Letter from the Publisher

2019 Editions Letter from the Publisher March

I have to start this letter with a few shout outs. First, to Tina Wu, a senior at Franklin High in Highland Park, and the rest of the Franklin Academic Decathlon team. (Read all about them starting on the front page). What an accomplishment. All of us at the Boulevard Sentinel are rooting for you in the competition later this month in Sacramento.

Another school in NELA, Renaissance Arts Academy in Glassell Park, also deserves congratulations for being recognized by the state of California as a ‘Distinguished School’ (page 7).

I also want to says thanks, again, to the reporting team of Joel Sappell and Laura Brady-Allen, who are back in the Boulevard Sentinel this month with another front page story. This time, they delved into what it means for constituents that CD14 Councilman, José Huizar, has pretty much dropped out of sight since the FBI showed up last November and searched his home and two of his offices, including at City Hall. Huizar has not been charged with anything and the whole process has to run its proper course. But in the meantime, his ability or willingness to be out and about doing his job has been affected and that, in turn, affects the district.

As you get into the paper, you’ll see that Wendy Newell, a cherished Boulevard Sentinel contributor, is also back this month. Her feature on events in the area that go along with Women’s History Month in March (page 13) is interesting, heartfelt and beautifully designed. You’ll also see that the Boulevard Sentinel’s “Picks” column this month (page 10) is all about books by NELA writers and editors. I was so impressed. I can’t imagine writing a book – writing a letter is hard enough!

In short order, other topics covered in this issue of the paper include an update on the Southwest Museum, news about murals, homelessness and NELA real estate sales, event listings for March and observations from our columnists, Christopher Nyerges and Lani Tunzi.

And all of this is made possible by our advertisers. These are the local businesses and organizations that are the heart of NELA. Shop at their stores, eat at their restaurants, use their services, clip their coupons, attend their events. In brief, when you read the Boulevard Sentinel, please read the ads, too.

One last thing: Remember to vote on March 5 in the School Board election for Board District 5, which includes NELA. If you need to find your polling place, click here. To read up on the candidates, you can check out the Boulevard Sentinel’s coverage here.