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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Opening night at the Highland Park Independent Film Festival: From left, Mark Reitman, Alessandro Gentile and Marita De La Torre (Co-founders of the festival); Danny Trejo (Humanitarian Award winner); April Ibarra (Associate Producer), Kris Bicknell (Graphic Designer/Branding for the festival) - Photo by Tim Karau

Highland Park Filmfest Winners

Winning an award in the 6th annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival was not easy.

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Part of 45 acres burned in the NELA fire of August 25 | Photo by Bill Hendrickson

No Charges Filed in Fire Arrests, District Attorney Asks for Further Investigation

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.

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The actor, Danny Trejo, will accept the top award of the 6th annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival

The Highland Park Independent Film Festival Honors Danny Trejo

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.

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Logo for the 6th Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival - October 3 - October 5, 2019

Your Guide to the 6th Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival

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:

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Advocates for rent control and housing for the homeless get support from Sacramento

State Loosens Grip on Housing for Homeless and Tightens It on Rent Control

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.

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Hilda Solis, L.A. county supervisor and Metro board member, spoke with attendees at a recent Metro meeting in Eagle Rock. Other top officials also attended. Photo of Hilda Solis provided by Supervisor Solis’ office.

Metro Debate In Eagle Rock Enters New Phase

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.

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The new fountain was a refreshing backdrop to a day of service by community members who put finishing touches on the landscaping at the refurbished Veterans Memorial in Highland Park | Photo by Bill Hendrickson

Date Is Set for Re-dedication of the Highland Park Veterans Memorial

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.

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Gov. Newsom presenting his state budget | Photo by Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Making It Easier to Attend and Finish Community College

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.

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Dorothy Brewer, of Highland Park, retired recently after 40 years as a crossing guard

Crossing Guard Retires after 40 years on the job – Applause for Dorothy Brewer

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.

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Settlement Is Reached in the Case of the Missing Scholarship Money

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.

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Bill to Allow Multi-Family Housing in Single Family Areas Is Delayed

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.

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School Libraries in NELA Escape the Budget Ax

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.

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Ramona Sierra, 90, and Suzanna Bermudez, 65, went to City Hall on Wednesday to ask for help to avoid being evicted from their bungalows in Eagle Rock. Photo by: Bill Hendrickson

Elderly Women Face Displacement, Community Tries to Help, Odds Are Long

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 . . . . . . . . .

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The Battle over Buses on Colorado Boulevard

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 review

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Ramona Sierra, 90, and Suzanna Bermudez, 65, went to City Hall on Wednesday to ask for help to avoid being evicted from their bungalows in Eagle Rock. Photo by: Bill Hendrickson

Elderly Women in Eagle Rock Face Eviction

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.

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Founders of the Eagle Rock Dog Park in the Park they created (standing from left): Carlos Buenfil, the construction project manaer, Matt Harrington, the advocate representing thousands of local dog owners, Craig Raines, the landscape architect of LA Rec and Parks and Lucy Aparicio, representing Councilmember José Huizar. (front row): Scruff and Buddy, Matt Harrington's dogs.

THOUGHTS ON A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE EAGLE ROCK DOG PARK

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.

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Los Angeles County is the hardest-to-count county in the nation.

Countdown to the 2020 Census

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.

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Poster by Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.

Election Results 2019 for NELA Neighborhood Councils

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.

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Nature could be restored in and along riverside areas like this one, while the park is upgraded with new and improved playing fields.

One LA River, Many Park Interests

With so many different ideas about what an L.A. River park should include, it can be hard to see how to accommodate them all. One example of working together to advance various interests involves Anahuak’s Raul Macias and Jon Christensen, a UCLA adjunct assistant professor specializing in the environment and a board member of the non-profit Los Angeles River State Parks Partners.

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