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Echo Park homecoming for 'Lady of the Lake' statue

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Echo Park's "Lady of the Lake" (Queen of the Angels)

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Echo Park's "Lady of the Lake" (Queen of the Angels)

The Lady of the Lake is back and bundled for brrr weather.

Intel from Echo Park reveals that the Lady of the Lake — an Art Deco statue and local fixture since the 1930s — was returned Monday morning after being removed as part of the Echo Park Lake rehabilitation project.

The Eastsider LA reported the statue's return to her original peninsula location  on the north end of the lake and revisited previous relocation efforts:

After the Lady of the Lake was restored in the late 1990s, the statue had to be located to a less prominent spot on the east side of the lake since a pump house had taken its place.

Echo Park Patch also noted the statue's comeback, tackling the stone woman's blue tarp wardrobe and getting a bit personal:

She wears a coverup when she arrives Monday at Echo Park Lake...We're working on finding out when that might come off.


Echo Park Dream Center could sleep 900 people by Spring '13

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Dream Center

The future of five more floors of Dream Center housing rests on a $50 million federal grant.

The Dream Center complex -- a home to emancipated minors, victims of human trafficking, and others -- is preparing to expand housing accomodations in Echo Park.

Money to renovate and convert five former hospital floors into additional housing comes from the New Markets Tax Credit grant. The federal program is funded by investors who receive tax credits for their contributions.

The facility, the former Queen of Angels Hospital, is currently home to 650 people, and the program hopes to have 900 residents by spring at that location.

The L.A. Times reports that $25 million previously went to converting nine of the 14 floors into housing.



Scenes from a drain: Echo Park Lake construction tour

Echo Park Lake drained from boat house

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View from the Echo Park Lake boathouse, mid-renovation.

A hard hat tour of drained Echo Park Lake drew a collection of public participants, bloggers, and city employees to the multimillion dollar pile of dirt, concrete and rocks on Thursday morning.

The Eastsider LA reports that water could start finding its way into the rebuilt crater within two months, according to project manager Marlon Calderon. The northwest corner, aka future home of a replanted lotus bed, may be the first to rehydrate.

Echo Park Lake, still very much a construction zone, continues to swim toward a spring 2013 grand reopening following a $65 million draining, cleaning, and rehabilitation effort that includes development of a wetland around the island


Police looking for 'Chucky' in connection with Echo Park murder


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LAPD detectives are looking for "Chucky" for questioning in an Echo Park murder.

A shooting in broad daylight in Echo Park has police looking for witnesses. LAPD Officer Karen Rayner said detectives have a suspect, but they don't know his real name.

33-year-old Ivan Meza Pedroza was standing with a friend on the 2100 block of West Bellevue Ave. when a third man, an acquaintance known as "Chucky," approached. The first friend wandered away, but apparently, returned when he heard talking and then gunshots. The friend found Pedroza had rolled to the bottom of a hill, unconscious.

When Fire Department personnel arrived, Pedroza was pronounced dead. Police believe "Chucky" may have shot Pedroza with a handgun, but don't know of any motive.

They're also looking for anyone who could better identify Chucky or provide any information on the murder.


Hope sinks for 2012 Lotus Festival, organizers cancel Echo Park event

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The lotus flowers of Echo Park before they all died in advance of the lake rehab project.

Echo Park Now reported in April, that Lotus Festival organizers were continuing with a 2012 installment of the annual event, despite the notable absence of Echo Park lake, and the lotus blossoms therein. Yesterday, EPN reported that the event had been called off.

Julie Wong, Director of Communications for Council District 13, confirmed the news. Wong told KPCC that organizers from Lotus Festival, Inc. contacted her office to say they would not be holding the event this July.

Echo Park lake continues to swim toward a spring 2013 grand re-opening after the $65 million draining, cleaning, and rehabilitation effort that includes development of a wetland around the island