December Print Edition On-line NOW! (and all of 2014)

Yes, the print editions are back up- just the 2014 for now- including the latest December issue of the Boulevard Sentinel!

http://www.boulevardsentinel.com/dailyBS/2014-print-editions-on-line/

Traffic Alert: Street Flooding on Colorado Boulevard at La Loma

LAPD got a call about 9:30 this morning that Colorado Boulevard was flooded just east of La Loma, one block west of Figueroa Street. They believe the water is rain water and suspect a sewer problem. As of 10:30 Street Services was not yet on the scene to confirm or correct the problem. The street remains under about three feet of rainwater, with more rain falling.

One driver who attempted to drive through “Colorado Lake” had to have their car towed from the water. LAPD advises drivers not to attempt to drive trough flooded streets, take the extra time to use a different route.

The post office and CVS are accessible from Figueroa.

Update: By 12:30 pm the water had drained, but the block remained closed. La Loma is passable between Colorado and Figueroa.

Side Note: According to an ATT Field Engineer we can anticipate that today’s rain will cause some phone service disruption tomorrow.

 

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UPDATE: HP Holiday Tree Lighting Sunday December 14

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Extending Colorado Boulevard’s Business Hours: Good or Bad for Eagle Rock?

Extending Colorado Boulevard’s Business Hours: Good or Bad for Eagle Rock?
Taking the Worms out of the Can?
by Harold Johnson
Public comments regarding a proposed amendment to the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan were heard Wednesday, November 19 at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. Community members and local business owners voiced opinions about changes which, if enacted, would extend the current operating hours of businesses along most of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock. The hearing followed an informational town hall meeting that took place in September.
“The proposed amendment is the result of a recent council motion which directed the planning department to amend the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan,” said Haydee Urita-Lopez, the hearing office for the proceedings. Many businesses along Colorado Boulevard are currently restricted to operating between the hours of 7am and 9pm. “Were the proposed amendment to be approved, hours of operation would be addressed in the same manner that they are for any other commercial property in the city,” said Ms. Urita-Lopez.
Ms. Urita-Lopez gathered comments from an audience of a few dozen local residents, business owners, and other interested citizens attended the hearing. District 14 Councilmember José Huizar was also in attendance. Both written and spoken comments were received at the hearing.
Since the adoption of the Specific Plan in 1992 Eagle Rock has seen a marked increase in business and pedestrian traffic along Colorado Boulevard. Should the proposed amendment be adopted entrepreneurs with business ventures that typically thrive during the night are more likely to surface along Colorado Boulevard. The changes would result in an even more welcoming business climate — at least for those businesses capitalizing on evening entertainment — while also introducing more pedestrian traffic along Colorado Boulevard and potentially into surrounding neighborhoods late into the evening and early morning hours.
Representatives of The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) and the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council (ERNC) both expressed each group’s support for the ordinance change, though the latter organization’s president, David Greene, pointed out that support was not unanimous. “There was a small but very cogent group of folks who oppose it,” said Mr. Greene.
According to TERA president Bob Gotham, the group he represents recently voted unanimously in favor of “the notion” of loosening business hour limitations. Mr. Gotham contended that it is unfair for businesses along Colorado Boulevard to face restrictions not imposed on shops along Eagle Rock Boulevard. “The playing field is not level for businesses,” stated Gotham. “The fact of the matter is that there is no limitation on business hours found in any other neighborhood’s specific plan in the city of Los Angeles.”
Gotham also addressed concerns about businesses that sell alcohol. “People would worry about that getting out of control and keeping them up all night. The fact of the matter is without this limitation in the Specific Plan businesses selling alcohol would still have to go and get a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and business hours can be regulated in the CUP process on a case by case basis. So that if a place did become a nuisance to the community I think there would be the opportunity to take some remedial action for that.”
Local residents and business owners voiced their opinions both for and against the proposed changes. One resident living one block north of Colorado Boulevard expressed her family’s desire for late-night dining options. “I really look at Colorado Boulevard as being a dead zone,” said one resident. “Eagle Rock is a dead zone after nine o’clock.” (She stated so, despite the fact that Colombos, Casa Bianca, Coffee Table and La Fuentes are all allowed to be open past 9:00 p.m.)
“Yay! We like a dead zone!” interrupted a member of the audience, requiring the hearing officer to remind those in attendance that disruptions were not permitted during public testimonials.
The resident continued, “I think it’s not fair to us residents that would like some choices, and it’s not fair — certainly not fair to businesses. They’re probably losing ten or twenty or thirty thousands dollars a month after all the investment they’ve made.”
“It’s not about getting wasted and partying in Eagle Rock,” said a speaker representing Eagle Rock Lounge. The speaker contended that the bar, open until 11pm or 12am Friday and Saturday nights, has not been a nuisance in the community but has provided a safe entertainment option. “Why not give them the opportunity and come to a place that’s regulated — where my staff is trained by the L.A. City Police Department in STARs (Standardized Training for Alcohol Retailers) — to cut off people when they’ve had to much to drink?”
Jeremy Raub, owner of Eagle Rock Brewery in Glassell Park and the soon-to-open Public House on Colorado Boulevard, noted the disparity of operating conditions for businesses along Colorado Boulevard. “The hours are basically a discrimination against businesses,” said Mr. Raub. “and there is not a level playing field, as some businesses just flat ignore the operating hours to no ill effect.” The bar owner also argued that “the restriction of hours does not necessarily create a quiet environment in a neighborhood.”
Not everyone agreed with Mr. Raub’s contention. Resident David Gustafson submitted that the community had benefited from the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan but expressed reservations about extending operating hours. “I’m okay with extending the hours to something reasonable like 10 or 11 (but) I don’t see why we have to throw the baby out with the bathwater,”  said Mr. Gustafson.
Mr. Gustafson views the Specific Plan as having revitalized the community but feels that irresponsible changes to the plan could have a detrimental effect. “I really think we’re at a turning point and we can destroy the neighborhood if we just act too recklessly. So I think a reasonable extension of the hours is okay but I don’t see any reason why we’d want a business here that’s open later than eleven.”
Local property owner Rebecca Niederlander wasn’t initially in support of the changes. “But I’m (now) cool with removing the restrictions. What I want to know is how it’s not just going to be my problem.” Mrs. Neiderlander understands the reasoning behind “leveling the playing field” for businesses but she also recognizes the potential pitfalls that would go with such changes. “If we have too many businesses that have alcohol at late nights (sic) we’re going to draw the Oxy crowd down to this area.”
Mr. Gustafson’s and Mrs. Niederlander’s concerns were reiterated and more expressly denounced by Eagle Rock homeowner Gregory Luke. “I am not opposed to extending the hours to ten or eleven but opening it up all the way is madness. It’s not good thinking.” Mr. Luke reasoned that the amendment to the Specific Plan would almost certainly result in an environment that could eventually result in the introduction of strip clubs in a what many describe as a family-oriented community. (Luke is a Land Use attorney, and was making sure all arguments were on the record should a lawsuit be filed to stop the change.)
“Unfortunately, opening up the gorilla and getting out the doors to 2am and 3am, and drunk folks walking down the street — and yes, they do exist — is going to (be incompatible with existing community plans),” assessed Mr. Luke.
Written testimonials will continue to be accepted until 5pm Friday, December 5. Comments may be submitted to:
Haydee Urita-Lopez
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street, Room 667
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fax: 213-978-1477
e-mail: haydee.urita-lopez@lacity.org
Remember to include the case number on all correspondence: CPC-2014-3669-SP

Small Business Saturday in Eagle Rock Today!

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70th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade

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Turkey Day Brush Fire Quickly Extinguished

Turkey Day Brush Fire Quickly Extinguished
Twenty nine firefigters responded to a fire on Thanks Giving night along the 134 freeway at the North Figueroa Street overcrossing. The blaze, which was extingusihed in 22 minutes, had put out a huge column of smoke and flames were clearly visible to drivers on the Colorado Boulevard off and on ramp. Because the area that burned is adjacent to the Eagle Rock foothills, community members reacted with great concern, worried it might catch the dried hillside that last burned in 1989.
There were no injuries and no structures were threatened, however, the cause is still under investigation.

This Thanksgiving Thank Environmental Stewards and Leaders

This Thanksgiving please give thanks to the environmental stewards and leaders who better our community throughout the year by nominating candidates for a 2014 Arroyo Verde Award.

The Arroyo Verde Awards recognize those who have made a valuable contribution to protecting and improving the Arroyo Seco watershed and our local environment. It’s the most prestigious environmental award in our region. Awards are given each year for Best Advocacy, Greening the Arroyo (Organization), Greening the Arroyo (Agency), Greening the Arroyo (Business), Best Volunteer, Citizen Activist, Public Official, and Lifetime Achievement. Awards are given out at the Council of Arroyo Seco Organizations annual holiday event in December.

You can nominate a deserving candidate here:Arroyo Verde Nomination

And thanks for your caring and support for a sustainable future!

Make a Contribution to the Arroyo Seco Foundation

DISCOVERING THE MEANING OF THANKSGIVING

Hey friend, please join us!  Noon on Thanksgiving Day
DISCOVERING THE MEANING OF THANKSGIVING
What is the meaning of the annual Thanksgiving event in the United States?  Does anyone even try to “give thanks” on this day?  And how do we determine what to give thanks for, or to?
WTI is a Highland Park-based non-profit which has commemorated this unique day (for over 40 years) by first reminding participants what this day is all about, and then, learning some of the skills that made the beginning of this country possible.
According to historians, the first “Thanksgiving” took place during a lull in warfare between the new European colonists and the various indigenous peoples of the Atlantic Coast.  Since the first colonists were essentially city people, they learned many of the basic survival skills from the native tribes of the Americas.
WTI points out that Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Native Americans, and the early skills of the Native Americans are shared at this annual event.
Some of the skills to be shared will include primitive fire making, wild food gathering and cooking, primitive weaponry and traps (including archery), weaving and twining, and other skills.
The event occurs on the non-profit’s one acre facility in Highland Park. A light meal is served, and along with a presentation about the history of the day, participants will have the opportunity to practice many of the traditional “Thanksgiving” crafts.

To RSVP and to get directions, contact Prudence Daniel, executive director at 323 620-4720, or Julie Balaa, Assistant, 323 255-4028.  A donation is requested

CELEBRATION! Grand Re-Opening of Eagle Rock City Hall

The City of Los Angeles invites you to join Councilmember José Huizar at the Eagle Rock City Hall Grand Re-Opening Celebration.

Saturday, November 22, 11:00am to 1;oopm
Eagle Rock City Hall
2035 Colorado Boulevard

Eagle Rock City Hall was built in 1922, one year before Eagle Rock was consolidated with the City of Los Angeles. Originally housing the fire department, police department, and the chambers for the Eagle Rock City Council, the building has been an icon of Eagle Rock for over 90 years,

Throughout its history it has served as an art gallery, Building and Safety satellite offices, Bureau of Street Services operations office, Council Field Office, and more. The building underwent a renovation in the 1960’s and a seismic retrofit in 1994.

In the spring of 2014, the city allocated $250,000 to repair the facility and restore it to its former glory. Working with community leaders and local preservationists, the renovated building is once more a shining star for Eagle Rock. Improvements include remodeled restrooms, brand new flooring, drought tolerant landscaping, accent lighting and updated community rooms.

The festivities will include:
Food
Plant Sale
Face Paining
Bounce house

This event is Co-Sponsored by: Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful, Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society and The Eagle Rock Association

HIGHLAND PARK’S FIRST EVER SCAVENGER HUNT!

Just to make Highland Park more fun than ever, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council is hosting a FREE Community Scavenger Hunt.

Folks will create their own teams of no more then 5 members each. They will compete in 3 categories: 21 and over, 20 and under, and Mixed Ages.

The wining teams will receive prizes from Highland Park Businesses, including Donut Friend, Town Pizza, the Grey Hound, the OffBeat, Las Cazuelas and Galco’s Soda Pop Shop, Sonny’s Hideaway and the Highland Park Heritage Trust!

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 22 (Tomorrow) 10:00am – 2:00pm
WHERE: Start and end at Highland Park Recreation Center: 6150 Piedmont Ave, Los Angeles, California 90042

Contact  HIGHLAND PARK’S FIRST EVER SCAVENGER HUNT! on Facebook for more information.

 

22nd ANNUAL DISCOVERY TOUR This Saturday NOV. 22

22nd ANNUAL DISCOVERY TOUR
Change Is In The Air
Saturday, November 22nd
9:30am – 5pm

Lummis Home
200 East Avenue 43
Los Angeles, 90031

Meet great artists – enjoy good art
Buy Tickets Here!

“Change is in the Air” for the 22nd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour, a self-guided auto tour which gives you entre into the homes and studios of the fascinating artists of the Arroyo, an area including the vibrant neighborhoods of Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and Mount Washington. This year we are also proud to partner with the Autry National Center of the American West, and invite you all to visit the Autry’s Southwest Museum, where several artists are showing.

The Discovery Tour is one of Los Angeles’ oldest and most eclectic art tours, featuring a wide variety of fine art and craft by both emerging and established artists. Your tour begins at the Lummis Home, or “El Alisal”, the hand built house of Charles Lummis, poet, activist and founder of the Southwest Museum. Information to help you plan your own Tour will be available at the entrance.

TONIGHT: Public Hearing on Removing Restricted Business Hours on Colorado Boulevard

TONIGHT: Public Hearing on Removing Restricted Business Hours on Colorado Boulevard
Tonight, Wednesday, November 19, a meeting will be held on the proposed change to the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan. This change will eliminate the restrictions on hours of operation for new businesses coming onto Colorado Boulevard.
The purpose of the meeting is to take public input on the proposed change to the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, and would subject Colorado Boulevard to the same operating-hours rules that apply to the rest of the City.
The meeting will begin with an informal Open House and Question & Answer session at 6pm, and then the public hearing will begin at 7pm.
It will take place at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Boulevard. (Old Library)
If you can’t make the meeting, you can send comments to the Planning Department:

Haydee Urita-Lopez
Los Angeles Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street, Room 667
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fax: 213-978-1477
e-mail: haydee.urita-lopez@lacity.org
Remember to include the case number on all correspondence: CPC-2014-3669-SP

Susan Rocha honored by Mayor Garcetti

Honoring Susan Rocha

First District resident, Susan Rocha was honored by Mayor Garcetti for all of her advocacy and educational work regarding noise pollution in our communities. Ms. Rocha attended Friday’s City Council Meeting and I was able to acknowledge her for her work in the community.

 

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Largest Dia de los Muertos Altar in NELA

Council Member Gil Cedillo Welcomes Los Angeles’ Largest Dia de los Muertos Altar to the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens

 

On Wednesday, October 29, 10:00 a.m., the  Office of Council Member Gil Cedillo, and the Mujeres de la Tierra invites the public to visit its art installation of the Día de los Muertos Traditional Altar at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens. The largest Altar in Los Angeles will be open for public viewing from Wednesday, October 29th through Friday the 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, located at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, 570 West Avenue 26, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90065.

 

The Altar is being built in honor of “Las Adelitas”, who were female soldiers who fought side by side with men during the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

 

The exhibit will be open to the public from October 29, 30 and 31 from 10:00am-5:00pm.  Free parking is available at the Los Angeles River Center.  For more information call 323 350.3306.

 

Mujeres de la Tierra (MDLT) is a grassroots non-profit organization led by Latinas dedicated to serving women and children in Los Angeles. Its mission is to build and strengthen community in neighborhoods where residents are determined and committed to improve the lives of their family and children by addressing issues that impact community health, environmental degradation and quality of life.