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Lost in El Sereno: Long-Haired Orange Cat

Cal is a baby-faced, fluffy, orange cat. Timid at first but loves people and cats. Gentle and sweet – won’t even kill insects in our house. – Long-haired orange cat – White chest and white paws – Fluffy tail with white tip – Greenish eyes – 9 yrs – 10 lbs – Indoor cat w/medical needs Ran out Thursday night ... Read More »

Pedestrian killed by Metrolink train near Cal State L.A.

EL SERENO — A 40-year-old man was killed after being struck by a Metrolink train this afternoon near Cal State L.A.,  prompting the shutdown of the San Bernardino commuter rail line between Union Station and the university. It’s the second deadly collision this year between a Metrolink train and pedestrian on this section of the track. The man was pronounced ... Read More »

Metro board votes against funding 710 Freeway tunnel

Metro’s board of directors today withdrew critical support and funding needed to build an approximately six-mile-long highway tunnel to close the 710 Freeway gap between El Sereno and Pasadena. Instead, the transit agency board voted in favor of funding a variety of street and traffic improvements rather than chipping in to help Caltrans build the controversial tunnel, a project expected to ... Read More »

Councilman Gil Cedillo’s tunnel vision

The L.A. City Council on Wednesday voted 10-1 to support state legislation prohibiting the construction of approximately six miles of roadway tunnels to close the 710 Freeway gap between El Sereno and Pasadena. Who was the lone vote in favor of the tunnels? It was First District Councilman Gil Cedillo. The proposed tunnel would not pass under Cedillo’s district. The ... Read More »

Cal State L.A. scores $30 million pro-soccer training center

EL SERENO — The Los Angeles Football Club will move its headquarters and training center to a new $30 million soccer facility at Cal State L.A. The pro soccer team, which will play its first game next year in the MLS League, released details of the project today after plans for the new facility were approved by the California State ... Read More »

The price of preserving an El Sereno community space has gone way up

El SERENO —  Earlier this month the Eastside Cafe, a Huntington Drive community space and collective, launched an ambitious $180,000 fundraiser to buy their corner building after a real estate investor had tried to buy the property. The good news for Eastside Cafe is that the investor is no longer interested in buying the property, allowing the collective to enter into escrow. ... Read More »

El Sereno shooting leaves man wounded

EL SERENO — A male was injured in a shooting Friday night in the 5000 block of Templeton Street. Hollenbeck Police say the victim was transported to the hospital just before midnight, where his condition is currently listed as stable. Police have released no information on possible suspects, or of any other details of the shooting. More El Sereno stories Got a ... Read More »

El Sereno collective competing with real estate investor over community space

EL SERENO –The Eastside Cafe, a Huntington Drive community space and collective, has been involved in many neighborhood causes, from promoting poetry and art to improving health and wellness.  Now, the organizers of the 15-year-old group are rallying support and money for another cause:  preventing their space from being sold to a real estate investor. The collective said it had been ... Read More »

Steel butterflies take flight above El Sereno

El SERENO  —  A steel sculpture features a flock of butterflies was recently installed over the newly reconfigured junction of Soto Street, Mission Road and Huntington Drive. The work is by artist Michael Amescua,  who has also created decorative gates along the Los Angeles River and public artwork at some transit stations. It’s not clear what the new El Sereno ... Read More »