Neighborhood Watch Meetings                                                                      Starting at 6pm                 Absolute Towing:
4760 Valley Boulevard
 Hillside Village General Meetings                                                              Starting at 7pm  January 11, 2018 
    

The Growing Hazard of Tumbleweed in El Sereno by David Botello By David Botello

Most of us who live in El Sereno are aware of the growing presence of the tumbleweeds on our hills and yards and on the open land that we enjoy here in here in our community. But we have not yet realized the growing threat that they represent as this “Russian Thistle” roots into our soil and spreads it’s countless seeds. How did this invader from the Russian Steppes become a symbol of the American west? This opportunistic Eurasian species sneaked into this country almost a century and a half ago. Round and lightweight, once it dries and breaks from it’s roots, can roll for miles, scattering 200 thousand seeds along the way. Come springtime a new crop will grow. Bone dry and filled with air pockets, dead weeds can ignite by a discarded cigarette- a hazard worsened by persistent drought. Tumbleweeds can grow to the size of a compact...

2018 Rose Queen Isabella Marie Marez Holds Roots in Local Community

This year’s 2018 Tournament of Roses Queen Isabella Marie Marez holds close family roots here in our local community of Hillside. Isabella is the daughter of Jesse and Christine Marez.  She has four siblings, Alexandra, Jennifer, Justin and William.   Her father Jesse Marez along with his eight other siblings  were raised in Hillside Village where they all attended Wilson High School. Her grandparents Jose and Manuela still reside at the family home on Almadale Ave. where they’ve resided since the mid 1970’s.     As a  resident of Altadena, Isabella had to survive a deeply competitive  application and interview process in order to be chosen Rose Queen, as close to one thousand applicants sought to win this very distinguished ambassador position.      The criteria that the  Tournament of Roses Queen and Court Committee use to select their annual Rose Queen includes: poise, speaking ability, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community...
Soto Street Widening Project

Soto Street Widening Project

With the Soto Street/Mission Rd. bridge removal and intersection reconfiguration project officially complete as of late October 2017, City officials are now focusing on the second of three projects which will run southward along Soto Street ending at the Valley/Soto bridge. On Wednesday August 2nd, City officials from Council Office...
Jerry Schneider Advocate for Ascot Hills Nature Park

Jerry Schneider Advocate for Ascot Hills Nature Park

  Jerry has a passion for California native plants that started when he lived in a hillside community in South Pasadena back in the 1970’s when he looked at open space hills near his home and saw the potential to restore them to native landscapes. Back then, Jerry knew little...
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Air Raid Sirens, Remnants Left-over From a Different Era

One may or may not have ever noticed them since their rustic and weather-worn exteriors  tend to camouflage them  into  their urban backgrounds but if for some reason you have,  they probably just resemble old weather-beaton old bird perches. These hidden relics were part of our city and Country’s state of the art Civil Defense...

The Need for Community Clean-ups by Ray Rios

Growing up in our large city, one learns real fast how to navigate the city services as efficiently as possible. Today I use my 311 application to report graffiti, bulky items,  and illegal dumping, and yet even with all these technical advances. There are still so many areas in our communities that fall in between...

Multnomah Elementary Observes Million Man March

On Tuesday September 19, 2017, Multnomah Elementary School observed the national Million Father March event by inviting  fathers, grandfathers, and other strong role model figures  to participate in a morning student greeting event. Father’s and other strong parent figures began assembling in front of the school around 7:15am where they formed two long lines on...