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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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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

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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

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

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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.

Slán go fóill! SAM CRO

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Although the popular FX TV series Sons of Anarchy is set in Northern California’s Central Valley fictional Town of Charming (with some scenes in the Bay Area), it is filmed primarily at multiple locations in the greater Los Angeles Area, including Eagle Rock’s historic Italian Bakery, which was featured in many pivotal scenes of the award winning series.

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Early yesterday morning the cast and crew was wrapping one of the last scenes of the SOA’s finale episode (S 7, Esp. 13). Again using the Italian Bakery and portions of Colorado Blvd and La Rhoda Ave.

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Rocco, the head of security, said that Eagle Rock was one of the production company’s favorite locations to shoot, owing to the local residents’ respect for the crew’s working space and the graciousness shown to the cast and crew by other local businesses such as the Cafe Beaujolais and the Classic Thai Restaurant.

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The bright yellow markers that guide cast and crew to movie or TV shoots are often collected by rabid fans of TV shows and movies.

The one used for yesterday’s Eagle Rock shooting (no pun intended) was posted on the street lamp on the East corner of Colorado and La Rhoda

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My sycophant (and normally vocally challenged) photographer, Paco, boldly struck up some small talk with Rocco and asked if the signs are thrown away (simultaneously creating a mental picture on where he was going to display it in his apartment). Rocco said to look for it on eBay, adding with a sly smile “Hey, I’m head of security, it’s a perk.”

The final episode, which will feature scenes filmed here in our backyard, will air on December 9, 2014.

Earthquake! Be Prepared, Save Lives!

The Annual NELA SHAKEOUT is on Tuesday, October 14, hosted at the Highland Park Old LA Farmers’ Market, on Marmion Way at Avenue 57. The Great Shake Out event is a full Earthquake Preparedness Fair, planned in conjunction with the official Great California Shakeout (http://www.shakeout.org/california/)

According to the website, “Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” at 10:16a.m on October 16th.” The Great Shake Out Earthquake Drills and educational events began in California in 2008. (Remember though, the NELA Great Shake Out event is on Tuesday, the 14th.)


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Organizer Loyd Kattro, self-proclaimed, and fully engaged official fault line and earthquake expert of Highland Park, has an impressive line up of organizations and agencies coming to help us learn how to protect ourselves and save lives when a major earthquake hits southern California. Among them are: Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council; The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sempra Energy, Department of Water and Power, LA Department of Public Health, Community Emergency Response Team program, LA Police Department, Southwest Museum Friends of Highland Park, Drop cover and Hold On Demo, Shake Out, Office of Emergency Services and California’s Earthquake Country Alliance, Emergency Watershed Protection, Be Ready, Red Cross, LA City Emergency Management District, City Council District one, the LA Fire Department, Community Emergency Response Team, LA county Fire Department and the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council.

In addition to the information booths and demonstrations there will be a prize wheel and an opportunity to experience a major earthquake! Brave the Shakey-Quakey School House earthquake simulator. This mobile unit is designed to look and feel like a schoolhouse inside, with real desks and a chalkboard. It is outfitted with nine child-sized seats, one adult seat and one wheelchair accessible seat. Inside the trailer children will watch a short video featuring Yogi Bear, who is voiced by actor Dan Akroyd.. Yogi and his friends will guide them through an exercise where they see, feel and react to the sensations of a virtual earthquake, including shaking, falling objects and sounds. Each segment is approximately three minutes in length. Afterwards, each child receives an official Yogi Bear earthquake preparedness booklet to take home and share with their families.

The fact is California is earthquake country, and everyone knows the old cliche, ”It’s not ‘if’, it’s ‘when!’” When an earthquake hits our first responsibility is to ride it out as safely as possible. The “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill is the current standard for earthquake safety. Drop to your hands and knees, crawl for Cover under a table or other solid piece of protective furniture, and Hold On to the protecting item. Expect to remain in the safe position as an earthquake rocks for up to four minutes.

Earthquake shaking can move almost anything, even large or heavy items, Imagine your home or workplace being picked up and shaken sideways, what would fall or be thrown around? Parof preparedness is securing small and large items to prevent them from causing injury.

After an earthquake we may face many situations. Roads and buildings may be broken and crumbling. Water pipes, gas lines, and electrical wires may be dislodged or severed. Supplies of food and water, and first aid and medical help, may be delayed for weeks. Preparedness means being ready for all of these possibilities. Basics include having clothing, including sturdy shoes ready in case of evacuation.

According to Loyd, the top three items to have in supply are water, water and water. We take it for granted, but three days without water can be fatal to humans. The guideline for emergency water on hand is to have 1-3 gallons per person per day, for 14 days at least. You cannot have too much water available. Do not rely on swimming pool water, the Fire Department may need that water for fire control.
Can’t wait for the Shake Out to get prepared? Get a jump on the action, lay in water and emergency supplies, extra food, sturdy clothing and shoes. Then play beat the quake http://www.shakeout.org/beatthequake.html

This event is partially sponsored by the Office of Senator Kevin De Leon. For more information please contact Loyd Kattro, info@earthquakewaterproducts.com (323) 254-8282

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SAMCRO…THEY’RE BAAACK!

Sons of Anarchy's Alexander “Tigg” Trager (Kim Coates) and Jackson 'Jax' Teller (Charlie Hunnam)

Sons of Anarchy’s Alexander “Tigg” Trager (Kim Coates) and Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller (Charlie Hunnam)

The cast and crew of the hit FX show SONS OF ANARCHY are filming episode 11 of their last season in Eagle Rock today.

The action takes place in and around the Eagle Rock Italian Bakery & Deli at Colorado and La Rhoda. According to a crew electrician, they will be setting up scenes most of the day and checking the gate for the money shot around dusk.

End of Summer Sale @ Owl Talk Clothing this Saturday & Sunday Save 25-75% OFF!!

End of Summer Sale @ Owl Talk Clothing this Saturday & Sunday Save 25-75% OFF!!

 

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YOU DECIDE: $1,000,000 FOR A BETTER LA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29th, 2014
Contact: Shauna Nep, (310) 490-3272 / connect@la2050.org

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 la2050.org/challenge 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.
i.am 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 la2050.org/challenge 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.

LA is the best place to CONNECT
LA is the best place to CREATE
LA is the best place to LEARN
LA is the best place to PLAY
LA is the healthiest place to LIVE
“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 facebook.com/LA2050 and on Twitter @LA2050 and connect with the challenge on Twitter using #LA2050.

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 (www.ahccla.com/our-staff)

For more information, please email contact@hermondogpark.org.
Kat Spofford, President, Friends of Hermon Dog Park, kat@hermondogpark.org

Suspects sought in Highland Park car-to-car shooting