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Perhaps Caltrans should stick to managing freeways instead of apartments. A story in the August issue of The Voice (pdf format) chronicles the so-far fruitless effort by El Sereno residents to get the state highway agency to fix up or demolish 10 bungalows near Huntington Drive and Maycrest Avenue that have sat empty and boarded for more than a decade.
The property was one many that Caltrans purchased over the years as it prepared to extend the 710 freeway through El Sereno and South Pasadena. While the agency is now exploring building an underground freeway tunnel, the El Sereno bungalows it owns continue to deteriorate and infuriate neighbors. Residents got even angrier this year when they discovered that the pile of documents they had gathered to back up their complaints had been lost by the office of Councilman Jose Huizar. One resident told the Voice:
“Ever since we began working with the Councilman’s office it seems that we were not
getting anywhere because the staff at the El Sereno office seemed to change over every six months. There never has been continuity, it was like starting over every time a new staff member would replace the one before."