El Sereno
Events & Business Directory

There are many things happening in and around our community and even-though we would like to be on top of every event, in reality it is impossible.  Let us know about any future community clean-ups, beautification 
projects, fund-raisers, educational and/or school events
or any community organization event so
 we can share the info with the Community.  

Table of Contents 
Community Events and Info
Community Directory: Local Restaurants, Businesses, Activities, Places to Visit
Community Pride and Beautification

Community Clean-Up
Bulky Item Pick Up
Contact Us
CD-14 Newsletters Archive

 CD-14 Councilmember Jose Huizar
Community Newsletters Part III
Northeast Community E-Newsletters
El Sereno Community
Boyle Heights Community

Boyle Heights News Feed

Downtown LA Community

Downtown LA News Feed

  Community Events
Information on Events taking place within the
community of El Sereno and neighboring communities
(East L.A., Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Hermon, South Pasadena, and Alhambra)

Soto Street over Valley Blvd Construction

Heads Up El Sereno/Boyle Heights/Lincoln Heights residents...
The Soto Street over Valley Blvd construction began last weekend.

Councilmember Jose Huizar's CD 14 office was suppose to have updates about this project before construction began since it will affect traffic, but they are probably too busy dealing with other issues at this time.

So be sure to plan accordingly if you use Soto Street, delays are expected.


New mural was completed this week on Alhambra Ave., at the Hatchspaces.
The mural features Wilson alumnus-Willie Zuniga.

Willie is president of Grifols Pharmaceuticals located in El Sereno. Willie was born and raised in El Sereno, attending Huntington Drive Elementary, El Sereno Junior High, Wilson High School, and graduating from Cal State LA. All these schools are located in El Sereno!!

Congratulations to Willie Zuniga for being recognized as a community leader and innovator in the pharmaceutical field!!


This is probably the first clear photo of the Ascot Hills Park bobcat! So exciting! Pedro Ramirez, bird walk leader with the Audubon Center at Debs Park took this photo. The cat was sighted near the creek at the northern back of the park, about 20 feet away from the main trail.

El Sereno Branch Library
Upcoming Events for April 2019

El Sereno Middle School and Magnet Center


“Prepare Now for Your Global Future” AWARD – WINNING Gold Ribbon & Title 1 Achievement School!!


Do you have a bulky item? Don't put in on the street! 
Help beautify the community by dropping off your bulky items at the bulky item
drop-off location. 

Every 1st Saturday of the month
the Office of Councilmember Jose Huizar host bulky item drop-off in El Sereno. 

UPDATE: Due to the illegal dumping of hazardous material, the bulky item bins will no longer be located at El Sereno Park.  The location of the bins will change month to month.  We will try to get the location of the bulky item bins prior to the 1st Saturday in order to better inform the community.

Date:               Saturday, December 7, 2019 (& every 1st Saturday of the month
Time:               7:00 am to 12:30 pm 
Location:        El Sereno Arroyo Playground
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Bulky items accepted are: sofas, TV's cabinets, mattresses, refrigerators, stoves, and washer/dryer.

They will not accept tires, paint, motor oil, or computers.
For more information you can also call 3-1-1 or El Sereno Office at (323) 226-1646. 


Here are some facts of the project:

A 2nd Initial Study of this project is taking place.  The old 2009 Initial Study of this same project was thrown out because its many deficiencies.

The Initial Study will be completed and available for public review in July 5 to August 6 2018.
The project manager, Gerry Hernandez, plans to file the 'Notice of Determination' at the end of November 2017.
Soto Street Widening is a $12,330,511 project expected to be completed in 2020 if all environmental factors/concerns are addressed appropriately. 

The Soto Street Widening Project will widen the roadway from Soto/Mission all the way to Soto/Multnomah Street by 40 feet.  To do this widening, the City plans to dig 40 feet into the hillsides along Soto, which means the removal of tons of soil.  Exactly how many cubic yards will be removed has not been released.

The proposed retaining wall on the east side of Soto will be 50 feet tall.

The project will result in 2 South-bound lanes and 2 North-bound lanes on Soto.  It will also include bike-lanes on the east and west side of Soto Street.  In addition, the project proposes to create and widen sidewalks on both east and west side of Soto Street.


The project area is from Soto/Mission all the way to Multnomah Street.  It is the 2nd project of three adjacent projects.
1st project was the Soto Street Bridge demolition and street configuration (almost complete).
2nd project is this Soto Street Widening.
3rd project is the Soto Street Bridge over Valley Blvd project that will begin after the Soto Street Widening is complete.

***Residents are concerned that these three “improvements” are really one large project that should require a complete Environmental Impact Report (EIR). ***

***El Sereno residents are also requesting 'Welcome to El Sereno" or blue "El Sereno" city signs on Soto, right before or after the bridge over Valley Blvd.  The Soto Street Bridge over Valley Blvd is the Gateway between Boyle Heights and El Sereno. ***

Here is the link to the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

Here is an article that was published a couple of weeks ago by KCET.

The article touches on our community's history, culture, and current issues impacting El Sereno today.

El Sereno Recreation Center
 4721 Klamath Street LA, CA 90032
 Phone: 323-225-3517
 Fax: 323-226-0946
 Website: http://www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/elserenoRC.htm

El Sereno Recreation Center
 4721 Klamath Street LA, CA 90032
 Phone: 323-225-3517
 Fax: 323-226-0946

 Sitio: http://www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/elserenoRC.htm


4530 Mercury Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 225-0450
Fax: (323) 223-8810

Rec & Parks Link

El Sereno Park Advisory Board (PAB) meeting
Thursday, October 9, 2014
At the El Sereno Gym
From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Stop by and share what you would like to see at El Sereno Park.

Below is the area outlined for demolition (the historic El Sereno Club House).  Also visible is the red rectangle where the pre-fab restrooms will be located.

Below is what Councilmember Jose Huizar has proposed for the area where the historic El Sereno Clubhouse is located.  Although the proposed project includes pedestrian walkways and gym equipment, there is still no place for El Sereno's youth to go for art, music, dance, or other creative arts classes.

Councilmember Jose Huizar needs to address this fundamental inequity.  Many of our children must go outside of our community (to Alhambra, Lincoln Heights, or Boyle Heights) in order to take these creative art classes.  WHY?  El Sereno's youth deserves equal funding and equitable access to these types of programs.

Finally, El Sereno Park will be getting two permanent restrooms, which will be located between the two main baseball diamonds.

The funds for this much needed bare necessity come courtesy of Honorable Supervisor of the First District Gloria Molina. The community had first reached out to Councilmember Jose Huizar, but apparently there were no funds for the much needed restrooms.

Thankfully, Supervisor Molina’s Field Deputy Michael Oropeza took the initiative to arrange a meeting with community residents, Recreation & Parks’ staff, Councilmember’s staff, and Teresa Villegas, Legislative Deputy for the Department of Parks & Recreation from County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s office. As a result of the meeting, the Honorable Supervisor Gloria Molina allocated $250,000 to ensure that the residents (especially the youth) in El Sereno finally had an adequate and permanent restroom facility.

A sincere Thank You to Supervisor Gloria Molina and her staff, Oropeza and Villegas, for their work and effort in El Sereno.

Below are pictures of what the restrooms may look like.

It's a step in the direction, but there is still much that needs to done. Below are some projects that can make El Sereno Park a better place for all to enjoy.  

The proposed basketball court area can also be developed into a skater park area. This will allow the current skateboard park to be restored back to basketball courts.  Either way, we have heard from skaters and basketball players that a better skate park and more basketball courts are needed.

A soccer field will give El Sereno Soccer teams a place to practice and play.  Currently, soccer enthusiast use the tennis court area to practice, as baseball teams and/or football teams are using the main field. The acquisition of this land will allow soccer enthusiast an area to practice and play.

Stop by and share what you would like to see at El Sereno Park's
PAB meeting on August 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Food for Thought...

El Sereno Pedestrian Bridge from Alhambra/Lombardy to Valley Blvd/Block...

The pedestrian walkway will help connect these two important streets and resolve a big safety concern for the many adults and students who are forced to walk over the rail-road tracks, sometimes having to literally climb/cross over stopped train cars.

Crossing the tracks is a huge short-cut to many who would otherwise have to walk all the way around Valley Blvd to get to Alhambra Ave.

An oversight of the El Sereno Bridge on Valley Blvd/Marianna Ave over the railroad tracks was pedestrians’ needs. Although the bridge is great for vehicles/drivers, it leaves pedestrians with a longer walk to bus stops or their walking destinations.

The pedestrian bridge will help connect one area of El Sereno to another. It's time something is done to facilitate and connect these two main streets in El Sereno.

Your Thoughts...?  Info@ElSerenoHistoricalSociety.org


El Sereno Resident harassed by City/County

City wants his property but doesn’t want to pay its fair-market value; they have harassed him in search of any violation.  He claims at least 25 raids have been conducted on his business in the last 8 years.

Below is a story done by NBC.



Translated article from story printed in La Opinion about the harassment.

Hidden NSA Civilian Listening Center in El Sereno's Ascot Hills...??

Can't say it is or it isn't...but, you think so...?

Shared courtesy of FB fan.

The folks from PRESERVE EL SERENO have some new info and a survey seeking your input on the Lombardy Blvd and Eastern Ave parcels. 

If you want to share your thoughts on the survey, visit http://90032.org/

There is also a petition seeking to preserve the land for public use.

Northeast Los Angeles Newspaper Project


THE NORTHEAST LOS ANGELES NEWSPAPER PROJECT is seeking to collect and preserve community newspapers from Northeast LA (NELA). The newspapers will be preserved, scanned, and made available online for everyone to enjoy. 

We are requesting your help to collect and donate old EL SERENO STAR newspapers. EL SERENO STAR newspapers from the 1980s are especially welcome. 

If you or anyone you know has old NELA newspapers, please consider donating them to this project. Help preserve our unique history.

If you have copies to donate or any questions about this project, please contact us: info@ElSerenoHistoricalSociety.org

El Sereno Community Directory:
Restaurants, Businesses, Activities, and Places to Visit

This section is for the purpose of promoting those businesses that have EL SERENO either on their store front, their description of services and location, or even their address (can be on business cards or promotional ads in local and/or city newspaper and magazines).  

The point is to help promote our local businesses who are proud to represent the community and as well as promote our community's name.  These businesses will be added on to this section--For FREE.

The goal IS NOT to make the other businesses pay to get promoted, but simply to support and promote those that proudly carry the community's name in some way. Hopefully, by this example, other businesses around the community will take the initiative and add "EL SERENO" on something where customers and the public will see it. It sounds simple, but  we need to start promoting our local business base and build community pride for El Sereno.  Whatever we can try in order to help--we will.

Businesses will be added continuously.  Please feel free to e-mail us a jpeg of your business, or a friends business, that includes "El Sereno" somewhere on it. 
Send to: Info@ElSereno90032.org

add businesses that promote or advertise the unnecessary and at unethical divisions of our community, i.e. Rose Hills, Hillside Village, University Hills, or any other.

We stand firm in our position that these divisions are negative and disempowering to the community of El Sereno. These divisions do not help anyone but those few who seek a financial gain and/or have no pride for the community in which they work or live in--EL SERENO.

Shame on them.

Complete Guide To Everything Having To Do With EL SERENO

4377 S Huntington Drive 
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 223-2507

El Sereno Plaza
4601-4617 N Huntington Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032

El Taquito
5047 N. Huntington Dr, Los Angeles 90032
Between Tampico Ave and Portola Ave
Phone: (323) 223-1649

El Aguila Bakery
5028 S. Huntington Dr, El Sereno, CA 90032
(323) 222-1925

El Cereno Recycling
Monday--Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                 Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

  • 4958 Huntington Dr 
    Los Angeles, CA 90032
  • (323) 221-4730

El Sereno Meat Market
4944 Huntington Drive, El Sereno, CA 90032

El Sereno Fabrics
3250 N Eastern Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-9210

Herlinda (Telles) Crisp, '66 
El Sereno Income Tax  

Family owned and operated since 1973 

Specializing in individual and small business income tax preparation. 

Additional services include: 
Real Estate Sales, Loans and Refinancing, Immigration and Translation Services and Notary Public 

Office: (323) 221-4369 
Email: elserenotax5004@yahoo.com 
Hours: Monday thru Friday 10 am to 5 pm 

5004 Huntington Drive So. 
Los Angeles, CA 90032

El Sereno Travel Agency




IMPORTANT: The deals on this menu may have expired.  
Please call Domino's Pizza for current specials.

La Tapatia 
Meat Market
Carniceria Latina

Wash N' Roll

Wash N' Roll
2700 N. Eastern Ave 
El Sereno, CA 90032

Pet Dog Wash Service

Little Beijing 


El Sereno Shoe Repair

Grand Opening

4836 Huntington Dr South
El Sereno, CA 90032

5453 Alhambra Ave  
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 223-2900

Holy Grounds
Coffee & Tea


More Businesses
Will Be Added Soon

For information on Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs), resources on how to research your own property's history, and/or submit a nomination to have your property listed in the National Register of Historic Places Program, click HERE.

For Information about the 710 Freeway Visit: El Sereno Votes NO To The 710

Community Pride & Beautification

      While El Sereno has many peaceful, clean, and beautiful residential areas, there are a few areas that need a little more of our combined effort to make them better.  As a community we must all make an effort to make El Sereno a better place for all of us and our families to live.  Even if we live in one of the many beautiful areas of El Sereno, that doesn't mean we should stop caring about those areas in our community that need help.

      On the contrary, every street, block, and alley represents our El Sereno Community.  Making every part of our community clean and beautiful will serve as an example of what we can achieve together as a community.  We, as a community, need to continue making an effort to make all of El Sereno a more beautiful place to live; not only by keeping our own homes and streets clean and safe, but by making the effort to help neighbors or neighboring streets that need help and encouragement.  Our efforts as community members and residents can help build a better, cleaner community.  Let's show that El Sereno community pride is alive and strong.

 No one wins if we just stand there and feel bitter about the litter.

       Picking up trash and litter on a nearby street or just making sure you pick up after yourself; if we each do our part the positive change in our community will be achieved in no time.  Remember, actions speak louder than words and a little effort goes a long way.



August 11, 2012

Once again, the El Sereno Historical Society’s monthly community clean-up was a great success. Two areas of our community that had been neglected for far too long got a long over-due make-over.  It’s great to see residents of our community taking the time and making the great effort in order to make El Sereno a better and cleaner place. 
We would like to thank Yolanda Y., the Flores Family, Manuel A., and Anahi X. for their love and dedication towards the community.  Thank you for coming out and helping us make our community a cleaner and more beautiful place for all to enjoy.  
We hope to see those residents who were unable to participate in this month’s community clean-up on our next one, scheduled for September 8, 2012.  We live here, in El Sereno, so let’s all help to make sure we keep it beautiful and clean; our families’ deserve to have the best we can give them. 
Below is a set pictures highlighting the El Sereno Historical Society's August 11, 2012 Community Clean-Up.  

August 25, 2012

Once again, the community showed it's pride and love for El Sereno, giving a couple of areas of our community a good clean-up and beautification.  

The El Sereno Historical Society sends out a Special Thanks
to all those who came out and helped keep our Community of El Sereno looking clean and beautiful.

Many might talk about pride and caring for El Sereno, but only a few actually put in the effort it takes to prove it.  Hopefully you'll make up for it at our future community clean-ups in ElSereno.

Below are a few pictures of the Community Clean-Up for August 25, 2012. 


REMINDER: You can bring any large, unwanted items and trash (couches, mattresses,
                       old furniture, miscellaneous, large, bulky items).

When: There is bulky item pick-up every second (2nd) Saturday of the month.

Where: Guardia Park and Warwick/Alhambra Ave (Location changes every other month)  
Hours are between 9am-12:30 pm.

This is also a great way to get involved and do your part in cleaning our community.
           We already have several teams of residents who go out and dedicate an hour (just 1
           hour) cleaning up large items left at the curb sid

       For whatever reason, some residents are still unaware of the City's free bulky item pick up and some of these items can stay on the curb for up to 2 months before anyone picks it up.  Although it seems unfair that we need to pick up after others, to leave the eye-sore is even worse.  All that is required is a truck (if you don't have one, you can recruit a friend who does), and an hour of your time once a month dedicated help and serve our community.  Remember that this is our community, and the more we put in, the better it gets.

       The community appreciates your help.

 Bulky Item Pick-Up

General Information,
Who to Contact for Bulky Item Pick-up, and
Common Questions Answered

Bulky Item Pick-up Now Available to Apartments 

To Read More Information Click on Flier
CD-14 Community Newsletters Archive 

 CD-14 Councilmember Jose Huizar
Community Newsletters Part II

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Come fly a kite at the beautiful Ascot Hills Park, located in El Sereno!!
Sunday, April 22, 2018
from 10 am to 2 pm

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