Picking Up the Trash Is the Easy Part. Paying for Trash Pickup Is Hard.

For the most part, businesses and landlords in Northeast Los Angeles and the rest of the city have had no choice but to accept the higher costs and new procedures imposed by RecycLA, the city’s commercial trash-hauling system in effect since July 2017. But at a recent meeting of the committee on Energy, Climate Change […]

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Parting Advice from Gov. Brown: Don’t Encourage More Drinking

Gov. Jerry Brown defied the wishes of the California legislature recently, when he vetoed a bill that would have let bars in Los Angeles and eight other cities stay open until 4 a.m. Among the majority of lawmakers who voted in favor of a 4 a.m. closing time (versus 2 a.m. currently) were NELA’s representatives […]

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Franklin High Bomb Threat Was a Hoax; Principal Says, “Safety Is Our Priority”

A bomb threat on Oct. 15 that prompted a lockdown and police sweep of Franklin High School in Highland Park was a hoax. The caller also said that an officer had been shot at the school. No evidence was found of any bomb or any shooting. The major crimes division of the Los Angeles Police […]

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Rules May Be Coming Soon on Short-Term Rentals 

On any given day, about 500 rentals in Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Mount Washington are on offer through Airbnb and other short-term rental sites.   New rules proposed in September by the City Planning Commission could affect many of them.  The proposed rules, if approved by the City Council, would limit short term rentals […]

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State of Play: Which Way Is Eagle Rock Going on the Proposal to Build a Big Storage Facility?

The proposal to build a huge StorQuest storage facility on the Ernie Jr.’s site in Eagle Rock is now on the agenda of the City Planning Commission for Thursday, Oct. 11 – a month later than previously planned. It was replaced on the agenda by another issue. The extra time provides the public a chance […]

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Foes of L.A.’s Trash System Will Get Their Day in Court

The City Attorney of Los Angeles has tried and failed to block a class-action lawsuit to undo the City’s new trash-collection system for businesses. Both sides in the fight are now gearing up for more battle. Frank Mateljan, a spokesperson for the City Attorney, told the Boulevard Sentinel that the City will continue to vigorously […]

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Glendale’s Energy Debate Will Force Decisions on Scholl Canyon

August 3 was the deadline in Glendale for energy professionals to submit proposals on how Glendale could switch to renewable resources for generating electricity. In all, 34 proposals were received and are now under review, with a public presentation of the review findings expected around mid-October, according to Steven Zurn, the general manager for Glendale […]

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Union Blues: A Victory for Local Labor, Then a Setback 

When unionized service workers at public schools in Los Angeles won a hard-fought new contract in May, their leader, Max Arias, of El Sereno, told the Boulevard Sentinel that the union could not rest on its laurels. Union members had to remain united and active, he said, because anti-union forces were strong and getting stronger. Sure […]

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Good News for Community College Students

The University of California has offered admission this fall to 28,750 transfer students, a record number, UC officials said in July. Most of these students are California residents transferring from community colleges. That is an encouraging development for the large share of students who start college at the community level. In NELA, for example, 300 […]

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Gang Member Is Sentenced for Racist Attacks in Highland Park

Merced Cambero, Jr., a member of the Avenues gang, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for hate crimes committed against African Americans in Highland Park from 1997 to 2000. The gang’s crime spree included two murders. The sentencing, on June 4, was a long time coming. Mr. Cambero was charged in 2004, […]

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Activists in NELA Continue to Take On the NRA

Drain the NRA, the anti-gun violence group co-founded by Laura Mannino of Highland Park, has notched another success: On May 9, the $225 billion California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) adopted a gun-control policy developed by John Chiang, the California state treasurer, and promoted by Drain the NRA. Under the new policy, CalSTRS will pressure […]

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Guilty Plea in Racially Motivated Murders in Highland Park Nearly 20 Years Ago

A violent chapter in Highland Park history is coming to a close. Merced Cambero, Jr., 39, who was captured last year after almost 15 years on the run, recently pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes stemming from attacks on African Americans in Highland Park, including two murders, from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Cambero, a member […]

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Another Chapter in the Scholl Canyon Saga 

The plan by Glendale Water and Power to build a 12-megawatt biogas plant at the Scholl Canyon landfill near Eagle Rock has been stopped – for now. Following a full court press by Councilmember José Huizar, his staff, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and several community groups and individuals, a 2-to-1 majority of Glendale’s City […]

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Businesses Keep Pushing to End the New Trash Pick Up System

Owners of businesses and apartment buildings are still trying to end the new trash collection system in Los Angeles for commercial and multi-family properties. One business group is trying to collect enough signatures by Apr. 25 for a ballot initiative in November that, if passed, would effectively undo the new system. A group of apartment […]

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Scholarship Money for Speech Contest Participant

When the Boulevard Sentinel last reported on Andrew Charroux, of Highland Park, the high schooler had added $900 to his college fund by winning the American Legion Oratorical Contest at the Post and Area level. As a runner up in the state competition in March, he added another $700, for total winnings of $1,600.  Students […]

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Ref Rodriguez, Facing Charges, Is Set to Cast Big Votes on School Board

As early as this April, the Los Angeles Board of Education will decide on the next superintendent to lead the city’s schools and on labor contract terms for public school teachers.    On May 9, Ref Rodriguez, the school board representative for Northeast Los Angeles, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on charges of perjury, […]

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Southwest Museum: The Long Slog to Save It

A collection-sharing deal between the Autry Museum of the American West and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is likely to result in more exhibits of artifacts from the largely shuttered Southwest Museum of the American Indian, located in Mount Washington. Currently, most of the museum’s artifacts are in storage at the Autry’s facility […]

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Rock ‘n Egg to Be Managed by Local Boxer

In September, 2016, when the Boulevard Sentinel first wrote about Carlos Morales, he had just become the North American Boxing Association Super Featherweight Champion. Since then, the 28-year old Mr. Morales, who lives in Highland Park, has won three of four more fights in some of  boxing’s premier locations, including the MGM Grand in Las […]

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Pillarhenge Project Moves Forward

The proposed housing/commercial development at the Pillarhenge site in Eagle Rock was approved on Jan. 11 at a meeting of the City Planning Commission. At the meeting, the developer accepted additional conditions asked for by José Huizar, Eagle Rock’s City Councilmember for metered parking and additional lighting along Colorado Blvd. and a U-turn going west […]

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