Letter from the Publisher

2018 Editions Letter from the Publisher September

People in NELA are changing the world.

That is the thought I had looking at this issue of the Boulevard Sentinel. Miry Whitehill, whose Miry’s List organization to help refugees has been awarded a $200,000 grant (front page), launched the effort while serving on the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council (ERNC). She credits another ERNC member, Suzanne Smith, with being her “philanthropic mentor.”

LAPD Officer Leo Perez (page 8) is carrying on great policing traditions he learned from a legendary 30-year veteran in the Northeast Division.

Angela M. Sanchez of Highland Park (page 13) is at work on her second book, determined to tell the stories of people of color. Her own story of overcoming adversity could be its own novel.

People in NELA are also showing a real willingness and putting in a lot of effort to do something about homelessness in the area. Hats off to the more than 100 people who turned out in Eagle Rock recently for a meeting put on by the ERNC and The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) to learn more about homelessness and to come up with ways to help.

And speaking of the ERNC and TERA, there are developments on the proposal to build a big storage facility in Eagle Rock that involve both groups (page 4). Bill Hendrickson has been covering the story for the Boulevard Sentinel and the coverage is terrific. This story is the first time the Boulevard Sentinel has gathered documents for reporting using the California Public Records Act. It won’t be that last time.

I have to say I was kinda surprised by the live music venues in NELA listed in this month’s “Picks” features (page 12). It’s a super compilation, but it made me feel, well, out of it. These are not the places I went to back in the day. When T.A. Hendrickson, the editor of the Sentinel, edited the listing, she decided to buy tickets to Roscoe Mitchell and Christina Wheeler at Zebulon in Elysian Valley. Choose a venue, an artist and a date and go!

In addition to music, there’s plenty to do, listed in the Editor’s Notebook on page 19. And there are advertisers galore in this issue – each one of whom would love to see you. Please support them with your business. And thank you for reading the Boulevard Sentinel.