happened at Cafe du chat des bois. Short stop the bar is also closed for the week.

City Councilor Gil Cedillo wants banned homeless camps around the boundaries of Elysian Park under the city’s new anti-camping ordinance. However, the application will not be done in the park since the new law only applies to public rights of way, such as sidewalks. “Therefore, it would start at the park’s property line, within 500 feet of the park,” the council office spokesperson said. (A separate law prohibits camping in city parks.)

Los Angeles Magazine visited Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, a painter who works in a bungalow in Elysian Heights, as she was preparing for a solo exhibition in Brussels this fall. “Celeste is the only painter I know of who fights to utter exhaustion with every work,” said Dupuy-Spencer’s main dealer Nino Mier. “It’s absolute war in the studio.”

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Crime reports last week included a theft in Clinton’s 2100 block, a burglary in Kensington’s 2100 block and a vehicle theft in Boylston’s 500 block, according to CrimeMapping.com.

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