Regarding Scholl Canyon Landfill Expansion- Eric Warren

In the editorial “Politics may have polluted landfill issue” (August 23), editors of the Glendale News-Press do their best to belittle the concerns of Eagle Rock residents who oppose the massive expansion of the Scholl Canyon Landfill by characterizing their effort as a “cheap political stunt”.

The cheap politics are those of the Glendale City Council whose continuation of this obscene land use is promoted by lies and evasions. They display total disrespect for those who bear the brunt of dump operation, not to mention contempt for contemporary standards of historic and ecological preservation. The Eagle Rock, a Native American sacred place, our community symbol, and a city monument will continue to be degraded. Cheap waste disposal and city profits are the only motivations for the current use of the dump and its expansion.

Yes, our “streets will be worn thin” without compensation. More importantly our children will die sooner because of pollution from the licensed 3400 tons a day of trash, as dirty diesel trucks roar by our homes, schools, and largest park.

Eagle Rockers were not “worked up into a frenzy” by José Huizar or his staff. He served his constituents well by detecting Glendale’s sneaky effort to perpetrate another forty years of contemptible behavior without community input. His stance has evolved to reflect our absolute opposition to any dump expansion.

The editor’s pro-dump stance is obvious. They state “there are no current plans in place to begin work on the expansion”. License dump expansion and our health and quality of life will decline as a stinking mountain of garbage is erected on our verdant skyline.

Eric Warren, Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society


August 29th, 2014
Contact: Shauna Nep, (310) 490-3272 /

East Los Angeles organizations among groups competing for $1,000,000 in funding

Starting on September 2, and ending on September 16, 2014, Los Angeles can cast their vote at for the innovative ideas that they believe will positively impact LA’s future. Ten submissions will win $100,000 to make their idea a reality. The ideas that receive the top votes in each category will be announced on September 30th.

LA2050 is an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision. The initiative launched in 2013 with the release of the LA2050 Report which forecasts what the future of LA will look like in the year 2050 along eight key indicators of human development. With the release of the report, LA2050 launched the 2013 My LA2050 Grants Challenge, which awarded $1,000,000 in grants to ideas that changed that trajectory.

2013 My LA2050 Grants Challenge winners included the Hammer Museum’s ArtsReSTORE LA initiative to revitalize Westwood, an online mapping tool for neighborhoods to transform vacant spaces into healthy places, and the transformation of a neglected library at Locke High School in Watts by No Right Brain Left Behind and Green Dot Public Schools. The Annenberg Foundation later awarded $400,000 in grants to an additional ten organizations that competed.

This year’s grants challenge launched on July 31st and has already exceeded expectations by receiving more than 260 submissions representing almost every corner of Los Angeles – from Santa Monica to Long Beach, including these innovative ideas from the East Los Angeles community:

Sabio and Crossroads will incubate diverse tech talent in Los Angeles by training South LA Latino and African American young adults to become exceptional creators and web developers.
Urban Txt will provide kids ages 10-17 from low income communities in LA with an opportunity to learn how to code, design, and create a new LA using Minecraft. angel Foundation will empower the next generation of creators and innovators in underserved communities by building a makerspace in Boyle Heights.
Libros Schmibros will roll out bicycle libraries to irrigate the book deserts of Los Angeles.
City Year LA and Partnership for LA Schools will expand to Roosevelt HS and Jordan HS and empower LA’s vulnerable students with a high-quality education to reach their full potential.
More than 70 percent of submissions come from collaborative applications, meaning that two or more organizations are working together on their project.

Visit to cast your vote in each of the five categories by September 16th. LA2050 will grant $100,000 to the idea that garners the most votes in each category.

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“The overwhelmingly positive response we have received since launching LA2050 in 2013 has been incredible.” said Tara Roth, President of the Goldhirsh Foundation which is incubating the initiative. “LA has every problem and every solution represented here. And the My LA2050 Grants Challenge belongs to LA, it’s in our hands. We encourage all Angelenos to cast their votes for the ideas that they want to see come to life.”

You can follow LA2050 on and on Twitter @LA2050 and connect with the challenge on Twitter using #LA2050.

Scholl Canyon Landfill Comments Are Due TODAY

(this from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council)

Hello Neighbors!

Scholl Canyon Landfill Comments Are Due TODAY

If you wish to make comments about the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) regarding the potential expansion of the Scholl Canyon Landfill in Glendale, you need to make them, in writing, today. The address to send them to is in the box below.

This morning, the ERNC released its commentary on the draft EIR. You can download and read the document by clicking this link:

ERNC SCLF Draft EIR Comments (PDF)

Where Do I Send My Comments?

All comments must be in writing. Email comments to:

Snail-mail comments to:
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Attention: Ms. Debra Bogdanoff
1955 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Those addresses above are the only official channels to get your comments into the final EIR. If you wish, you may also contact the Glendale Mayor and City Council, and the heads of the Glendale Public Works Department:


FREE Pet Education Seminar

FREE Pet Education Seminar with Veterinarians Dr. Lisa Hsuan and Dr. Alondra Pasallo at Hermon Dog Park!

Sunday, August 31, 2014 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hermon Dog Park (5568 Via Marisol, Los Angeles, CA 90042)

“Summertime Health Issues”

Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo will speak at 5 pm on different topics including allergies, fleas and fox-tails. Questions and answers will begin at 6pm. At the end of the seminar, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo are providing a door prize.

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and new perspectives about our four-legged friends.

Refreshments will be provided by Friends of Hermon Dog Park. Come by the booth for dog treats and to get other valuable information.

(If you are going to use the dog park, your dog must be spayed or neutered)

Friends of Hermon Dog Park is pleased to sponsor this event!
Chairs are provided by Council District-14

Dr. Lisa Hsuan’s and Dr. Pasallo’s clinic is Animal Health Care Center in Eagle Rock. To learn more about Dr. Lisa and Dr. Pasallo click here (

For more information, please email
Kat Spofford, President, Friends of Hermon Dog Park,



On Saturday,  September 6th,  from 8:30 am to 12 pm,  join Congressman Adam Schiff, CA State Senator Kevin DeLeon, LA City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Lewis MacAdams, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Jim Burns, LA River Fly Fishing, Lewis MacAdams, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Dr. Rosi Dagit, conservation biologist,  and Atwater Village Neighborhood Council for the First-ever L.A. River Fishing Derby, “Off tha’ Hook”

It will take place at North Atwater Park, 3900 Chevy Chase Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039, and will cost $35 for adults. Free for children accompanied by an adult. Free to observe.

Adults and children can Catch-and-release fish in the green-bottomed Glendale Narrows section of the highly urban Los Angeles River, in sight of industrial buildings and the 5 freeway. The Los Angeles River Rover, FoLAR’s 38’ mobile visitor center/education lab, will be on site.

The sport of fly fishing conjures up images of wild mountain streams far from civilization, but on Saturday, September 6th, the urban setting of the Los Angeles River will for the first time play host to professional and beginner anglers in the first-ever Friends of the Los Angeles River “Off tha’ Hook” Fish Derby.

“When I began carp fishing the L.A River four years ago, I never imagined that the fates would converge to give the city its first fishing derby in the 21st or any other century,” said Jim Burns, proprietor of the blog “The sudden rush of events from its designation by the EPA as navigable to the Corps decision to seek $1 billion in funding makes the revival of this beautiful, lush waterway for fishing, boating and family recreation a forgone reality.”

The establishment of the recreation zones along the Los Angeles River beginning in 2011 opened the river to uses that few would have previously associated with the 51-mile channel and its concrete beds. Since then, summers along the river have seen visitors and neighbors hiking along the river or exploring it in kayaks. And fishing has been legal with the purchase of a state fishing license. In addition to celebrating the river’s availability for fishing, “Off tha’ Hook” will demonstrate stewardship for would be anglers, informing the public about the responsibility to clear all lines, hooks, and trash from the river and its environs.

To attract interest from all levels of fishers, “Off tha’ Hook” will be held on one of two “free” days designated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, when licenses are not required. After an 8:30am press conference featuring the elected officials who made this happen, Flyfishing and Traditional Derbies will begin at 9 a.m. sharp. At 10 a.m. a “Family Fish” will begin for children with supervising adults. An awards ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.

In addition to calling attention to the river’s recreational possibilities, the fishing derby’s haul will help scientists understand the health of its riparian ecology.

“FoLAR has said for years that our work will be done when the steelhead trout return to the river,” said Lewis MacAdams, FoLAR co-founder and president. “Los Angeles cares about its river more than ever before, and with the selection of the Locally Preferred Plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the river’s true revitalization is a greater possibility than ever before. Who knows what we’ll catch?”

Steelhead, who once flourished in the L.A. River but have not been seen there since 1948, would provide both evidence of the river’s returning health and a call to action to restore it further. The fish is anadromous, meaning it changes from a freshwater to a saltwater fish over the course of its life.

While fly fishing as a sport has long focused on catching trout in quiet hard-to-reach settings, urban fly fishing has developed in recent years, with carp tournaments in Denver and Seattle. The Los Angeles River Fish Derby will be the most urban yet, in a city who until recently was more likely to think of its river as a concrete storm drain that a diverse wildlife habitat.

“When people hear ‘fly fishing’ they probably don’t think of Atwater Village as the place to be,” said Karen Barnett, River Committee Chair of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council. “But our community is a great place to live, to work and to play, and because ‘A River Runs Through It,’ that’s about to include the first annual L.A. River fishing derby. We’re proud to be a part of bringing this great sport to the heart of L.A.

CD14 Councilman Jose Huizar’s Week in NELA

Councilmember Huziar stands with Eagle Rock community against Scholl Canyon Landfill Expansion

Councilmember José Huizar joined with The Eagle Rock Association (TERA), Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and others Wednesday to voice opposition to a proposed City of Glendale plan to expand the Scholl Canyon dump and increase the amount of refuse dumped at the landfill by up to eight million tons and raise the height of the landfill by nearly 200 feet. While City of Los Angeles residents have been banned from using the landfill since 1987, the streets leading up to the landfill are in the City’s Eagle Rock community.

The community of Eagle Rock has had to deal with the ill effects of having a landfill in their neighborhood, without any benefits, for decades.

Earlier, Councilmember Huizar was successful in getting the City of Glendale to host a community meeting for Eagle Rock residents to voice their concerns, as well as getting Glendale to agree to extend the comment period deadline for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed expansion by three months to August 29, 2014. Councilmember Huizar’s opposition letter points out a number of things missing from the DEIR, as well as inconsistencies and contradictions in its findings that will negatively impact Eagle Rock.

“In my opinion, this draft EIR was done without impacts to the community of Eagle Rock and its residents in mind at all,” said Councilmember Huizar. “The County and the City of Glendale need to acknowledge that Eagle Rock has been unfairly burdened since 1987 with no mitigations what so ever. That needs to change. Furthermore, the two largest cities that use the landfill, Glendale and Pasadena, have stated policy goals to reduce waste significantly, which is great. They should pursue those goals before creating more waste through an expanded landfill.”

Councilmember Huizar submitted an official letter against the expansion Wednesday.

New Parks, Park & Public Facility Upgrades Coming to CD14

Construction began last week on York Park in Highland Park!

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In late July, Councilmember Huizar was joined by Rob Dyrdek and Nicky Diamonds for the opening of the Diamond Supply Co. Skate Plaza at Hazard Park in Boyle Heights – Check out EGP article here.

Work on Eagle Rock City Hall improvements are progressing! Slated for completion at end of September.

Gilbert Cedillo’s First Annual Latin Jazz & Music Festival Schedule

Artist Performance Schedule
Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo’s
First Annual Latin Jazz & Music Festival

Sycamore Grove Park
4702 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042
Saturday, August 23 & Sunday, August 24, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 23
11:00 a.m. Heart of Los Angeles Big Band
12:00 p.m. Lucky 7 Mambo
1:10 p.m. Susie Hansen Latin Band
2:20 p.m. Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet
3:40 p.m. Banda Brothers
5:00 p.m. Cold Duck
6:20 p.m. Son Mayor
Sunday, August 24
11:00 a.m. Plaza De La Raza Latin Jazz Ensemble
11:40 p.m. Bravo High Latin Jazz Band
12:30 p.m. Hip Street
1:50 p.m. Andy Vargas & Souleros
3:10 p.m. Chicano Batman
4:30 p.m. Jose Rizo’s Mongorama
5:50 p.m. PONCHO SANCHEZ and his Latin Jazz Band
Artistic Director: Jose Rizo

Suspects sought in Highland Park car-to-car shooting

A Question of “Personhood”

Is it OK that the “Corporate Person,” is claiming the Constitutional rights our nation’s founders only intended for humans? This Video, c0-produced by local activist Ann Porter does a great job explaining what the issue of “corporate personhood” is and what the problems the recent “citizen’s united” decision by the United States Supreme Court has caused.

The Trees of Saint Dominic’s

If you have been near the Eagle Rock library, or searched for parking south of Colorado near Maywood, any time after Saturday evening, you will have to have noticed the dramatic tree trimming of the 30 or so ficus trees along Chickasaw, Maywood and Merton, around Saint Dominic’s Church and elementary school. These huge trees provide shade to the streets, and give the area a certain air of dignity to the block. Over the past week they have been cut back almost to the elimination of all foliage

Daily 11 august 2014The extent of the trimming prompted the question, “What is going on with the trees, are they being trimmed, or eliminated?” The short answer, according to Father Peter Rodgers of Saint Dominic’s, is that they have been trimmed, as they are every two years. He assures us that the foliage will be so regrown within six months that we will not even be able to tell they have been trimmed. The trimming is done periodically to prevent damage to the roofs, and to curtail the enthusiasm of these great spreading trees. But this is the short answer. There is a bigger story here, involving city policies, sidewalks, sewage and hopefully a happy ending. Please look for the full tale in the next print edition of the Boulevard Sentinel. 

Read August 2014 Boulevard Sentinel Print Edition Here



NELA Weekend Update 07-28-14

Don’t Miss July Yappy Hour- This Sunday! Hermon Dog Park Yappy Hour and Membership Drive 5-7 pm Sign-up or renew your $10 membership at our membership booth! Volunteers will be accepting cash or check and also we will accept debit or … Continue reading

At Solheim Lutheran Home – Summer Music Concert Series – Sunday July 27

2014 Summer Music Concert Series
Join us for the Mark Z Stevens Quartet playing 30′s and 40′s from the Great American Songbook!
Sunday, July 27th from 4-6pm
At Solheim Lutheran Home
(In the Fountain Garden area)
2236 Merton Avenue, Eagle Rock, CA
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and picnics. Beverages will be provided!


This from the East Area Progresive Democrats:

Come out and speak up to stop Scholl Canyon Dump Expansion and Extension

Thursday, July 31, 2014
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Eagle Rock Rec Center
1100 Eagle Vista Drive, in Eagle Rock Park.


Dump Trucks deposit TONS of trash from Glendale, not from Los Angeles, at Scholl Canyon Dump each day. All of this garbage enters via Eagle Rock. The dump burdens our air with dangerous and deadly pollutants, from nitrogen oxides to fine and coarse particles that lodge in our lungs.

The Scholl Canyon Dump which rises above Eagle Rock is finally due to close in 2021. GLENDALE HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A HUGE EXPANSION. This plan threatens a garbage high rise of 180 additional feet, or 17 stories tall, looming over its neighbors.

Neighbors downwind from the dump entrance also breath diesel exhaust from hundreds of dump trucks entering the dump each day. Exposure to the exhaust is hazardous and life depleting. The Centers for Disease Control have declared diesel exhaust a source of cancer over 25 years ago.

THE TIME TO SPEAK OUT IS NOW. Comments on the dump are due by August 31, 2014.

  • Stop this dump expansion by speaking up.
  • Say NO to pollution in our urban neighborhoods. Join East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD) in making our communities’ voice heard.
  • Contact LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar, who represents Eagle Rock. Urge him to oppose the expansion, and to take every action possible to stop the dump expansion. (213) 473-7014,
  • Alert your neighbors to the dangers posed by the dump expansion. Urge them to come July 31, to speak out and to call elected officials.
  • Express your opposition with a letter against the dump expansion. Address it to : Sanitation District of L.A. County, Attn: Debra Bogdanoff, Senior Engineer, 1955 Workman Mill Road. Whittier, CA 90601 and to

For more information contact:
East Area Progressive Democrats,,

Soda Tasting IV, The Great Root Beer Taste off

Soda Tasting IV, The Great Root Beer Taste off

Less than seven days until the Great Root Beer Taste Off!
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, known around the world for its extensive 500+ sodas, is throwing its annual soda tasting party.
All proceeds of sales will support the Friends of the Southwest Museum’s work to return LA’s first museum open to its former glory.
Time: 5-8pm
Date: July 20, 2014

Address: Galco’s Old World Grocery, 5702 York Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90042
L.A.’s famed soda store throws biggest root beer tasting party for its annual Summer Soda Tasting 4 Event. More than 75 root beers, birch beers and sarsaparillas will be available for sampling. Soda-related fun, entertainment, music and more.
The Great Root Beer Taste Off will finally settle the question on everyone’s mind – what IS the best root beer? Tasters will have more than 75 types of root beers, birch beers and sarsaparillas to sample and make their own decision. In addition, guests can enjoy music and soda fun in the parking lot and stock up on all of Galco’s beverage offerings.
As always, Galco’s Summer Soda Tasting 4 is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition that is fighting to have Los Angeles’ first museum as well as the Casa de Adobe opened once again to the public full time.

Tickets $12 in advance which include all tastings ($5 for children ages 5-11)
Advanced tickets are also on sale at Galco’s (cash or check only)
Tickets are $15 day of event

Purchase tickets at

Tru Vu Auto Glass- Ready to Serve!