Eagle Rock The State of the Town, 2018 

Homelessness was the most discussed topic at Eagle Rock’s 12th annual State of the Town address last month. Councilmember José Huizar, who delivered the address and took questions, told the audience that helping the homeless was one of his top policy priorities. He said he supports proactive outreach teams, expanding emergency shelters and more permanent […]

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Daniel Duarte (left) Was the Victim of a Random Shooting in a Homeless Encampment. His Family (right) Tells His Story.

Highland Park resident Darlin Duarte stood behind the line of television cameras and quietly watched the LAPD news conference that identified two gang members suspected of killing her twin brother, 31-year-old Daniel Duarte, as he slept in a tent in a homeless encampment.    When asked if she wanted to join the detectives and speak […]

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Big Investments for a School, a Church and a Park in NELA

Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park, St. Dominic Catholic Church in Eagle Rock and the Eagle Rock Recreation Center have something in common. They are all on the receiving end of large sums, totaling some $5 million, to improve the buildings and spaces that support their work in Northeast Los Angeles. At Franklin and […]

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Kudos

The Academic Decathlon team at Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park took fourth place in the statewide competition in Sacramento on Mar. 25. There are 700 decathlon teams in the state and 66 make it to the state level. The teams are made up of nine members, include three A-students, three B- students and […]

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Ask Lionel : Compassion or Anger? Conflicting Emotions About Homeless People

Witnessing the plight of the homeless is heartbreaking. But on days when the concerns of my life require my full attention, I can find myself becoming irrtated and then mad at the people in tents, on the sidewalks and offramps, or living in cars and RVs. One day I wish I could save them and […]

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An Effort to Educate the Public About Housing for the Homeless

Mona Field, a resident of Eagle Rock, is undertaking an effort to educate the community about housing the homeless. Ms. Field is the 1st vice president of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, the local chapter of the national organization dedicated to engaging citizens in decisions that affect their lives. The L.A. chapter […]

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Glassell Park Neighborhood Council Gets New Leaders

The Glassell Park Neighborhood Council is reconstituting itself after resignations earlier this year left it without a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. The council was also short on non-officer members. The new president is Karin Davalos, who ran her first meeting on Mar. 20. The new vice-president is Brian Frobisher. A secretary, Andrew Ageuro, and […]

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Another Chapter in the Scholl Canyon Saga 

The plan by Glendale Water and Power to build a 12-megawatt biogas plant at the Scholl Canyon landfill near Eagle Rock has been stopped – for now. Following a full court press by Councilmember José Huizar, his staff, the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and several community groups and individuals, a 2-to-1 majority of Glendale’s City […]

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Businesses Keep Pushing to End the New Trash Pick Up System

Owners of businesses and apartment buildings are still trying to end the new trash collection system in Los Angeles for commercial and multi-family properties. One business group is trying to collect enough signatures by Apr. 25 for a ballot initiative in November that, if passed, would effectively undo the new system. A group of apartment […]

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Scholarship Money for Speech Contest Participant

When the Boulevard Sentinel last reported on Andrew Charroux, of Highland Park, the high schooler had added $900 to his college fund by winning the American Legion Oratorical Contest at the Post and Area level. As a runner up in the state competition in March, he added another $700, for total winnings of $1,600.  Students […]

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Ref Rodriguez, Facing Charges, Is Set to Cast Big Votes on School Board

As early as this April, the Los Angeles Board of Education will decide on the next superintendent to lead the city’s schools and on labor contract terms for public school teachers.    On May 9, Ref Rodriguez, the school board representative for Northeast Los Angeles, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on charges of perjury, […]

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April 2018

It was a news heavy month. As we prepared to go to print for the April edition, the police identified two suspects in the murder in January of Daniel Duarte, a homeless man, in Montecito Heights. In a debut article for the Boulevard Sentinel, veteran journalist Diana Martinez Chavez covered the LAPD press conference for […]

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Restored Building in Highland Park Hosts Grand Openings

  The building that once housed Frank’s Camera on Figueroa St. and Ave. 57 is setting off a one-building boom in the Highland Park economy. Three new businesses in the building will hold their Grand Openings in March: Pacific Union International, a major realtor, Chops Meat and Fish market and the reopened Dave’s Chillin’ and […]

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Grant Money Will Fund Auditorium Upgrades at Eagle Rock Elementary

A pair of back-to-back competitive grants totaling $34,109 will allow Eagle Rock Elementary School (ERES) to buy and install a state-of-the-art lighting and projection system for its auditorium. The upgrade is some 50 years overdue, give or take a decade or so. Teachers and students are wary of even turning on the current equipment and when they do, it often malfunctions, if it […]

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Community Input Is Sought on Improvement Plan for Eagle Rock Blvd.

The future of Eagle Rock Boulevard will be like the present, only more of it, as taller and larger residential construction replaces the corridor’s low slung commercial buildings. To believe otherwise is to not believe your own eyes. But in one way, the future need not be like the present. Eagle Rock Blvd. can be […]

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Rock ‘n Egg to Be Managed by Local Boxer

In September, 2016, when the Boulevard Sentinel first wrote about Carlos Morales, he had just become the North American Boxing Association Super Featherweight Champion. Since then, the 28-year old Mr. Morales, who lives in Highland Park, has won three of four more fights in some of  boxing’s premier locations, including the MGM Grand in Las […]

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Eagles Finish Second in Football Academic Challenge

The Eagle Rock High boys’ football team came in second in the 2017 Football Academic Challenge, a competition held by the Los Angeles Rams and L.A. Unified School District to see which of four boys’ football teams would end the season with the highest grade point average. The winners, with an average G.P.A of 2.85 […]

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Pillarhenge Project Moves Forward

The proposed housing/commercial development at the Pillarhenge site in Eagle Rock was approved on Jan. 11 at a meeting of the City Planning Commission. At the meeting, the developer accepted additional conditions asked for by José Huizar, Eagle Rock’s City Councilmember for metered parking and additional lighting along Colorado Blvd. and a U-turn going west […]

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NELA Real Estate in 2018: Want to Buy a Fixer-Upper? Good Luck. 

  It’s no secret that many houses for sale in NELA in recent years have been flipped by investors who buy, remodel and quickly re-sell them for big profits. What is (somewhat) surprising is that investor buying remains strong even at today’s high prices – and that homebuyers are still paying up for recently rehabbed […]

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A Voice in the NELA Wilderness: How Does Your Drought-Resistant Garden Grow?

State water officials recently toyed with the idea of reinstating drought-era water rules and making them permanent. In the end, they didn’t act. But rules or no rules, it behooves all of us to find and practice a lifestyle of water conservation. Northeast Los Angeles is part of a coastal desert plain, with enough local […]

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Elysian Valley: A Riverside Community in Flux

Elysian Valley, a neighborhood in Northeast Los Angeles between the Los Angeles River and 5 Freeway, is being transformed by the prospect of river redevelopment. The once isolated enclave, a.k.a. Frogtown, has been home to generations of generally lower-income Latino families, living in small bungalows on small lots (photo at upper left). Parts of the […]

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Kudos to The Math and Science team at Luther Burbank Middle School

The Math and Science team at Luther Burbank Middle School in Highland Park, coached by Ben Feinberg, the school’s 8th grade math teacher, aced several brain twisters at the recent Middle School Science Bowl at Cal State L.A, including, for example: What is the name for the apparent force that causes hurricanes to be deflected […]

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Dig This!

A free, fascinating family event, the 60th annual Gem and Mineral Show of the Pasadena Lapidary Society will offer stunning displays of gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry as well as demonstrations of lapidary techniques like wire wrapping, cabochon grinding and other jewelry making skills. There will also be raffles, a silent auction on both days, […]

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Kudos

Kudos to Amy Inouye, the artist and community activist based in Highland Park, who has been selected to receive the 2018 “Noisemaker Award” by the organizers of NELA’s acclaimed Lummis Day Festival. The award is presented annually to an individual whose work and contributions to the community reflect the mission of the Lummis Day Community […]

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Create a Digital Archive for Your Family Photos 

If you have photographs in a photo album or slides in a slide reel, you can learn how to digitize them at an upcoming meeting of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society (ERVHS). The presentation, by David Dellinger, the new president of ERVHS, and Ann Mar, Assistant College Archivist/Metadata Specialist at Occidental College, will cover […]

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Find Help. Find Hope. Coping with Mental Illness in NELA

If you or someone you love has depression, anxiety or another mental illness, you don’t have to face the challenges and struggles alone. Here are some resources. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, sponsors free, confidential support groups in and near Northeast Los Angeles, where you can […]

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