Sponsored Content: Local Guidance Helps Voters Cast Complete Ballot

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Did you open your ballot? There are seven pages of choices to make. For members of East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD), those choices are a lot easier, based on the club’s very helpful Ballot Guide.

Now, with mail-in voting under way, the EAPD recommendations for voting are among the most sought out by Angelenos citywide. Club endorsements reflect months of interviews and votes by hundreds of members. 

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Sponsored Content: Councilmember Gil Cedillo Is A Safer Choice for Los Angeles City Council District 1

I am Councilmember Gil Cedillo, and I am asking for your vote for the Los Angeles City Council, District 1.

I have a history of servant leadership whose priority is to keep your neighborhood clean, safe, and secure. I have an unmatched record in social and environmental justice, protecting immigrants, and standing up for the rights of women, working families, and members of the LGBTQ community.

Since I have been in office, my district has been #1 in building affordable housing, workforce housing, and market-rate housing and much more. Please read on.

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Councilmember Gil Cedillo offering groceries to seniors at Glassell Park Senior Center Grand Reopening.

Glassell Park Senior Center celebrates grand re-opening

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.

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Final drawing of the proposed development on Avenue 64 near York Boulevard, as approved by L.A. City Planning.

Garvanza development is a go, despite community opposition

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.

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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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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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Carolyn Cole and Yovanny Martinez at the award ceremony today at Academia Avance in Highland Park | Photo by Alexandra Epstein for the Boulevard Sentinel)

Eleven NELA Student Photographers win CD-1 Hi Res Photo Contest

By Alexandra Epstein

The winners of Councilmember Gil Cedillo’s second annual photo competition were announced yesterday.  

 “What is your new normal?” asked the Councilmember of photographers enrolled in high schools located in Council District One. Over 100 students from 11 high schools submitted their artwork. Click here to see who finished first and the photo art submitted by all eleven finalists.

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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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Maria Elena Ramirez says that after living in an Eagle Rock encampment for more than two years, she's "really excited" for a fresh start in the neighborhood's new tiny home village. | Photos by Joel Sappell

Big hopes for tiny homes, but the reality on the ground: ‘It’s Messy’

By Joel Sappell and Dominic Massimino   Maria Elena Ramirez has found purpose in her community along the street.   Wearing surgical gloves, she gently picks up syringes around her Eagle Rock encampment, drops them into a plastic container and gives them to a nonprofit healthcare provider that rolls up every Friday at 11 a.m. with a […]

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The hillside fire in Eagle Rock and Glendale on August 25, 2019 was set when a firework was thrown into the homeless encampment under the 2 Freeway | Photo by Jennifer Hase

No trial or possible jail for accused in attack on homeless in 2019 that set fire to the hills above Eagle Rock; judge approves mental health treatment instead

By T.A. Hendrickson

Daniel Nogueira, 28, who threw a lit firework into the homeless encampment under the 2 Freeway in Eagle Rock in 2019, injuring two and setting the hills afire, will be placed in a mental-health treatment program rather than face trial and possible jail, the judge in the case said today.

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Glenn Tritch holds the Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award presented by Linda Allen (in red blazer) to the Tritch Family of Eagle Rock. Members of the Tritch family (from left) George Jimenez, Barbara (Tritch) Jimenez, Teresa Tritch Hendrickson, Kim Barnett, Glenn Tritch, John Tritch, Gail (Tritch) Hase and Bill Hendrickson.

Kiwanis International honors three pillars of the NELA community

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. […]

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Young Nyerges, in front, in a family photo with his four brothers, sister, Mom and Dad | Photo courtesy of Christopher Nyerges

What my mother taught me about complaining: Don’t!

By Christopher Nyerges

My mother used to tell us, “Quit your complaining!”  

Maybe we wanted something the family couldn’t afford. “Quit your complaining and go out and earn some money,” she’d say. 

Because of my mother, we learned to find creative ways to be youthful entrepreneurs. And, they learned a lot more from her. Read on to learn more.

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A demonstration in Glendale in 2019: The movement for clean energy in Glendale and NELA has grown larger and more impassioned as climate change has worsened. | Photo by Bill Hendrickson/Boulevard Sentinel

Another chance to stop Glendale from polluting the air in NELA

By T.A. Hendrickson

In a tactical victory for clean-energy advocates in Glendale and Eagle Rock, the Glendale City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to delay the purchase of five new gas engines for the Grayson power plant in Glendale.
“The climate emergency is a clear and present danger, and the public is demanding we do better,” said Glendale Councilmember Dan Brotman. L.A. Councilmember Kevin de León is helping to achieve a solution. Read more about it here.

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Diep Tran used to run the hottest restaurant in Highland Park. Now she has co-written a cookbook about its not-so-secret ingredient.

By Mary Lynch

From 2009 to 2018, when chef Diep Tran owned the award-winning Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park, she and her restaurant were an anchor and a sensation in the changing neighborhood.
Tran is the news again: In a lively interview this weekend with the Los Angeles Times food critic Bill Addison, Tran and her partner, Tien Nguyen talk about “The Red Boat Fish Sauce Cookbook,” which they co-wrote with Cuong Pham, the founder of the Red Boat Fish Sauce company.

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Eagle Rock’s Ella Wagner, a senior, (at right) won the individual wrestling championship in the CIF L.A. City Section. | Photo by Dave Abbott/NELA Sports One

Winter season wraps up in NELA High School Sports

By Dave Abbott of NELA Sports One

Highlights of 2021/2022 winter season for the Eagle Rock Eagles include an individual city championship in wrestling and league championships in girls basketball and boys soccer. For the Franklin Panthers of Highland Park, highlights include playoff runs as far as the city semifinals in boys basketball and the quarterfinals in boys soccer.

For the season in more detail, click the photo above and read on.

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A memorial for Gabriel Estrada, 38, at the homeless encampment where he lived on N. Figueroa St. in Eagle Rock. | Photo by Jane Demian

Rest in peace: Gabriel Estrada, age 38 and unhoused, dies in his tent in Eagle Rock

By Jane Demian

An unhoused resident of Eagle Rock, Gabriel Estrada, 38, died in his tent on N. Figueroa Street under the 134 Freeway overpass on February 19, 2022. 

He seemed to be on the path to greater stability when he died.  It’s a tragic story. You can read it here by clicking on the photo above.

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This Highland Park home, under contract after only nine days on the market, sold in January for $1.15 million, fully $155,000 over the asking price.

Paying a million dollars or more for a home in NELA is now the rule, not the exception

By Jeffery Marino At $1.1 million, the median price of a house in Northeast Los Angeles was unchanged from December 2021 to January 2022.    But the pause in price increases looks temporary for the simple reason that there are still more buyers in NELA than houses for sale. The dearth of homes on the […]

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Sponsored Content: Concerned Democrats hold Assemblymember Carrillo accountable, hold up endorsement

Some local Democrats have harsh criticism for Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo of NELA’s District 52.

On Feb. 3, 34 local delegates of the California Democratic Party blocked an automatic endorsement of Wendy Carrillo for re-election as Assemblymember. Several expressed a preference for Carrillo’s primary challenger, mom, gun-safety activist, and fellow Democrat Mia Livas Porter.

Carrillo was one of only 6 Democratic incumbents in the state Assembly to fail to receive an automatic endorsement from the Party.

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Velvet, Eagle Rock's newest cannabis outlet, will occupy the storefront at 1118 Colorado Blvd (corner of Wiota St.) \ Photo by Bill Hendrickson Boulevard Sentinel

When it comes to cannabis shops in Eagle Rock, how many is too many?

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 […]

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Foot-for-foot, this fun-size Mt. Washington bungalow was the most expensive home sold in NELA in December 2021 | Photo MLS

Really big money for really little homes in NELA

By Jeffery Marino

In the real estate market of Northeast Los Angeles, where a price tag of $1.1 million is the norm, you might be surprised to see what a mil actually gets you. 

The following two homes, one in Mt. Washington and one in Highland Park, sold in December for a tad under $1 million but at well over $1,000/square foot. Details here. Read more.

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This 2-bed, 2-bath in Highland Park sold for $1,100,000 in December 2021.

NELA home prices keep surging upward

By Jeffery Marino

The residential real estate market in Northeast Los Angeles boils down to this: On one side, you have a hoard of buyers. On the other side, you have a dearth of homes for sale. The result is more competition for fewer homes – and rapidly rising prices.

The median sale price for a home in NELA reached $1.1 million in December, the latest month with comprehensive data. That million-dollar-plus price tag marks a 20% increase over December of 2021, the largest annual price gain since June 2014. It’s also the 11th straight month of double-digit, year-over-year price increases. For our take on why this continues, read on;

Click photo above for more.

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Dominique Derouen owner of “Soft Humans Vintage” in Highland Park, wearing the T-shirt of an English neo-psychedelia band from the ’80s and holding an original Ellie Levy ceramic bowl. | Photo by Christopher Nyerges

If you’re looking to buy-nothing-new, look to Soft Humans Vintage, Dominique Derouen’s shop and flea market in Highland Park

By Christopher Nyerges

Since opening “Soft Humans” in Highland Park three years ago, Dominique Derouen has gained a near cult following for the shop’s vintage clothing and kitchen wares, vinyl records and music memorabilia, as well as its twice monthly flea market. It might work for you! Check out why here.

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Instructor Patrick working with a middle school student | Photo courtesy of Mathnasium/Eagle Rock

Sponsored Content: Mathnasium/Eagle Rock – How to catch up, keep up and get ahead in math.

Mathnasium of Eagle Rock welcomes students in grades 1-12 who would like to strengthen their math skills, improve their performance, and become advanced math students.

The main goal at Mathnasium is to guide students towards mastery in math and gradually build confidence throughout the process.

Students come to Mathnasium from every starting point: some have foundational gaps, some need just a little extra support with their current school curriculum, and some are advanced math students who want to be challenged & move beyond their current grade level in math.

Mathnasium of Eagle Rock supports their students by meeting them where they are at!

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Nick Taggart with two of his paintings and a big smile | Photo by Allison Agsten, courtesy of Nick Taggart

Paintings by artist Nick Taggart, a longtime resident of Glassell Park, have been acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art

By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia

Punk girls in a parking lot; desert landscapes in Beverly Hills; religious artifact shops.

This was the L.A., circa 1980, of Nick Taggart, an artist in Glassell Park who used bright plasticine colors, smooth textures and a personal, street-level attitude to paint the early days of L.A.’s underground art and music scene.

And now, some four decades later, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in downtown L.A has acquired two of Taggart’s paintings from that era — “Rochelle and Sandy” and “Fender Buddies.” Take a look / click on the photo above.

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Photo and Video by Alexandra Epstein for the Boulevard Sentinel.

Metro Micro Really Does Make It Easier to Get Around

By Sylvia Denlinger

I recently used Metro Micro for the first leg of a trip to LAX. The Metro Micro van picked me up near my home in Eagle Rock and took me to the Gold Line in Highland Park (which took me to Union Station downtown where I caught the “FlyAway” bus to the airport). 
Count me as a great fan of Metro Micro, the on-demand rideshare service from Metro launched in mid-2021. If you haven’t used the service yet, it’s time to try it out.

Read on to see what you need to know to take a ride on Metro Micro.

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Photo | Daniel Schwen/Wikimedia Commons.

The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council supports zero bail for lower-level offenses

By T.A. Hendrickson and Bill Hendrickson 

The Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council has weighed in on an issue that is bound to be front and center in this year’s race for mayor of Los Angeles, namely, whether people accused of misdemeanors and lower-level felonies should be required to post cash bail to avoid pre-trial detention. Bail for such offenses has not been required in L.A. since March 2020. 

In a recent letter to the L.A. City Council, the ERNC firmly opposes an effort by Councilmember and mayoral candidate Joe Buscaino (Council District 15) to reinstate bail.  To understand the ERNC position read on.

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The Trader Joe's in Eagle Rock was one of several store locations robbed during a crime spree in 2020 | Photo by Google 2020

Man who robbed Trader Joe’s in Eagle Rock and other locations sentenced to 21 years

By T.A. Hendrickson

A Huntington Park man was sentenced on Monday to 21 years in federal prison for 21 armed robberies or attempted armed robberies of Trader Joe’s stores throughout Southern California, including the Eagle Rock location on Sept. 9, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said on Monday. Read more here.

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On Aug. 12, the Sentinel reported on Kevin de León's blistering response to the effort to recall him. The lead recall proponent terminated the effort in November. | Photo Sacramento Bee

The Top 20 Stories in the Boulevard Sentinel in 2021

By T.A. Hendrickson, Editor of the Boulevard Sentinel

Two things jumped out at me as I compiled the following list of the top 20 most-read stories in the Sentinel in 2021.

First, Northeast Los Angeles had its share of change, controversy and tragedy in 2021, punctuated by bright moments in art, food – and vaccines.

Second, the list reflects the Sentinel’s hard work in 2021 to bring you the local news.

(Click on the photo to see the top 20 stories for 2021, as measured by views.)

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Pillarhenge, on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, has been an eyesore since 2008. The owner is now set to sell the property to a new developer. | Photo from MLS

A deal to sell Pillarhenge is in the works; will the sale close?

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 […]

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Swift, forceful advocacy by more than 50 residents of Eagle Rock led by East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD) secured reunification of the neighborhood in one Congressional district.

Sponsored Content: Huge push wins reunion of Eagle Rock

Spurred on by the East Area Progressive Democrats,  Eagle Rockers spoke up loud and clear when it mattered. And the state Redistricting Commission acted. The Commission has released an updated configuration that is now final of federal district boundaries in California. In the new map, Eagle Rock is reunified in one Congressional district as Eagle […]

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The stunning interior at Chifa in Eagle Rock is second only to the food. | Photo courtesy of Chifa

Three NELA restaurants named best in L.A.

If you haven’t yet been, what are you waiting for? Three restaurants in Northeast Los Angeles have made the L.A. Times list of best restaurants in L.A. in 2021: Chifa in Eagle Rock and Hippo and Joy in Highland Park. Here’s what the Times restaurant critic, Bill Addison, had to say:  “Chifa  Eagle Rock,  Chinese/Peruvian $$ […]

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Gianna Galluppi with her mom and dad, Rachel and Francis Galluppi.

Sponsored Content: Patient stories from Huntington Hospital

Gianna Galluppi was born at Huntington Hospital in 2020. She seemed in good health but a few hours later she began to have serious problems. Gianna’s lungs had not fully developed and she needed help to breath.

Huntington had saved Gianna’s Dad Francis’ life when he was born, and it was going to have to do the same for Gianna. Huntington succeeded. Read more here.

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Sponsored Content: Tempted to Sell Your Home? Be Aware, Be Prepared!

  SPONSORED CONTENT FROM THE EAGLE ROCK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL We are reaching out to senior homeowners in the community to take precaution and be prepared when considering selling or tapping equity in their homes, especially when approached by solicitors. It has been brought to the attention of local residents and the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council […]

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Ana Tabuena-Ruddy, StreetsLA project manager for transforming Eagle Rock Blvd, (Rock the Boulevard)

Eagle Rock Boulevard is getting a makeover

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 […]

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4847 Genevieve Ave in Eagle Rock offers Two for the Price of One alchemy.

Two homes sell for the price of one in Eagle Rock

By Jeffery Marino

Eagle Rock just got a little denser with the sale in October of 4847 Genevieve Ave.

Over the past year and a half, neighbors have watched as the lot was transformed from a single-family fixer with lots of potential into two brand new, self-contained homes. 

The transformation was undertaken by ADU Homes, Inc. Read what they did and how they did it here.

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Vaccination rates are trending up among middle and high school public school students in NELA. | Getty Images

NELA public schools make vaccine progress

By T.A. Hendrickson As of Dec. 1, the Covid-19 vaccination rate among public school students ages 12 and up was 84% in Northeast Los Angeles, an encouraging sign that the vaccine requirement by L.A. Unified School District is working. The 84% vaccination rate in NELA schools works out to 9,033 students ages 12 and up […]

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Gerrymandering, or drawing a contorted district by a politician for their own benefit, first came under scrutiny in Massachusetts in the early 1800s. The California state commission now redrawing district boundaries is prohibited from considering where incumbents live, or indulging their designs. But gerrymandering of a Northeast L.A. district in Congress may be happening right now in Eagle Rock.

Sponsored content: Will Eagle Rock stay intact? We can if you act

If an earthquake ruptured our neighborhood, ripping it apart down the middle of Colorado and Eagle Rock Boulevards, we would call it a disaster.

That is exactly what is happening now, in the process called redistricting. With no sirens but potentially severe damage, fault lines have emerged suddenly along two of our
most familiar streets to fracture Eagle Rock into two Congressional districts. Read more here including what you can do about this.

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In a major setback for Eagle Rock, the proposed biogas plant at Scholl Canyon has been approved by the Glendale City Council. | Photo by Doc Searls/Flickr Creative Commons

Glendale approves biogas power plant at Scholl Canyon

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.

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Phoebe Bridgers at the Greek Theatre, Oct. 21 | Michael Buckner for Variety

My first concert since the pandemic was an experience unlike any other I have had

By Lizzy Watson Lizzy Watson, a student at Occidental College, is a participant in the NELA Neighborhood Reporting Partnership, a collaboration of the Boulevard Sentinel and The Occidental campus newspaper.  Clad in her signature sparkling skeleton dress, singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers directed her gaze toward the audience. “Thank you for coming out tonight,” she said into the microphone. […]

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Shop local this holiday season at Shop Small Eagle Rock

By Mary Lynch

It’s Shop Small Saturday, the official start of the local holiday shopping season, and for the 11th year in a row, small businesses in Eagle Rock are rolling out the collective welcome mat.

This year, the emphasis is on Eagle Rock’s women-owned retail shops. You will recognize them by the balloons (helium-free) adorning the shops.

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Jen Wilder (left) and Marcy Guevara-Prete (right), owners of The The Plus Bus Boutique on York Boulevard in Highland Park. | Photo by Lila Hempel-Edgers/The Occidental

The Plus Bus Boutique is a ‘dream closet’ for plus-size people

By Angela Guglielmino,

For a while after moving to Los Angeles, Myjah Moon, the owner of Pressed By Jess nail care, said she just didn’t feel sexy. Then, in August, she went to The Plus Bus for the first time and found the blue-sequined outfit she wore for her birthday photoshoot. It brought her confidence back. At no extra charge. Want inspiration, Read on. It’s right here in Highland Park.

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JOIN THESE ONLINE COMMUNITY MEETINGS about transforming Eagle Rock with Walkable, Bikeable, Safer and Greener Streets

YOU ARE INVITED to ROCK THE BOULEVARD Sunday, December 5 at 3:00 PM & Thursday, December 9 at 5:30 PM JOIN THESE ONLINE COMMUNITY MEETINGS about transforming Eagle Rock with Walkable, Bikeable, Safer and Greener Streets. What is Rock the Boulevard? The Rock the Boulevard (RTB) project will improve and revitalize Eagle Rock Boulevard to […]

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The Eagle Rock girls cross country team, with coach Richard Martinez, won the Division II city championship on Saturday and will compete at the state level this week. Top L-R Ixtlalli Chavez, Marielle Williamson, Coach Richard Martinez, Keely Miyamoto, Tory Yetter, Iliana Garcia-Lana. Bottom L-R: Elizabeth Corrigan, Celeste Corrigan, Kiana Andrada. | Photo by Dave Abbott/NELA Sports One

Sports Monday: In cross country, Eagle Rock girls team advances to state final and a Franklin runner wins individual city championship; in 8-man football, Sotomayor wins city title

By Dave Abbott of NELA Sports One Local teams thrived at the cross-country city championships on Saturday at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, while Sotomayor’s big victory in 8-man football has brought the school its first ever city championship. The Eagle Rock girls cross country team won the Division II city championship in the CIF-Los […]

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City and state officials hold $4,750,000 check for improvements at Rio de Los Angeles State Park. From Left: Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, an invited guest from the community, State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, and General Manager Michael Shull of the L. A. Department of Recreation and Parks. | Photo by T. A. Hendrickson/Boulevard Sentinel

Major improvements coming for soccer and football fields at Rio de Los Angeles State Park

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.

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The Throop House in Garvanza will be considered for historic cultural monument status. | Photo by Charles Fisher

Throop House in Garvanza clears first hurdle on way to historic cultural monument status

By T.A. Hendrickson

The Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) of the city of Los Angeles voted unanimously on Nov. 18 to consider the nomination of Throop House in Garvanza for Historic Cultural Monument status, the Highland Park Heritage Trust announced today.

The vote is an important hurdle to clear, but there are more hurdles to come. There’s more. Read on.

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Councilmember Gil Cedillo in front of the Champions of Change mural in Lincoln Heights. "It is important to have murals that educate ourselves and others about our history," he said.

New mural honors the greats of Lincoln Heights

By T. A. Hendrickson The newest mural in Los Angeles, by artist Sergio Daniel Robleto, is arguably the most inspiring.  Located in Albion Riverside Park in Lincoln Heights and entitled “Champions of Change,” the mural depicts six people from Lincoln Heights who have changed the world for the better. “The Champions of Change mural is […]

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LAPD responded Friday morning to a phone call reporting a shooter on campus at Franklin High School. There turned out to be no sign of a shooter or other threat. | Photo by the new York Blvd

Report of a shooter on Franklin High campus was a “crank call,” say police; lockdown lasted about 20 minutes as police responded

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.

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Derek Steinorth, a veteran teacher and administrator, is the new principal of Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School. | Photo courtesy of LAUSD

Derek Steinorth is the new principal at Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School

Mr. Derek Steinorth has been selected as the Principal of Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School. He will begin this assignment on December 1, 2021.  

Mr. Steinorth brings over 30 years of educational experience as a middle and high school teacher and administrator. Read more about Mr. Steinorth here.

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Ilka Perkins using a pottery wheel | Photo courtesy of People’s Pottery Project

At the People’s Pottery Project in Glassell Park, formerly incarcerated people find employment, acceptance, community

By Angela Guglielmino In 1993, when Ilka Perkins was 17, she woke up in a state prison lying on a cold slab of metal facing 15 years to life in prison. She was released 26 years later, in 2019, at age 43. Since then, Ilka and her wife, Domonique Perkins, whom she met in prison, and […]

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Kevin de León, city councilmember for Council District 14, will head the Homelessness and Poverty committee. | Photo by David Butrow/L.A. Times

Kevin de León named to head Homelessness and Poverty committee; appointment is significant for policy and politics

By T.A. Hendrickson 

Councilmember Kevin de León has been appointed chair of the Los Angeles City Council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee. He replaces Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas who was suspended from office after his recent indictment on federal corruption charges.  Read what KDL had to say about his appointment here.

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The Soul Bowl with shrimp at Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen on Eagle Rock Blvd.| Photo courtesy of Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

Survive, then thrive: How three local restaurants that opened during the lockdown are doing today

By Olivia Fishman 

If launching a restaurant is a leap of faith, launching a restaurant during a pandemic is a gravity-defying vault. 

And yet, the owners of the three restaurants profiled in this story pulled it off. Here’s how they did it and how they’re doing now.

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Eagle Rock senior Harrison Funk in the quarterfinals playoff match, in which the Eagles defeated the San Pedro Pirates. | Photo by Dave Abbott/NELA Sports One

Eagle Rock advances in boys water polo and girls volleyball; football playoffs start this week

By Dave Abbott of NELA Sports One Update (Nov. 3): This story was updated to reflect the Eagle Rock Eagles’ win in the semifinals of girls volleyball on Nov. 3. The finals are Nov. 6. Update (Nov. 5): This story was updated to reflect the Eagle Rock Eagles’ win in the quarterfinals of boys water […]

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This 2-bed, 1-bath home on Cunard St. in Glassell Park sold recently for $1.07 million, fully 25% more than the asking price.

Faster pace, higher prices for recent NELA home sales

By Jeffery Marino

Another month, another record. In September, the latest data available, the median sale price for a house in NELA continued its steep climb, rising 14% year-over-year, to $1.065 million. September was the eighth straight month of double-digit annual price growth.

Prices are up because inventory is low and falling.. The home sales market dynamically complex. Get the main point here.

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Workers at El Super in Highland Park are in line to share in wages, damages and interest for COVID-related labor violations by the grocery store chain. | Photo by Yelp

El Super workers in Highland Park to receive back pay for employer’s COVID-19 violations

By T.A. Hendrickson

Workers at the El Super grocery store on York Boulevard in Highland Park are in line to share in $412,000 in wages, damages and interest assessed today by the California Labor Commissioner against the El Super grocery store chain.

The York Boulevard location was one of 38 El Super stores where the employer failed to provide or delayed supplemental paid sick leave and other benefits. There’s more. Click photo above.

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A 16-year old high-school student receives a vaccine administered by a registered nurse from AltaMed Health services in Los Angeles. | Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images.

Some 4,000 eligible NELA students are not yet vaccinated

By T.A.Hendrickson

It has been five weeks since the Los Angeles Unified School District required all students 12 and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Under the mandate, students need to have a first shot by Nov. 21 and a second one Dec. 19.

But so far, parents of unvaccinated students in Northeast L.A. aren’t exactly rushing to get shots for their kids.

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Sponsored Content: Dirty gas plant defeated in Glendale

Tonight #PeoplePower prevailed as the Glendale Planning Commission voted 5-0 to prepare DENIAL of haphazard scheme to build a gas plant in the proven burn area at that city’s dump site. This dangerous & dishonest project has been in works since 2017. Thanks to more than 35 callers, all in opposition, & dozens of letter writers. There’s more.

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Groundbreaking for Eagle Rock’s tiny homes village, Sept. 29, 2021. The project is one part of Kevin de León’s plan calling for 25,000 new homes for the unhoused by 2025 | Photo by Bill Hendrickson/BoulevardSentinel

The tiny homes village for the homeless in Eagle Rock breaks ground

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.

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Kevin de León | Photo from the KDL Facebook page.

Kevin de León vows to give NELA full attention as he runs for mayor; his critics are skeptical

By T.A. Hendrickson Since City Councilmember Kevin de León announced his candidacy last week for mayor of Los Angeles, many local commenters have said that the race will devour the time he might otherwise have spent on issues in Northeast L.A. The Boulevard Sentinel asked De León to respond to that, especially with regard to […]

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One of Metro's options would reduce much of Colorado Boulevard to one car lane each way. Another option would retain two car lanes each way | Image by Metro

Metro lays out options for Colorado Boulevard: Winners and losers come into focus

By T.A. Hendrickson At a pair of Zoom meetings on Thursday, Metro staff presented two options now under consideration for a bus rapid transit (BRT) route on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock. The Eagle Rock route is one segment of a proposed BRT line from North Hollywood to Pasadena (NoHo-Pas). Under both options for Eagle […]

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Glendale residents Marla Nelson, Malcolm Johnson, and Joan Morris, respected community leaders and environmental activists, visit the dump site in October 2015 as city Council Members hear testimony from neighbors about pollution concerns. Source: East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD)

Sponsored Content: Glendale to weigh plan to worsen dump pollution on Oct. 6

Did you know that Glendale operates a dump that contaminates the air breathed by residents of Eagle Rock, Pasadena, and its own eastern neighborhoods? And did you know Glendale officials are set to consider a plan on October 6 to build a gas plant at the Scholl Canyon dump site, despite the evidence of increased […]

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The many neighborhoods of Los Angeles are all pieces of a large redistricting puzzle, | Photo: Getty Images

NELA gets assertive in the redistricting process

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.

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Regine Go, a senior at Eagle Rock High, in action during a pre-season game against the Cleveland High Cavaliers of Reseda | Photo by Dave Abbott

Volleyball victories for NELA as league play begins

By Dave Abbott of NELA Sports One Girls volleyball started off this week with victories for Eagle Rock High and Franklin High in Highland Park. In football, preseason play was a mixed bag for teams in Northeast L.A., with two victories in the past week, three defeats and one cancellation due to COVID-19. Northern League […]

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A Mathnasium/Eagle Rock student | Photo by Eric Benitez/Mathnasium Eagle Rock

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“Children don’t hate math. What they hate is being confused, intimidated, and embarrassed by math,” said Larry Martinek, the creator of the Mathnasium Method.

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You can explore ancient Mesoamerica, including artifacts like this Aztec calendar sun stone, in weekly virtual courses in September and October at the Arroyo Seco Regional Library. | Image from Smithsonianmag.com

Take part in art in NELA

By Pablo-Nukaya Petralia Programs to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month and Los Angeles Textile Month, art that blurs the line between virtual and real, and live theater for a cause are just some of the art and culture offerings in NELA in the days and weeks ahead. Arroyo Seco Regional Library To celebrate Hispanic Heritage […]

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Under the new mandate, L.A. Unified will require all eligible students ages 12 and up to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by year end. | Photo by AP

What the school vaccine mandate means for Northeast L.A.

By T.A. Hendrickson 

The new COVID-19 vaccine mandate by the Los Angeles Unified School District could be a tall order for Northeast Los Angeles.

The mandate requires all eligible LAUSD students ages 12 and up to get vaccinated by year end. But as of Thursday, September 9, when the mandate was issued, only 57% of NELA residents ages 12 to 17 had at least one shot.

Click the photo to read more.

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The Scholl Canyon landfill, in the hills above Eagle Rock, is the site of a proposed biogas power plant. | Photo by Doc Searls/Flickr Creative Commons

Eagle Rock hangs in the balance as Glendale officials grapple with Scholl Canyon

By T.A. Hendrickson The future of Glendale’s Scholl Canyon landfill, located in the hills above Eagle Rock, remains in question following a meeting last week in which Glendale officials split on the path forward. At the meeting, the Glendale Water and Power (GWP) Commission voted to proceed with a GWP plan to build a biogas […]

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Sponsored Content: Invitation to Citywide Community Public Hearing – Saturday, September 11 at 10A.M.

Join us for an important meeting about “redistricting.” The purpose of redistricting is to redraw the maps that impact your community and to ensure you have the power to determine fair and inclusive representation in your council district.

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David Martinez, a senior at Franklin High School, ran the 3-mile Cool Breeze Evening Invitational in 15:38.6, the best individual time on the boys cross country team. | Photo by Monique Muniz

High school sports in NELA: Cross country begins as football continues, volleyball starts soon

By Dave Abbott of NELA Sports One

Cross country got underway with a big invitational on Sept. 3. Week two of high school football wrapped up on Sept. 4 with four of six local high schools notching victories.

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Miry Whitehill, founder of Miry’s List, packing kits for Afghan families arriving across the country | Photo: Alex Welsh for The New York Times

Miry’s List featured in The New York Times

Miry’s List, a nonprofit founded in Eagle Rock in 2016 to help refugees, has been featured in The New York Times for its exemplary efforts to help Afghan refugees. Here is the full New York Time’s story featuring Miry Whitehill, resident of Eagle Rock and founder of Miry’s List.

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Hans Johnson, president of East Area Progressive Democrats, was joined at an August rally urging local voters to vote NO on the recall by (from left to right) Controller Betty Yee, City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, School Board Member Jackie Goldberg and Supervisor Hilda Solis | Photo EAPD

Sponsored Content: Local Democrats Lead Drive to Vote NO on Recall

Getting vaccination centers opened at Cal State L.A. and Dodger Stadium. Distributing millions of meals to public school students and their families through the pandemic. Making free community college a reality for thousands of Californians. Paying restaurants to deliver meals safely to home-bound seniors. 

These are just some of the priorities of Governor Gavin Newsom conveyed on August 15 by speakers at the East Area Progressive Democrats’ (EAPD) rally to reject the recall by voting NO.  Read more here now.

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Crossing Eagle Rock Boulevard just got safer

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 […]

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Two restaurants on the L.A. Times’ new ‘best burrito’ list are in Highland Park. | Photo by Mariah Tauger / L.A. Times; illustration and animation by Martin Gee / For the Times)

For the best burritos in L.A., head to Highland Park

By T.A. Hendrickson Two restaurants in Highland Park have made it onto the Los Angeles Times’ new list of “Best Breakfast Burritos in L.A.,” by Times’ food critic, Bill Addison. Jugos Azteca offers a burrito “riddled with bacon and chorizo, scrambled egg, avocado slices and splotches of Monterey jack cheese disappearing into clouds of potato,” […]

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Diana Barnwell, 1938 – 2021 | Photo courtesy of Daniel Wright

Remembering: Diana Barnwell, 1938 – 2021

By Daniel Wright When Diana Barnwell of Mount Washington died on May 17, age 82, her family, friends and colleagues grieved their loss while celebrating her life of inspired and exemplary civic involvement. Barnwell was a pioneer in the historic preservation movement in Northeast Los Angeles, an activist in efforts to enhance the cultural life […]

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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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Art created in 1976 and 1977 at the Mechicano Art Center in Highland Park by (from left) Carlos Almaraz, Guillermo Bejarano and Judithe Hernández | Photos from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, image courtesy of Highland Park Heritage Trust

Chicano history in Highland Park gains official recognition

By T.A. Hendrickson

The Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to grant Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) status to two locations in Highland Park where Chicano art and culture flourished in the 1970s.

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Kevin de Leon has called the recall effort against him a misguided attack on the democratic process. | Photo Sacramento Bee

Kevin de León files a blistering official response to recall effort; recall proponents stand firm

By T. A Hendrickson Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de León has filed a blistering, official response to the recall Notice of Intent that was served on him last month by five local residents.  “A handful of 5 individuals, most of them political extremists, are weaponizing the recall process against the voters of the Los […]

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Back to school in L. A. amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. | photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Measuring COVID and vaccination in schools in Northeast L.A.

By T.A. Hendrickson In the two weeks before school started on Monday, more than 3,600 students and staff in the Los Angeles Unified School District tested positive for COVID-19, said LAUSD officials on Tuesday, August 17. The data are not broken out by school, but 502 of the 3,600 positive cases were in LAUSD’s “Local […]

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Local Dems Rally to Vote NO on Recall | Photo EAPD

Sponsored Content: Danger of Recall Threat Hits Home, Drives EAPD to Defeat Newsom Recall

For voters the date to circle is Aug. 18. That’s when official ballots are due to land in our mail for the Sept. 14 recall election targeting Gov. Gavin Newsom. Yes, we finally have that date.  But for East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD), the largest Democratic club in L.A. and in California, the date that […]

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This design, part of the Housing Innovation Challenge, shows one possibility for fast, relatively inexpensive housing for the homeless. | Image: KCRW

L.A. City Council adopts goal, proposed by Kevin de León, for 25,000 housing units for the homeless by 2025

By T.A. Hendrickson

In a 13-0 vote today, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion to set a Homeless Housing Goal of creating at least 25,000 new housing units by 2025.

The motion is a key feature of “A Way Home,” a multi-part plan by CD-14 Councilmember Kevin de León to tackle homelessness in L.A.

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La Cuevita in Highland Park is one of at least eight bars in Northeast L.A. that are requiring proof of vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID test. | Photo from totalhappyhour.com

Several local bars want proof of patrons’ COVID status

By T.A. Hendrickson
The requirement to show vaccination- or negative-test status is becoming increasingly common as employers recognize the health threat to employees and customers from the Delta variant. Here’s a listing of several of them.

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