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Lotus Festival returns to Echo Park

April 5, 2010 | 12:20 pm

The Echo Park Lotus Festival, shown in 2008. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

The Eastsider LA is reporting that after last year's cancellation of the Echo Park Lotus Festival, the event will return in July to Echo Park Lake.

The event may be smaller than residents remember because of budget constraints; organizers need to raise $80,000 to cover the costs of the festival, the Eastsider reports. Here's an excerpt from the story:

There are plans for live entertainment, food and craft sales, Dragon Boat races and a large section for community booths. But [Leo] Pandac, [head of Los Angeles Lotus Festival Inc.], said his group must find volunteers or [a] low-cost alternative to perform the work once conducted by city employees.

Some other interesting L.A.-area items around the Web:

L.A. bike race: Good Magazine reports on a bike race along the Los Angeles Marathon route:

Wolfpack Hustle, Los Angeles' "fastest and most notorious bicycle crew," organizes a yearly bike race along the route of the L.A. Marathon the night before the race.

Food truck drama: LAist reports City Councilman Paul Koretz thinks food trucks belong only at construction sites:

The dark side to the food truck craze isn't the fact that patrons have to stand in long lines, it's the opposition they collectively face from business owners and elected officials who believe they are eating up profits and over-asserting their place in the city's workings.

Street art: Hand-painted signs that first appeared in L.A. are popping up in New York, reports Curbed LA: 

They're the work of anonymous street artist (are there any other kind anymore?) TrustoCorp, and he's gotten around, most recently to New York's Chinatown and your local supermarket.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Photo: The 2008 Echo Park Lotus Festival. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times