Suspects in El Sereno Police Chase Arrested

February 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Two shooting suspects who led police on a chase in El Sereno were arrested Friday.

One suspect, a 26-year-old man who was driving a black Lexus, was arrested around 5:45 p.m. near the intersection of Twining Street and Pueblo Avenue after the brief chase, police said.

A second suspect, a 20-year-old man who fled and hid under a house, was found by a K9 unit around 8 p.m., said Sgt. John Porras, watch commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station.

Both men are suspected gang members, Porras said.

An assault rifle with two banana clips was recovered, he said.

The men were suspected of firing shots in the 4200 block of Grey Drive in El Sereno around 3:20 p.m., Porras said, adding that no shooting victims were located.

Free Tax Preparation Help and Family Resource Fair Saturday at Cal State LA

February 6, 2014 by · 1 Comment 




If you are low-income and need assistance preparing your tax returns, a team of trained and certified volunteers will be at Cal State University, Los Angeles on Saturday to help you. For free.

The Cal State LA VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program, in partnership with the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is hosting the one day community outreach event where individuals and families can get assistance preparing and filing their tax returns, as well as learn about a variety of other resources.

At the event, you can get  information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and whether you qualify for the tax benefit. Individuals who are eligible may qualify for as much as $6,044 from the EITC.

At the  outreach event, participants can also receive financial literacy training, job preparation assistance, and information about food and nutrition services, low-cost and free medical services, and health screenings.

Taxpayers should bring proof of identification including social security cards, wage and earning statement(s) from employers, interest and dividend statements from banks, bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit, and a copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available, advises the BOE.

If you are unable to attend Saturday, the Cal State L.A. VITA program will conduct i free income-tax preparation sessions every Saturday through Apr. 12 to low- to moderate-income individuals ($50,000 or less).

VITA services for the 2014 tax season will take place on the third floor of Salazar Hall, room 343, on the Cal State L.A. campus: 5151 State University Dr. LA 90032. It will operate on a first-come, first-served basis from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Appointments are not necessary. You should bring the same items previously identified.

Saturday’s Tax Preparation and Outreach Fair will also take place at the same Cal State LA, Salazar Hall. To register, call (323) 318-4339.

To find other VITA locations, visit this website or call 1-800-906-9887.

Community Calendar: February 6, 2014 – February 12, 2014

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Today, Thurs., Feb. 6

10:30am-1pm—League of Women Voters Forum on Hunger- “Let Them Eat Cake” – at the Women’s City Club, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Speakers: Gil Nelson, director of Family Services at Union Station Homeless Services & Socorro Naranjo Rocha, coordinator of PUSD Families in Transition homeless/transitional program. Program is free & open to the public: $25 for lunch. RSVP required.


Friday, Feb. 7

10am—Public Hearing On Street Redesignation Under Proposed USC Health Sciences Campus Streetscape Beautification Project. It would generally reduce roadway widths, increase sidewalk widths, and allow for the redistribution of on-street parking spaces. Hearing will be held at City Hall, (200 N. Spring St, Rm. 1010).

3-5pm—Eagle Rock Library Presents Film Screening In Honor of Black History Month. Film about the first African American to break the color barrier in major league baseball. Free admission. Library is located at 5027 Caspar Ave. LA 90041. For more information, call (323) 258-8078.


Saturday, Feb. 8

8:30am-2:30pm—Lucille Beserra Roybal FamilySource Center Free Income Tax Preparation at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club. Open to low-income families that earned $52,000 or less in 2013. Presented in collaboration with East Side Tax Coalition. Salesian Boys and Girls Club is located at 3218 Wabash Ave. LA 90063. For more information, call (323) 526-9301.

9am—Metro Service Councils Public Hearing On Proposed Changes to Metro Bus Service to take effect on June 29, 2014 or later. Public encouraged to submit comments. Location: Metro Headquarters Building, Board Rm-1 Gateway Plaza, L.A. For more information, go to

10-11am—Monterey Park Garfield Village Specific Plan Meeting/Walk for the area where South Garfield Ave meets Pomona Blvd. Plan will be a guide for property improvements & design of streets, sidewalks, parking, traffic & public spaces. Walk starts at the Dollar Tree parking lot, 2305 S. Garfield Ave. For more information, email

10am-8pm—The 23rd Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Street Festival takes place on Valley Blvd. –from Garfield to Almansor. There will be 250 booths, kids activities, games, entertainment, food, a health fair and cultural demonstrations. Open 10am-8pm. Admission is free. For more information, go to

1-3:45pm—Montebello’s Sanchez Adobe Historic Site & Museum Open Every Saturday (except major holidays) for tours, programs and events. Built in 1844, the adobe home and grounds have a rich history of Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and American California heritage. It is owned by the city & operated by the Montebello Historical Society. Admission is free. Sanchez Adobe is located at 946 N. Adobe Ave., Montebello 90640. For more information, visit

2-3pm—LEGO Fun at the Lincoln Heights Library. Legos and puzzles for older children and younger ones, too! Library has board games to keep the whole family entertained. Library is located at 2530 Workman St., LA 90031. For more information, call (323) 226-1692.

6pm—Women’s Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock – Kicks Off 100th Anniversary of the Clubhouse with Concert by Eagle Rock resident & internationally known pianist Carl Matthes & a display of items of historic significance. Hors d’oeuvres/no-host bar.  Costume dress in the spirit of the early 1900’s is encouraged. Tickets in advance: Adults $20; $10 students/18 & under; $5 children 12 & under. At the door: $25/$12/$7. Club is located at 5105 Hermosa Ave, LA 90041. For more information,


Sunday, Feb. 9

2pm—Entertaining Presentation on 1914 Life at Arroyo Seco Library by the Heritage Square Museum. This is a lead up to the Library’s 100 Year Anniversary of Service at Highland Park Location on Feb. 28. All are welcome. Come dressed for the period. Library located at 6145 N. Figueroa St. For more information, call (323) 255-0537.


Monday, Feb. 10

5:30-7:30pm—Introduction to Internet Basics at Atlantic Library in Commerce. 6-18 students per session depending on the library, so register in advance. The Atlantic Library is located at 2269 S. Atlantic Blvd. Commerce 90040. To register, or for information on additional class dates & locations, call (323) 722-6660 x2864 or go online to


Tuesday, Feb. 11

6-7pm—Explore the Music and Culture of Bali at the East Los Angeles Library. Learn about the South Pacific Island with the group Bali and Beyond. No Charge. Library is located at  4837 E. 3rd St. LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 264-0155.

6:30-7:30pm—Valentine’s Day Themed Happy Fun Night at the Montebello Library. Create valentines for family & friends. Free admission. Library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd Montebello, 90640. For more information, call (323) 722-6551.


Wednesday, Feb. 12

5-6pm—Bingo for Books at the Chet Holifield Library in Montebello. Younger children can participate with the help of a parent or caretaker.  Books will be given away as prizes. Open to all children and their parents. Library is located at 1060 S. Greenwood Ave. For more information, call (323) 728-0421.



Town Hall Meeting Thursday, Feb. 13 at LAPD Hollenbeck Police Station – 6-8pm – to discuss recent aggravated assaults, and to address any concerns from community members.  LAPD – Hollenbeck Station is located at 2111 E. 1st St., LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 342-4110.

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes Presents Platicas y Pruebas – Aphrodisiacs: Chocolate, Chiles & Amor – Feb. 13 with chef & historian Maite Gomez-Rejón. Learn history of aphrodisiacs and take part in a tasting of New World foods sure to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Starts at 7pm. Limited seating. Tickets are $10, for more information, go to La Plaza is located at 501 N. Main St., downtown LA 90012.

Eagle Rock Association (TERA) Annual State of the Town Address Feb. 13 at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock: 2225 Colorado Blvd. LA 90041. Councilman Jose Huizar (CD-14) will speak. Parking available at the Bank of America, west of Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. For more information, call TERA at (323) 259-TERA or Huizar’s Northeast Field Office at (323) 254-5295.

Valentine’s Day Fun Feb. 14 at Bell Gardens Veterans Park. Enjoy carnival games, a dance contest, cool treats, and other fun activities from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. $2 per child. Register in the Game Room. BGVP is located at 6662 Loveland St. Bell Gardens 90201. For more information,

Free Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) Sunset Tour of Artwork Along the Metro Gold Line with Poet Mike Sonksen, a third-generation Angeleno known for his poetry performances, writings and unique city tours blending poetry & history. Tour departs Union Station Information Booth at 5:30 p.m. and ends at Kings Row Gastropub in Old Pasadena at 7 p.m. Save $5 on meal there by showing a valid TAP card to the cashier. For more information on Metro art tours, visit

The Wall Las Memorias Launches ¡Salud A La Salud! Celebrate Your Health campaign Feb. 15, 11am at Mariachi Plaza. Volunteers from across LA will come together that day in support of quality health and wellness services for Latino and LGBTQ communities. To RSVP or for more information, go to the event page at

Montebello Fire Dept. to Offer Free CERT Training Classes Feb. 21, 28 and March 1 at the Park Avenue Christian Church. The Community Emergency Response Team program prepares individuals on how to respond to a major emergency, such as earthquakes, fires or other hazards & help your family, neighbors, or co-workers when  emergency responders are unavailable. Participants who complete the free, 20-hour course will receive a certificate of completion. Class size is limited, so early registration encouraged. To RSVP or for more information, contact Lynne Wong at (323) 721-5187 or email


To submit an event to the Community Calendar, e-mail All submissions are subject to space availability. Paid advertising available for guaranteed calendar placement. For more information, email or call (323) 341-7970.

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