These reporters from Occidental College will help the Boulevard Sentinel cover more local stories, in English and Spanish. Bios on each are included below.

Meet the Team: The NELA Neighborhood Reporting Partnership signs up new members

By T. A. Hendrickson and Matthew Reagan
In October, the Boulevard Sentinel and The Occidental, the campus newspaper of Occidental College, announced the NELA Neighborhood Reporting Partnership (NELA NRP) — a professional collaboration between the two papers to bolster coverage of Northeast Los Angeles while offering Oxy’s reporters valuable local news experience. The Occidental has selected 13 student journalists to participate in the partnership this spring semester. Meet the Team.

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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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A look at "In Yarrow We Trust," a part of a new exhibit opening at Oxy Arts on York Blvd. Photo credit: Oxy Arts.

Your Guide to Art and Culture in NELA

By Pablo Nukaya
As art and culture organizations have changed their ways in response to the pandemic, the result has been a creative outpouring of virtual exhibitions, online workshops and streaming performances. 

Here are upcoming art and culture opportunities in Northeast Los Angeles, many of which are free and all of which can be experienced remotely or at a safe distance.

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Adultos mayores de 65 años o más son candidatos para recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19 en L.A. Aun así la situación sobre la implementación de las vacunas ha estado rodeada de temor, información falsa y obstáculos prácticos, tal como las dificultades al navegar los sitios de web de registración. | Fotografía cortesía de Al Seib para L.A. Times via Getty Images

‘Una dosis de la verdad’ para combatir la inquietud a la vacuna en NELA

By Zach Goodwin

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This logo for the ERNC Committee on Aging Neighbors created by Lindsay Kiesling

Help getting a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for Eagle Rock seniors 65+ years old

by ERNC
Help is here! In our little corner of Northeast LA, a small band of Eagle Rock residents are volunteering to graciously work safely from their homes to find available appointments or help with rides to the appointment. There is no cost to seniors, and all communication will follow safety protocol. Want or need help? Read more!

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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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Fall sunrise in NELA | Photo by Bill Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

NELA Weighs In: The top 10 posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook page

In the last three months of 2020, the top 10 posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook page reflected the complicated world we all are navigating. Breaking news — a fire in Highland Park and a fatal car crash in Glassell Park — grabbed readers’ attention, as did several posts on local aspects of the pandemic […]

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This craftsman in Eagle Rock, listed for sale for $949,000, sold in November for $1.285 million -- after only 33 days on the market. | Photo by The MLS.com

NELA Real Estate: Rising supply meets bottomless demand, boosting prices

By Jeffery Marino
Residential real estate in Northeast Los Angeles is a seller’s market like no other.

In November, the latest month with full sales data, both the number of homes for sale and the number of homes sold increased in NELA. Inventory rose by 7% year-over-year, boosted by a 34% increase in new monthly listings, while sales increased by 8% year-over-year. It was the third month in a row of rising inventory and sales.

And yet, through it all, home prices just kept climbing.

What’s going on? Click to know.

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What the selection of Alex Padilla as U.S. senator means for NELA

by T.A. Hendrickson
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Alex Padilla to replace Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate is sure to resonate with many residents of Northeast Los Angeles.

Padilla is not directly connected to NELA. But as the state’s first ever Latino U.S. Senator, he reflects the majority in NELA.

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This little bungalow in Highland Park recently sold for $482,000, significantly less than the Redfin estimate.

Here’s what you can get in NELA for under $600K

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 […]

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The Sentinel’s 5th annual charitable giving guide to local nonprofits

Picks from the people who bring you the Boulevard Sentinel The charitable giving season launched on Tuesday, December 1 — “Giving Tuesday” – when nonprofits remind you to donate online at the holidays and spread the word by posting about your donation at #GivingTuesday. There is no shortage of worthy local nonprofits to choose from. […]

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This photo by Leo Phillips of the Cortines School of Visual Arts took first place in the High Res photography competition. | Photo courtesy of CD 1.

Winners announced in high school photography contest to document local impact of COVID-19

By Bill Hendrickson City Councilmember Gil Cedillo has announced the winners in “High Res 2020,” a photography competition that challenged local high school students to portray the impact of COVID-19 on their families, friends, classes and communities. Leo Phillips, a freshman at Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown L.A., took first place. […]

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Tracking NELA COVID-19 cases and resources

By Matthew Reagan and Jonathan Fierros Current case totals in NELA (updated Dec. 16) The dreaded surge in COVID-19 is upon us.   As of Dec. 16, the cumulative total of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Northeast Los Angeles was 6,955. In the last 14 days, 1,763 new cases  have been confirmed in NELA, compared to 1,097 […]

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The four new owners of Pop-Hop in Highland Park, including Jonathan Hinton (above), are reimagining how the bookstore can best serve the community. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson

Stories of hope, community and social justice from NELA’s bookstores

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.

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NELA Neighborhood Reporting Partnership: The Boulevard Sentinel and The Occidental announce local reporting collaboration

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.

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Address: 4840 Malta St Neighborhood: Highland Park Sale Price: $1,225,000; Previous Sale Price: $620,000

Three NELA Homes That Were Flipped During the Pandemic

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 […]

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NELA Weighs In: The Top 10 Posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook Page

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 […]

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Sonoko Sakai in the “soba room” of her studio in Highland Park | |Philip Cheung; Assistant: Kali Vineburg

Local Food Scene Gains Wide Acclaim

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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Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, center, shown arriving at the federal courthouse in downtown L.A. in August. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Huizar Trial Delayed, More Charges Against More Defendants Expected

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.

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Entrance to Scholl Canyon dump by Figueroa St in Los Angles. Photo by T. A. Hendrickson

Eagle Rock in Harm’s Way from Scholl Canyon Biogas Project, New Report Shows

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. 

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Your walk becomes a workout – and your reward is this beautiful view – when you ascend the 196 steps of the Eldred Street stairs in Highland Park. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson

10 Ways to Turn a Walk into an Adventure

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 […]

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THE INITIAL SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE MEETING

MEETING LINKS for Tuesday, August 25

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If found guilty as charged, José Huizar could spend the rest of his life in prison | Photo Los Angeles Downtown News

Mr. Huizar, How Do You Plead?

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 […]

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Katherine “Kaye” Marie Beckham

Remembering: Kaye Beckham, 1942-2020

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 […]

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Joe Roice Hagemier 1952 – 2020

Remembering: Joe Roice Hagemier, 1952-2020

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 […]

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Keeping Kids Busy in August: Help from the Park and the Library

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 […]

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“Buy Local” sweepstakes winner Pete Jimenez (center) with $50 Barcade gift certificate, compliments of the Boulevard Sentinel. Local journalists Bill and T. A. Hendrickson celebrated with Jimenez.

Three Winners Chosen in Local Sweepstakes

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.

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NELA Weighs In: The Top 10 Posts on the Boulevard Sentinel’s Facebook Page

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 […]

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Alexandra Noel, "Can you bring everything with you?", 2019 Oil and enamel on panel. 8 ¼ x 10 ¼ in. (21 x 26 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Bodega, New York

Major Exhibition Featuring NELA Artists to Open in the Fall

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 […]

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Governor Newsom announcing renewed closures on July 1 | Photo courtesy of esq.com

The Coronavirus in NELA: An Update

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:

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U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nicolas T Hanna discusses the charges against L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar

U.S. Attorney and FBI Detail the Charges Against L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar

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.

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Broken store window at LA Thrift on Eagle Rock Boulevard in Glassell Park | Photo by T. A. Hendrickson

Black Lives Matter Brings Brick Through Window in Glassell Park

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.

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Images by Bill Hendrickson, Graphic presentation by Boulevard Sentinel.

More Scrutiny for Nursing Homes Hit by Coronavirus

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.

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Photo: Los Angeles Downtown News

Huizar Former Aide to Plead Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charge

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 […]

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Photo: Erin Clarke/Globe Staff

California to Provide $75 Million in Disaster Relief Assistance for Undocumented Immigrants

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 […]

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Ramona Sierra (left) and Suzanna Bermudez when they aappeared at a City Planning hearing in May of 2019 to ask to be able to stay in their homes | Photo by Bill Hendrickson

It took a pandemic, but the City of Los Angeles has created more tenant security against eviction and rent increases

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 MORE

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The volunteers at Iglesia de la Comunidad Presbyterian Church in Highland Park carry boxes from the food delivery truck to the food pantry, where the groceries are packed for distribution. | Photo by T.A.Hendrickson

Keeping Hunger at Bay, NELA Food Pantries Face New Challenges

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.

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