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!


CD1 Gilbert Cedillo, Saves N. Fig from Extremists, Will Add Safety Improvements

For now the battle over Figueroa bike lanes has come to a close. Councilman Gil Cedillo sent this letter out yesterday to all who attended his meetings on North Figueroa Bike Lane Proposals.

July 10, 2014

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for attending our community meetings on the proposed Bike Lane’s on Figueroa held on May 8th at Nightingale Middle School and on June 12th at Franklin High School.I too share this concern, and I am committed to ensuring the safety for all those who travel along this corridor – pedestrians, bikers, and drivers.

Last year I was humbled and honored to be elected to serve the communities of Council District One, and as such, it is my job to balance the diverse needs of the entire community. With that said, I will be deferring the implementation of any bike lanes on Figueroa until I can ensure all residents who travel along this corridor will be safe.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has included North Figueroa in his Great Streets initiative, which is part of a neighborhood revitalization strategy to increase public safety, enhance local culture, and build great communities. This is an opportunity to take a comprehensive and holistic approach to address all of the safety concerns raised during our community meetings.

Some of the improvements we will be looking at will include, but are not exclusive of:

•Reconfiguring existing traffic signals
•Installation of pedestrian/bicyclist-activated hybrid beacons at uncontrolled crossings Figueroa
•Curb ramps to provide access for folks using wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, crutches, handcarts, bicycles, or who have other mobility restrictions
•Pedestrian lighting, with an emphasis on luminating pedestrian crosswalks
•Highly visible Continental Crosswalks at intersections
•Curb Extensions in order to shorten the distance that pedestrians have to cross on Figueroa
•Street Furniture, Bicycle Racks, Corrals, and Fix-it Stations
•Landscaping, Street Trees, & Parklets

Thank you again for your time and I hope you will continue to partner with my office as we continue to promote safety on Figueroa.


Gilbert A. Cedillo
Councilmember, First District

News Bits

Save the Date: Councilmember Cedillo’s Latin Jazz Music Festival

Councilmember Cedillo has made it a priority to bring PEACE* to the communities of Council District 1. In the spirit of Arts and Culture he is proud to announce his first annual Los Angeles Latin Jazz/Music Festival. This will be an opportunity for the community to celebrate music that brings us together.

The festival will be held at Sycamore Grove Park (4702 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042) on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Artists confirmed to perform on Saturday, August 23rd include: Poncho Sanchez, Heart of Los Angeles Big Band, Plaza de la Raza Latin Jazz Ensemble, The Banda Brothers, Gilbert Castellanos and the New Latin Jazz Quintet and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama.

On Sunday, August 24th the festival line-up includes: Bravo High Latin Jazz Band, Cold Duck, Son Mayor, Hip Street (Tower of Power tribute band), Andy Vargas and the Souleros, Lucky 7 Mambo.

Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo’s Los Angeles Latin Jazz/Music Festival’s sponsors to date include: Media Sponsor, K-Jazz 88.1 FM – America’s Jazz and Blues Station, LA Metro and Union Bank.

For more information please contact Conrado Terrazas at (323)550-1538 or

For a booth application for Northeast LA organizations/businesses contact Sylvia Robledo, for organizations/businesses south of the 101 Freeway contact Both can also be reached at (323)550-1538.

*PEACE are the priorities for Councilmember Cedillo and include public safety, the environment, arts and culture, clean communities and economic development.


Bobby Castillo

Bobby Castillo, the man who taught Fernando Valenzuela the screwball, helping put into motion one of the most memorable periods in Los Angeles Dodgers’ history, died Monday. He was 59.

Castillo, who pitched in the majors for nine years and was a member of the Dodgers’ 1981 World Series championship team, died of cancer in a Los Angeles-area hospital, the team announced.

The thick-mustached Castillo had a 38-40 record with a 3.94 earned-run average during his career, all but three years of it spent pitching for his hometown Dodgers.

Robert Ernie Castillo was born April 18, 1955, in Los Angeles. He went to Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as a third baseman. Cut by the Royals, the right-hander was pitching in a semipro game in Boyle Heights in 1976 when he had the very good fortune of striking out Mike Brito on a screwball.

The lives of Castillo, Brito, and eventually Valenzuela and the Dodgers, would never be the same.

Brito, a former Mexican league player turned scout, signed Castillo to pitch in the Mexican league, and in a short time Dodgers General Manager Al Campanis signed Brito as a scout and Castillo to pitch. That led to Brito signing Valenzuela out of the Mexican league to the Dodgers.

Campanis wanted Valenzuela to learn a third pitch, so he called on Castillo to teach him the screwball. History was set in motion.

When Valenzuela won the National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards in 1981, helping the Dodgers to the title, Castillo was a member of the bullpen. In 1979, the affable Castillo survived a spring training incident in which he ran his car into a bridge railing at 5 a.m. in Vero Beach, Fla., injuring a leg and incurring the wrath of Manager Tommy Lasorda.

Castillo’s finest season with the Dodgers may have been in 1980, when he appeared in 61 games as a reliever, going 8 and 6 with a 2.75 ERA and five saves.

When the Dodgers traded him to the Minnesota Twins in 1982, Castillo said: “It’s going to be hard not to put that Dodger uniform on again. They’ve all been great, even the people in the stands who booed. They booed great.”

Castillo spent three years with the Twins but returned to the Dodgers for one final season in 1985. In recent years he had been a member of the Dodgers’ community services team.

Castillo is survived by his mother, Nellie; daughters Mellanie and Sara; son Robert III; two grandchildren and his sister, Lorraine.

Protesters demanding a safer Figueroa march on council member’s office

Public Meeting Regarding Scholl Canyon Landfill Expansion

Public Meeting
Thursday, July 31st
Eagle Rock Recreation Center
1100 Eagle Vista Dr.

Public Comment Period Extension
Friday, August 29th

The Office of Councilmember Huizar will host a public meeting for City of Los Angeles residents regarding the City of Glendale’s proposed expansion of the Scholl Canyon Landfill. Hear from Glendale officials about the expansion, get your questions answered, and voice your concerns.

For more information, please call (323) 254-5295 or email

Councilmember Huizar Introduces Motion to Explore Amending Hours of Colorado Blvd Specific Plan

At the request of several community groups in Eagle Rock including the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, The Eagle Rock Association, the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Boulevard Design Review Board, Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion in City Council to amend the hours of the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan.

The Colorado Blvd Specific Plan was originally authored and adopted in 1992 – over 20 years ago. Since that time, the corridor has undergone tremendous growth to the benefit of the Eagle Rock Community.

The plan has been an effective tool in managing the look and preserving the pedestrian friendly feel of the neighborhood but like all city plans, needs to be updated to continue to provide public convenience and benefit to our community.

One regulation, or limitation of the current plan, is a prohibition on business operating between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. – meaning neighborhood establishments that choose to move here need to close earlier, and – in some instances – open later than their competitors in nearby cities, such as Pasadena and Glendale.

In 2014, the Eagle Rock community questioned the relevance of such a limitation on hours of operation. CD14 staff has been working closely with the various community groups and the Planning Department to look into what we can do to ensure a healthy business climate remains on Colorado Boulevard.

The motion formally asks the Los Angeles Department of City Planning to look into the matter.

ERNC in collaboration with TERA, the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Blvd Design Review Board, will host a meeting to discuss the amendment in August. More details to follow

For more information, please call Councilmember Huizar’s office at (323) 254-5295.


CD1 Gets Bike Corral

Recently, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) Bike Program worked with City crews to install new Bicycle Corrals, making Los Angeles just a bit more bicycle friendly than it was before. A corral was installed in the Northeast LA neighborhood of Cypress Park in CD1, in front of Antigua Coffee (3400 N Figueroa St, 90065) on the corner of North Figueroa and Loreto Street. Antigua is a proud partner of the City’s Bicycle Friendly Business program and was quite pleased to see the Corral installed.

Councilmember Cedillo is proud to support bike improvements in CD1.


Call For Entries
1st Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival,
Oct. 9-12, 2014

The Highland Park Independent Film Festival was founded by a group of filmmakers whose mission is to promote the art of film in their community. We seek filmmakers who produce the most unique and captivating independent cinema to screen their work in the Highland Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles.

Highland Park is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area and in recent years, has become the new home to first class restaurants and inviting boutique shops. These new establishments are thriving next to beautiful old landmarks along historic Route 66 which runs through the neighborhood which is also nestled in the beautiful San Rafael Hills and along the Arroyo Seco.

We have opened the call for entries to films of any genre in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Feature and Documentary Short. Unique to our Festival, are two special awards. Along with Best Feature, Best Short, Best Feature Doc, Best Short Doc are Best Cinematography and Best Musical Composition. This creates an opportunity to uniquely feature these talented artists in your filmmaking team.

An opening gala and tribute will open the Festival on Oct. 9, followed by two days of screenings at the historic Highland Theater alongside keynote speakers, panels and fun networking mixers. A Sunday Brunch Awards Ceremony will conclude the Festival. To submit your film, please visit

We look forward to seeing your work.

(Alessandro Gentile, Marita de la Torre, Mark Reitman, and Luisa Frias)

New Cocos Management On-Board with FHS Discount cards

Thank you for getting William involved in our effort to help Benjamin Franklin School Booster Club achieve the $18,000 they need this year for their football and soccer team equipment. A number of problems began this year with EVERYONE being new to the community. The Principal, the Coaches, the CoCos District Manager, Team Managers were all new to how to get things done regarding the booster cards. The problem has been solved.

New cards will be issued on 7/14/2014. William will generously honor the current cards (7/1/14) until 7/15. Next week Superior Cards will contact the Manager of 6040 York, for approval for the coming year. Franklin School students will sell 2,000 cards; with three to five hundred being sold for customers of CoCo’s.

My company, Community Helpline, and many customers appreciate your help in getting this task accomplished.

Maureen Blatt



The Frog Spot, a pop-up café and free weekend visitor center operated by Friends of the Los Angeles River, is open in Elysian Valley for the summer of 2014.

“For years, FoLAR’s work has shown Los Angeles that its river is a place to be enjoyed and experienced, not just driven past,” said Lewis MacAdams, FoLAR co-founder and president. “With the opening of Frog Spot, Angelenos now have a base of operations for river explorations, and a café with a nature-oriented location like nothing else in L.A.”

Tucked behind a sculptor’s studio on the edge of the Glendale Narrows portion of the river, the Frog Spot is landscaped in bright-white garden stones, with seating areas, shade sails, a concession stand and information kiosk operating from a vintage trailer, and a convertible stage area. The entire patio overlooks the lush green-bottomed river, affording a view of bicyclists and herons alike.

“For individuals or families who want to start exploring the Los Angeles River, the Frog Spot is a great starting or stopping point,” said Jennifer Kang Erwood of FoLAR. “There’s a lot of river to see, and this is a great place to pick up a map or to rest up after a bike ride.”

The Frog Spot is a pilot program funded by Miss Me Jeans, REI and Metabolic Studios. Further information can be found at and on Twitter @TheFrogSpot.


Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 4pm through October 5th
Saturday evenings from 5pm to 8pm for ticketed events (see calendar at featuring live entertainment and food

2825 Benedict Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (also accessible from bike path at Newell Street)

Pre-made concessions (light snacks)
Brewed and iced coffee
Free drinking water with ice
Restrooms open to all
Free Wifi
Visitor information for L.A. River
Shaded outdoor seating
Bocce court – the only one on the L.A. River
Ample street parking
Access to L.A. River Bike Path
Kayak venture information
Bicycle parking, pumps and patches (as of July 12)
Kid’s corner with books and art supplies

July Boulevard Sentinel is on the Street



Bats are good for Eagle Rock

An Ecological Method of Insect Control in Eagle Rock:  BATS
Tips for installing a bat house

by Christopher Nyerges []

Many people believe that bats are dangerous because they’ve been watching too many movies. In fact, bats are an important way to control insects. They do eat mosquitoes too, but this part of their reputation is a bit over-rated because bats tend to fly a bit higher than mosquitoes. Still, they do eat mosquitoes.

Encouraging bats to live around your place is an easy, natural way to control unwanted insect populations. In nature, bats would reside in hollow trees, which are abundant in the forest, but less common in the urban areas.

We installed a pre-made bat house at the WTI Wildlife Sanctuary in Highland Park.  However, it never attracted bats, even though we know there are bats in the area.  The attached picture is the bat house we purchased and installed. In this article, I’m going to share what I recently learned about proper placement of a bat house if you want bats in your Northeast Los Angeles backyard.

Bat houses can be purchased at garden supply shops and on-line catalogs. They can also be made from scrap lumber, and rough lumber is better because bats need something to cling onto.

The location of your bat house is important because bats are a bit choosey as to where they make their home. Just tacking a bat house up on the wall doesn’t guarantee that bats will occupy it. Bat Conservation International offers a few suggestions for properly installing a bat house.

Make sure that the bat house gets a lot of sunlight. The bats don’t like the sunlight, per se, but they need the warmth to raise their young. So a bat house should be situated where it get a lot of sun, ideally on a free-standing pole if possible. The bat house can also be painted black to help with heat retention.
Bats are more likely to occupy a house that is about 15 to 20 feet above the ground. A pre-made bat house should be well-anchored to the house, or pole, and studies have shown that the bats are less likely to use the pre-made house that is anchored to a tree.

Make sure there are no obstructions to the entry of the bat house within 20 feet.
Assuming you’ve done all this, you should still give the bats time to notice the house. If there are no bats in the house within two years, try moving it to another location.

Even if bats occupy the house you’ve provided for them, don’t expect miracles. They are not going to reduce your mosquito population to zero, but they will eat mosquitoes and other insects, and you won’t have to use harmful insecticides on your property to take advantage of their free service.

And because the needs of bats are very specific, it turns out that many bat house that are pre-made are not ideal. Bat Conservation International provides a list of bat house manufacturers which conform to the needs of bats. They also provide free plans for building your own. Just check their web site at 035

Tuesday Morning Pursuit in Eagle Rock


The suspect came down Oak Grove and turned on Avoca before crashing to a stop at Hepner. Thanks Eagle Rock 311 for the photo.

Tuesday morning, officers were alerted to a possible hit and run driver, who was also a possible DUI. When LAPD officers made contact, the suspect ran, leading officers on a short pursuit through Eagle Rock. One man walking his dogs on Colorado saw the pursuit, that made its way just into Pasadena, before coming right back down La Loma and Oak Grove, finally ending when the female suspect crashed near the intersection of Avoca and Hepner streets.

Florence Sanders 1923 – 2014

Florence Sanders,

formerly of Eagle Rock, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 10th in Glendale. Born on 02-01-1923, in Canton Ohio, she lived to the ripe old age of 91. Florencesm2Florence was blessed with 6 children, and is survived by Ron 69 of Glendale, Toni 68 of San Diego, Tim 60 of Pine Mountain Club, Therese 59 of Altadena, and Mike 58 of Altadena. She also had 13 grand-children, 19 great-grand-children, and 1 great-great-grandchild. George, her husband of 30 years preceded her death in 1973. She was dedicated to serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to Florence, family was the most important thing in her life. Everyone that knew Florence, loved her kind spirit and outgoing personality. Many will remember Florence as a very active parent at Saint Dominic School in Eagle Rock, Pater Noster High School in Glasell Park, and the Highland Park Full Gospel Assembly in Highland Park. She will be missed by everyone.