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Echo Park's lotuses

Eight years ago, Randy McDonald stealthily took a small piece of Echo Park Lake's sacred lotus. He took the piece back to his nursery in Reseda and grew tons more of it. By 2008, the park's lotuses had all died off -- stunning the neighborhood and putting an obvious damper on the annual Lotus Festival. Eventually word spread that McDonald had stolen a piece years ago and people working on the Echo Park Lake revitalization project reached out to him. Read more: The salvation of Echo Park's lotus bed is rooted in a bit of thievery
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