Los Angeles Times

Joseph Serna

Writer

Joseph Serna works on the Metro desk and joined the Los Angeles Times in September 2012. He previously worked for the Daily Pilot in Orange County, where he covered City Hall, crime and education. He is an Orange County native who graduated from Cal State Long Beach and enjoys hiking and traveling. He’s also a notoriously picky eater.

Recent Articles

  • Videos show how deadly Erskine fire exploded into inferno

    Videos show how deadly Erskine fire exploded into inferno

    The fire that has burned more than 100 homes spread with lightning speed Thursday night, fueled by wind, heat and many dead trees. Videos taken of the Erskine fire show how it devoured so much land so quickly – nearly 30 square miles in less than 20 hours. The blaze’s path has been marked by ruin:...

  • Wanted: Man wearing handcuffs who escaped police custody in Canoga Park

    Wanted: Man wearing handcuffs who escaped police custody in Canoga Park

    A man who was handcuffed by police managed to run away from the arresting officer in Canoga Park, triggering a modified tactical alert and manhunt, Los Angeles police said. Police said the man was probably still wearing the handcuffs, but other than that, did not provide a detailed description....

  • Cell service 'compromised' in Kern County fire area

    Live updates: Deadly Kern County wildfire destroys at least 150 homes June 25, 2016, 2:08 p.m. The frantic effort to control the raging Erskine fire in the southern Sierra Nevada has drawn firefighters and emergency crews from across the state to the rural towns along the southern part of Lake...

  • Ventura oil spill misses the ocean, but damage on land is unclear

    Ventura oil spill misses the ocean, but damage on land is unclear

    Before the sun rose Thursday, Kirk Atwater’s wakeup call was a noxious breeze that filled his bedroom with fumes. He stepped out of his ranch that overlooks an arroyo in the Ventura hills and saw a creek of thick, black goo traveling through the canyon that was dry just the day before. A pipeline...

  • Crimson Pipeline has history of spills in Ventura County

    Updates: Oil spill in Ventura County; assessment of damage underway June 23, 2016, 2:57 p.m. An oil spill that may have released more than 29,000 gallons of crude into a grassy canyon in Ventura County did not reach the beach or trigger evacuations, Ventura County fire officials say. Assessments...

  • Crews stopped oil leak before it hit the ocean

    Updates: Oil spill in Ventura County; assessment of damage underway June 23, 2016, 2:57 p.m. An oil spill that may have released more than 29,000 gallons of crude into a grassy canyon in Ventura County did not reach the beach or trigger evacuations, Ventura County fire officials say. Assessments...

  • Red flag conditions ahead for Southern California amid several wildfires

    Red flag conditions ahead for Southern California amid several wildfires

    A short respite from triple-digit heat allowed crews battling several wildfires in Southern California to block the flames from destroying homes this week, but dangerous red flag fire conditions have returned, the National Weather Service said Thursday. Temperatures in the Los Angeles, Ventura...

  • Party bus driver charged after 33 Marin County teens found with pills, booze, fake IDs

    Party bus driver charged after 33 Marin County teens found with pills, booze, fake IDs

    More than 30 teens from affluent Bay Area communities who planned to celebrate on the first day of summer were busted Monday when police stopped their rented party bus and found it loaded with booze, prescription drugs, marijuana and fake IDs, police in Marin County said Tuesday. The teens had...

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