A public meeting on proposals to improve Eagle Rock Boulevard, scheduled for Dec. 15, has been delayed until February. The proposals are part of “Rock the Boulevard,” an improvement effort first launched in 2018. The meeting delay came after Councilmember Kevin de Leon did not agree to a request from Richard Loew, president of the […]Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson
Eating out is in again and Northeast Los Angeles is a dining hot spot, according to L.A.’s restaurant reviewers. Here’s a rundown:
Bub and Grandma’s in Glassell Park and Dunsmoor, also in Glassell Park, have made the lists of best new restaurants in L.A. by Eater L.A., the Infatuation and Timeout.com.Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson
Dunsmoor, a new restaurant in Glassell Park, became the target of anti-gentrification graffiti and protests on Wednesday, the day of its opening, the Los Angeles Times is reporting. More here.Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), located in East Hollywood, was recently ranked the #1 children’s hospital in California by U.S. News and World Report. That’s good news for Northeast L.A., because Children’s Hospital L.A. is only a short ride from NELA. The top-notch treatment at Children’s Hospital L.A. includes behavioral and […]Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson Sixteen works of art by 14 local artists now grace the concrete “K-Rail” barriers along the east side of North Figueroa Street between Avenue 59 and Avenue 60. Conceived and spearheaded by Arroyo Arts Collective, the project, dubbed “Good Fences,” is the collective’s latest effort to connect the creative community to the […]Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson
Following a prolonged closure due to the pandemic, the Glassell Park Senior Center celebrated a grand reopening on May 5.
Hosted by Councilmember Gil Cedillo, the celebration included lunch, music by the Susie Hansen Latin Band trio, giveaways of produce and groceries and resource information tables. Click the photo to learn more about the reopening ceremony.Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson
A coalition of individuals and organizations in Highland Park has failed in its effort to block the development of a massive apartment building at the entrance to the neighborhood’s historic Garvanza district.
The defeat came on Thursday when the City Planning Commissioners voted 8-0 to reject the coalition’s appeal of an earlier decision by the city to approve the development, to be built near the intersection of York Boulevard and Avenue 64.Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson Raul Macías, Founder of Anahuak Youth Soccer Association, Carl Matthes, President of the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA), and the Tritch family, whose members own Eagle Rock’s Tritch Hardware and the Boulevard Sentinel, were honored this week for their service to Northeast Los Angeles at a luncheon given by Kiwanis International. […]Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson Eagle Rock is about to get a third cannabis store – and that has ticked off the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. At a meeting on Feb. 1, the ERNC was upset that they had only found out about the new shop from billboards in Eagle Rock and word of mouth. That would […]Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson Imad Boukai, the Orange County businessman who owns the Pillarhenge site in Eagle Rock, has entered into a contract to sell the property. Located at 1332 Colorado Boulevard, Pillarhenge had been on the market for 12 days before the contract was signed on Dec. 18. The asking price was $2.99 million, though […]Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson StreetsLA held the first of two briefings on Sunday on the planned $16 million makeover of Eagle Rock Boulevard that is to take place from now to completion in 2025. About 40 Eagle Rockers attended the Zoom meeting on the project, dubbed “Rock the Blvd.” While many of the safety and beautification […]Continue Reading
By Mary Lynch The Los Angeles Times has given shout outs to several shops in Northeast Los Angeles this holiday season. Acorn and Folia Collective in Eagle Rock and Prelude & Dawn in Highland Park have made the Times’ list of shops in in L.A. where you can find the “perfect holiday gift.” The Juicy […]Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson
The Glendale City Council gave Glendale Water and Power the go-ahead on Tuesday to build a biogas power plant at the Scholl Canyon landfill in the hills above Eagle Rock. The plant will convert methane from decaying garbage into electricity for Glendale.
The vote on the five-member City Council was 3-2.Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson
In an exemplary display of cooperation between community leaders and state and local officials, $7.5 million has been secured to upgrade three soccer fields and other facilities at Rio de Los Angeles State Park in Cypress Park. To know more about the improvements to the Park both to the playing fields and the related park facilities, read on.Continue Reading
By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia and T.A. Hendrickson
Franklin High School in Highland Park is calm this afternoon after a call to the LAPD on Friday morning reported a shooter on campus.Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson The Glendale Planning Commission has voted unanimously to reject the proposal by Glendale Water and Power to build a biogas power plant at the Scholl Canyon landfill in the hills above Eagle Rock. The rejection of the proposal is a victory for residents of Glendale and Eagle Rock who have organized into […]Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson
A coalition of organizations and individuals in Highland Park is appealing the city’s approval of a controversial apartment development at N. Avenue 64 near York Boulevard in Highland Park’s historic Garvanza district.
The development, approved by the City Planning Department on September 16, calls for a three-story building measuring nearly 60,000 square feetContinue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson
City Councilmember Kevin de León broke ground on Wednesday on a 48-unit pallet shelter community for the homeless in Eagle Rock. De Leon was joined by city agency officials, community leaders and advocates for the homeless, who took turns at the podium to talk about their aims for the site, namely, to provide the homeless in Eagle Rock with temporary shelter and social services to help them transition to permanent housing.Continue Reading
By Mary Lynch The 8th annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival opens Friday night, Oct. 1, with red carpet fanfare and a screening of the feature, “Playing with Fire,” a exploration of the life and art of Carlos Almaraz (1941-1989), a towering Chicano artist who lived and worked in Highland Park and other L.A. […]Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson
Northeast Los Angeles is one small corner of L.A. But NELA residents, especially Eagle Rockers, dominated a citywide meeting on Sept. 13 of the L.A. City Council Redistricting Commission, the group that is charged with re-drawing L.A.’s city council maps in accordance with public testimony and new census data.
About half of some 40 commenters at the meeting were Eagle Rockers, all of whom made the same overarching points: Continue reading for details.Continue Reading
By Bill Hendrickson Councilmember Kevin de León led a small parade of schoolchildren from St. Dominic’s across and back at Eagle Rock Boulevard and Merton Avenue this morning, demonstrating Eagle Rock’s new, state-of-the-art HAWK pedestrian crossing system. The HAWK – which stands for High Intensity Activated Crosswalk – performed as advertised: When the pedestrian button […]Continue Reading
By T.A. Hendrickson The plan to build small, prefabricated shelter units for the homeless in the Eagle Rock Rec Center overflow parking lot on N. Figueroa Street will come before the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners on Thursday, June 17. The five-member Board is expected to approve the plan, championed by CD 14 Councilmember […]Continue Reading
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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.
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
HHPNC is on path rebuilding its Board and Land Use Committee. It’s making progress.Continue Reading
Eloquence and Patriotism combine in this moving piece by Stephen Vincent Benét.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
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.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
“No fault” evictions are banned for the rest of 2019Continue Reading
Project Faces One More Hurdle Before Breaking GroundContinue Reading
2910 San Fernando Road is a case study in why and what we have to do better.Continue Reading
See how our local NELA elected officials voted. You may be surprised.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
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
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
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
Here’s the latest on the Real Estate Developments we’ve been following 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
The Sixth Amendment guarantees the rights of criminal defendants. Do you know what those guarantees are?
The Fifth Amendment creates a number of rights relevant to both criminal and civil legal proceedings. It covers a lot of individual protections. Read about them here.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures
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
Protests in Glendale Over the Grayson Power Plant Hold Lessons for NELA on Scholl. Read here about the power of resident advocacy.Continue Reading
Amendment III No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. Per Cornell Law School: There has been no Supreme Court explication of this Amendment, which was obviously one guarantee indicating […]Continue Reading
Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. [give_form id=”10189″]Continue Reading
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. [give_form id=”10189″]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. Read about the latest developments here.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 . . . . . . . . .
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
There are no completion dates in sight for some of the area’s most prominent developments, both private and public.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
The academic decathletes from Franklin High School in Highland Park placed sixth among 68 schools in the recent California state finals of the Academic Decathlon.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
The push is on to build two new athletic fields in Rio de Los Angeles State Park in Cypress Park and to upgrade the park’s existing soccer fields. The price tag: An estimated $6 million . . . .Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
Election Comes at a Critical Time by T.A. Hendrickson Every election is important. But the special election on March 5 for Los Angeles school board is especially important to Northeast L.A. At stake is the open seat to represent Board District 5, which includes NELA. The person who fills the seat will take on […]Continue Reading
The rain came down this morning as striking teachers and their supporters showed up on picket lines in front of public schools throughout NELA. Here are some photos taken at Eagle Rock Elementary this morning: Here’s a photo of a Dad in front of Franklin High School about 10am this morning. He’s holding the ground […]Continue Reading
Teachers and their supporters were out in force again today, in the rain, again. In Eagle Rock that meant a noisy demonstration, not a celebration. The teachers I spoke to said they would rather be in the classroom — with an acceptable contract — than on the picket line. They have been working without a contract […]Continue Reading
For a while now, when brokers have been asked, “How’s the market?” some of them have answered by saying, “It’s adjusting.” The question about the direction of the market comes from people who have thinking about selling and are wondering if they may have missed a peak in prices. It also comes from people who […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
The L.A. Times has reported that CD14 City Councilmember Jose Huizar and members of his staff asked real estate developers, billboard companies and other entities with business before the City Council to donate money to Salesian Catholic High School in Boyle Heights while Mr. Huizar’s wife, Richelle Huizar, was a paid fundraiser at the school. […]Continue Reading
A Federal Reserve survey showed that 40% of American families would have trouble handling an unexpected $400 expense. And, that’s not just lower-income families. Read on.Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
Obama Drove Here Roughly five-miles of the 134 freeway, including the stretch in Eagle Rock between Pasadena and Glendale, is now officially the “President Barack H. Obama Highway.” Two large freeway signs announcing the new name were unveiled on Dec. 20, one on westbound 134 at Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena […]Continue Reading
For the most part, businesses and landlords in Northeast Los Angeles and the rest of the city have had no choice but to accept the higher costs and new procedures imposed by RecycLA, the city’s commercial trash-hauling system in effect since July 2017. But at a recent meeting of the committee on Energy, Climate Change […]Continue Reading
Construction on the Pillarhenge site in Eagle Rock is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019. The building is expected to have the same overall “Love Boat” size and shape as originally proposed (see rendering at upper right), but will be configured differently on the inside to have 31 units in total (versus […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
Judson International School 1495 Colorado Blvd. | Eagle Rock After 28 years in Pasadena, Judson International School, a private, non-denominational K-12 Christian school, has relocated to the school building on the campus of the Eagle Rock Baptist Church. Nearly a third of the school’s 100 students are international and its curriculum, taught by 19 faculty […]Continue Reading
Three New Businesses in NELA are featured this month – Plant Material is a dream shop for eco-sensitive gardeners, Relentless is a new bar and restaurant beautifully outfitted with both open-air and balcony seating, and Touch is a boutique for art supplies that selects, curates, displays and demonstrates them. These are great addtions to NELA. Read more about them here.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
Coffee House with a MissionRicardo Cruz, who grew up on a coffee farm in Guatemala, and Stephen Kia, who grew up in Nigeria where his parents were Christian missionaries, have opened the Rock Coffee House at 4808 Townsend Avenue (at Yosemite Drive). They buy coffee from Guatemala and elsewhere, employ local college and high school […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
Great Clips Great Clips, a walk-in hair salon, opened on Aug. 25 in the Sprouts shopping plaza in Eagle Rock, offering hair cuts for men, women, boys and girls at the affordable price of $6.99 per cut. There are 10 stylists on staff to keep wait time short. Great Clips is a nationwide franchise with […]Continue Reading
August 3 was the deadline in Glendale for energy professionals to submit proposals on how Glendale could switch to renewable resources for generating electricity. In all, 34 proposals were received and are now under review, with a public presentation of the review findings expected around mid-October, according to Steven Zurn, the general manager for Glendale […]Continue Reading
The methane gas from decaying trash at the Scholl Canyon landfill in the hills above Eagle Rock is being “flared,” or burned off, the Boulevard Sentinel has learned. Contrary to common belief, the methane is no longer being used to make electricity at the Grayson Power Plant in Glendale. From an environmental point of view, […]Continue Reading
NELA’s City Councilmember, José Huizar, engulfed in legal problems, has all but disappeared from public view. In September and October, Mr. Huizar was named in a personnel complaint and two lawsuits by former employees alleging various violations, including workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation. On Nov. 7, his home, City Hall office and field office in […]Continue Reading
The hotly debated real estate developments in NELA this year include the plan by the City of Los Angeles to build housing on five city-owned parking lots in Lincoln Heights and the proposal by StorQuest to build a huge storage facility in Eagle Rock. The Lincoln Heights project is moving ahead, basically on schedule. The […]Continue Reading
The sudden closure on Aug. 23 of the PUC iPrep Charter Academy in Eagle Rock disrupted the lives of 114 children who had started school there a few days earlier, provoking dismay and anger among their parents. It has also intensified the debate in NELA over charter schools versus traditional public schools just as […]Continue Reading
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, […]Continue Reading
It’s National Dog Day. Woof! Woof! Boulevard Sentinel contributor, Wendy Newell, put together this collage featuring some of The Real Dogs of the Rock @dogsoftherock on Instagram. Show off YOUR Pup. Post your favorite pic of your dog on the Boulevard Sentinel Facebook page.Continue Reading
TONIGHT: Free Concert in the Eagle Rock Park. 6pm to 8pm. The Jack Lantz Big Band – a 17 piece big band specializing in Swing Music from the 30’s through today. Come enjoy the music and Dance – a little or a lot!Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
The proposal to build a five-story, 85,000 square-foot, StorQuest self-storage facility at the west entrance to Eagle Rock has been moving through the city’s review process and could come before the City Council for a final decision as early as this fall. The public has until mid-August to weigh in on the proposal with the […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
When the Frank’s Camera building at 5715 N. Figueroa St. in Highland Park reopened in February after a lengthy renovation, the owner/developer, Engine Real Estate, intended it to be a gem in its growing portfolio of Los Angeles-based properties. That was then. On June 23, Frank’s and two other buildings in Highland Park owned by […]Continue Reading
My Vegan When Jaeda Ng chose to locate her second My Vegan restaurant in Eagle Rock, the decision was easy. At her restaurant in Pasadena, she said, “many of my customers were from Eagle Rock.” My Vegan does just what a great vegan restaurant should do. It surprises with its creative, Asian-inspired offerings, using familiar […]Continue Reading
“This is our worst nightmare.” Those were the words of Fernando Ochoa, the LAPD Senior Lead Officer for Eagle Rock, at a recent briefing before the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce. He was referring to the shoot-out on July 21 between police and an attempted-murder suspect at the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s and the announcement […]Continue Reading
The forlorn Taco Bell on Colorado Blvd. in Eagle Rock will soon see better and happier days, thanks to an agreement between Nader Ashoori, the owner of the Taco Bell, and The Eagle Rock Association (TERA), an improvement group. The agreement, which was reached with the help of staff from the office of Councilmember José […]Continue Reading