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

VIA ZOOM: Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Please click this URL to join: https://zoom.us/j/95364965067
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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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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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The academic decathletes of Franklin High posed for this team photo shortly before school closed in March. From left: Principal Regina Marquez-Martinez, Raquel Alegria, John Bermudez, Julian Martinez, Benicio Rivera, Henry Reyes, Bienn Viquiera, David Coronilla, Michael Sanchez and Coach Egon Trujillo

Franklin Competes with Distinction in State Academic Decathlon, Competition Took Place Online

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 […]

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Chili's, like many other restaurants, is now offering alcohol to go.

Alcohol To-Go Raises Concerns

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 […]

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Universal Waste Systems is the designated trash hauler for Northeast L.A. under RecycLA.

The Garbage Wars in L.A. Are Not Over Yet

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 […]

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Our Facebook Top Ten was led by Drum Major Adamari Betancourt (at center in white uniform) of Franklin High School in Highland Park who led the All-City Marching Band of the LA Unified School District in the Rose Parade this year. Betancourt was joined by six other All-City band members from Franklin shown with Franklin Band Director Veronica Gonzalez, at right. (Photo courtesy of Veronica Gonzalez.)

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

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 […]

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EAGLE ROCK: CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR OUR AGING NEIGHBORS (60 years+)

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 […]

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Guilty Plea in LA City Council Corruption Probe

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 […]

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The Academic Decathlon team from Franklin High School, left to right: Julian Martinez, Henry Reyes, Egon Trujillo (coach), Raquel Alegria, John Bermudez, Bienn Viquiera, David Coronilla, Benicio Rivera and Michael Sanchez | Photo by Regina Marquez-Martinez

Franklin’s Academic Superstars

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 […]

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A Guide to Voting in Northeast L.A.

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.

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The Hammer Museum and the Huntington are collaborating on Made in L.A. 2020.

NELA Artists to Participate in Major Exhibition

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.

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To Clayton Kershaw: No worries Clayton. They cheated! Photo shows Clayton Kershaw reacting after giving up a three-run home run to the Astros’ Yuli Gurriel during Game 5 of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Councilmember Gil Cedillo Says World Series Trophies Should Be Awarded to the Los Angeles Dodgers

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.

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GPIA’s New Board after swearing in by Gabrielle Taylor- From left to right: Gabrielle Taylor, Neighborhood Prosecutor, City Attorney’s Office, Melinda Martinez, Secretary, Helene Schpak, President, Zazu Faure, Area Representative, Marge Piane, Area Representative, Jennifer Campbell, Area Representative, Donald Nollar, Treasurer, Molly Lynn Taylor, Improvement Chair | Photo by Bill Hendrickson

Glassell Park Improvement Association Get a New Board, Sets Unique Format for CD-14 Candidates Forum

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.

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LA Plaza is the place to begin your exploration of Mexican and Mexican American history of Los Angeles. LA Plaza has something to offer casual and curious visitors; elementary, high school and college students; and teachers and researchers alike. | From La Plaza Facebook page.

Big Grants for NELA Nonprofits

Children, Teens, Artists and Audiences to Benefit from grants by U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Read how here.

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Yajaira Castillo (inset), a member of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, addressing demonstrators at an anti-gentrification gathering in Highland Park on December 7.

On Gentrification: Activism in Highland Park Continues on Multiple Fronts

Gentrifying newcomers, residential and commercial meet Activism and Resistance in Highland Park. Here’s our update.

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Alan Cisneros, Eagle Rock senior, gets his award for excellence from Jackie Goldberg, VP LAUSD | Photo for the Boulevard Sentinel by Bill Hendrickson

KCAL9/CBS chooses Eagle Rock High for Student and Teacher of the Month

KCAL9/CBS2 chose an Eagle Rock High Senior and the Eagle Rock High physics teacher to honor this month for their outstanding achievements.  Read about it here.

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Services for the homeless coming to ER Rec Center aux parking lot? Photo | Bill Hendrickson

City to Evaluate Parking Lot on Figueroa for Homeless Services

By T. A. Hendrickson An effort in Eagle Rock to create safer, more sanitary conditions for the homeless advanced on November 15, when the Los Angeles City Council told city agencies to study the use of the parking lot at 7541 Figueroa Street as a homeless-services staging area. Among the potential uses: Installing mobile showers […]

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The Groundbreakers - From left: LADOT Centrol District Engineer Mehred Moshksar, Public Works Board Commissioner Teresa Villegas, Councilmember Jose Huizar, Streets LA Executive Director Adel Hagekhalil, TERA President Greg Meredith, ERNC Board President Jesse Saucedo \ Photo by Bill Hendrickson

Improvement Project Underway for Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock

Groundbreaking both literal and ceremonial for the Take Back the [Colorado] Boulevard Improvements Project took place Nov 14 in Eagle Rock. Read more here about who was present for the ceremony and what has already started out on the Boulevard.

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