A bank robbery and more burglaries in Eagle Rock. Here’s your monthly crime update.Continue Reading
Thousands took in the Eagle Rock Bark this year. They had fun and did good. A great combination. Read about it here.Continue Reading
It’s time once again to count the homeless. You can volunteer. Read about it here.Continue Reading
The property was going to house the homeless but City red tape took too long and reviving the congregation presented itself. There’s more. Read about it here.Continue Reading
Two more defendants were sentenced to prison in November in a major federal case against three street gangs in Northeast Los Angeles. There’s more. Read it here.Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
Deceased’s sister speaks out. Read story here.Continue Reading
Colorado Boulevard Is Focus of Metro Workshops – 134 Freeway Option is nowhere in sight. Read more here.Continue Reading
Tracy A. Stone, an architect in Elysian Valley and president of the nonprofit Elysian Valley Arts Collective, has been named one of the “Best Green Architects” in Los Angeles by L.A. Architects magazine. There’s more.Continue Reading
When you donate to local nonprofits, your contributions stay in the area. Great places to Give to! Check them out here.Continue Reading
Historic Win Caps a Dream Season. Read on for more about the first City Championship in Eagle Rock High School history.Continue Reading
Street vendors are facing a deadline – January 1, 2020 – to comply with city and county regulations. City firm on deadline. Vendors pushing back.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
The woman found dead on October 17 in the homeless encampment under the 2 Freeway in Eagle Rock has been identified . . . . .Continue Reading
Updates on Eagle Rock burgler, shooting death arrests, more burglaries in Eagle Rock.Continue Reading
Winning an award in the 6th annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival was not easy.Continue Reading
As of October 17, 27 cases of serious lung injury and one death have been linked to vaping in Los Angeles County,Continue Reading
“No fault” evictions are banned for the rest of 2019Continue Reading
Rock the Boulevard, a community driven project to upgrade Eagle Rock Boulevard, has been awarded $16 million from Metro.Continue Reading
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For some high school seniors, summer internships before senior year have put college and career decisions in perspective. Here are a couple of seniors who were summer interns.Continue Reading
A recent warning from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health did not mince words: “STOP VAPING NOW!” it said. Here’s why:Continue Reading
A sample of mosquitoes captured in Los Feliz tested positive on September 10 for West Nile virus.Continue Reading
The Los Angeles County District Attorney has not filed charges against either of the two men arrested on August 31 in connection with the hillside fire in Eagle Rock and Glendale on August 25.Continue Reading
2910 San Fernando Road is a case study in why and what we have to do better.Continue Reading
Know the next step in Metro’s plan for a BRT express bus service for Eagle Rock.Continue Reading
NELA man gets Derek Jeter for his “Boss”.Continue Reading
L.A.’s eastside has always had a creative core. The wider art world is taking notice.Continue Reading
See how our local NELA elected officials voted. You may be surprised.Continue Reading
The Humanitarian Award of the 6th annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival goes to Danny Trejo for his strong faith, his art of reinvention and his ability and willingness to use film and fame as tools to help others.Continue Reading
With 50 films over three days, this year’s Highland Park Independent Film Festival is the largest and most ambitious in the festival’s six-year history. The screenings, at the Highland Theater (5604 N. Figueroa St.) include six world premieres, four Los Angeles premieres and an Academy Award-nominated short. There are films in virtually every genre: animation, documentary, sci-fi, action/adventure, noir and foreign. Here’s a moviegoer’s guide to festival:Continue Reading
State bills take aim at Longstanding Problems in NELA easing controls over using City property for homesless housing and extending rent control to thousands of apartments. Read the details here.Continue Reading
Not many enterprises last for a century. Here’s the story about how Eagle Rock Lumber kept going for more than a century.Continue Reading
Low enrollment in spite of a smart roll-out in Eagle Rock causes school to change course. Details here.Continue Reading
Two car washes at the west entrance to Eagle Rock – one a replacement of GlenRock, the other a replacement for Ernie Jr’s. So far, not what the neighborhood’s elected representatives would like to see. Read more.Continue Reading
Shootings are plaguing NELA. We report in this edition on four of them, including the fatal shooting of LAPD Officer Juan Jose Diaz. For details continue with this September crime report by Laura Brady-Allen.Continue Reading
CD-14 “remains optimistic” and “fully committed” improving Eagle Rock Blvd. Seems the Glassell Park Improvement Association is, too. Public meeting on ERB coming up soon. Details are here.Continue Reading
The Southwest Museum is holding its breath. Good news. Much needed help may be on the way. Read all about it.Continue Reading
As County Supervisor and Metro Director Hilda Solis and Metro leaders and staff come to Eagle Rock to hear what the community has to say about Metro’s proposed BRT route on Colorado Boulevard, political decisions on Metro’s plan take center stage.Continue Reading
Brush fires happen here. Read about this one in Eagle Rock, Better yet, get yourself and your family ready for the next one. A recap and preparedness pointers here.Continue Reading
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
Dozens of volunteers, including many veterans, gathered on Saturday, August 24, to put finishing touches on the plaza and landscaping of the newly refurbished Veterans Memorial at the intersection of York Boulevard and Figueroa Street in Highland Park. The centerpiece of the Memorial is the fountain. There’s more to be done.Continue Reading
FIRE: 4:40 p.m.
A brush fire near the border of Eagle Rock and Glendale, reported shortly after 4 p.m. today, continues to burn. LAFD making progress containing the fire. No injuries reported.Continue Reading
The prep work for re-painting of the 170′ mural on Marmion Way near the Southwest Museum has been completed and the re-painting has begun, Both the preparation work and the re-painting are creative adventures in their own right. See the work in process on the Boulevard Sentinel.Continue Reading
Juan Jose Diaz, a 24-year-old officer who served two years with LAPD, died in the gunfire that broke out around 1 a.m. near Avenue 26 and Humboldt Street, according to the Police Department.Continue Reading
This month we had a murder in Eagle Rock, a prowler apprehended and a man sentenced in mugging of a pregnant jogger. Up to date details on all this and more are here for you.Continue Reading
Tuition and fees will be waived in the first two years of community college for first-time, full-time students, thanks to provisions in California’s new state budget. Want more? How’s this: Nearly half of students earning a bachelor’s degree from a UC in science, technology, engineering and mathematics transferred from a California community college. And, there’s more in this report by Matthew Reagan for the Boulevard Sentinel.Continue Reading
Here’s the latest on the Real Estate Developments we’ve been following in NELA.Continue Reading
Burnt out fields of play may be becoming an thing of the past in NELA’s Rio de Los Angeles State Park. For more read more.Continue Reading
Homelessness in NELA may be intractable but efforts are underway to make it less so. We update you on a few initiatives underway to address this catastrophic problem.Continue Reading
From the College of Art and Design to the LA County Museum, Ana Serrano evokes the look and feel of front-yard, window-ledge spaces in Latino neighborhoods. Read on for a view of the creative expression of what we pass by every day in NELA.Continue Reading
Proposed route has roiled the town. Constituents to have a special opportunity to speak directly with Hilda Solis, Metro Director and L. A. County Supervisor. Read on for details about next meeting and recap of situation to date.Continue Reading
Shooting on Colorado Blvd. For details read on.Continue Reading
About 350 Eagle Rockers showed up at the Eagle Rock Plaza today to hear what Metro and their fellow residents had to say about Metro’s plan for Bus Rapid Transit on Colorado Boulevard. About 70 people spoke up. Here’s how things came out.Continue Reading
Attention Eagle Rockers: Bring your comments and questions on Saturday, July 13, to a meeting with Metro about its Bus Rapid Transit plan for Eagle Rock. Here are four questions the Boulevard Sentinel is submitting for the record. The meeting will be at the Eagle Rock Plaza from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Continue Reading
Protests in Glendale Over the Grayson Power Plant Hold Lessons for NELA on Scholl. Read here about the power of resident advocacy.Continue Reading
Here are schools and parks in Northeast Los Angeles where free lunch is served on weekdays in the summer for kids and teens, ages 1 to 18.Continue Reading
Someone you may know – Dorothy Brewer, 86 – retired recently after 40 years as a school crossing guard in Northeast Los Angeles, mostly in Highland Park. Here’s more about Dorothy and her last day as a crossing guard.Continue Reading
Oxy’s new pool is a lulu – in controversy and capacity. Readers! Local residents can buy a pass to use Oxy’s athletic facilities, new pool included. Details here.Continue Reading
Another try at protecting tenants gets watered down. Wendy Carrillo says the bill is “a step in the right direction.” Agree? Read more about tenant protection coming from Sacramento here.Continue Reading
Three new businesses openings and one renamed and relocated this month are announced in this issue of the Boulevard Sentinel. Learn more about them here.Continue Reading
The hot water that José Huizar has been in for months is getting hotter. On June 24, a judge denied a request by Huizar to delay a lawsuit against him. More here. Read on.Continue Reading
Bars open until 4am coming to NELA? Not so fast, legislation has cleared the state Senate before but didn’t get passed the Governor. And, the politicians who represent Northeast L.A in Sacramento – state Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D) and Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D) – are going different ways on the issue. There’s more here. Read on.Continue Reading
Over 1,000 NELA high school grads are going on to college. Read here where they are coming from and where they are going.Continue Reading
Dog kisses, a watermelon eating contest (against your dog) and a happy day for NELA. Glassell Bark brings out the best in NELA.Continue Reading
The expansive lawn at the Hill Drive home of Michael and Eugenie Noguiera was the site of the 5th annual Taste of Eagle Rock on June 23 where some 300 visitors sampled specialties from 25 local restaurants.Continue Reading
To Evict or Not to Evict? Why Is That Even a Question?
The clock is ticking for Ramona Sierra, 90, and Suzanna Bermudez, 65, who are bracing for eviction from their rent-controlled, one-bedroom bungalows in a five-unit complex at 4542-4544 Eagle Rock Boulevard.
The Battle Over Buses on Colorado Boulevard has heated up. Meeting to gather community input planned. Read this report for more.Continue Reading
Encampments Expose Harsh Realities for People on the Street and Those Trying to Help. Read about it in this report by Joel Sappell for the Boulevard Sentinel.Continue Reading
The Battle Over Buses on Colorado Boulevard has heated up. Read about the latest developments here.Continue Reading
Rock the Boulevard, a public/private effort to transform Eagle Rock Boulevard into a safer, more beautiful thoroughfare, has been unable to secure the public grant money needed to move forward as originally planned.
There were high hopes for the project last year. Launch money was raised from City Council District 14 ($23,000), Occidental College ($13,500), the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council ($2,500) and The Eagle Rock Association improvement group (an unspecified amount)Continue Reading
Wildfires can occur anytime, not only in the typical wildfire season of mid-summer to early autumn. Northeast Los Angeles is at high risk: The Boulevard Sentinel recently reported on data showing that nearly half of the buildings in Eagle Rock are in a very severe hazard zone; in Highland Park, 40% of the buildings are in a very serve hazard zone. In Mount Washington, all of the buildings are in a very severe hazard zone.Continue Reading
Jackie Goldberg, a veteran local politician, won a decisive victory on May 14 over Heather Repenning, a former city commissioner, for the Board District 5 (BD 5) seat on the Los Angeles School Board, which includes Northeast Los Angeles. The task now before Goldberg, who was endorsed by the L.A. teachers union, is to find the money to deliver on her promise of smaller class sizes and more counselors, nurses and teachers aides.Continue Reading
A settlement has been reached in a long running case that set Forever 21 and Arroyo Vista Family Health Foundation against the Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce (COC).
The case involved donations made in 2011-2013 by Forever 21 and the Arroyo Vista foundation to a scholarship fund established by the Lincoln Heights COC. The money raised, about $30,000 in all, was supposed to go to college-bound students from Abraham Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights, but as far as everyone could tell, no scholarships were ever awarded.Continue Reading
Vielka McFarlane, who founded the Celerity network of charter schools located in Eagle Rock and other parts of Los Angeles, was sentenced on May 20 to 30 months in prison for misspending public education money on luxuries for herself, including first-class plane travel, fine dining and high-end shopping.
McFarlane pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to misappropriate and embezzle public money. The plea followed an investigation, starting in 2012, by the inspector general of L.A. Unified School District and federal authorities.
An intraparty feud among local Democratic groups has come to a can’t-please-everyone kind of resolution.
The dispute began in late January, when Democrats in State Assembly District 51, which includes Northeast Los Angeles, voted to select 14 delegates to the California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento from May 31 to June 2.Continue Reading
This month focuses on a conviction for burglary in Eagle Rock, a sexual preditor also in Eagle Rock, a hearing for a a person know for harassing and threatening women and the bomb threat at Franklin High School.Continue Reading
Action on Senate Bill 50 (SB 50) — a measure to address the state’s housing crisis by rewriting local zoning codes — was put off until 2020 by the state Senate Appropriations Committee on May 16. The delay undercuts the Senate Housing Committee and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, which passed the bill in April. The bill would let apartment complexes be built in areas deemed “job rich” or “transit rich” and would permit fourplexes in neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes.Continue Reading
Applause and tears of joy erupted at a School Board meeting on May 21, when Austin Beutner, Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), announced that the district’s elementary school libraries would be fully funded for the 2019-2020 school year. The announcement reversed an earlier decision by LAUSD that would have cut library funding.Continue Reading
Ramona Sierra, 90, and Suzanna Bermudez, 65, are bracing for eviction from their rent-controlled bungalows at 4542-4544 Eagle Rock Boulevard in Eagle Rock. Sierra has lived in her bungalow for 40 years. Bermudez and her husband, who are both disabled, have lived in the bungalow three doors down from Sierra for seven years.
This particular eviction story starts in 2017 when . . . . . . . . .
The Metro Board of Directors recently advanced a plan that would put bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock.
Under the plan, the Colorado Boulevard corridor would be one segment of an 18-mile BRT line connecting North Hollywood and Pasadena (NoHo-Pasadena). Various routes were considered for the line, including one that would use the 134 Freeway to traverse Eagle Rock, thus bypassing Colorado Boulevard. But Metro staff determined that a route along surface streets would attract more riders and provide better connections than a freeway-based route. The Metro Board accepted the staff’s finding and on May 23, voted to begin a draft environmental reviewContinue Reading
The high school graduates of 2019 in Northeast Los Angeles have earned the pomp and circumstance that surrounds Graduation Day.
The highlights are in our story . . . . . . .
Ramona Sierra, 90, and Suzanna Bermudez, 65 and disabled, are on the verge of being evicted from their rent-controlled bungalow homes at 4524 Eagle Rock Boulevard in Eagle Rock. Ramona has lived in her bungalow for 40 years; Suzanna for seven. Neither wants to move, much less out of Eagle Rock. But the owner, Randy Stevenson of Allegro Capital Partners, LLC, plans to renovate and sell their homes and the other three bungalows on the property.Continue Reading
The Eagle Rock dog park is the result of special efforts and it shows it. It was an honor for me to be invited to a sneak preview of the park on Wednesday and I’m happy to share some thoughts and images of what I got to learn and see.Continue Reading
As of April 25, when this edition of the Boulevard Sentinel went to press,10 of the 14 delegate slots for AD51 were unfilled. If all goes according to plan, the vacancies will be filled in time for the convention. But the fact that it has taken so long reflects rivalry and tension within the local Democratic party.Continue Reading
Known as Measure EE, the proposal is for a 16-cents per-square-foot parcel tax on “habitable structures” within the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD), including houses, storefronts and commercial buildings. The tax would fall most heavily on businesses and corporate landlordsContinue Reading
This month focuses on a couple of scary adults that have plagued the neighborhoods and two juveniles arrested for armed robbery in Eagle Rock.Continue Reading
The Grand Opening of the dog park at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center will take place on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. This will be the first new dog park in Northeast Los Angeles in 13 years.Continue Reading
The Grand Opening of the dog park at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center will take place on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. This will be the first new dog park in Northeast Los Angeles in 13 years.Continue Reading
There are no completion dates in sight for some of the area’s most prominent developments, both private and public.Continue Reading
By T. A. HendricksonAt a recent rally downtown in Los Angeles to urge everyone to be counted in the 2020 census, city and county officials did not mince words: The obstacles to participation in the census are high, they said. But failure to get a full and accurate count would be devastating, financially and politically.Continue Reading
Ten-year old violinist, Cordelia Rachbach, of Glassell Park, is on her way to Walt Disney Concert Hall, where she will perform on June 19 in the intermediate ensemble of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (LAYO).Continue Reading
Here are the results for those NELA neighborhood councils which help elections in April 2019. We are posting tthe results for Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Cypress Park and Lincoln Heights. The neighborhood councils for Glassell Park, Arroyo Seco and Hermon did not have elections.Continue Reading
Here’s the follow up on some of the NELA’s recent crimes:Continue Reading
Councilmember Gil Cedillo recently filed a motion to exclude CD 1 from a one-year pilot program to test widespread use of electric, dockless scooters in Los Angeles.Continue Reading
The Coalition for Scholl Landfill Alternatives (CSLA), a local group of environmental activists, has issued a press release saying it “strongly suspects” Glendale Water and Power of trying to manipulate an upcoming environmental review at the Scholl Canyon landfill . . . . . .Continue Reading