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Elysian notebook/Officers not cops

Big days in Elysian Park. Over the weekend, there were countless birthday parties and picnics. As usual, Spanish was the majority language, but there was French, too, as a group of French chefs gathered and offered treats of food and wine for a cover of $50. The Citizens' Committee to Save Elysian Park had its annual sell-out dinner. They showed off the four finalists for Elysian Park gates -- symbolic gates that never open and never close. There were sacred-mound-type gates, heavy metal gates and nutty twisted fantastical gates. The display was off on the side of the crowded banquet room, which was well-stocked with old-guard lefties like Art Goldberg. ... Not everyone had a happy party in the park, though. One citizen reported on the Echo Park Animal Alliance list that -- earlier in the day -- some hoods with two pitbulls made moves toward letting their dogs attack her smaller, non-power breed dog -- just for sport. ...

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