In this issue: Two locations at Echo Park fall under the city’s new anti-camping ordinance. A company that has built a business by creating collectibles and merchandise based on virtual games and brands. And our neighborhood Japanese restaurant was added to the California Michelin Guide.
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Konbi, the Japanese dinner on Sunset will be a novelty in the Californian edition of the Michelin Guide, the Daily News reports. This does not mean that he necessarily obtains a Michelin star or a Bib Gourmand. But that could put them within reach when those honors are announced later this month. Konbi has already received local recognition for its menu of Japanese sandwiches, small plates and pastries.
Two sites at Echo Park are already covered by the city’s new anti-camping ordinance. Councilor Mitch O’Farrell wants the restrictions to apply within 500 feet of Clifford Street Elementary School at 2150 Duane St .; and less than 150 meters from the Alvarado Street underpass and the Hollywood Freeway. These are among the 17 locations in Council 13 District that O’Farrell identified in a resolution to city council.
In a world where everything is downloaded and intangible, iam8bit makes physical editions of games. In fact, they create a lot of things. Vinyl soundtracks, collectibles, collector’s editions, events, art gallery. Owners Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White speak at hollywood reporter. “We can’t sit here and believe that just because we’re digital people and we live in the cloud that everyone else in the world is buying into that same notion,” Gibson said.
Longtime Echo Park resident Bettina Moss produced her first film, “Finding Daylight,” a documentary on September 11, remarkable for not relying on live footage of the September 11 attacks. The film, instead, focuses on the works of 16 different artists, as it follows two families who face the loss of the New York bombings. Moss’s younger sister lost her husband in the attack on the World Trade Center. Moss said his sister, Michele, “never wants to[ed] to see again images of these planes passing through these buildings. “
The Atwater Bungalows near Elysian Park have come closer become historical and cultural monuments of the city when the city council Town planning and regional development committee unanimously approved the nomination. However, nomination preparer John Wingler said only 1431 and 1433 West Avon Park Terrace should be included in the nomination, and not 10 other buildings for which insufficient research has been done. The appointment must ultimately be approved by the entire City Council.
An increase in density has been approved for a Residential project of 70 units in the 1200 block of Sunset near Marion. The 50% increase in density is accompanied by an increase of an additional floor on the site now occupied by a bungalow plot on the hillside. Six of the units will be reserved for low-income households.
An increase in density of up to 50% was also granted to a residential development of 27 units at 1449 N. Echo Park Ave near Scott Avenue. According to land records, this plot of land currently has two buildings – dating from 1915 and 1924 – with a total of three residential units.
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Crimes of the past week included an assault with a lethal weapon near Glendale and Bellevue, a motor vehicle theft in the 1000 block of Douglas and a robbery in the 800 block of Figueroa Terrace, according to CrimeMapping.com.
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