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CINDY’s is reopening at 7 am on Wednesday! (April 9)

The famous, friendly, (and one of our favorites) breakfast and lunch spot It has been acquired by Chef Paul Rosenbluh and his wife Monique.

While they are keeping the name and vintage, look it is rumored that they are adding a smoker, as in Barbecue fare at Dinner time!

These folks are also the proprietors of Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena. So if you love Firefly, you will likely be happy with the new/old Cindy’s.
See you there!

A March calling for Peace in Northeast L.A.

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On Saturday March 29, hundreds lined the streets for a 2.7 mile march for peace beginning in Eagle Rock and ending in Glassell Park. It was a strong showing of dozens of community and faith-based organizations galvanized around a call for peace in the streets of Northeast L.A.

The march began a few hundred strong at Christian Assembly church on the corner of Colorado and Ellenwood just after 1:00 p.m., and grew over time. More than 100 members from Eagle Rock Seventh-day Adventist church joined the marchers as they passed by the church on Merton. The youngest was one year old Colin McHale, who was pushed in a stroller by his parents Brenden and Krista, and the oldest were Dr. Herb and Marge Harder who are 93 and 91 years old, respectively. All ages were represented in a city-wide call for peace in North East L.A. The march ended at St. Bernard’s church on Avenue 33 with food, live music, games, and a health fair.

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DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12: Board Members Needed for Highland Park Neighborhood Council

From Monica Alcaraz, President Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council:
Do you love Highland Park? Do you want to make a difference? Do issues such as traffic and parking, growth and development, education and sustainability concern you? Do you want to get involved?
Your opportunity to represent Highland Park has arrived!
The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council is holding the Election for its new board on April 26, 2014.
Please join the NC and help us make a difference in Highland Park.
If you are not familiar with Neighborhood Councils, you can visit to find out what they do and how they represent their communities. Please also visit our History page to learn about this area and familiarize yourself with our Bylaws if running for the board interests you.
Please look at this regional map to find out if you live within the borders of Highland Park. The Historic Highland Park NC boundaries:
Visit the EmpowerLA website to find out more about the open seats, read about the candidate guidelines and the election manual to learn about the procedures of this election.
All stakeholders are encouraged to take part in the election process, become a candidate, volunteer as a poll worker and vote on election day, April 26, 2014!
It’s YOUR neighborhood – Make a difference. Represent!
Candidate Filing Period Ends, Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Deadline for candidates to submit all necessary documentation to establish their candidacy, Monday, March 17, 2014
Election Day is Saturday, April 26, 2014

Mt. Washington mourns World War II veteran lost in house fire- Eastsider L.A.

New Projects and Restaurants Coming to Eagle Rock

Developing Developments at the ERNC Landuse Committee

The February 20th meeting of the ERNC Landuse Committee discovered more new restaurants coming to Eagle Rock among the projects to consider this month.
First up was a short presentation by the Yosemite Drive “Rock Row” developers, of their plans to build a similar project at the corner of Ellenwood and Fairpark Avenue. They sold out their last proposed Eagle Rock project, where the “True Blood” bungalows once stood, after the ERNC landuse committee of that time gave a thumbs down. However, they’ve successfully completed another in Glassell Park in the interim.

Next was a visit by Eagle Rock Brewery (Glassell Park) seeking approval of their plans for their new location in Eagle Rock. The “Brew Pub” in the former Fatty’s/Stapp’s Auto building will need additional conditional use permits for the on-site brewing they intend to do there. However, phase I of the conversion only includes “cook-line” changes in the kitchen and cosmetic changes in the dining area, including adding a bench the length of one wall there.

The brewery would be considered a complete change of use but when it is attached to “bonified kitchen” it is considered an accessory use by the city and would be allowed. The hours initially would be closing at 9 p.m., which is the latest hours the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan allows.

On the agenda was Paul Rosenbluh to talk about his plans for Cindy’s Restaurant, but he could not make it, so that item was tabled until next month.
Next, however, was Jeffrey Miller of Rockin’ Wings, seeking ERNC approval of a conditional use permit for late night hours for his Chicken Wings centered restaurant at the former Julio’s Pizza location on Eagle Rock Boulevard near York. He stressed that it would be a “Family Restaurant” that would serve beer and wine, with big screen TV’s, a bar and a banquet room. The restaurant would seat a total of 199, and has 31 parking spaces, 11 more than required, they said.


Planned for the Rockin’ Wings is this bar that seats 19 people with big screen sports TVs.

This was the first restaurant venture for Mr. Miller. He said he went door to door within a 500 foot radius of the location. “We pretty much talked to everyone,” he said. “And everyone was in favor of it.”

However, neighbor Alicia Ibarra showed up to voice her concerns about parking overflowing onto her residential street, as well as the possibility of excessive noise due to the requested live entertainment. Two letters were received by the Landuse Committee opposing the project, on the grounds that they would be serving alcohol.

The biggest concerns were regarding the proposed hours, which were to be 11am to 1am on Friday and Saturday nights and until 12 midnight Sunday through Thursday. One member of the committee, Laurel Moglen, said that although Miller kept saying “Family” restaurant, the alcohol, bar, live entertainment and late hours suggested it would be an “adult” destination.

As the committee got down to the work of making a motion, they crafted one to approve the plans with the condition that on site security be required from 8 pm until closing on Thurday through Saturday nights, as well as a condition that “no sound shall escape” to mitigate the live entertainment. A suggestion to have a professional sketch out aesthetic upgrades was left for the full board to work on at the full meeting of the ERNC on Tuesday, March 4th.

Leah Fierro shows the cheese and sandwich boards that the food will be served on at the Milkfarm L.A. Artisan Cheese Shop

Leah Fierro shows the cheese and sandwich boards that the food will be served on at the Milkfarm L.A. Artisan Cheese Shop

Finally, Leah Fierro made an appearance to do a presentation on the “Artisan Cheese” business that she and her husband are opening on Colorado Boulevard. They are in phase III of construction (drywall) and the contractor will have the space ready by the middle of March or the beginning of April.

The storefront, which was previously the Urban Policy wing of Occidental College is right next door to the Stained Glass supplies store at 2106 Colorado Boulevard.

She said the store will be 50% restaurant and 50% retail, and was seeking the approval of the conditional use permit to serve and sell alcohol to go. They will have 300 to 400 cheeses which will be priced by the 1/2 pound.

Some of the sample menu items included:
$8 BMTC sandwich- always the same
$7-$12 Baguette/ torta/ ciabatta sandwich- meat option
$7- $9 Savory tart/ galette/ flatbread
$7 quiche
8oz $4, 16oz $8 bulk salad
$2.50 bacon wrapped dates
$15 cheese plate- options to rotate, jams and mostardas made in house.

Customers will use the seating for the restaurant, and will be allowed to consume cheese and wine items they buy from the retail potion of the store there as well.

Also they announced that Michael Scott of Eagle Rock Backyard Farms will be providing backyard seasonal produce, honey, and pulling together several of his 14 clients chicken coops in ER to supply fresh backyard eggs, under the newly formed Eagle Rock Egg Co-op.

They had to purchased 3.30 parking credits from the Eagle Rock Parking credits program for the cost of $128. The only thing that was not complete was proof that all properties within 500 feet were notified of their plans. They were instructed by Landuse co-chair David Green to bring this proof to the full meeting of the ERNC for their final vote on March 4th.

Signs of Change at Mr. T’s Bowl

from EastsiderLA

Storefront Report: Signs of change at Mr. T’s Bowl in Highland Park

Back in November The Eastsider reported that the Figueroa Street building that houses Mr. T’s Bowl & Nightclub, a former Highland Park bowling alley turned nightspot, was up for sale at an asking price of $3.25 million. The sales listing is no longer active and it’s … Read More »

Bob Cota 1919 – 2014

Bob Cota 1919 – 2014


From Carol Cota

Last evening our dad, Robert Xavier Cota, died at the age of 94 1/2. He was under the gentle care of hospice at College Vista Convalescent Hospital in Eagle Rock where he received the most excellent attention for the last year and-a-half.

Dad suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and we now realize that the symptoms began nearly 8 years ago. This photo is of our dad and our mom, Theresa Eileen (McLeod) Cota (who passed away 6/25/65). They were married on 6/14/44 during WWl when Dad was in the U.S. Army and are now together again in Heaven.

Cindy (Cota) Pendleton and I were so blessed to have such exceptional parents. Dad loved his birthplace of Eagle Rock and was so proud of his involvement with Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, ERHS Boosters’ Club, TERA, BLEND, ERVHS, ER Alumni Association and any one in need of his services. For 57 years he operated his business, “Bob Cota Company-Masonry and Landscaping” and left his artistic mark on many local properties. “If Bob built it, it’s still standing”.

Dad lived in the same house on Loleta Avenue that his dad originally built in 1914. The property has remained in our family and now it’s my turn to care for this handsome, memory-filled Craftsman home along with the 100 year-old trees and plantings.
Dad attended grade school at St. Dominic Catholic School, was a life-long member of St. Dominic Church and he and his crew even did masonry work on the church and campus throughout the years. Father Michael administered his final Blessing.

Dad was a S’37 graduate of Eagle Rock High School. We are reminded of this verse from the Bible, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”. Until we join Mom and Dad in heaven, we, his family will continue to share the good memories.
Daughters: Carole Cota (W’64)-Gelfuso (Frank) and Cindy Cota (S’69)-Pendleton (Reed). Grandchildren: David Anthony Gelfuso (Heidi) and Gina Cara Gelfuso-Peplow (Matthew). Great Grandchildren: Parker Ryan Gelfuso, Twins-Peyton Rose Gelfuso and Preston Riley Gelfuso and Alexa Noel Peplow.

Eastside Festival of Arts at ERHS March 1st 9am to 3pm

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This event is a grassroots celebration of Arts in  Education Month and will be attended by over 25 schools in the greater Northeastern region of Los Angeles.  I am one of the organizers and would love to talk to anyone who is interested in the fact that LAUSD indeed teaches the Fine Arts in schools but we need more, more, MORE!  Come see the students as they engage in Drama, Music, Visual Arts, and Dance Troups.  Our day will commence at 9 am and conclude with a Flash Dance Mob at 3!

Maureen Longaker
Festival Organizer
323 610 3096

Pictures from the Women’s Twentieth Century Club Centennial Concert

Held on February 8, 2014.

Featuring Concert Pianist Carl Matthes.

Pictures at


Yappy Hour & Pet Emergency Preparedness Seminar 2/23!

February Yappy Hour & Pet Emergency Preparedness Seminar Friends of Hermon Dog Park is pleased to sponsor this event!  This seminar is FREE to all park patrons! When:  Sunday, February 23 (from 3-5 pm) Where:  Hermon Dog Park (5568 Via Marisol, … Continue reading

Boulevard Now Open to All!

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February, 2014

VOLUME XVII #10 – Our 17th year! – ©2014 all rights reserved

In this issue:

Page 1 -awriverbridge2
Frogtown Bike and Pedestrian Bridge
City Terrorizes York Boulevard Business
Tragedy at Yorkdale Elementary
Eagle Rock Historical
Society Crime History……2
Survivor’s Run………………..3
HP Poster Contest………….3
What’s in a Name …………..4
News Years Crime………….5
Looking Back ………………..6
Troop 188’s Travels………….7
Arts at Buchanan
Grey Water for
Your Trees?…………………..13
Cynic on the Corner…….13
Lummis House
to be Vacated……………….15
Arroyo Library 100th
Anniversary Events…….16
Lummis Day Film Night..17

95% off Sale at Transport


At about 9:45 a.m., this long line was spotted outside Transport Skate shop on Eagle Rock Boulevard. Arbi, the operator, is also connected with the Tattoo Art shop at Fig. and York Bl.

Cindy’s Diner Sold

Cindy’s Diner Sold to Paul Rosenbluh of Firefly Bistro


Big changes coming to Cindy’s Restaurant. Cindy’s Restaurant sold last month to a restaurateur from South Pasadena, Paul Rosenbluh. He is the owner and chef of Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena. He posted this on Social Media:

Good News Everyone!

My self and Monique have just take over a new restaurant space in Eagle Rock! We now own Cindy’s Restaurant on Colorado Blvd.
We are looking to have it open again in about 6 weeks if forces of nature will permit. We are keeping it Cindy’s and keeping it a diner, so all you diner fans out there start warming up your taste buds because it should be great. I even have room in the kitchen to put in a smoker, so we will have bbq on the menu as well. To commemorate the moment I had a picture taken with Bob, the previous owner when we got the key’s from him.
So come on out to Firefly, ask me some questions if you wish, or offer some money to help with the remodel, I’m easy. I now look forward to seeing you all in both locations.
Thanks, Paul

Problems with Figueroa Plaza?

What’s in a Name?
Problems with Figueroa Plaza?

figplazargbAs the expansion of the Von’s Market into a minimall at Figueroa and La Loma nears completion, some community members were taken aback last month as the signage went up identifying it as “Figueroa Plaza.” Critics say that the name implies the center is in Highland Park, which has a much larger identity with North Figueroa Street than does Eagle Rock.
They contend that the name should not have “Figueroa” in it, but instead should include “Eagle Rock” or “Colorado.”
The Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce Board had some discussion of it at their meeting in January. Several of the businesses to be tenants there were announced. The list includes Eagle Rock Noodles, Hamburger Habit and Super Cuts.
Von’s has agreed to provide and install an Eagle Rock Monument sign on the corner of Figueroa and La Loma and will also be paying for a 4 foot widening of the adjacent La Loma Avenue, to provide a delineated right turn lane to ease traffic congestion for those turning south on Figueroa.
(What do you think it should be named? Is Figueroa Plaza OK with you? How about La Loma Plaza? Annandale Plaza? Rockdale Plaza? How about Rockview Plaza? That is a name that actually is accurate, as from that site the Eagle Rock itself is prominent in the view to the north.)

Eagle Rock Patch Finished?

The “Patch” series of local internet news sites, numbering about 800 across the country, owned by America Online (AOL) corporation was sold off and all their reporters fired last month, effectively gutting all Patches including Eagle Rock Patch and Highland Park/Mt. Washington Patch. After investing 6 years and $300 million, they discovered that “Hyper-local Journalism” just doesn’t scale. Running now on all the “Patch” websites is only generic and national news, the same at each site. The corporate behemoth, AOL, had been trying to provide, or get control of, the local news in every community in the U.S.A. It was going after communities that had some degree of affluence, hoping to build an audience that national advertisers would want access to. Although the reporting of hard news was pretty good, observers noted that they had a penchant for supporting local groups and governments, instead of being the watchdogs of such, abrogating the historic duty of American journalism. At the Eagle Rock Patch, on at least one occasion, the editor identified the IP address of a blogger critical of a local elected official to that elected official, who confronted that critic who believed he was blogging anonymously.