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Boyle Heights Gentrification Takes Toll on Eastside Artists

by David R. Bloom

   Property owner Douglas Erenberg has retained Dennis P. Block, LA’s most notorious eviction lawyer and an unapologetic opponent of rent control, in his effort to evict a well-known group of community artists from their live-work spaces at 2623 Medford St., according to documents received by LA1 News.

   The tenants, who established the Medford Street Studios as a loose-knit collective of fine artists, street artists and curators in a Boyle Heights industrial warehouse complex, say Erenberg is suing them each individually to skirt a Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department determination that the property—and the landlord-tenant relationship—falls under the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance protocols.

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Free Food Distributed to Needy Families in Highland Park

by LA1 News

   The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and as the California Food Assistance Program (CFAP), gave away free food packages to qualified applicants in Highland Park this morning. Trucks filled with boxes from the L.A. Regional Food Bank pulled in early to the parking lot of the Highland Park Senior Citizen Center at 6162 N. Figueroa Street. By 9:30 a.m., the line of people was out nearly to the Veterans Memorial Square. Representatives said the giveaway will end at 11 a.m.

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Councilmember Opens New Playground

from Arroyo Seco Journal:

by Eddie Rivera

   First District Councilmember Gil Cedillo and the Department of Recreation and Parks dedicated a new playground at Montecito Heights Recreation Center this past Thursday at 6pm. The event also helped to kick off the 2016 Summer Night Lights program.


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