NELA in the News

Ξ October 30th, 2008 | → 3 Comments | ∇ 90042, Highland Park, Press |

My digital camera is broken (again) so I’m relegated to linking to others with presumably better optical gear. 

I can’t believe we missed this one but Los Angeles Magazine ran a piece on Temple Beth Israel, the second oldest Jewish temple in Los Angeles.  Unfortunately, it’s hard to avoid the feeling that the author equates the exodus (I couldn’t help myself) of the Jewish community for the Westside and Valley to his description of Highland Park as a “decaying neighborhood”.  That’s why Belinda Vazquez is our heroine of the month for writing a letter in which she describes herself as “disgusted and embarrassed to have your magazine in my possession”.  I don’t think the article is that bad, but it’s nice to know we have such passionate neighbors.  To read the rest of her letter, and the editor’s response, grab a copy of their November issue. (what’s the over/under on when they become exclusively a website?) has a video report on the new camerasinstalled on Colorado near Eagle Rock Blvd.  While I wouldn’t want those cameras to have a view of my house or yard, I support using them to prosecute street crime, reckless driving, and vandalism along the boulevard.  Still, why are limited city resources being used to secure a neighborhood with relatively low crime rates?  Isn’t this like a preemptive invasion of Switzerland?  Ok, bad example, but I can think of a few intersections in the 90042 that I’d like the LAPD to be paying closer attention to.  I just won’t be logging onto the included free wifi.

I went on a bike ride recently and marveled at the beautiful fields and pristine basketball courts at Taylor Yard along San Fernando.  That weekend the Times ran another interesting piece on Raul Macias and local grassroots political organizing.

Lastly, the Los Angeles District Attorney announced they would not retry Mario Rocha, convicted of murder at a party in Highland Park in 1997, leaving Rocha a free man.  A history of his odyssey can be found in the award-winning documentary, Mario’s Story

Coming soon…YorkBlvd celebrates it’s 1st anniversary by going on our Northeast pub/taco crawl.


YORK BLVD. Turned 1 – The Verdict: Blogging is Hard

Ξ October 22nd, 2008 | → 11 Comments | ∇ Highland Park |

A little over a year ago we started this blog with the idea of alerting our friends and neighbors about everything cool that exists in Highland Park and the surrounding areas.  We also wanted to counter the negative image that seems to persist in the local media, as we typically only read “Highland Park” after words like  “Drive-by” or “Gang Related” and “Shooting.”

Fortunately there have been plenty of stories to keep us going, be it our defense of the perpetually dying La Casa Blue, gushing about the York or making fun of Marty’s and its douchy valet parking.  I always love writing up little stories about our local businesses and am a little surprised and but always happy to find out that people actually read them. 

As anybody who ever reads this blog knows, our steam has cooled off a bit and we just can’t seem to keep up.  After the onslaught of “The Great Taco War” took over our attention, followed by a trip halfway around the world, returning to YORK BLVD. has fallen by the wayside.  Between working full-time and blogging part-time, the one that pays the bills takes the priority.

That said, we haven’t given up on YORK BLVD. and have many more stories waiting in the wings.  Stay posted to hear the latest about Chillin’ and Grillin’ with Dave, or why our opinion on Fresh&Easy has moved from dubious to delicious.  Also, we always welcome tips, suggestions, even stories.  Fancy yourself a blogger?  Write something up and we just might post it. 

We love our neighborhood, we love our blog and we especially love our readers… even those who aren’t our parents (Hi Mom).  Keep reading and we’ll keep writing.  I promise.


Double SigAlert?

Ξ October 8th, 2008 | → 2 Comments | ∇ 90042, Press |

Freeway Shooting

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It sounds eerily similar to Dean Wormer’s “Double Secret Probation” in Animal House, but two nearby stretches of the 2 were shut down this morning for separate police investigations this morning.  The first, occurring around 2 AM, involved the shooting of a motorcyclist at the 210/2 junction.  Four hours later, two suspects crashed their pickup on the 2 just south of the 134 and fled into Eagle Rock Plaza.  The videofor this is worth watching (c’mon, all Angelenos love a good police chase…). 


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