Planned improvements to Eagle Rock Blvd, now delayed, are intended to curtail all too common scenes like this one at the intersection of Langdale Ave and Eagle Rock Blvd. | Photo by T. A. Hendrickson / Boulevard Sentinel

Meeting on Eagle Rock Blvd. improvement project is delayed amid renewed call for Kevin de Leon to resign

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 […]

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Sponsored Content: Progressive group celebrates wins and 3 standout local leaders

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In September, after an eight-year struggle led by concerned neighbors in Eagle Rock and members of East Area Progressive Democrats (EAPD), the Glendale City Council voted to close the polluting dump at Scholl Canyon that has loomed over the community for 60 years. 

What shifted the balance of power . . . .

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Rocio Rivas has won the race to represent Highland Park and other nearby communities on the L.A. Unified school board. | Image from Facebook

Election 2022: Rocío Rivas wins local school board seat in a race with big implications for public education

By T.A. Hendrickson

Rocío Rivas, an expert in education policy, has won the Los Angeles Unified school board race to represent District 2, which includes Highland Park, Cypress Park and other communities in and near Northeast Los Angeles.

Rivas’ victory signals a shift on the seven-member school board because it creates a 4-3 majority of members who favor unionized traditional public schools over generally nonunion charter schools, . . .

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In her own words: An interview with Eunisses Hernandez, NELA’s new city councilmember

Los Angeles City Councilmember-elect Eunisses Hernandez, who unseated incumbent Gil Cedillo in June to represent Council District 1, spoke recently with Ava LaLonde, a freshman at Occidental College and a participant in the Boulevard Sentinel/Occidental Neighborhood Reporting Partnership.

Here are excerpts from the conversation.

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L.A. County Supervisor-elect Lindsey Horvath will join NELA’s Supervisor Hilda Solis and three other women on the powerful Board of Supervisors. | Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Election 2022: Women will continue to run L.A. County following wins in races to represent NELA and the San Fernando Valley

By T.A. Hendrickson

Los Angeles County made history in 2020 when an all-female Board of Supervisors took the reins of county government.

This year, history has repeated itself.

Two of the Board’s five seats were up for election this year and both were won by women, ensuring an all-female Board for at least another two years.

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Hugo Soto-Martinez, councilmember-elect for Council District 13, and Eunisses Hernandez, councilmember-elect for CD 1, will represent several communities in Northeast L.A. | Photo composition by Mike Mera.

Election 2022: What the City Council vote results mean for Northeast Los Angeles

By T.A. Hendrickson Come December, much of Northeast Los Angeles will be represented by two new Los Angeles City Council members.  Hugo Soto-Martinez, a labor organizer, has unseated incumbent City Council member Mitch O’Farrell in Council District 13, which includes Atwater Village, Elysian Valley and parts of Glassell Park, according to vote tallies released on […]

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Calls for the resignations of Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León have only become louder since this photo on Oct. 11, when protestors vowed to disrupt City Council proceedings until the two resign. | Gary Coronado/Getty

Northeast Los Angeles tells Cedillo and De León to resign, but so far, neither has budged

By Kanaya Adams

The Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood councils of Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Glassell Park voted this week to send letters demanding the resignations of their city council representatives, Councilmembers Gil Cedillo (Council District 1) and Kevin de León (CD 14).

The letters add the voices of the councilmembers’ NELA constituents to the growing chorus of Angelenos and political leaders calling on the two to resign.

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Sponsored Content: Reformist Democrats Urge Voters to Cast Complete Ballots

Sponsored Content from  Revelations of racism, homophobia, and hypocrisy by L.A. Councilmembers hit just as Angelenos received ballots for the general election. Leaked recordings of scheming by influential city insiders focused on controlling representation through manipulation of identity politics and district boundaries.  But one beautiful fact defines our democracy: The greater power over representation belongs […]

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Councilmembers Gil Cedillo (left) and Kevin de León, under pressure to resign, shown here at a City Council meeting last week. | AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

Meetings tonight in Eagle Rock and Highland Park to call for resignations of Councilmembers Cedillo and De León

By T. A. Hendrickson The neighborhood councils of Eagle Rock and Highland Park will hold special meetings Monday evening to craft responses to the racist comments heard in a secretly recorded discussion among Councilmembers Gil Cedillo (Council District 1) Kevin de León (CD 14), then City Council President Nury Martinez and a former high-ranking labor […]

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Nury Martinez, Kevin de Leon, Gil Cedillo. Even President Biden has joined the calls for their resignations. | Image by FoxLA.com

How Northeast L.A. can weigh in on the City Council scandal

By T.A. Hendrickson It is Day Two of the latest and arguably ugliest scandal ever to engulf the Los Angeles City Council and Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo are clinging to their council seats. But  calls for their resignations keep multiplying, including one this afternoon from President Joe Biden.   Residents […]

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NELA’s State Senator Maria Elena Durazo is the author of two closely watched bills now on the desk of Governor Gavin Newsom. | Image on Twitter

Deadline looms for two bills authored by NELA’s State Senator Maria Elena Durazo

By T.A. Hendrickson State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, who represents Northeast Los Angeles, is the author of two closely watched bills now on the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom – Senate Bill 951 and SB 731. The deadline for the bills to become law or be vetoed is Sept. 30. SB 731 is about sealing […]

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An invitation to meet Eunisses Hernandez, councilmember-elect for Council District 1

By T.A. Hendrickson

Eunisses Hernandez, the Los Angeles City Councilmember-elect for Council District 1 will be the featured guest on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the “At Home with….” series of Zoom meetings sponsored by the Glassell Park Improvement Association. Information on how to join “At Home with Eunisses Hernandez” can be found at https://www.gpia.org/. |Wednesday, Sept. 28 | 6:30 p.m.

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The "Project" arrow on the above map of Scholl Canyon shows where Glendale Water & Power wants to build a methane-burning power plant. The "Main access road" is Figueroa St. in Eagle Rock. | Drawing by Glenoaks Canyon Homeowners Association.

Scholl Canyon power plant on hold for four months

By T.A. Hendrickson

The Glendale City Council voted on Tuesday to delay consideration of two contracts to build a methane-burning power plant at the Scholl Canyon landfill in the hills above Eagle Rock.
The delay, for four months, is intended to provide time to find answers to questions about the proposed power plant raised by the public and by Kassakhian, Brotman and Asatryan.

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Why is State Senator María Elena Durazo smiling? Because two of the bills she fought for have been signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. | Photo from Twitter

NELA’s State Senator Durazo notches major legislative victories

By T.A. Hendrickson State Senator María Elena Durazo, who represents Northeast Los Angeles, notched two victories this week when Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 731 and SB 951, two reform bills authored by Durazo. SB 731 will automatically seal conviction and arrest records for those who have done their time and have […]

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The entrance to the Scholl Canyon landfill on Figueroa St. in Eagle Rock. Will the site become a park? A power plant? Other? | T. A. Hendrickson/Boulevard Sentinel

Glendale voted last week to close the Scholl Canyon landfill. Votes this week could advance a plan to build a power plant at the site, despite wide opposition

By T.A. Hendrickson

The five-member Glendale City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to close the Scholl Canyon landfill as soon as it reaches capacity, estimated to occur in December 2025. That closure date was the earliest of four options under consideration.

The big question now is what will happen to the site once the dump is closed. It’s on the Glendale City Council agenda for Sept 20. To get up to date on the situation, read more here.

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Become a Member of the ERNC Board

If you have a desire to understand how our City Government works, and to be a voice for your community, then the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council is the place for you.  The mission of the ERNC is to assure effective Stakeholder participation and interaction with our Council District and City Government on issues that affect our community. Applications are due on September 6 at 3pm. Link to applications is in this article.

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4 a.m. bar bill defeated; NELA’s Assemblymember Carrillo voted to pass the bill while NELA’s city councilmembers opposed it

By T.A. Hendrickson

The State Assembly has defeated a bill – SB 930 — to extend last call at bars in selected California cities from 2 a.m. currently to 4 a.m. The vote to kill the bill, on Aug. 24, was 31 to 25, with 24 Assemblymembers not voting.

The defeat in the Assembly means that the bill will not come before the State Senate.

Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, a Democrat who represents Northeast Los Angeles, voted with the losing side to allow a later last call.

SB 930 was the fifth try since 2013 to extend last call in California

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City Councilmember Gil Cedillo (at podium, right) endorsed mayoral candidate Rick Caruso (left) at a rally in Pico-Union on Aug. 11. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson/Boulevard Sentinel

Gil Cedillo endorses Rick Caruso as mayoral candidates compete for Latino vote

By T.A. Hendrickson Gil Cedillo, the Los Angeles city councilmember representing much of Northeast L.A., today endorsed Rick Caruso for Mayor of Los Angeles. Cedillo (Council District 1) announced his support at a rally/press event at La 27th Street Restaurante Nicaragüense in Pico Union. The theme of the event, emblazoned on placards held aloft by […]

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Bars would stay open until 4 a.m. in selected California cities under a bill now making its way through the state legislature. | Photo Daisy Barringer/Thrillist

NELA city councilmembers oppose Sacramento’s latest drive to keep bars open until 4 a.m.

By T.A. Hendrickson

For the fourth time since 2017, State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) is championing a “4 a.m. bar bill” that would let local governments in selected California cities participate in a five-year pilot program to extend last call from 2 a.m. currently to 4 a.m. 

As in years past, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, who represents Northeast Los Angeles, is a co-author of the bill – SB 930.

And once again, the L.A. City Council has voted to pass a resolution opposing Sacramento’s drive for extended bar hours. There’s more. Click here to continue on with our story.

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Protesting against the US Supreme Court's overturn of a woman's federal right to choose an abortion | Photo Daily Bruin

Leaders in NELA react to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

By T.A. Hendrickson Elected officials representing Northeast Los Angeles have condemned the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. In statements issued after the decision was announced, local officials said the ruling was shocking in its disregard for women, legal precedent and public opinion, and further […]

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Latest vote tally clarifies election outcomes

By T.A. Hendrickson

Final certification of election results in Los Angeles County will not take place until July 1, but the latest update of the primary vote in L.A. County, leaves no doubt as to what comes next in local races.

Here’s the tally as of Tuesday, June 28 at 2:37 p.m.

Here’s the tally as of Tuesday, June 28 at 2:37 p.m.

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L.A. River environmentalists rallied at this location to announce their rejection of the new L.A. River Master Plan | Photo by Alexandra Epstein/Boulevard Sentinel

Environmental groups announce opposition to L.A. River Master Plan – An Alexandra Epstein video

This three and a half minute video by Alexandra Epstein will inform you why environment groups are opposed to the L.A. decision to approve the L.A. River Master Plan. Check it out.

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A section of the LA River in Cypress Park. A Master Plan to create open, public space along the entire length of the river has been approved by L.A. County. | Photo by T.A. Hendrickson/Boulevard Sentinel

L.A. River Master Plan, rejected by local environmental groups, is approved by L.A. County

By T.A. Hendrickson At their board meeting on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Supervisors approved the final Los Angeles River Master Plan, a document to guide the development of 51 miles of continuous open space along the river from Canoga Park to Long Beach, including key sites in Northeast Los Angeles.   The five-member Board […]

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Councilmember Gil Cedillo (CD 1), center, joined by community leaders and other city officials, broke ground recently on a project to build interim housing in Northeast Los Angeles for up to 130 homeless individuals. | Photo courtesy of CD 1

Construction starts in Cypress Park on interim housing for the homeless

By T.A. Hendrickson Councilmember Gil Cedillo (CD-1) and other city officials broke ground last week on a 34-unit housing project in Cypress Park for up to 130 homeless individuals. Named “Northeast New Beginnings Community,” the project is part of the city’s Interim Housing Program to provide temporary housing and supportive services to the homeless as […]

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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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Sponsored Content: Local Guidance Helps Voters Cast Complete Ballot

To see the EAPD Ballot Guides and to know the EAPD endorsed candidates at the National, State, L.A. County, and the Cities of Los Angeles and Glendale and their public schools, click here.

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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Voting in Northeast Los Angeles: What you need to know now

By T.A. Hendrickson

We’re in the home stretch of the 2022 statewide primaries. Voting by mail began on May 10. The last day to register online to vote is Monday, May 23; after that you have to register and vote in person. Voting in person begins on Saturday, May 28. The final day to send in your ballot or vote in person is Election Day, June 7.

Questions you may have about voting are covered in detail by the L.A. Country Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk at lavote.gov. For the basics on procedures, locations and choices in the 2022 primaries, read more here:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Three of about 65 residents who showed up on Tuesday, Nov 23 to urge Glendale City Council to reject GWP proposal to build a power plant atop the Scholl Canyon dump. | photo by Hans Johnson

Health of local environment hinges on upcoming vote on Scholl Canyon

By Bill Hendrickson

Some 65 residents of Glendale and Eagle Rock protested this week at Glendale City Hall against the plan by Glendale Water and Power to build a biogas power plant at Scholl Canyon in the hills above Eagle Rock.

The protest, on Nov. 23, came in advance of a crucial meeting on Nov. 30, when the Glendale City Council will decide on whether to give GWP a go-ahead to proceed with the plant, which would convert methane from decaying garbage into electrical power.

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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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WIN vs. Gas Plant at #SchollCanyon Dump

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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In a major victory for Eagle Rock, the proposed biogas plant at Scholl Canyon has has been rejected by the Glendale Planning Commission. | Photo by Doc Searls/Flickr Creative Commons

Biogas plant at Scholl Canyon rejected by key committee; residents of Glendale and Eagle Rock claim victory

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 […]

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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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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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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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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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Board District 5, shown in white on the map, stretches from Northeast L.A. to Southeast L.A. via a ribbon of communities on the eastern border of L.A. with Alhambra and Monterey Park. School Board district maps will be redrawn as part of the redistricting process.

Redistricting will affect NELA’s schools; the time to speak up is now

By T.A. Hendrickson If you could design the ideal school district, what would it look like? In a nutshell, that is the question on the table on Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m., when the redistricting commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District will hold a virtual meeting on  how to redraw the boundaries of […]

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