This Metro rendering shows two eastbound lanes on Colorado Boulevard merged into one at Eagle Rock Boulevard.

Lane reductions on Colorado Blvd. approved by Metro Board of Directors

By T.A. Hendrickson

Metro’s recommendation to reduce much of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to one traffic lane in each direction will come before the Metro Board of Directors at its regular board meeting on Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m.

The Board will consider the lane reductions as part of its review and potential certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report on Metro’s planned bus rapid transit line between North Hollywood and Pasadena

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Sponsored Content: Rep. Karen Bass, Endorsed by EAPD, Comes to Eagle Rock May 14

Public service with a smile and a spine is something Westsiders have been electing Karen Bass to deliver for 20 years. Now as she runs for Mayor, residents of Northeast L.A. are getting our first chance to consider her as a candidate. 

On Saturday, May 14, from 3 to 5 pm, members of East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD) are hosting a reception in Eagle Rock so that local residents can meet Rep. Bass. Space is outside and limited. Click on the image above for details about registration for the event and more.

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Under Metro's recommended plan, Colorado Boulevard will have one traffic lane each way from Eagle Rock Boulevard to Linda Rosa Avenue. This Metro rendering from 2021 shows two eastbound lanes merged into one at Eagle Rock Boulevard.

Losing lanes on Colorado: How we got here, what comes next

By T.A. Hendrickson Metro’s plan to reduce much of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to one traffic lane each way was approved on Wednesday by the Planning and Programming committee of the Metro Board of Directors. The lane reductions are a feature of the Metro bus rapid transit (BRT) route through Eagle Rock on the […]

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Eric Warren of the Eagle Rock Historical Society. Los Angeles, CA. April 7, 2022. Grace Meadows/The Occidental

Eric Warren, local historian compares and connects the past with the present

Want to know more about Eagle Rock, check in with the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society and Eric Warren, in particular. Warren said he started to work in local history in 2004 after he discovered some archives that were moved from Eagle Rock City Hall, he’s written the books about Eagle Rock and continues updating the Eagle Rock story to this day. Read more about Warren here.

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Colorado/Eagle Rock Transition to one travel lane | Metro Presentation

Lane reductions on Colorado Boulevard to be voted on Wednesday in key Metro Board committee

By T.A. Hendrickson The Metro proposal to reduce much of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to one traffic lane each way will come up for a vote on Wednesday, April 20 in the Planning and Programming Committee of the Metro Board of Directors. The committee vote will be followed next week by a vote on […]

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Leandro Cano and Tania Verafield in “Anna in the Tropics” at A Noise Within | Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Get to know: Tania Verafield

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia

When you see Tania Verafield at Swork Coffee or Trader Joe’s or other Eagle Rock venues, she is one of those people you think you have met before, because, in a way, you very well may have. 

Verafield, 39, is an actor who moved to Eagle Rock from Echo Park when she was 10. She started acting locally as a child. Today she stars in “Anna in the Tropics,” a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Nilo Cruz at A Noise Within Theater in Pasadena. It’s a “must” see at an intimate “off-Broadway” theatre. Read on if you like, but get tickets now – the play moves on after this Sunday, April 17.

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Imagine getting a card like this if you are a senior living alone. | Photo complements of Margaret Irwin

Eagle Rock kids show seniors the love

By Margaret Irwin,
Elder Director, Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council

One tangible outcome that we have learned from the constraints of a pandemic is that we can be at home (or school) and make a positive difference in another person’s life with the smallest of gestures. A gesture such as a handmade card can be more than the simple act of kindness.

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The buyer of this $1.16 million home in Glassell Park moved fast and paid a premium: The home was off the market within eight days of being listed and sold for 7% more than the asking price.

High demand and low supply continue to drive NELA home prices skyward

By Jeffery Marino

The latest data for home sales in Northeast Los Angeles show a hot, tight market that just keeps getting hotter and tighter.

The hot, tight conditions fave buyers in a frenzy. What could cool the market in NELA? Click on the photo above to find out.

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Manifestaciones como esta en Los Ángeles en marzo generó conciencia y llamó para el fin del odio mientras aumenta la violencia contra personas de origen asiático. | Foto: Ringo Chiu/AFP/Getty Images

Los asiáticos americanos en NELA hablan de los delitos de odio contra los asiáticos

Por Indie Lau y Anthony Solis Sierra Leer en inglés Traducido por Eduardo Garcia y Nicole Ríos Mientras comunidades a través de los Estados Unidos continúan a luchar en contra de los delitos de odio contra personas de origen asiático, los asiáticos americanos en NELA han sido asustados — pero no sorprendidos — por la virulencia y la violencia. “Yo sabía que se […]

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EAPD member Mia Livas Porter (left), a voter in Elysian Valley, joined in volunteer work to encourage her neighbors to cast ballots safely by mail. Here she gets to celebrate election victory with friends including Hans Johnson, President of Eastern Area Progressive Democrats | Photo courtesy of Hans Johnson.

Sponsored Content: Change Sweeps Elysian Valley as Women Leaders Win Election with Support of East Area Progressive Democrats

SPONSORED CONTENT FROM THE EAST AREA PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS Score one for community organizing to bring change to a Neighborhood Council that had lost its way, and for an Eastside L.A. community that believed it could do better.  On April 13, the L.A. City Clerk announced the first tabulation of ballots in the election for 14 […]

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As anti-Asian violence escalated in the past month, demonstrations like this one in Los Angeles in March raised awareness and called for a stop to the hate. | Photo: Ringo Chiu/AFP/Getty Images

Asian Americans in NELA talk about anti-Asian hate crimes

Leer en espańol By Indie Lau and Anthony Solis Sierra As communities across the United States continue to grapple with anti-Asian hate crimes, Asian Americans in Northeast Los Angeles have been alarmed — but not surprised — by the vitriol and violence. “I knew it would escalate to Asian Americans getting hurt,” said Mia Livas […]

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Metro’s rendering of the one-car-lane-each-way proposal for Colorado Boulevard shows one car driving east toward Maywood Avenue and one parked car. The reality would be more crowded conditions for cars, though bicyclists and pedestrians would benefit.

Metro to present proposal to reduce much of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to one car lane each way

By T.A. Hendrickson

The push is on for a bus rapid transit (BRT) route through Eagle Rock that would reduce Colorado Boulevard to one car lane each way between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Mount Helena Avenue.

Metro will present the one-car-lane-each-way proposal at a public Zoom meeting on April 1. Read More.

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Artwork by Nicola L. on display at the Huntington as part of the "Made in LA 2020: a version" exhibition. | Photo by Joshua White/ JWPictures.com

Art and opera in NELA this week

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia

A new exhibition opens and opera returns this week, along with several ongoing cultural events in NELA: You can view the work of contemporary local artists at Bermudez Projects in Cypress Park, the Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park and the Huntington Art Museum in San Marino. You can even enter your own art in a juried art show in Elysian Valley. Here’s the latest.

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“Solo el pueblo salva el pueblo:” organizadores planean un evento para honrar a los jornaleros fallecidos

Por Zach Goodwin To Read in English Traducido por Eduardo Garcia y Jackson Eddy  El ruido de la herramienta reverberaba a través de la yarda del hogar de Pablo Alvarado en Pasadena la mañana del 16 de abril. Miembros de su organización, Red Nacional de Jornaleras y Jornaleros (NDLON por sus siglas en inglés), y jornaleros […]

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Arson and assault charges have been filed -- and not-guilty pleas entered -- in connection with the hillside fire in Eagle Rock and Glendale on August 25, 2019. | Photo by Jennifer Hase

Not-guilty plea entered in 2019 attack on homeless encampment in Eagle Rock and resulting hillside fire

By T.A. Hendrickson Daniel Nogueira, 27, pleaded not guilty on April 14 to felony charges connected to an attack in 2019 on the homeless encampment under the 2 Freeway in Eagle Rock and a resulting fire that scorched 45 hillside acres in Eagle Rock and Glendale. Specifically, Nogueira has been charged with arson, using an […]

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The memorial shrine to Andres “Andy” Sierra at the W. Broadway homeless encampment under the 2 Freeway, Feb. 28, 2021. | Photo by Jane Demian

Homeless man in Eagle Rock encampment died of drug overdose, coroner finds

By T.A. Hendrickson  “Acute methamphetamine toxicity” caused the death of Andres Sierra, 62, the homeless man who died on February 23 in the encampment under the 2 Freeway in Eagle Rock.  In reporting the cause of death, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner also noted that Sierra had other significant medical conditions, including heart disease. […]

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At long last, students will be allowed to return to LAUSD schools starting the week of April 12. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

Schools to reopen in NELA but ‘back to normal’ it’s not

By Dafna Erana and Angela Guglielmino  Three elementary schools in Northeast Los Angeles — Dahlia Heights in Eagle Rock, Aragon Avenue in Cypress Park and Loreto Street in Montecito Heights — are among the 61 elementary schools that will reopen to students the week of April 12. The remaining elementary schools in the L.A. Unified […]

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Photo: Zach Goodwin/The Occidental

‘Solo el pueblo salva el pueblo:’ organizers plan event to honor fallen day laborers

By Zach Goodwin

The sound of power tools reverberated through the backyard of Pablo Alvarado’s Pasadena home the morning of April 16 as members of his organization, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and local jornaleros, or day laborers, sculpted and sanded 600 wooden crosses. Each one represented 1,000 souls, adding up to the approximately 600,000 who have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. since March 2020.

Nearly 23,000 of those deaths have been in LA County, according to the health department, where the virus has killed Latinx residents at nearly three times the rate of white ones. Jornaleros — predominantly Latino and immigrant men who negotiate manual labor jobs day by day — have been particularly vulnerable.

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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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Stronghold Climbing Gym en Lincoln Heights, cerrado durante la pandemia, ha reabierto por ahora con una capacidad limitada pero con ganas de una recuperación completa | Foto cortesía de Stronghold Climbing Gym

¿Muerte, cerca de la muerte… y renacimiento? Los negocios locales reflexionan en el año que fue y el año que viene

Read in English Por Anthony Solis Sierra y Mira Tarabeine Traducido por Jackson Eddy y Nicole Ríos [Nota del editor: Esta es la primera de una serie de perfiles examinando el precio de la pandemia en negocios locales.] La pandemia ha alterado para siempre el panorama para los negocios locales. Algunos negocios se han ido […]

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Daniel Duarte (left) Was the Victim of a Random Shooting in a Homeless Encampment. His Family (right) Tells His Story.

Highland Park resident Darlin Duarte stood behind the line of television cameras and quietly watched the LAPD news conference that identified two gang members suspected of killing her twin brother, 31-year-old Daniel Duarte, as he slept in a tent in a homeless encampment.    When asked if she wanted to join the detectives and speak […]

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Big Investments for a School, a Church and a Park in NELA

Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park, St. Dominic Catholic Church in Eagle Rock and the Eagle Rock Recreation Center have something in common. They are all on the receiving end of large sums, totaling some $5 million, to improve the buildings and spaces that support their work in Northeast Los Angeles. At Franklin and […]

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Kudos

The Academic Decathlon team at Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park took fourth place in the statewide competition in Sacramento on Mar. 25. There are 700 decathlon teams in the state and 66 make it to the state level. The teams are made up of nine members, include three A-students, three B- students and […]

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Fires and the People Who Fight Them

On March 19, 1964, nine homes in Eagle Rock were destroyed by a fire that blew in from Glendale and scorched the hills. Seven other homes were heavily damaged. Evacuations were ordered as fire companies converged to defend homes near the hills. The Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society will show newly-acquired footage of this event […]

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Buy a Book, Have a Muffin

Friends of the Eagle Rock Library, a non-profit volunteer group that works to support the local branch, will hold a used book sale at the library (5027 Caspar Ave, at Chickasaw) on Saturday, Apr 28. from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be books for children, teens and adults, most of them for $2 […]

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Hunt for Bargains

Occidental Presbyterian is holding its annual rummage sale on April 6 and April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the church (corner of Eagle Rock Blvd. and York Blvd). Clean rummage, vintage items, plants, and homemade baked goods will be available, as well a hearty chili or soup. For more information, […]

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Ask Lionel : Compassion or Anger? Conflicting Emotions About Homeless People

Witnessing the plight of the homeless is heartbreaking. But on days when the concerns of my life require my full attention, I can find myself becoming irrtated and then mad at the people in tents, on the sidewalks and offramps, or living in cars and RVs. One day I wish I could save them and […]

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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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Ref Rodriguez, Facing Charges, Is Set to Cast Big Votes on School Board

As early as this April, the Los Angeles Board of Education will decide on the next superintendent to lead the city’s schools and on labor contract terms for public school teachers.    On May 9, Ref Rodriguez, the school board representative for Northeast Los Angeles, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on charges of perjury, […]

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April 2018

It was a news heavy month. As we prepared to go to print for the April edition, the police identified two suspects in the murder in January of Daniel Duarte, a homeless man, in Montecito Heights. In a debut article for the Boulevard Sentinel, veteran journalist Diana Martinez Chavez covered the LAPD press conference for […]

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