Picks from the people who bring you the Boulevard Sentinel The charitable giving season launches on Tuesday, December 1 — “Giving Tuesday” – when nonprofits ask you to donate online and spread the word by posting about your donation at #GivingTuesday. There is no shortage of worthy local nonprofits to choose from. Throughout the pandemic, […]Continue Reading
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The median sale price for a home in Northeast Los Angeles recently hit $920,000, with even small Highland Park bungalows like this one selling for over $800,000. But even amid rising prices, it’s possible — not easy, but possible — to find an affordable home. The following three homes are all fixer-uppers but none of […]Continue Reading
By Matthew Reagan and Jonathan Fierros Current case totals in NELA (updated Nov. 18) Since March 17, when the first confirmed COVID-19 case was reported in Eagle Rock, the coronavirus has spread rapidly, fundamentally changing the course of life for residents of the neighborhoods of Northeast Los Angeles. As of Nov. 18, the cumulative total […]Continue Reading
By River Lisius
Throughout the pandemic, bookstores in Los Angeles have closed, transitioned to curbside pickup and finally, partially reopened. Despite financial stress and other pandemic-related challenges, the bookstores in and near NELA have continued to serve their communities in troubling times.
Here’s a rundown:
1. Pop-Hop| Highland Park: ‘Knowledge is going to move a revolution’
This July, Pop-Hop on York Boulevard reopened as a nonprofit bookstore, specializing in social justice, community education and the arts.Continue Reading
The Boulevard Sentinel is pleased to announce the NELA Neighborhood Reporting Partnership (NELA NRP), a professional collaboration between the Sentinel and the Community News section of The Occidental, the campus newspaper of Occidental College.
NELA NRP represents an investment both in student journalists and in reliable journalism for the communities of NELA.Continue Reading
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By Jeffery Marino Starting in 2008, in the teeth of the Great Recession, buy-to-sell real estate investment – also known as house flipping – took off in Northeast Los Angeles. Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Mount Washington and Atwater Village were all transformed by real estate investors snapping up properties at the bottom of […]Continue Reading
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
From July through September, the “Top 10” posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook page reflected a range of issues: homelessness in NELA, local environmental problems and controversy over real estate developments, as well as questions about the disappearance and replacement of a corner mailbox and more. 1 The mailbox on the corner of Eagle Rock […]Continue Reading
By Mary Lynch
Chefs, restaurants owners and other culinary artists from NELA have recently garnered major media attention. Here’s a sample:
Sonoko Sakai, (pictured above) who lives and works in Highland Park, has been named one of the “15 Creative Women for Our Time” by T: The New York Times Style magazine for her groundbreaking cookbooks and masterful classes on Japanese cooking.
Read more about Sakai and four other NELA standouts here.
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By Jeffery Marino
The premium that buyers are willing to pay for small houses is exploding. Here are three examples of just that!
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.
By Bill Hendrickson
Unfortunately, the path forward to assert Eagle Rock’s interest in what happens at Scholl Canyon is fraught. Residents and environmentalists in Eagle Rock have generally worked through their City Council District 14 office to pressure and influence Glendale on Scholl Canyon issues. But with Eagle Rock’s city councilperson, José Huizar, under arrest on federal corruption charges, Council District 14 is not in a position to mount a firm response to the DEIR.
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
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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
Katherine “Kaye” Marie Beckham – loving wife, mother, nana, great-grandmother, daughter, sister – and pillar of the Eagle Rock community, died on Sunday, July 19. She was 78. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1942, the daughter of Michael and Josephine Stech, Kaye was nine years old when her family moved to Eagle Rock. The Steches […]Continue Reading
Joe Roice Hagemier, lifetime resident of Eagle Rock and Glendale, passed away on June 16, 2020, shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was 67. Joe, who went by both “Joe” and “Roice,” was born in 1952, the son of Joe G. Hagemier and his wife Roma Speirs Hagemier. The elder Joe Hagemier worked as […]Continue Reading
By Mary Lynch Keeping kids occupied during summer is challenging under the best of circumstances; pandemic conditions have only made the challenge more difficult. The parks and the library can help: DAY CAMP The first two weeks of August are the last two weeks of day camp for children ages 6 to 14 at several […]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
From April through June, the “Top 10” posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook page focused on the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter amid local tragedy (#2) and local triumph (#7). Posts are ranked by reach and reactions, including clicks and comments. To weigh in on these and other issues, visit the Sentinel on Facebook. 1 […]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:
Glendale’s Moves Will Affect the quality of life in NELA. How to handle the methane at Scholl Canyon is a major point of contention. Read why here.Continue Reading
From the horses’ mouths: We post here the video of the U.S. Attorney and FBI discussing the arrest of L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar.Continue Reading
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
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Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District of California FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Former Aide to L.A. City Councilmember Agrees to Plead Guilty to RICO Charge Stemming from ‘Pay-to-Play’ Corruption Scheme LOS ANGELES – The former special assistant to a member of the Los Angeles City Council has agreed to plead guilty […]Continue Reading
Undocumented immigrants impacted by the corornavirus shutdown can now apply for cash assistance from the state of California — $500 per adult up to $1,000 for a household. In Los Angeles, the following organizations are handling applications for disaster relief assistance for undocumented immigrants. Note: Be prepared for high call volume. Los Angeles Central American […]Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson
It took a pandemic, but two Eagle Rock seniors living under threat of eviction for more than a year have gotten a reprieve.
Ramona Sierra, 91, and her 66-year old neighbor, Suzanna Bermudez, have lived in their rent-controlled bungalows at 4542-4544 Eagle Rock Boulevard for 41 years and 10 years, respectively. In December 2018, they learned that the new owner of the bungalows was proceeding with re-development plans that could lead to their eviction. READ MOREContinue Reading
By Emily Jo Wharry
The surge in unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic has led to longer lines at food pantries in Northeast Los Angeles and, at the same time, new distributions methods to maintain social distance.
The dual need – for food and for distance – poses a logistical and spiritual challenge: At the twice-monthly pantry run by Iglesia de la Comunidad Presbyterian Church in Highland Park, what used to be a two-hour shift for volunteers now takes a full day of work, said Pastor Roberto Ramierez.
The story is similar at Iglesia Pentecostal Esmirna, also in Highland Park, which runs a food pantry once a week. A third local pantry, at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services in Highland Park, recently switched to distribution by appointment.Continue Reading
In normal times, the Editor’s Notebook is a round up of fun things to do and events to put on your calendar in Northeast L.A. This month’s Notebook is still NELA-focused, but adapted for our stay-at-home lives during the coronavirus pandemic.Continue Reading
By Mary Lynch Franklin High School in Highland Park ranked first out of 20 schools in its division and 14th out of 65 schools overall in the recent California state finals of the Academic Decathlon. Franklin’s achievement in the state finals followed a fifth place showing in February among 55 teams from the Los Angeles Unified […]Continue Reading
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
By Mary Lynch The Apartment Owners Association has lost a round in its long fight to roll back RecycLA, the city’s garbage collection/recycling system for businesses and apartment buildings put in place in 2017. There is one more round to go. The loss for the apartment owners came on April 3, when they dropped a […]Continue Reading
HHPNC is on path rebuilding its Board and Land Use Committee. It’s making progress.Continue Reading
In the first three months of 2020, the top 10 posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook page covered the gamut of events and issues. 1 Drum major Adamari Betancourt of Franklin High School in Highland Park leads the LAUSD’s All-City Marching Band in the Rose Parade. (Jan.1) 2 A suspect is arrested on suspicion […]Continue Reading
A listing of public and private measures published by Councilmember Gil Cedillo and CD-1 to help the residents of Los Angeles.Continue Reading
This is a message from the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council’s Elder Director to Seniors and their Neighbors received today by the Boulevard Sentinel. EAGLE ROCK: URGENT INFORMATION FOR OUR AGING NEIGHBORS (60 years+) All Senior Centers are closed until further notice but there are options. If you receive meals at a Senior Center, the City […]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
Opinion: Cedillo and Koretz proposed a flawed resolution but the idea behind their resolution – that cheaters should be held accountable – is right. No amends is not right.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
Eagle Rock Elementary School (ERES) has avoided a $160,000 budget cut that threatened to eliminate funding for teaching assistants and academic programs. Read here about how this was achieved.Continue Reading
Metro staff’s decision on BRT route through Eagle Rock is delayed until “late Summer”. Read on for details.Continue Reading
By Mary Lynch A team from Franklin High School in Highland Park has qualified to compete in Sacramento for the California state title in the Academic Decathlon, the nation’s premier scholastic competition for high school students. The team, four seniors and four juniors, advanced to the state level on February 8, when they defeated 50 […]Continue Reading
Decision time is here: Vote-by-mail voters will start getting their ballots this week for the March 3 primary. Voting in person will start on February 22 and go until March 3 at convenient “vote center” locations throughout L.A. Here’s how to register to vote (if you aren’t registered, there’s still time), vote-by-mail or vote-in-person, including the locations and hours of 18 vote centers in Northeast L.A.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
Owner says he is keeping his options open as to whether to build or sell Pillarhenge. Things like that can “make you go, hmmm.”Continue Reading
Who Speaks for Highland Park? Here’s our update.Continue Reading
In response to the widening cheating scandal in Major League Baseball, Councilmember Gil Cedillo has introduced a resolution in the L.A. City Council to recall the World Series trophies won by the Houston Astros (2017) and the Boston Red Sox (2018) and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers. More details on this here.Continue Reading
Glassell Park’s Improvement Association got a new Board of Directors last night. Sets the bar for ingenuity, initiative and transparency in public service in 2020.Continue 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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