Photo taken Monday evening (7/19) by Ken Walsh for the Boulevard Sentinel.

Rite Aid employee dead, store on Eagle Rock Blvd to close indefinitely

Update, July 21: Chris Savarese, a spokesperson for Rite Aid, told the Boulevard Sentinel that the store on Eagle Rock Boulevard in Glassell Park has been closed in order to aid police in their investigation and will reopen when the police give the go-ahead. Savarese also said that Rite Aid is “in contact with his […]

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As the pace of vaccinations has slowed, the Delta variant has become more widespread. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson/Boulevard Sentinel

About one third of NELA residents age 16 and up remain unvaccinated

By Bill Hendrickson

The QueensCare COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic scheduled for July 9 at St. Dominic Church in Eagle Rock has been canceled due to low turnout at a previous vaccination clinic in June.

Low demand for the vaccine locally comes at a time when nearly 30% of the people in Eagle Rock age 16 and older have not yet been vaccinated, according to the latest data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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"Rochelle and Sandy" (1980) by Nick Taggert, one of several works on view at ODD ARK.

Happening Now: Art and Culture in NELA

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia The art and culture offerings in NELA in July range from new art exhibits, the return of live theatre, film and and a major new mural underway in Highland Park.  ODD•ARK LA The Highland Park art gallery ODD ARK•LA will feature the work of artist Nick Taggert in the closing weeks of […]

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Susana Porras and her father capture a moment during their 500 mile pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. | Photo courtesy of Susana Porras

Susana Porras: A local poet makes a pilgrimage

By Christopher Nyerges Susana Porras, a Pasadena native and the District Liaison for Pasadena City Councilmember John J. Kennedy, is also an inspired and inspiring poet. Her new book, entitled “To Compostela and Beyond! A Poet’s Chronicle of the Camino de Santiago,” is a collection of 39 sonnets composed on 39 days and nights in 2018 […]

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For voters the date to circle is Aug. 18. That’s when official ballots are due to land in our mail for the Sept. 14 recall election targeting Gov. Gavin Newsom. Yes, we finally have that date.  But for East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD), the largest Democratic club in L.A. and in California, the date that […]

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Lani Tunzi, above, has worked the counter at Knowrealitypie in Eagle Rock for four years. | Photo courtesy of Knowrealitypie

Know Reality

By Lani Tunzi I have about two and a half months in my hometown before finally heading off to UC Santa Barbara and the dwindling time has me feeling nostalgic. Reflecting on the life I have crafted up to this point, one of the most impactful things I have experienced has been my job at […]

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This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom house on Arthur Street in Glassell Park sold recently for $1.06 million.

The typical home in NELA now goes for $1 million

By Jeffery Marino The median sale price for a home in Northeast Los Angeles hit $1 million in May, the latest month with comprehensive data. Prices were driven up by a frantic pace of sales in a market that is short on supply and long on demand. The $1 million median price tag — a […]

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"Rochelle and Sandy" (1980) by Nick Taggert, one of several works on view at ODD ARK.

Art and Culture in NELA, July 2021

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia The art and culture offerings in NELA in July range from new art exhibits, the return of live theatre, film and and a major new mural underway in Highland Park.  ODD•ARK LA The Highland Park art gallery ODD ARK•LA will feature the work of artist Nick Taggert in the closing weeks of […]

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The new eldercare facility will span the block from Yosemite Drive to Fair Park Avenue on the east side of Eagle Rock Blvd. | Rendering from Panorama Group

Large eldercare facility to be built in Eagle Rock

By Bill Hendrickson The proposal to build a large eldercare facility in Eagle Rock has gained the approval of the Los Angeles City Planning department. The go-ahead from the city effectively clears the way for construction of the facility, to be located on Eagle Rock Boulevard from Yosemite Drive to Fair Park Avenue. The facility […]

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The pool at Glassell Park Recreation Center is one of several in the city that will open Monday, June 14. | Photo by JuanCarlos Chan / Los Angeles Department of Recreation Parks

Splash into summer: Public pools in Glassell Park and Eagle Rock are now open

By Mary Lynch

The public swimming pools at the Glassell Park Recreation Center and the Yosemite Recreation Center in Eagle Rock will open on Monday, June 14 at 2 p.m.

The two pools are among a select number of pools to open on June 14 — more facilities are expected to open in the coming summer weeks, according to the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department.
For more about use of the pools, including classes for kids and adults, read on.

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Aerial view rendering of the homeless shelters planned for 7570 N. Figueroa St in Eagle Rock, across from the Eagle Rock Recreation Center | Image: Board Report 6/17/21 / LA Department of Recreation and Parks

Final approval granted for homeless pallet shelters in Eagle Rock

By T.A Hendrickson

The commissioners of the Board of Recreation and Parks (RAP) approved the plan today to build 48 small, prefabricated shelter units for the homeless. Details after the click.

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CD 14 Councilmember Kevin de León speaking at the groundbreaking of the 115-unit pallet shelter community for the homeless coming to Highland Park | Image: Facebook page of Kevin de León

Kevin de León and city agency officials break ground on site for homeless pallet shelters in Highland Park

By T.A. Hendrickson City Councilmember Kevin de León of Council District 14, joined by city agency officials and neighborhood leaders, broke ground on Tuesday morning  on a 115-unit pallet shelter community for the homeless coming soon to Highland Park. Each of the pallet shelters, also known as tiny homes, will include built-in fold-up beds, shelves, […]

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Details finalized for public meeting on Eagle Rock pallet shelter site for the homeless

By T.A. Hendrickson Union Station Homeless Services, the nonprofit that will administer Eagle Rock’s pallet shelter community for the homeless, has released details about the upcoming Zoom meeting to discuss the project. The meeting — on Wednesday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — will be hosted by Union Station in partnership with […]

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Metro will study two options for Colorado Boulevard

By T.A. Hendrickson

At a meeting on May 19 on the proposed North Hollywood-to-Pasadena bus rapid transit line, the Metro Board Planning and Programming committee unanimously approved a Metro staff recommendation to advance two potential design options for Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to the project’s next planning stage.

One of the design options would reduce Colorado Boulevard to one car lane each way, affecting traffic; the other would retain two car lanes each way, affecting curbside parking and/or the median. Both options would establish dedicated bus lanes on the boulevard and maintain the boulevard’s buffered bike lanes.

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A portion of the new play area at Sycamore Grove Park | Photo by Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

A new children’s playground opens at Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park

By Bill Hendrickson

Just in time for summer, Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park has a new children’s play area with rubber safety resurfacing and shade toppers to help keep kids cool at play.

And that’s just the start of many improvements that await. Keep reading to know more.

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In NELA real estate, the asking price is just an opening bid

By Jeffery Marino Bidding wars are breaking out all over Northeast Los Angeles.  The sale-to-list ratio for homes in NELA hit a record in April of 107%, which means that, on average, homebuyers paid 7% more than the list price. However, some homes sold at far higher-than-average premiums. Here are the three NELA homes that […]

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The prize in the L.A. River Public Art Project is named for the late Lewis MacAdams (shown above), the pioneering champion of L.A. River restoration. \ Photo from Patch.com

Art, Culture and You in NELA in June

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia As the economy reopens, opportunities are increasing to view and create art and participate in cultural activities. Here’s a sampling of what’s on offer in Northeast Los Angeles in June.  L.A. River Public Art Project The LA River Public Art Project seeks artists, writers and makers to compete for the 2nd annual […]

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Aerial view rendering of the homeless shelters planned for 7570 N. Figueroa St in Eagle Rock, across from the Eagle Rock Recreation Center.

Approval expected this week to build pallet shelters for the homeless in Eagle Rock

By T.A. Hendrickson The plan to build small, prefabricated shelter units for the homeless in the Eagle Rock Rec Center overflow parking lot on N. Figueroa Street will come before the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners on Thursday, June 17. The five-member Board is expected to approve the plan, championed by CD 14 Councilmember […]

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Visitors can now tour the interiors of the Victorian mansions at Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights | Photo courtesy of Heritage Square Museum

Happening now: Art and culture in NELA

By Pablo Nuykaya-Petralia
Deadlines are approaching to participate in the Highland Park Independent Film Festival and the L.A. River Public Art Project, so act soon if you want to enter.
Local museums, including the Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights and the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington, continue to reopen, revealing treasures from eras past.

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A dog walker entering Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Montecito Heights | Photo by Rick Loomis/L.A.Times

Best trails in NELA to walk your dog

By Mary Lynch

A trail through Northeast Los Angeles has been named one of L.A.’s best urban trails for dogs by the L.A. Times.

Dubbed the Montecito Heights Urban Trail, the walk begins at the southern entrance to the Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, just off Monterey Road in Montecito Heights.
For more on the trail, plus info on another local gem of a trail, click on the photo.

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Metro's one-car-lane-each-way proposal for Colorado Boulevard should be delayed and subject to greater scrutiny, said City Councilmember Kevin De León.

Kevin de León tells Metro to slow down its push for one-car-lane-each-way on Colorado Boulevard, calls for study of an alternative route option

By T.A. Hendrickson

Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de León, called on Metro today to delay moving forward with its proposal for a bus rapid transit (BRT) route in Eagle Rock that would reduce much of Colorado Boulevard to one car lane each way.  

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The patio at Nativo in Highland Park | Photo by Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times

High praise for outdoor dining in NELA

By Mary Lynch Two new restaurants in Northeast Los Angeles have gotten raves from the food critics of the L.A. Times: Nativo in Highland Park ($$, Mexican/Guadalajaran) and Chifa in Eagle Rock ($$, Peruvian /Cantonese/Taiwanese) made the critics’ list of 44 “favorite new L.A. restaurants for outdoor dining.” In addition, both restaurants received special shout […]

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Timothy Hall lectured on primary water at a recent meeting of WTI, a nonprofit in Highland Park. | Photo by Christopher Nyerges

Water for a thirsty world: Lessons from a maverick

By Christopher Nyerges Timothy Hall, a former Highland Park resident who has worked globally to plant trees and find underground water, recently gave the Sunday lecture at WTI, a community service nonprofit in Highland Park.  Hall’s topic was the life and work of Stephan Riess, a Bavarian-born mining engineer who came to the United States in 1923 […]

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A scene from the 2021 Winter show at Renaissance Arts. The performance was produced and presented by students working remotely.

Top Award for Renaissance Arts Academy in Glassell Park

By T.A. Hendrickson

Renaissance Arts Academy, a K-12 public charter school in Glassell Park, has won an Exemplary Arts Education Award for 2021 from the state Department of Education.

Renaissance Arts is one of six schools in Los Angeles and 27 statewide to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in arts education.

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Julie McManus, this year's EAPD educator honoree

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At a memorial to honor workers who have died during the pandemic, 600 handmade crosses -- each bearing the name of a fallen worker -- were arrayed on the lawn at Villa Parke in Pasadena. | T.A. Hendrickson/Boulevard Sentinel

Local labor leaders demand justice for workers who have borne the brunt of COVID-19

By Zach Goodwin Most years, Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, is a time to remember those killed or injured on the job and to call on politicians and employers to improve safety. This year, at a local event by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and its community allies, the day took on an […]

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Manifestaciones como esta en Los Ángeles en marzo generó conciencia y llamó para el fin del odio mientras aumenta la violencia contra personas de origen asiático. | Foto: Ringo Chiu/AFP/Getty Images

Los asiáticos americanos en NELA hablan de los delitos de odio contra los asiáticos

Por Indie Lau y Anthony Solis Sierra Leer en inglés Traducido por Eduardo Garcia y Nicole Ríos Mientras comunidades a través de los Estados Unidos continúan a luchar en contra de los delitos de odio contra personas de origen asiático, los asiáticos americanos en NELA han sido asustados — pero no sorprendidos — por la virulencia y la violencia. “Yo sabía que se […]

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Metro options for Colorado Boulevard on the table today in a key meeting

By T.A. Hendrickson

May 19: At a meeting today of the Metro Board Planning and Programming committee, Metro staff will present two options for a bus rapid transit (BRT) route through Eagle Rock and ask the committee to advance both options to the next planning stage for the proposed North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT line.

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Jesse Carmichael, on a trip to Biocitizen Chile in 2019. | Vicente Aguirre Diaz/Biocitizen Chile.

Jesse Carmichael, biocitizen

By Christopher Nyerges For Eagle Rock resident Jesse Carmichael, the path to becoming a “biocitizen” began around 2017, with a feeling, an urge, to do more to support the earth and young people. She was living in Echo Park, raising her son, running a café, active in the Neighborhood Council and the Chamber of Commerce. […]

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Competition among homebuyers is pushing up prices: This 3- bedroom, 2-bathroom house in Highland Park had been on the market for only two weeks in March when it sold for $1.475 million -- a full $325,000 above the asking price.

Home prices in NELA: No peak in sight

By Jeffery Marino
The market dynamics in NELA are clear: Buyers are plentiful. Houses are scarce. Prices are up. Want to know why? We tell you why in this report.

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MiniBop Music offers fun and highly Interactive Group Music Classes for kids ages 0-5+ and Mommy, Daddy, Parents or Caregivers, Private Music Playdates in-home or at our studio,  Private Music Lessons and Birthday/Event entertainment. Group classes are 45 minutes and include singing, movement, instruments, storytelling, bubbles and more. They’re a great way for parents and […]

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A new mural commemorating jornaleros at the Cypress Park Community Job Center. It reads: “Long live the jornaleros! Dedicated to all of the jornaleros who have died in Los Angeles. The fight continues for a new society that puts the worker first” | Photo: Angela Guglielmino/Boulevard Sentinel.

Day laborers in Cypress Park make their way through pandemic ‘little by little’

By Zach Goodwin

At the Cypress Park Community Job Center, a hub for jornaleros located on the Home Depot property on N. Figueroa Street, the Boulevard Sentinel recently spoke with workers and their advocates about how the pandemic has — and hasn’t — changed the outlook for day laborers in Northeast Los Angeles. Read their story here.

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EAPD member Mia Livas Porter (left), a voter in Elysian Valley, joined in volunteer work to encourage her neighbors to cast ballots safely by mail. Here she gets to celebrate election victory with friends including Hans Johnson, President of Eastern Area Progressive Democrats | Photo courtesy of Hans Johnson.

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The attack in April on an elderly woman in Eagle Rock came amid a surge of anti-Asian violence and demonstrations against the violence. | voanews.com |

Alleged attacker of woman on a Metro bus in Eagle Rock pleads not guilty to multiple charges, including a hate crime allegation

By T.A. Hendrickson Prosecutors have alleged a hate crime in their criminal complaint against Yasmine Beasley, 23, of Palmdale, who has been charged with felony elder abuse and misdemeanor battery for allegedly assaulting a 70-year old woman on a Metro bus in Eagle Rock on April 9, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles […]

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As anti-Asian violence escalated in the past month, demonstrations like this one in Los Angeles in March raised awareness and called for a stop to the hate. | Photo: Ringo Chiu/AFP/Getty Images

Asian Americans in NELA talk about anti-Asian hate crimes

Leer en espańol By Indie Lau and Anthony Solis Sierra As communities across the United States continue to grapple with anti-Asian hate crimes, Asian Americans in Northeast Los Angeles have been alarmed — but not surprised — by the vitriol and violence. “I knew it would escalate to Asian Americans getting hurt,” said Mia Livas […]

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Metro’s rendering of the one-car-lane-each-way proposal for Colorado Boulevard shows one car driving east toward Maywood Avenue and one parked car. The reality would be more crowded conditions for cars, though bicyclists and pedestrians would benefit.

Metro to present proposal to reduce much of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to one car lane each way

By T.A. Hendrickson

The push is on for a bus rapid transit (BRT) route through Eagle Rock that would reduce Colorado Boulevard to one car lane each way between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Mount Helena Avenue.

Metro will present the one-car-lane-each-way proposal at a public Zoom meeting on April 1. Read More.

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Artwork by Nicola L. on display at the Huntington as part of the "Made in LA 2020: a version" exhibition. | Photo by Joshua White/ JWPictures.com

Art and opera in NELA this week

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia

A new exhibition opens and opera returns this week, along with several ongoing cultural events in NELA: You can view the work of contemporary local artists at Bermudez Projects in Cypress Park, the Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park and the Huntington Art Museum in San Marino. You can even enter your own art in a juried art show in Elysian Valley. Here’s the latest.

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Arson and assault charges have been filed -- and not-guilty pleas entered -- in connection with the hillside fire in Eagle Rock and Glendale on August 25, 2019. | Photo by Jennifer Hase

Not-guilty plea entered in 2019 attack on homeless encampment in Eagle Rock and resulting hillside fire

By T.A. Hendrickson Daniel Nogueira, 27, pleaded not guilty on April 14 to felony charges connected to an attack in 2019 on the homeless encampment under the 2 Freeway in Eagle Rock and a resulting fire that scorched 45 hillside acres in Eagle Rock and Glendale. Specifically, Nogueira has been charged with arson, using an […]

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The memorial shrine to Andres “Andy” Sierra at the W. Broadway homeless encampment under the 2 Freeway, Feb. 28, 2021. | Photo by Jane Demian

Homeless man in Eagle Rock encampment died of drug overdose, coroner finds

By T.A. Hendrickson  “Acute methamphetamine toxicity” caused the death of Andres Sierra, 62, the homeless man who died on February 23 in the encampment under the 2 Freeway in Eagle Rock.  In reporting the cause of death, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner also noted that Sierra had other significant medical conditions, including heart disease. […]

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Foto: Zach Goodwin/The Occidental

“Solo el pueblo salva el pueblo:” organizadores planean un evento para honrar a los jornaleros fallecidos

Por Zach Goodwin To Read in English Traducido por Eduardo Garcia y Jackson Eddy  El ruido de la herramienta reverberaba a través de la yarda del hogar de Pablo Alvarado en Pasadena la mañana del 16 de abril. Miembros de su organización, Red Nacional de Jornaleras y Jornaleros (NDLON por sus siglas en inglés), y jornaleros […]

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Work-from-home appeal made these the fastest selling homes in NELA

Home are selling fast in Northeast Los Angeles at prices well above asking. The median days on market in February was 45, which is two days faster than in February 2020, while the sales-to-list ratio, which compares the sale price to the asking price, was 104%. Still, some homes — like the three featured below […]

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This 1920s bungalow, located in Atwater Village near the border with Frogtown, recently sold for $930,000.

The median home price in Northeast Los Angeles nears $1 million

By Jeffery Marino

With prices for homes in Northeast Los Angeles going nowhere but up, it’s hard to believe that hopes were high for a buyer’s market as recently as 2019 and early 2020.

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At long last, students will be allowed to return to LAUSD schools starting the week of April 12. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

Schools to reopen in NELA but ‘back to normal’ it’s not

By Dafna Erana and Angela Guglielmino  Three elementary schools in Northeast Los Angeles — Dahlia Heights in Eagle Rock, Aragon Avenue in Cypress Park and Loreto Street in Montecito Heights — are among the 61 elementary schools that will reopen to students the week of April 12. The remaining elementary schools in the L.A. Unified […]

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Photo: Zach Goodwin/The Occidental

‘Solo el pueblo salva el pueblo:’ organizers plan event to honor fallen day laborers

By Zach Goodwin

The sound of power tools reverberated through the backyard of Pablo Alvarado’s Pasadena home the morning of April 16 as members of his organization, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and local jornaleros, or day laborers, sculpted and sanded 600 wooden crosses. Each one represented 1,000 souls, adding up to the approximately 600,000 who have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. since March 2020.

Nearly 23,000 of those deaths have been in LA County, according to the health department, where the virus has killed Latinx residents at nearly three times the rate of white ones. Jornaleros — predominantly Latino and immigrant men who negotiate manual labor jobs day by day — have been particularly vulnerable.

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The Stronghold Climbing Gym in Lincoln Heights, shuttered during the pandemic, has reopened at limited capacity for now but with hopes for a full recovery. | Photo courtesy of Stronghold Climbing Gym

Death, near death … and revival? Local businesses reflect on the year that was and the year ahead

By Anthony Solis Sierra and Mira Tarabeine
The pandemic has forever altered the local business landscape.

Some businesses are gone for good. Others have hung in there.

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Stronghold Climbing Gym en Lincoln Heights, cerrado durante la pandemia, ha reabierto por ahora con una capacidad limitada pero con ganas de una recuperación completa | Foto cortesía de Stronghold Climbing Gym

¿Muerte, cerca de la muerte… y renacimiento? Los negocios locales reflexionan en el año que fue y el año que viene

Read in English Por Anthony Solis Sierra y Mira Tarabeine Traducido por Jackson Eddy y Nicole Ríos [Nota del editor: Esta es la primera de una serie de perfiles examinando el precio de la pandemia en negocios locales.] La pandemia ha alterado para siempre el panorama para los negocios locales. Algunos negocios se han ido […]

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Two new flashing beacons now signal pedestrian crossings at North Figueroa St and Avenue 60 in Highland Park. | Photo by Bill Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

Crossing the street just got safer in NELA

By Bill Hendrickson

Just in time for the reopening of schools, rapid rectangular flashing beacons were installed this week at three pedestrian crossings in Northeast L.A. Here’s where the new-and-improved crossings are and how they came to be.

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EAPD's President, Hans Johnson, addresses concerned residents and L.A. officials about the health hazards coming from the School Dump and calls for Glendale to stop its waste policies at a gathering in August 2014 - the start of 5 years of EAPD advocacy for closing the dump.

Sponsored: EAPD advocacy stops Scholl Canyon expansion

It was a foul-smelling, raw deal then for nearby residents. It is even more rotten today. Community organizing WORKS. After 5 years of advocacy, East Area Progressive Dems WON withdrawal of the dump expansion scheme. For more about that click the photo here.

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Sponsored Content: Make Music at Home with This DIY Homemade Guitar by MiniBop Music

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à bloc cafe in Highland Park plans to exhibit the work of student artists.

New opportunities to create and display art in NELA now

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia Update: We have expanded our art and culture listing for the month of March with the following three new opportunities to exhibit and view art in Northeast Los Angeles.  Display your artwork à bloc cafe on York Blvd. currently seeks local student artists who are interested in having their work featured in […]

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Part of a line of people waiting to get a COVID-19 vaccination at the Glassell Park pop-up | Photo by Bill Hendrickson/BoulevardSentinel

On the Road to Immunity in Northeast Los Angeles

By Bill Hendrickson

Nearly 3,000 people in Northeast Los Angeles received their first Covid-19 vaccine shots at recent pop up vaccination sites in Highland Park and Glassell Park.

The sites were sponsored by NELA’s city councilmembers: Kevin de Leon of Council District 14 and Gil Cedillo of Council District 1. (Click the photo above to read more.)

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Artists' sketch of the mural "Earth Mother" by Ernesto de la Loza and his sister, Sandra de la Loza

Artists selected to create new mural in Highland Park

By Angela Guglielmino Winners were announced on Monday in the competition to paint Highland Park’s next major mural: Ernesto de la Loza, an esteemed Chicano muralist, and Sandra de la Loza, an artist, mural expert and Ernesto’s sister, will work together to bring Ernesto’s design, Earth Mother, to the side wall of the new Planned […]

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Andres “Andy” Sierra, shown here in a photo from 2019, died recently in the tent encampment on W. Broadway in Eagle Rock. | Photo by Joel Sappell/Boulevard Sentinel

Homeless man dies in his tent in Eagle Rock

By T. A. Hendrickson
Andres “Andy” Sierra, a longtime unhoused resident at the homeless encampment on W. Broadway in Eagle Rock, died in his tent on February 23. He was 62.

Sierra suffered from severe arthritis of his knees and other health conditions, said Jane Demian, the co-chair of the Eagle Rock chapter of the SELAH anti-homelessness coalition. Click on photo above to read more.

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Rendering of the proposed development at the corner of N. Avenue 64 and Garvanza Street in the Garvanza section of Highland Park | Rendering by SKYA Ventures.

Garvanza development hits a roadblock

By Bill Hendrickson The proposal to build an imposing, three-story apartment building at N. Avenue 64 and Garvanza Street failed to win a crucial approval on Tuesday. The developers of the project, Skya Ventures, were seeking a “Certificate of Compatibility” with the Highland Park-Garvanza Overlay Zone (HPOZ), a set of  guidelines on historic preservation and […]

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The original asking price for this 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in Highland Park was nearly $1 million. After 166 days on the market, it sold for $850,000.

Three home sales that prove NELA buyers have not gone mad

Pandemic. Economic uncertainty. Political turmoil. Through it all, the housing market in Northeast Los Angeles continues to break records. Have NELA homebuyers lost their minds? The answer, in a word, is “No.” The main drivers of today’s prices are limited supply and healthy demand, as explained here.  Against that backdrop, the price of a house […]

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Sources: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Pasadena Public Health Department, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Census Bureau | The New York Times

The unequal toll of the pandemic in NELA’s neighborhoods

By T.A. Hendrickson

“Frankly horrifying.” That’s how Barbara Ferrer, the head of public health in Los Angeles County has described the evidence showing that low-income communities of color have been hit much harder by the pandemic than richer, whiter communities. Check the evidence here.

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"Buy Local" raffle winner Monica Alcaraz (right), said the $150 gift certificate is the 'first time I've ever won anything." At left is Ace Aguilera, owner of Comics VS Toys, where Alcaraz chose to spend the money. | Photo by Bill Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

Winner is chosen in “Buy Local” raffle

By T. A. Hendrickson
Monica Alcaraz, a resident of Highland Park, is the winner in the Boulevard Sentinel’s latest “Buy Local” raffle. The Sentinel awarded Alcaraz a $150 gift certificate to use at the local merchant of her choosing. For Monica: “This is the first time I ever won something!” Ace Aguilera, proprietor of Comics vs. Toys, got the $150 and immediately took out his first ad in the Boulevard Sentinel! There’s more here.

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A volunteer delivers food and personal hygiene products to unhoused at the Figueroa encampment. | Photo by Audrey Mandelbaum

Sponsored Content: How to help our unhoused neighbors in the Eagle Rock community

By SELAH, Eagle Rock
Our unhoused neighbors in Eagle Rock and Northeast Los Angeles are the most vulnerable members of our community.

A group of volunteers from the neighborhood have come together to provide help and connect our unhoused neighbors to resources using a trauma-informed approach.

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