Judge Refuses to Block Sale of Caltrans Homes to Charity

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Tuesday denied the city's request for a preliminary injunction to prevent the sale of 11 Caltrans-owned homes to a housing agency and charity.

In August, the city sued to prevent the sale of the homes--originally slated to be razed to make way for the extension of the Long Beach Freeway--to Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services and Esperanza Charities. That suit came after a judge rejected a similar effort by neighbors of the properties who want homeowners, not renters, in the properties.

Despite the lawsuit, Caltrans closed escrow on the homes in January and completed the sale of the homes.

The judge's ruling Tuesday said that a court filing making new allegations against the owner of Esperanza Charities was new information that could not be taken into consideration, City Atty. Francisco Leal said. However, Leal said the city could file for reconsideration and the evidence could be used.

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