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Picks from the people who bring you the Boulevard Sentinel These are challenging times and art is a way to process, explore and express the challenges. From Boyle Heights, Elysian Valley and Highland Park, here are three invitations to participate in the arts in October. Mes de los Muertos: The Ancestors Would Approve In advance […]Continue Reading
By T.A. Hendrickson
The corruption trial of Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, initially set to start on September 29, has been postponed until June 22, 2021.
Picks from the people who bring you the Boulevard Sentinel If you have been taking walks to stay fit and alleviate boredom during the pandemic – or if you haven’t been walking but need to get moving – here are 10 ways in or near Northeast L.A. to turn a walk into an excursion or […]Continue Reading
By T.A. Hendrickson José Huizar is scheduled to enter his plea to federal corruption charges on Monday, August 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Edward R. Roybal federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Huizar, the L.A. City Councilmember for Council District 14, is expected to appear via videoconference. Huizar, 51, stands accused of running a criminal enterprise from his perch at City Hall, enriching […]Continue Reading
By T. A. Hendrickson
Pete Jimenez, a lifelong resident of Highland Park, and two Eagle Rock residents – Jane Demian and Ethan Metcalfe – are the winners in the Boulevard Sentinel’s “Buy Local” sweepstakes.
The Sentinel awarded each winner a $50 gift certificate to the merchant of their choosing from among the 21 merchants who participated in the sweepstakes.Continue Reading
By T. A. Hendrickson Made in L.A. 2020 has been delayed but not waylaid. The high-profile exhibition of Los Angeles-based artists, originally scheduled for this summer, is now set to run from early September through January 3. This is great news for the 30 artists in the show, a group that includes five artists from […]Continue Reading
By T. A. Hendrickson
It’s summer and Northeast Los Angeles – like the rest of the city, state and much of the nation – is in the grip of a worsening coronavirus pandemic.
On July 1, Governor Newsom announced a three-week halt to indoor visits to restaurants, wineries, entertainment centers, card rooms, museums, zoos and movie theaters. Bars were closed by an earlier order.
Elected and public health officials are also imploring residents to stay at home as much as possible, wear masks, keep distance and refrain from parties and private gatherings.
Here’s an overview of the local situation:
By T. A. Hendrickson
A brick was hurled through the “Black Lives Matter” sign painted on the glass storefront of L.A. Road Thrift Store on Eagle Rock Boulevard in Glassell Park.
Surveillance footage shows the vandalism occurring at 12:30 a.m. by a person wearing a bandana mask and driving a blue Prius, said Matt Troyer, the store manager.
Photos by T. A. Hendrickson Here are seven images from the new Black Lives Matter mural on the walls of Oxy Arts on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Central mural signed by Lucia Sano, Eagle Rock High School (ERHS) Class of ‘2023, and students from ERHS, Franklin High and Occidental College.Continue Reading
By T. A. Hendrickson and Emily Jo Wharry
Nursing homes, ground zero for coronavirus cases and deaths in Los Angeles County, will soon come under the scrutiny of an inspector general, a new position created recently by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
The mandate of the inspector general – to determine what must change to improve nursing home conditions, oversight and enforcement – will extend to all skilled nursing facilities in the county. CLICK THE IMAGE TO READ MORE.Continue Reading
By T.A. Hendrickson In the 10th week of the coronavirus shutdown in Los Angeles, as this June issue of the Boulevard Sentinel was being finalized, the city, still struggling to escape the grip of the pandemic, was seized again – by peaceful protest turned violent in the wake of the shocking killing in Minneapolis of […]Continue Reading
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By T. A. Hendrickson Alcohol Justice, the coalition that has led the fight against later closing times for bars in California, has expressed alarm over new state rules that let restaurants sell beer, wine and mixed drinks for pickup and delivery. The new rules, in effect since March 20, are intended to help the alcohol […]Continue Reading
Self employed can begin to submit applications for unemployment benefits on April 28.. For details on applying, read on.Continue Reading
If you haven’t yet filled out the census for your household, here’s what you need to know and do.Continue Reading
Here are the certified results of the voting on March 3. Results include election of officials, a school bond measure and a measure to expand oversight of the L. A. County Sheriff’s Department.Continue Reading
Here is the News Release issued on March 19, 2020 from the United States Attorney, Central District of California entitled “Fundraiser Agrees to Plead Guilty to Federal Corruption Charge for Delivering Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars to Bribe Member of Los Angeles City Council” LOS ANGELES – A political fundraiser has agreed to plead guilty […]Continue Reading
SELAH and VOALA each got a van from LA County to be dedicated to getting the Homeless Where They Need to Go for Help. To connect with SELAH and/or Volunteers of America, click here.Continue Reading
Metro staff’s decision on BRT route through Eagle Rock is delayed until “late Summer”. Read on for details.Continue Reading
Health officials recommend a flu shot for everyone 6 months of age and older.Continue Reading
Five artists who live or work in Northeast Los Angeles have been selected to participate in the fifth Made in L.A. biennial exhibition, which will take place at the Hammer Museum in Westwood and the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino from June 7 through August 30.Continue Reading
Another effort to keep bars open later is taking shape in the California state Assembly.Continue Reading
Incumbents Emphasize Experience, Challengers Say It’s Time for a ChangeContinue Reading
Cyndi Otteson talks about the most important issues in the race for Los Angeles City Council, 14th District.Continue Reading
Raquel Zamora talks about the most important issues in the race for Los Angeles City Council, 14th District.Continue Reading
John Jimenez talks about the most important issues in the race for Los Angeles City Council, 14th District.Continue Reading
Mónica García talks about the most important issues in the race for Los Angeles City Council, 14th District.Continue Reading
Kevin de León talks about the most important issues in the race for Los Angeles City Council, 14th District.Continue Reading
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Flawed from the start, Metro’s proposed BRT process divides Eagle Rock. We update this story here.Continue Reading
Two more defendants were sentenced to prison in November in a major federal case against three street gangs in Northeast Los Angeles. There’s more. Read it here.Continue Reading
By T. A. Hendrickson An effort in Eagle Rock to create safer, more sanitary conditions for the homeless advanced on November 15, when the Los Angeles City Council told city agencies to study the use of the parking lot at 7541 Figueroa Street as a homeless-services staging area. Among the potential uses: Installing mobile showers […]Continue Reading
Tracy A. Stone, an architect in Elysian Valley and president of the nonprofit Elysian Valley Arts Collective, has been named one of the “Best Green Architects” in Los Angeles by L.A. Architects magazine. There’s more.Continue Reading
When you donate to local nonprofits, your contributions stay in the area. Great places to Give to! Check them out here.Continue Reading
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For some high school seniors, summer internships before senior year have put college and career decisions in perspective. Here are a couple of seniors who were summer interns.Continue Reading
A recent warning from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health did not mince words: “STOP VAPING NOW!” it said. Here’s why:Continue Reading
A sample of mosquitoes captured in Los Feliz tested positive on September 10 for West Nile virus.Continue Reading
Know the next step in Metro’s plan for a BRT express bus service for Eagle Rock.Continue Reading
L.A.’s eastside has always had a creative core. The wider art world is taking notice.Continue Reading
With 50 films over three days, this year’s Highland Park Independent Film Festival is the largest and most ambitious in the festival’s six-year history. The screenings, at the Highland Theater (5604 N. Figueroa St.) include six world premieres, four Los Angeles premieres and an Academy Award-nominated short. There are films in virtually every genre: animation, documentary, sci-fi, action/adventure, noir and foreign. Here’s a moviegoer’s guide to festival:Continue Reading
As County Supervisor and Metro Director Hilda Solis and Metro leaders and staff come to Eagle Rock to hear what the community has to say about Metro’s proposed BRT route on Colorado Boulevard, political decisions on Metro’s plan take center stage.Continue Reading
FIRE: 4:40 p.m.
A brush fire near the border of Eagle Rock and Glendale, reported shortly after 4 p.m. today, continues to burn. LAFD making progress containing the fire. No injuries reported.Continue Reading
From the College of Art and Design to the LA County Museum, Ana Serrano evokes the look and feel of front-yard, window-ledge spaces in Latino neighborhoods. Read on for a view of the creative expression of what we pass by every day in NELA.Continue Reading
Attention Eagle Rockers: Bring your comments and questions on Saturday, July 13, to a meeting with Metro about its Bus Rapid Transit plan for Eagle Rock. Here are four questions the Boulevard Sentinel is submitting for the record. The meeting will be at the Eagle Rock Plaza from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Continue Reading
Here are schools and parks in Northeast Los Angeles where free lunch is served on weekdays in the summer for kids and teens, ages 1 to 18.Continue Reading
The hot water that José Huizar has been in for months is getting hotter. On June 24, a judge denied a request by Huizar to delay a lawsuit against him. More here. Read on.Continue Reading
Over 1,000 NELA high school grads are going on to college. Read here where they are coming from and where they are going.Continue Reading
Dog kisses, a watermelon eating contest (against your dog) and a happy day for NELA. Glassell Bark brings out the best in NELA.Continue Reading
The expansive lawn at the Hill Drive home of Michael and Eugenie Noguiera was the site of the 5th annual Taste of Eagle Rock on June 23 where some 300 visitors sampled specialties from 25 local restaurants.Continue Reading
The Battle Over Buses on Colorado Boulevard has heated up. Meeting to gather community input planned. Read this report for more.Continue Reading
Jackie Goldberg, a veteran local politician, won a decisive victory on May 14 over Heather Repenning, a former city commissioner, for the Board District 5 (BD 5) seat on the Los Angeles School Board, which includes Northeast Los Angeles. The task now before Goldberg, who was endorsed by the L.A. teachers union, is to find the money to deliver on her promise of smaller class sizes and more counselors, nurses and teachers aides.Continue Reading
Vielka McFarlane, who founded the Celerity network of charter schools located in Eagle Rock and other parts of Los Angeles, was sentenced on May 20 to 30 months in prison for misspending public education money on luxuries for herself, including first-class plane travel, fine dining and high-end shopping.
McFarlane pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to misappropriate and embezzle public money. The plea followed an investigation, starting in 2012, by the inspector general of L.A. Unified School District and federal authorities.
The high school graduates of 2019 in Northeast Los Angeles have earned the pomp and circumstance that surrounds Graduation Day.
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Known as Measure EE, the proposal is for a 16-cents per-square-foot parcel tax on “habitable structures” within the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD), including houses, storefronts and commercial buildings. The tax would fall most heavily on businesses and corporate landlordsContinue Reading
By T. A. HendricksonAt a recent rally downtown in Los Angeles to urge everyone to be counted in the 2020 census, city and county officials did not mince words: The obstacles to participation in the census are high, they said. But failure to get a full and accurate count would be devastating, financially and politically.Continue Reading
The runoff election for School Board District 5, which includes Northeast Los Angeles, is underway between Jackie Goldberg and Heather Repenning.Continue Reading
Renaissance Arts Academy, a K-12 charter school in Glassell Park, has been designated a “California Distinguished School” by the California Department of Education. The school is one of 162 middle and high schools in the state to receive the honor, which recognizes exceptional student performance or consistent progress in closing the achievement gap. It is […]Continue Reading
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When Frank Romero painted the mural “Going to the Olympics” for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, he was already famous as a founding member of Los Four, the artist collective that put Chicano art on the art-world map.Continue Reading
The Boulevard Sentinel emailed NELA’s elected leaders – local, state and federal – asking whether they support the teachers, the LAUSD or are neutral. Here are the replies: L.A. City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Council District 1: “Councilmember Cedillo is with teachers and hopes both parties can reach an agreement as soon as possible to minimize […]Continue Reading
California prides itself on being a prosperous state. But California has the highest poverty rate of all the states, 19%, according to a measure by the U.S. Census Bureau that looks at the costs of living in each state and the federal aid available to help cope with those costs. Over all, the census figures, […]Continue Reading
Vielka McFarlane, the founder and former chief executive of Celerity Educational Group, a Los Angeles charter school network, has pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to misappropriate and embezzle public funds. In her plea, reported by the L.A. Times on Dec. 21, Ms. McFarlane admitted that she had misspent $2.5 million in public funds intended for Celerity students.Continue Reading
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has received 216,102 public comments on a Trump administration proposal that would make it harder for legal immigrants to obtain green cards or permanent residency if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing subsidies or other common federal benefits. The comments were overwhelmingly against the proposal. It’s safe to say […]Continue Reading
Seven years ago, an abandoned carport at the end of Tipton Way in Highland Park became a community memorial to the artist Mike Kelley, who had his studio down the street and had died by suicide on Jan. 31, 2012. All through the month of February, 2012, visitors filled the space with farewell messages in […]Continue Reading
In the three months since the FBI raided the home and two offices of NELA City Councilmember José Huizar, no official explanation has been given for the raids and no related arrests or charges have been made. But the issue continues to generate a lot of smoke. The L.A. Times reported on Jan. 12 that […]Continue Reading
As of press time for this issue of the Boulevard Sentinel on Dec. 27, there was no official word from the FBI as to why it raided two offices and the home of José Huizar last November. There have been no charges and no arrests in connection with the raids. Recent reporting from the L.A.Times, […]Continue Reading
Not Taking “No” for an Answer State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has re-introduced legislation to let bars in Los Angeles and eight other California cities stay open until 4 a.m., two hours later than the current closing time of 2 a.m. The latest bill (SB 58) is basically no different […]Continue Reading
A former aide to NELA’s Councilmember José Huizar is suing the city of Los Angeles, alleging that she faced retaliation for speaking up about his “potential legal and ethical violations,” the Los Angeles Times has reported. The lawsuit, which names Mr. Huizar as a defendant, comes as a special investigatory panel is looking into a […]Continue Reading
The results are in for a survey by the City of L.A. to find out what the public wants at the Taylor Yard G2 River Park, the swath of land along the L.A. River in Cypress Park that is being re-developed into a park. Nearly 60% of the 1,312 people who took the survey were […]Continue Reading
On any given day, about 500 rentals in Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Mount Washington are on offer through Airbnb and other short-term rental sites. New rules proposed in September by the City Planning Commission could affect many of them. The proposed rules, if approved by the City Council, would limit short term rentals […]Continue Reading
Judson International School 1495 Colorado Blvd. | Eagle Rock After 28 years in Pasadena, Judson International School, a private, non-denominational K-12 Christian school, has relocated to the school building on the campus of the Eagle Rock Baptist Church. Nearly a third of the school’s 100 students are international and its curriculum, taught by 19 faculty […]Continue Reading
While it’s no secret that Northeast Los Angeles is vulnerable to wildfire, it’s hard to fathom the scale of possible destruction. New data released in December give a sense of just how devastating wildfire in NELA could be. Consider: Five NELA communities rank in the top 20 of L.A. neighborhoods with the most buildings in […]Continue Reading
Hilda Solis, the Los Angeles County Supervisor for Northeast L.A., has joined Mayor Garcetti in opposing a Trump Administration proposal that would make it hard for legal immigrants to become permanent residents if they or their families receive Medicaid, federal housing aid or food stamps. “We are doing everything possible to stop this proposed rule […]Continue Reading
The small businesses of Eagle Rock will roll out a collective welcome mat on Saturday, Nov. 24, with retailers and service businesses up and down the boulevards offering some of their best deals of the year and sponsoring special events. The occasion is Shop Small Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, when small businesses nationwide showcase […]Continue Reading
by T. A. Hendrickson On Oct. 2, the spokesperson for the City Personnel Department, Bruce Whidden, said he had erred in September when he stated that a complaint filed against Mr. Huizar dealt with allegations of harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Responding to questions from the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Whidden said that the personnel department’s […]Continue Reading
When Sean Starkey, field deputy for Councilmember José Huizar, gave an update recently on Rock the Boulevard, an initiative to improve the safety and appearance of Eagle Rock Boulevard, he noted that passage of Prop. 6 on the November ballot would cut into the money available to carry out the improvements. Prop. 6 is the […]Continue Reading
Miry’s List, an organization founded by Miry Whitehill of Eagle Rock to help refugees resettle in Southern California, has received a $200,000 grant to expand its work. The money, in the form of an LA2050 “Connect” grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation, will be a game-changer for the organization – and for the refugees, asylum seekers […]Continue Reading
Ref Rodriguez’s guilty plea to charges related to political money laundering marks the end of his career in the Los Angeles school system. But it is the beginning of challenges for NELA schools in Board District 5, the area Mr. Rodriquez represented on the school board. The job of a school board member is to […]Continue Reading
Jan Lin, a sociology professor at Occidental College, has written a book about Northeast Los Angeles. Released in December and entitled Taking Back the Boulevard: Art, Activism, and Gentrification in Los Angeles, it is the story of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, a biography of a place – and like all good biographies, it tells […]Continue Reading
Picks from the people who bring you the Boulevard Sentinel By Mary Lynch Gilbert Cedillo’s Latin Jazz and Music Festival, now in its 6th year at Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park, is a two-day, day-and-night celebration. The music is nonstop: There are seven bands each day – basically a band an hour — starting […]Continue Reading
The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, headquartered in Highland Park, preserves and promotes the legacy of Mike Kelley (1954-2012). Kelley, regarded as one of the most influential American artists of the late 20th and early 21st century, had his studio on Tipton Way in Highland Park. Influential? Check some of his art here.Continue Reading
The preview season gets underway on September 15 at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Here’s how to get tickets and more about this beloved theater company.Continue Reading
Oxy Arts is opening on York Blvd on September 15th. We present some highlights from the Fall run at the new facility. Have your calendar ready. The events are groundbreaking.Continue Reading