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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The school yard at Eagle Rock Elementary.

Eagle Rock Elementary Faces Budget Cut

Eagle Rock Elementary School (ERES) is facing a budget cut of $125,000 in the coming school year and possibly much more in subsequent years. The looming cutback, disclosed at a parent meeting in March, has the school community “highly alarmed,” said ERES Principal Stephanie Leach, adding, “I share their concerns.”

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Amid an FBI investigation, Huizar has been stripped of power at City Hall and has disappeared from community gatherings. “He’s toxic,” says one former councilman. - Photo: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times

Where’s Huizar? His Vanishing Profile Raises Questions for Constituents

José Huizar has become the invisible man.

Before FBI agents served search warrants at his Boyle Heights home and city offices in November as part of an apparent “pay-to-play” corruption probe, the councilman was an impressive practitioner of retail politics and photo ops.

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Marcos Juarez, a realtor, and Alex Lozano, a broker associate, both with Compass Real Estate in Highland Park, showing a rendering of Frank Romero's next mural, 'Going to the Olympics Again.' -Photo by Bill Hendrickson

Frank Romero Mural Coming to Highland Park

By T. A. Hendrickson

When Frank Romero painted the mural “Going to the Olympics” for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, he was already famous as a founding member of Los Four, the artist collective that put Chicano art on the art-world map.

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Tony Ricasa, Assistant Chief of Staff for Gil Cedillo opening meeting with seniors concerned about Safe Parking at their Senior Center -Photo by Bill Hendrickson

Overnight Parking for Homeless People Is Coming to Glassell Park

This story was updated on March 8, to include reactions by the Glassell Park Seniors to the overnight parking plan. The story was updated on March 9, to include follow-up to address the seniors’ concerns planned by CD-1 following their receipt of a petition from the Senior Group.

Safe Parking is coming to Glassell Park. A part of the city’s Homeless Strategy, Safe Parking uses parking lots that are secure, well-lit and available at night to provide overnight parking for people who live in their vehicles.

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The team from Franklin High savors their first-place win in the LAUSD Academic Decathlon. Front row (left to right), Regina Marquez Martinez (Principal), Katie Rodriguez, Raquel Alegria, Gian Munoz Mayo, Jade Tolentino, Tina Wu, John Rev Bermudez. Back row (left to right), Raymond Guillen, Patrick Dowd (Coach), Henry Reyes, David Flores, Bienn Viquiera, Adrian Manhey, Yenny Yi (Coach)

Franklin’s Best and Brightest to Compete for State Title in Academic Decathlon

By Mary Lynch

A team from Franklin High School in Highland Park is on its way to Sacramento this month to compete in the California state finals of the Academic Decathlon, a prestigious educational competition for high schools.

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Eagle Rock High Basketball Champions Close Out the Winter Sports Season

By The winter post-season saw the boys and girls basketball teams from Eagle Rock High competing in playoffs at the City  and State levels. The girls water polo team from Eagle Rock also made it to the City playoffs, while both Eagle Rock and Wilson High competed in the finals of the Los Angeles City […]

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From left, presenters at the workshop on student debt: Magaly Zapien, Sarah Moore, Victoria Wagner, Jamie Tijerina, Antonia Villaseñor.

Borrowers in NELA Seek Advice on Student Debt

By Jamie Tijerina NELearn, a series of workshops to provide people in Northeast Los Angeles with information they can use in their daily lives, held its third meeting on Dec. 15 at the Arroyo Seco Public Library. Ten people, most of them young Latinos, attended to learn more about the featured topic – Coping with […]

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On Homelessness — Disposing of RV Waste Safely

by Mary Lynch Some 4,600 individuals and families in Los Angeles live in RVs and vans. The human waste collected in such “housing” needs to get into the City sewer system and be treated so that bacteria doesn’t infect our water, cause disease and otherwise harm the environment. Working with L.A. Homeless Services and L.A. […]

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From Eagle Rock to West Point: A Cadet Reflects on Veterans Day    

Elias Manning, an Eagle Rock native in his second year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, recently shared how Veterans Day is celebrated at The Point: “In the most American way possible — with a weekend of Army football,” he wrote in an email. “Army plays and will beat Lafayette on Saturday, November […]

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On Homelessness:Learning from Experience

A recent forum on homelessness in Glassell Park featured two residents from the Alexandria House, a privately funded, 16-unit housing condominium in Koreatown for homeless women and their children. The experiences they shared were riveting and encouraging – and instructive in the search for solutions to homelessness. Keana, 26, was a foster child shown the […]

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Arrest Is Made in Saturday Night Shooting on Trendy York Blvd.

Police have arrested Maximo Muy, 25, for the shooting that occurred in front of Johnny’s Bar on York Blvd. in Highland Park on Saturday, Oct. 6 at around 11:20 p.m. A detective with the LAPD Northeast Division who has been working on the case told the Boulevard Sentinel that Mr. Muy was arrested late last […]

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As Strike Moves Closer, Parents and Communities Need to Prepare

Public school teachers in Los Angeles moved closer to a strike on Friday, when the third mediation session between the teachers union (UTLA) and the school district (LAUSD) ended in failure. The teachers want increases in wages, per-pupil funding and student support services; decreases in class size and standardized testing; and improvements in charter school […]

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Fixing Up the House with Help from Habitat for Humanity 

The vast service area of the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity (SGV Habitat), a nonprofit group that builds, renovates and repairs affordable homes, includes the Northeast Los Angeles communities of Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Highland Park and Montecito Heights. That could be good news for some homeowners in those neighborhoods, because SGV Habitat is […]

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Public Education:Deadline to Apply for Magnet Programs Is Near   

From Oct. 1 to Nov. 9, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will accept applications from parents who hope to secure a spot for their child in one of the system’s 292 public-school magnet programs for the coming academic year. Magnet programs emphasize certain subject areas, such as visual arts, performing arts, math, science […]

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For the Love of Film, for the Love of Highland Park

By Diana Martinez It was five years ago that three local artists – actor/writer Marita De La Torre, cinematographer Alessandro Gentile and music producer/DJ Mark Reitman – launched the Highland Park Independent Film Festival (HPIFF). The festival was a big, but natural step for the northeast Los Angeles art community, which is known for its […]

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Gil Cedillo Preschool in Lincoln Heights Celebrates a Grand Re-opening

Gil Cedillo Preschool in Lincoln Heights Celebrates a Grand Re-Opening Late in 2017, $1.1 million in Federal Head Start Funds were committed to Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services for the renovation and expansion of the Gil Cedillo Preschool on Workman Street in Lincoln Heights.  The award came with a catch:  The project had […]

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State of Play: Which Way Is Eagle Rock Going on the Proposal to Build a Big Storage Facility?

The proposal to build a huge StorQuest storage facility on the Ernie Jr.’s site in Eagle Rock is now on the agenda of the City Planning Commission for Thursday, Oct. 11 – a month later than previously planned. It was replaced on the agenda by another issue. The extra time provides the public a chance […]

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Limai Academy Opens in NELA

Limai Academy is a new private K-12 school in Eagle Rock that combines the standard American curriculum with curriculum from around the world, including an emphasis on Latin, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese alongside art, music, math and science. “Limai” stands for Leadership, Innovation, Motivation, Academics and Independence. The Limai 2019 summer camp is $95/week plus $20/week for extended hours. Annual tuition for the 2019/2020 academic year, when Limai will offer instruction for kindergarten through 9th grade, ranges from $8,900 to $11,500, depending on grade level.

For more information about summer camp and the 2019/2020 school year, call 323-507-2345 or visit the school and meet Principal Turner.

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Business Openings in NELA

Mera Group  The Mera brothers, Chris and Mike, have formed the Mera Group, based in Eagle Rock, to create and implement digital marketing strategies for retail and service businesses, locally and nationwide.   Their credentials are superb. Chris Mera developed new revenue channels and name awareness campaigns for brands including Disney and NBCUniversal. Mike Mera […]

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Q&A: Officer Leo Perez on Partnering with a Legend

When the storied 30-year partnership between Northeast LAPD Officers Harold Marinelli and J.C. Duarte ended with Marinelli’s retirement in 2017, Duarte handpicked Officer Leo Perez, a 40-year old with 15 years on the force, as his new partner. The two patrolled NELA together for nearly a year until Duarte’s retirement in August. What was it […]

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CONCERTS AT EAGLE ROCK PARK SWING TO A CLOSE

Last evening, the 17-piece Jack Lantz Big Band filled the Eagle Rock Park bandstand and treated concert goers with a concert filled with great swing music of the 30’s through today.  A couple hundred concert goers dotted the slopes in front of the bandstand.  They picnicked, listened, applauded and danced, ultimately under the stars.  Mars, […]

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Meet Carlos “The Solution” Morales FRIDAY, August 24th.

CALLING ALL FIGHT FANS – Meet Carlos “The Solution” Morales, Super Featherweight, with 14-1-3 and 6KO’s, tomorrow (Friday, 8/24) from 1pm to 2pm at Rock N’ Egg Cafe at 4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.  Free tickets to Carlos’ fight on Sept 1st for the first 15 guests and fight shirts while they last.  Here’s the official […]

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Social Change: How You Can Make a Difference

Picks from the people who bring you the Boulevard Sentinel

The problems of the world are also local problems. Here are several ways in and near NELA to learn more about the issues and work toward solutions. We list ways for both children and adults. They include courses exhibits and programs by the Audubon Center, Eagle Rock Library, The Wall Las Memorias Project and the Museum of Social Justice.

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The Boulevard Sentinel pick for St. Patrick’s Day is Maureen O’Carroll: A Musical Memoir of an Irish Immigrant Childhood, which O’Carroll co-wrote with her daughter, Leora O’Carroll, an L.A.-based writer and musician.

Connecting NELA Writers and NELA Readers

Picks from the people who bring you the Boulevard Sentinel While most of us were doing whatever it is we do with our lives, some of our NELA neighbors were writing and editing books. Here’s a rundown, including events where you can meet the authors. Maureen O’Carroll: A Musical Memoir of an Irish Immigrant Childhood […]

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Get beneath the surface of events and attractions in and near NELA.

Picks from the people who bring you the Boulevard Sentinel February is an eventful month in L.A., from Chinese New Year to the Academy Awards. But what you see on the surface is, well, the surface. Our “Picks” column this month tells you how to get beneath the surface of events and attractions in and […]

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Will Abuse Scandal at Shambhala International Affect Local Outpost? 

The Shambhala Center in Eagle Rock is an outpost of Shambhala International, one of the largest Buddhist meditation organizations in the West. Last month, Shambhala International was rocked when its leader, Mipham Rinpoche, took a leave amid allegations that he had sexually abused some women in the organization. The governing council of the organization, headquartered […]

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NELA Schools Spiffed Up for the New School Year

Over the summer, 23 repair and renovation projects, with a total budget of $20 million, have been underway at 21 schools in Board District 5, which includes Northeast Los Angeles. NELA’s slice of the pie includes the following: Buchanan Street Elementary School (Highland Park): New playground structure and matting in the kindergarten yard Eagle Rock […]

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Summer Trips to Write Home About

Summer vacation for some of NELA’s brightest high schoolers includes travel to enrich their intellectual lives. Mia Bella Pardo, 17, of Eagle Rock, just returned from the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Massachusetts, a three-day program of medical lectures, academic advice and networking with physicians, scientists, deans and fellow high school students who aspire […]

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Q&A: Josh Shaw Is Staging a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opera in Highland Park

Josh Shaw is the founder and artistic director of Pacific Opera Project (POP), which has staged over 10 operas in Highland Park since 2012. His latest project is La gazzetta, a rarely performed Rossini opera that will open on June 28 for a five-night run at the Ebell Club on S. Avenue 57. This will […]

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Eagle Rock The State of the Town, 2018 

Homelessness was the most discussed topic at Eagle Rock’s 12th annual State of the Town address last month. Councilmember José Huizar, who delivered the address and took questions, told the audience that helping the homeless was one of his top policy priorities. He said he supports proactive outreach teams, expanding emergency shelters and more permanent […]

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An Effort to Educate the Public About Housing for the Homeless

Mona Field, a resident of Eagle Rock, is undertaking an effort to educate the community about housing the homeless. Ms. Field is the 1st vice president of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, the local chapter of the national organization dedicated to engaging citizens in decisions that affect their lives. The L.A. chapter […]

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Glassell Park Neighborhood Council Gets New Leaders

The Glassell Park Neighborhood Council is reconstituting itself after resignations earlier this year left it without a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. The council was also short on non-officer members. The new president is Karin Davalos, who ran her first meeting on Mar. 20. The new vice-president is Brian Frobisher. A secretary, Andrew Ageuro, and […]

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