John Jude Snyder (1963 – 2021) is remembered for the fullness of his life despite a lifetime of physical challenges. | Photo courtesy of the Snyder family

Remembering: John Jude Snyder, 1963 – 2021

John Jude Snyder, the fourth of eight children in the loving family of Eldie and Elizabeth Snyder of Eagle Rock, a beloved teacher at St. Dominic’s School and an inspirational presence in his community, died on September 9. He was 58. John was blessed with a happy heart, remarkable intellect, and deeply contented spirit. Although […]

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City workers removed an unoccupied makeshift shelter from the northeast sidewalk of the homeless encampment on W. Broadway in Eagle Rock. An occupied shelter further down the sidewalk remains as do tents on the encampment's south sidewalk. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson/Boulevard Sentinel

Kevin de León oversees removal of a vacant makeshift shelter in Eagle Rock as debate over encampments escalates

By Bill Hendrickson

The large makeshift shelter on the northeast sidewalk of the W. Broadway homeless encampment in Eagle Rock has been removed.  Further down the sidewalk from the former makeshift shelter, an occupied tent remains as do tents on W. Broadway’s south sidewalk. Why only a partial clean-up? Read more.

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Northeast LA residents at Eagle Rock City Hall for the Public Hearing on CD-14 | Photo: Kevin de León Facebook page.

Redistricting and the future of NELA’s Council District 14

By Bill Hendrickson At a recent public meeting on the upcoming redistricting of Council District 14, most of the 105 commenters voiced the same sentiments: All communities in CD 14 wanted to stay in CD 14 and neighborhoods where representation is split between CD 14 and other council districts wanted to be redistricted into a […]

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Security camera footage of suspects in murder of Rite Aid employee | Photo from LAPD

Suspect is arrested in killing of Rite Aid clerk in Glassell Park

Update, July 27:  The LAPD has issued a statement saying that Anthony Lemus, 20, was arrested Monday on suspicion of murdering Miguel Penaloza, 36, a clerk in the Rite Aid store in Glassell Park. The fatal shooting of Penaloza occurred on July 15, when he confronted two men who were leaving the store without paying […]

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As the pace of vaccinations has slowed, the Delta variant has become more widespread. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson/Boulevard Sentinel

About one third of NELA residents age 16 and up remain unvaccinated

By Bill Hendrickson

The QueensCare COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic scheduled for July 9 at St. Dominic Church in Eagle Rock has been canceled due to low turnout at a previous vaccination clinic in June.

Low demand for the vaccine locally comes at a time when nearly 30% of the people in Eagle Rock age 16 and older have not yet been vaccinated, according to the latest data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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The new eldercare facility will span the block from Yosemite Drive to Fair Park Avenue on the east side of Eagle Rock Blvd. | Rendering from Panorama Group

Large eldercare facility to be built in Eagle Rock

By Bill Hendrickson The proposal to build a large eldercare facility in Eagle Rock has gained the approval of the Los Angeles City Planning department. The go-ahead from the city effectively clears the way for construction of the facility, to be located on Eagle Rock Boulevard from Yosemite Drive to Fair Park Avenue. The facility […]

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Details finalized for public meeting on Eagle Rock pallet shelter site for the homeless

By T.A. Hendrickson Union Station Homeless Services, the nonprofit that will administer Eagle Rock’s pallet shelter community for the homeless, has released details about the upcoming Zoom meeting to discuss the project. The meeting — on Wednesday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — will be hosted by Union Station in partnership with […]

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A portion of the new play area at Sycamore Grove Park | Photo by Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

A new children’s playground opens at Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park

By Bill Hendrickson

Just in time for summer, Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park has a new children’s play area with rubber safety resurfacing and shade toppers to help keep kids cool at play.

And that’s just the start of many improvements that await. Keep reading to know more.

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La Mujer de Aztlán, 1976, by Judithe Hernández and Carlos Almaraz, two of many now-renowned artists who were associated with Mechicano Art Center and Centro de Arte Público in Highland Park. | University of Southern California Digital Library /Photo: Robin Dunitz

City moves closer to official recognition for Highland Park’s Chicano heritage

By Bill Hendrickson

The drive to gain recognition for Highland Park’s pivotal role in the Chicano Art Movement of the 1970s is entering a critical phase — and you can help ensure that the neighborhood gets the recognition it deserves. You can make a difference. Read how and why here.

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Visitors can now tour the interiors of the Victorian mansions at Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights | Photo courtesy of Heritage Square Museum

Happening now: Art and culture in NELA

By Pablo Nuykaya-Petralia
Deadlines are approaching to participate in the Highland Park Independent Film Festival and the L.A. River Public Art Project, so act soon if you want to enter.
Local museums, including the Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights and the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington, continue to reopen, revealing treasures from eras past.

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Metro options for Colorado Boulevard on the table today in a key meeting

By T.A. Hendrickson

May 19: At a meeting today of the Metro Board Planning and Programming committee, Metro staff will present two options for a bus rapid transit (BRT) route through Eagle Rock and ask the committee to advance both options to the next planning stage for the proposed North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT line.

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The Stronghold Climbing Gym in Lincoln Heights, shuttered during the pandemic, has reopened at limited capacity for now but with hopes for a full recovery. | Photo courtesy of Stronghold Climbing Gym

Death, near death … and revival? Local businesses reflect on the year that was and the year ahead

By Anthony Solis Sierra and Mira Tarabeine
The pandemic has forever altered the local business landscape.

Some businesses are gone for good. Others have hung in there.

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Two new flashing beacons now signal pedestrian crossings at North Figueroa St and Avenue 60 in Highland Park. | Photo by Bill Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

Crossing the street just got safer in NELA

By Bill Hendrickson

Just in time for the reopening of schools, rapid rectangular flashing beacons were installed this week at three pedestrian crossings in Northeast L.A. Here’s where the new-and-improved crossings are and how they came to be.

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Part of a line of people waiting to get a COVID-19 vaccination at the Glassell Park pop-up | Photo by Bill Hendrickson/BoulevardSentinel

On the Road to Immunity in Northeast Los Angeles

By Bill Hendrickson

Nearly 3,000 people in Northeast Los Angeles received their first Covid-19 vaccine shots at recent pop up vaccination sites in Highland Park and Glassell Park.

The sites were sponsored by NELA’s city councilmembers: Kevin de Leon of Council District 14 and Gil Cedillo of Council District 1. (Click the photo above to read more.)

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The socially distant line starting to form at the COVID-19 vaccination site in Highland Park sponsored by Council District 14. | Photo by Matthew Reagan

After a year of COVID-19, vaccines arrive in NELA

By Dafna Erana and Jamie Martinez  

COVID-19 vaccines have come to Northeast Los Angeles.  

From now through March 6, eligible residents of Council District 14 can get vaccinated at the L.A. Police Museum in Highland Park.  Interested? To know more, click on the photo above.

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Rendering of the proposed development at the corner of N. Avenue 64 and Garvanza Street in the Garvanza section of Highland Park | Rendering by SKYA Ventures.

Garvanza development hits a roadblock

By Bill Hendrickson The proposal to build an imposing, three-story apartment building at N. Avenue 64 and Garvanza Street failed to win a crucial approval on Tuesday. The developers of the project, Skya Ventures, were seeking a “Certificate of Compatibility” with the Highland Park-Garvanza Overlay Zone (HPOZ), a set of  guidelines on historic preservation and […]

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This photo by Leo Phillips of the Cortines School of Visual Arts took first place in the High Res photography competition. | Photo courtesy of CD 1.

Winners announced in high school photography contest to document local impact of COVID-19

By Bill Hendrickson City Councilmember Gil Cedillo has announced the winners in “High Res 2020,” a photography competition that challenged local high school students to portray the impact of COVID-19 on their families, friends, classes and communities. Leo Phillips, a freshman at Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown L.A., took first place. […]

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Huizar Former Aide to Plead Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charge

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District of California FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Former Aide to L.A. City Councilmember Agrees to Plead Guilty to RICO Charge Stemming from ‘Pay-to-Play’ Corruption Scheme           LOS ANGELES – The former special assistant to a member of the Los Angeles City Council has agreed to plead guilty […]

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California to Provide $75 Million in Disaster Relief Assistance for Undocumented Immigrants

Undocumented immigrants impacted by the corornavirus shutdown can now apply for cash assistance from the state of California — $500 per adult up to $1,000 for a household. In Los Angeles, the following organizations are handling applications for disaster relief assistance for undocumented immigrants. Note: Be prepared for high call volume. Los Angeles Central American […]

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Ramona Sierra (left) and Suzanna Bermudez when they aappeared at a City Planning hearing in May of 2019 to ask to be able to stay in their homes | Photo by Bill Hendrickson

It took a pandemic, but the City of Los Angeles has created more tenant security against eviction and rent increases

By Bill Hendrickson

It took a pandemic, but two Eagle Rock seniors living under threat of eviction for more than a year have gotten a reprieve.

Ramona Sierra, 91, and her 66-year old neighbor, Suzanna Bermudez, have lived in their rent-controlled bungalows at 4542-4544 Eagle Rock Boulevard for 41 years and 10 years, respectively. In December 2018, they learned that the new owner of the bungalows was proceeding with re-development plans that could lead to their eviction. READ MORE

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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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