Lani Says: Surfin’ Bird – Bird Is the Word

Birds – rentable, dockless, electric scooters -– have descended upon Eagle Rock. They dot sidewalks, rest on corners and tend to congregate at the intersection of Colorado Blvd. and Eagle Rock Blvd. when they’re not scattered along residential streets. They’re reasonably inexpensive and convenient. You use a downloadable phone app to find and rent a […]

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Eagle Rock’s Wendy Jurenec, a senior, spiking in a win against El Camino Real | Photo by Dave Abbott

Sports Are Underway for the 2019-2020 School Year

  The fall season of high school sports began in August with football and volleyball. Tennis started on August 29, just after this edition of the Boulevard Sentinel went to press. Cross country will start in October. Football Competition in NELA began on Friday night, August 23.   The Eagle Rock Eagles traveled to South […]

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Incoming seniors on the Eagle Rock volleyball team - (L-R) Charlotte Dillon, Isabelle Rabaya, Nicole Lee, Wendy Jurenec, Julia Orqueza, Anniston Smith, Angelique Calma, Sarah Carbonel, Jade Fuentes | Photo by Coach Tim Bergeron

Kids and Teens Play the Summer Away in NELA

Summer includes training and practice for high school athletes and younger kids (6 to 16) get to play and learn basketball skills, teamwork and competition in rec leagues put on by LA Parks and Rec.

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Lindsay Garcia member of ER team that won four CIF L.A,. City Section Championships | Photo by Dave Abbott, Splash Art Photography

Spring Season Highlights

The Special Olympics, held at Sotomayor in Glassell Park, warmed the hearts of NELA.  The girls softball team at Eagle Rock High got off to a booming start this spring season. The retirement of a coach at Lincoln High evoked gratitude for a remarkable career. 

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Spring Season in NELA Gets Underway

The Special Olympics, held at Sotomayor in Glassell Park, warmed the hearts of NELA.  The girls softball team at Eagle Rock High got off to a booming start this spring season. The retirement of a coach at Lincoln High evoked gratitude for a remarkable career. 

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Eagle Rock High Basketball Champions Close Out the Winter Sports Season

By The winter post-season saw the boys and girls basketball teams from Eagle Rock High competing in playoffs at the City  and State levels. The girls water polo team from Eagle Rock also made it to the City playoffs, while both Eagle Rock and Wilson High competed in the finals of the Los Angeles City […]

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The Regular Winter Season Wraps Up

By The winter season in high school sports in L.A. has been stop and go. Competition started in mid-December, stopped for the holiday break, started again on Jan. 9, stopped during the teacher strike that began in mid-January and resumed after the strike ended on Jan. 22. Making up for lost practice time is really […]

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Franklin's Alfred Bobadilla takes a layup.

NELA High School Winter Sports Get Underway

Here’s an update on league play at high schools in Northeast Los Angeles – Eagle Rock, Franklin in Highland Park, Lincoln in Lincoln Heights, Sotomayor in Glassell Park and Wilson in El Sereno. Data is as of winter break in mid-December.  BASKETBALL The teams at Eagle Rock High and Franklin High have no home court […]

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From left, presenters at the workshop on student debt: Magaly Zapien, Sarah Moore, Victoria Wagner, Jamie Tijerina, Antonia Villaseñor.

Borrowers in NELA Seek Advice on Student Debt

By Jamie Tijerina NELearn, a series of workshops to provide people in Northeast Los Angeles with information they can use in their daily lives, held its third meeting on Dec. 15 at the Arroyo Seco Public Library. Ten people, most of them young Latinos, attended to learn more about the featured topic – Coping with […]

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On Homelessness — Disposing of RV Waste Safely

by Mary Lynch Some 4,600 individuals and families in Los Angeles live in RVs and vans. The human waste collected in such “housing” needs to get into the City sewer system and be treated so that bacteria doesn’t infect our water, cause disease and otherwise harm the environment. Working with L.A. Homeless Services and L.A. […]

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From Eagle Rock to West Point: A Cadet Reflects on Veterans Day    

Elias Manning, an Eagle Rock native in his second year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, recently shared how Veterans Day is celebrated at The Point: “In the most American way possible — with a weekend of Army football,” he wrote in an email. “Army plays and will beat Lafayette on Saturday, November […]

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Share of Households Ages 25-64 Reporting Difficulty with a $400 Unexpected Expense, by Income | Source: Federal Reserve, Survey of Household Economics and Decisonmaking (2017)

NELA Real Estate in 2019: Don’t Push Me ʼCause I’m Close to the Edge*

A Federal Reserve survey showed that 40% of American families would have trouble handling an unexpected $400 expense. And, that’s not just lower-income families. Read on.

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NELA Real Estate in 2018: High Rents Have Cast Nearly One in Five Californians into Poverty 

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, […]

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On Homelessness:Learning from Experience

A recent forum on homelessness in Glassell Park featured two residents from the Alexandria House, a privately funded, 16-unit housing condominium in Koreatown for homeless women and their children. The experiences they shared were riveting and encouraging – and instructive in the search for solutions to homelessness. Keana, 26, was a foster child shown the […]

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Ask Lionel: Mixed Feelings in the Fight Against Homelessness    

At dinner the other night, my wife, Wanda, my son and I were taking turns reviewing the day’s events. Wanda, said she was feeling terrible about her handling of an earlier incident.  Wanda had started the day as she always does, with a morning ritual that includes a daily affirmation. This particular morning, she had […]

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The Longest Straw: A Film by Samantha Bode

When filmmaker Samantha Bode learned that a 338-mile aqueduct brings water into Los Angeles, she decided impulsively to see it for herself by walking its entire length – from the Cascades in Sylmar at the southern terminus of the aqueduct to Mono Lake, 338 miles to the north. The result is a documentary film, The Longest Straw – a close-up look at the environmental impacts of what it takes to keep L.A. alive.

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The drainage pipe installed on Yosemite Drive prevented flooding, but also caused the creek that once ran there to disappear. USC Digital archive

Water in NELA – Where Water Once Flowed

Much of our recent rainfall has flowed out to the ocean, uncaptured and unused. But it was not always this way. Up until the 1930s, water flowed throughout the area we now know as Northeast Los Angeles.

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A Voice in the NELA Wilderness: Flamenco-Fusion Out of Highland Park

I’ve observed what happens when David Holguin, 27, starts to play his guitar. People stop and listen – and then they stay, waiting for another song. “That’s the kind of music we need more of,” said one man who recently stopped to listen to Holguin at the Old L.A. Farmers Market in Highland Park. Holguin, […]

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A Voice in the NELA Wilderness: One Man’s Quest to Revive the Dying Art of Basketmaking

Some 20 years ago, I saw a photograph of Justin Farmer in the Southwest Museum in Highland Park. In the photo, Farmer is holding a traditional long bow. I have never forgotten it. Farmer is not primarily known for his bow-making, though that is one of his many skills. Farmer is best known for his […]

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Charter School Founder with Ties to Eagle Rock Pleads Guilty to a Felony

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.

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Saying “No” to Yet Another Anti-Immigrant Proposal

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 […]

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Mike Kelly Memorial: Art that Unites Past and Present, Here and Elsewhere

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 […]

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L.A. Más: Help for Building Backyard Homes (ADUs)

     L.A. Más, a non-profit urban design firm in Elysian Valley, is now taking applications from homeowners for its Backyard Homes Project.      The project will help low-to-moderate income homeowners finance, design and build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) on their properties. In exchange, the homeowners will rent the ADUs, (often converted garages), for […]

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Part of the 134 Freeway named President Barack H. Obama Highway.

     Obama Drove Here      Roughly five-miles of the 134 freeway, including the stretch in Eagle Rock between Pasadena and Glendale, is now officially the “President Barack H. Obama Highway.” Two large freeway signs announcing the new name were unveiled on Dec. 20, one on westbound 134 at Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena […]

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Picking Up the Trash Is the Easy Part. Paying for Trash Pickup Is Hard.

For the most part, businesses and landlords in Northeast Los Angeles and the rest of the city have had no choice but to accept the higher costs and new procedures imposed by RecycLA, the city’s commercial trash-hauling system in effect since July 2017. But at a recent meeting of the committee on Energy, Climate Change […]

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Parting Advice from Gov. Brown: Don’t Encourage More Drinking

Gov. Jerry Brown defied the wishes of the California legislature recently, when he vetoed a bill that would have let bars in Los Angeles and eight other cities stay open until 4 a.m. Among the majority of lawmakers who voted in favor of a 4 a.m. closing time (versus 2 a.m. currently) were NELA’s representatives […]

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Franklin High Bomb Threat Was a Hoax; Principal Says, “Safety Is Our Priority”

A bomb threat on Oct. 15 that prompted a lockdown and police sweep of Franklin High School in Highland Park was a hoax. The caller also said that an officer had been shot at the school. No evidence was found of any bomb or any shooting. The major crimes division of the Los Angeles Police […]

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Rules May Be Coming Soon on Short-Term Rentals 

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 […]

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A Voice in the NELA Wilderness: Revered Elder of Highland Park Spreads Music and Well-being 

A recent Monday night found me at Colombo’s restaurant on Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock, listening to Tom Trujillo playing jazz on the guitar with a few other musicians. Trujillo also sang and played the drums before the set was over.  Trujillo, whom I have known for more than 40 years, is a born, all-around […]

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Fixing Up the House with Help from Habitat for Humanity 

The vast service area of the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity (SGV Habitat), a nonprofit group that builds, renovates and repairs affordable homes, includes the Northeast Los Angeles communities of Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Highland Park and Montecito Heights. That could be good news for some homeowners in those neighborhoods, because SGV Habitat is […]

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Public Education:Deadline to Apply for Magnet Programs Is Near   

From Oct. 1 to Nov. 9, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will accept applications from parents who hope to secure a spot for their child in one of the system’s 292 public-school magnet programs for the coming academic year. Magnet programs emphasize certain subject areas, such as visual arts, performing arts, math, science […]

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State of Play: Which Way Is Eagle Rock Going on the Proposal to Build a Big Storage Facility?

The proposal to build a huge StorQuest storage facility on the Ernie Jr.’s site in Eagle Rock is now on the agenda of the City Planning Commission for Thursday, Oct. 11 – a month later than previously planned. It was replaced on the agenda by another issue. The extra time provides the public a chance […]

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Business Openings in NELA and a Closing

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 […]

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Open for Business in NELA

Three New Businesses in NELA are featured this month – Plant Material is a dream shop for eco-sensitive gardeners, Relentless is a new bar and restaurant beautifully outfitted with both open-air and balcony seating, and Touch is a boutique for art supplies that selects, curates, displays and demonstrates them. These are great addtions to NELA. Read more about them here.

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Limai Academy Opens in NELA

Limai Academy is a new private K-12 school in Eagle Rock that combines the standard American curriculum with curriculum from around the world, including an emphasis on Latin, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese alongside art, music, math and science. “Limai” stands for Leadership, Innovation, Motivation, Academics and Independence. The Limai 2019 summer camp is $95/week plus $20/week for extended hours. Annual tuition for the 2019/2020 academic year, when Limai will offer instruction for kindergarten through 9th grade, ranges from $8,900 to $11,500, depending on grade level.

For more information about summer camp and the 2019/2020 school year, call 323-507-2345 or visit the school and meet Principal Turner.

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Business Openings in NELA

Mera Group  The Mera brothers, Chris and Mike, have formed the Mera Group, based in Eagle Rock, to create and implement digital marketing strategies for retail and service businesses, locally and nationwide.   Their credentials are superb. Chris Mera developed new revenue channels and name awareness campaigns for brands including Disney and NBCUniversal. Mike Mera […]

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Q&A: Officer Leo Perez on Partnering with a Legend

When the storied 30-year partnership between Northeast LAPD Officers Harold Marinelli and J.C. Duarte ended with Marinelli’s retirement in 2017, Duarte handpicked Officer Leo Perez, a 40-year old with 15 years on the force, as his new partner. The two patrolled NELA together for nearly a year until Duarte’s retirement in August. What was it […]

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A Voice in the NELA Wilderness: Local Pioneer of Self-Reliance Practices What She Teaches – and Teaches What She Practices

Recently, Prudence Boczarski was at the Highland Park Farmers’ Market, showcasing her natural bakery business and representing WTI, the local nonprofit founded in 1971 to teach urban dwellers how to live better with less. And since there is no better way to teach than to give a hands-on demonstration, Ms. Boczarski was also using her […]

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Foes of L.A.’s Trash System Will Get Their Day in Court

The City Attorney of Los Angeles has tried and failed to block a class-action lawsuit to undo the City’s new trash-collection system for businesses. Both sides in the fight are now gearing up for more battle. Frank Mateljan, a spokesperson for the City Attorney, told the Boulevard Sentinel that the City will continue to vigorously […]

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Glendale’s Energy Debate Will Force Decisions on Scholl Canyon

August 3 was the deadline in Glendale for energy professionals to submit proposals on how Glendale could switch to renewable resources for generating electricity. In all, 34 proposals were received and are now under review, with a public presentation of the review findings expected around mid-October, according to Steven Zurn, the general manager for Glendale […]

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Sports Resume This Month Unless Teachers Go on Strike

Alfred Bobadilla, varsity quarterback at Franklin High School in Highland Park, has been named the 2018 All-City Offensive Player of the Year in Division II by the CIF Los Angeles City Section. Bobadilla, a junior, led all of L.A.’s City Divisions in 2018 with 3,267 passing yards and 36 touchdowns. He also had 10 rushing […]

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The money will fix the monument but not other problems that plague the square

Highland Park Veterans Monument Scheduled for Repairs

It has taken two years, but the desecrated monument at Veterans Memorial Square on York Blvd. and Figueroa St. in Highland Park is finally going to be repaired. Councilmember Gil Cedillo managed to get a motion passed on Dec. 7 to transfer money for the repairs from the Mayor’s approved city budget to the Department […]

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NELA neighborhoods are in or surrounded by a "very severe hazard" fire zone

New Data Suggest Vast Devastation in a NELA Wildfire    

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 […]

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Burning of Methane at Scholl Canyon Raises Questions Anew

The methane gas from decaying trash at the Scholl Canyon landfill in the hills above Eagle Rock is being “flared,” or burned off, the Boulevard Sentinel has learned. Contrary to common belief, the methane is no longer being used to make electricity at the Grayson Power Plant in Glendale. From an environmental point of view, […]

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Do Huizar’s Problems Leave Him Any Time to Do His Job?

NELA’s City Councilmember, José Huizar, engulfed in legal problems, has all but disappeared from public view. In September and October, Mr. Huizar was named in a personnel complaint and two lawsuits by former employees alleging various violations, including workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation. On Nov. 7, his home, City Hall office and field office in […]

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Local Leaders Ask for Your Help to Stop the Latest Anti-Immigrant Proposal 

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 […]

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Shop Locally. Boost the Community. Have a Great Holiday. 

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 […]

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Panel to Investigate Councilmember Huizar for Discrimination, not Harassment or Retaliation

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 […]

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Local Nonprofit Receives $200,000 to Help Refugees

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 […]

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iPrep’s Failure Raises Issues for Next School Board Election 

The sudden closure on Aug. 23 of the PUC iPrep Charter Academy in Eagle Rock disrupted the lives of 114 children who had started school there a few days earlier, provoking dismay and anger among their parents.    It has also intensified the debate in NELA over charter schools versus traditional public schools just as […]

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Vacancy on School Board Creates Challenges for NELA Schools

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 […]

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