When I first saw this issue of the Boulevard Sentinel all put together, it occurred to me that many of the stories in its pages could have gone on the front page.
T.A. Hendrickson, the editor of the Boulevard Sentinel, told me that the fire in Eagle Rock and Glendale bumped a story about the Southwest Museum (page 4) off the cover and the Scholl Canyon story competed with Crime (page 6) for top billing.
There’s lot of local news and the paper is trying its best to cover it!
For starters, I want to acknowledge our firefighters. There’s no doubt that we are safe and sound today because of their handling of the fire on August 25. One note: Our local fire stations are in LAFD’s Central Bureau. Mary Lynch, who wrote our story, showed me that the firefighter response to the Aug. 25 fire was under the leadership of Incident Commander Assistant Chief Kristina Kepner, a 19-year LAFD veteran who became the assistant chief at Operations Central Bureau in March. Go, team!
I think it’s also important to note that the temperature (no pun intended) went down at the Metro meeting on August 7, compared to earlier meetings on the subject in Eagle Rock. It’s good to see elected officials putting their time and effort into meeting with Eagle Rockers.
On the day this issue was going to print (we still have print deadlines, though you can also read us at boulevardsentinel.com). Anyway, on the day this issue was going to print, there was a big news story about President Trump rolling back environmental rules on methane. As you’ll see when you read the front page story on the landfill at Scholl Canyon, methane is a big issue there. At least everyone around here seems to be in agreement that methane has to be regulated. The debate in our area is about the best way to process the methane. Whatever is decided will impact the environment for a long time.
So, here’s the point in my letter where I urge you to get out and have some fun. There are recommendations for art and performance on page 16 and lots of things to do on page 18, including a pop-up boutique in Cypress Park and celebrations and festivals to mark Mexican Independence Day and the end of summer.
And, there are 63 advertisers in this issue, each of whom would love to see you. Please patronize them. Without them, you would not be reading this right now.