I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite time of year, but the start of Springtime is up there, with its tie to making things new again. Some of the articles in this issue revolve around a renewal theme: The renovation of the Frank’s Camera building in Highland Park is now home to eight businesses and Eagle Rock Elementary will soon be getting new equipment for its auditorium. The grants that teachers and parents at ERES have landed to pay for the equipment are not easy to come by. Great work! And a shout out to Eric Warren of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society for historical information for the article about the auditorium.
Our “Get to Know” profile subject this month, Deborah Murphy, is also involved in trying to make things new again. She is the consultant on the Rock the Boulevard project to upgrade Eagle Rock Blvd – and if anyone can get the job done, she can.
Some local stories keep developing. In the Update section this month, T.A. Hendrickson, Mary Lynch and Bill Hendrickson bring you up to date on the L.A. River redevelopment, the Southwest Museum and issues around Scholl Canyon.
This month we are also featuring a new writer, Philip Iglauer. Philip debuts in the Boulevard Sentinel with two strong articles. One is about the controversy in Lincoln Heights over a plan to transform city-owned parking lots into housing for the homeless. The other recaps concerns about security in and around schools.
In the good news department, the Eagle Rock High girls polo team won the city championship. And the Glassell Park Improvement Association, one of the hardest working community groups around, has received well-deserved recognition from the City of Los Angeles for its ongoing efforts to beautify the neighborhood.
Real estate sales are still on a tear and Jeffery Marino is still on top of the trend. This month, he explains why it hard for first-time buyers to find a starter-home fixer-upper.
We bring you our monthly listing of things to do in the Editor’s Notebook and in our “Picks” column this month, we highlight places in and around NELA where you can find support groups if you or someone you love has mental illness or substance abuse problems.
The idea is simple: Be active. Be well. And have a wonderful Springtime.