Encino, Los Angeles
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Encino (Spanish for evergreen or holm oak) is an affluent district in the city of Los Angeles, California, United States. Specifically, it is located in the central portion of the southern San Fernando Valley and on the north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains. It derives its name from the Rancho Los Encinos (Ranch of the Evergreens), a parcel of land given to three Mission Indians by the Mexican government following its secularization of the California missions beginning in 1834. Rancho Encino was established in 1845.
The portion of the Los Angeles River that runs through the Encino area is one of only two unpaved areas necessitated by the high water table.[clarification needed] The original aquifer that fed the city of Los Angeles is the one located below Encino.
Encino is bordered by Tarzana on the west, the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area on the north, Sherman Oaks on the east, and the Encino Reservoir of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on the south. The district's boundaries are roughly Mulholland Drive on the south, Lindley Avenue on the west, Victory Boulevard on the north, and the San Diego Freeway on the east. Major thoroughfares include Ventura, Magnolia and Burbank Boulevards, as well as White Oak Avenue, Balboa Boulevard, Haskell Avenue and Hayvenhurst Avenue.
As of the 2000 Census, the population of Encino was 40,946, with a population density of 3,864.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the district was 89.90% White, 1.78% African American, 4.38% Asian, 0.19% Native American, and 4.13% belonged to other races. Hispanic or Latino residents, of any race, were 4.62% of the population.
18.25% of the population was under 18, and 20.08% was over 64. The district contained 18,159 housing units in a land area of 10.59 square miles (27.44 square kilometers). Water covers 0.13 square miles (0.33 square kilometers) of the district.
The local economy provides jobs primarily in health care (including one of two Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center hospitals), social services, and professional services (accounting and financial services, real estate, and legal) sectors. There are approximately 3,800 businesses employing about 27,000 people at an annual payroll of $1,400,000,000.
Government and infrastructure 
Local government 
Most of Encino lies within Los Angeles City Council District 5, the portion north of the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) being in District 6. Encino is also represented in the city by the Encino Neighborhood Council, an advisory body under the auspices of the city Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (DONE).
Federal, state, and county representation 
Encino is in Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors district 3.
Post-secondary education 
Primary and secondary schools 
Public schools 
The public elementary schools serving Encino are:
- Emelita Elementary School
- Encino Elementary School
- Lanai Road Elementary School
- Hesby Oaks School
The public middle schools serving Encino are:
- Mulholland Middle School (Lake Balboa)
- Portola Middle School (Tarzana)
- Hesby Oaks School (Encino)
The public high schools serving Encino are:
Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies is a magnet school in the area.
Zane Grey Continuation High School is in the area.
In 1982 the board considered closing Rhoda Street Elementary School in Encino. In April 1983 an advisory committee of the LAUSD recommended closing eight LAUSD schools, including Rhoda Street School. In August 1983 the board publicly considered closing Rhoda, which had 262 students at the time. In 1984 the board voted to close the Rhoda Street School.
Private schools 
The private schools are:
- Children’s Community School,
- Los Encinos School,
- The Learning Center Foundation
- Valley Beth Shalom Day School,
- St.Cyril of Jerusalem School
- Westmark School
- Holy Martyrs Armenian High School
- Crespi Carmelite High School, and
- Our Lady of Grace.
Public libraries 
Parks and Recreation 
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California State Parks operates the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Los Encinos State Historic Park in Encino. The park includes the original nine-room de la Ossa Adobe, the Garnier Building, a blacksmith shop, a pond, and a natural spring.
The Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area includes the Woodley Worel/Magnus Cricket Complex with the four best grass cricket pitches in the United States. Host to many famous stars and games reflecting cricket's origins in Los Angeles from 1888. Also included in the basin is the Encino Golf Course and the Balboa Golf Course, having a total of 36 golf holes. The Balboa Municipal Golf Course, a short-length golf course, was lengthened by Steve Timm in 2008. The Balboa course has a banquet room, back nine play, cart rental, club rental, classes, a lighted driving range, a lounge, practice chipping greens, practice putting greens, and a restaurant. The Encino Municipal Golf Course, the second course of the two Sepulveda Dam courses, is a medium-length course that was designed by William P. Bell and Sons and opened in 1957. The course has large, tree-lined fairways. The course has the same features that the Balboa course has.
The Balboa Sports Complex in Encino includes a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, a lighted football field, a lighted handball court, an indoor gymnasium without weights and with a capacity for 400 people, an unlighted soccer field, lighted tennis courts, and lighted volleyball courts. The Sepulveda Basin Off-leash Dog Park is a dog park in Encino. The dog park has 6.5 acres (2.6 ha) of leash-free dog area, a 0.5-acre (0.20 ha) small dog area, an on-leash picnic area, 100 parking spots, and public telephones. The Sepulveda Garden Center, a community garden area in Encino, has about 16 acres (6.5 ha) of land and 420 garden plots.
Notable people 
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- Al Jolson - Singer, actor and honorary mayor of Encino
- Ann Sheridan - Actress
- Annette Funicello - Actress, original member of The Mickey Mouse Club.
- Arthur Treacher - Actor
- Ashlee Simpson - Singer and actress
- Barney Oldfield - Race car driver
- Bobby Sherman - Actor and singer
- Bonnie Franklin - Actress
- Britney Spears - Singer
- Bubba Lewis - Actor
- Bud Abbott - Comedian, lived on Woodley in the 1940s.
- Carlos Pena, Jr. - Actor and singer
- Cathy Cavadini - Voice actress
- Catherine Bach - American Actress
- Cecile Frot-Coutaz - American Idol executive producer
- Cherie Currie - Singer and actress. Born and raised in Encino.
- Chick Hearn - Sportscaster
- Clark Gable - Actor. He and wife Carole Lombard owned a ranch in Encino in the 1940s. It has since been torn down.
- Cybill Shepherd - Actress, singer and former model
- Dan Sheridan - Actor
- Daniel Pearl - Journalist
- Dave Grohl - Frontman of Foo Fighters and former drummer of Nirvana
- David Hasselhoff - Actor and singer
- Dennis Holmes - Actor
- Doe Avedon Siegel - Model and actress
- Don Ameche - Actor
- Edgar Rice Burroughs - Author
- Edward Everett Horton - Actor and narrator
- Eric Schwartz - American folk singer/songwriter
- Foster Brooks - Comedian
- Gregg Palmer - Actor
- Ice Cube - Rapper and actor
- Jack Webb - Actor and director
- Jackson family - Musical group and family
- Jenni Rivera - Mexican singer
- Joey Lawrence - Actor, singer-songwriter, record producer, teen heartthrob
- John Wayne - Actor and director
- John Wooden - Basketball coach
- Johnny Carson - Comedian and talk show host. Lived on Hayvenhurst Ave. in the 1950s.
- Johnny Cash - Singer. Purchased Johnny Carson's home in 1959.
- Julie London - Actress
- Kelly Johnson - System engineer and aeronautical innovator at Lockheed Corporation
- Kelly Paris - Former Major League Baseball third baseman and shortstop
- Kevin James - American actor and comedian
- Lenny Dykstra - Former professional athlete
- Lisa Kudrow - Actress
- Lori Nelson - Actress. Born in Santa Fe, raised in Encino
- Lynn Borden - Actress
- Maria Menounos - Actress and television presenter and occasional professional wrestler
- Marty Ingels - actor, comedian, theatrical agent, and, by many, best known as the voice of many cartoon characters and commercials
- Michael Buffer - Professional ring announcer
- Michael Milken - Junk bonds financier and philanthropist
- Mickey Rooney - Actor
- Nick Lachey - American singer, songwriter, actor, producer and television personality
- Phil Harris - Big Band leader, real estate mogul, radio personality, and husband of another Encinoite actress Alice Faye
- Phil Hartman - Actor
- Richard Crenna - Actor
- Richard Pryor - Actor and comedian
- Robert Kardashian - Attorney and businessman, father of Kardashian reality star family, OJ Simpson lawyer
- Robin Atkin Downes - Voice actor
- Roger Williams - Pianist
- Ron Howard - Former child actor, motion picture director/producer
- Sally Ride - Physicist and a former NASA astronaut
- Scott Baio - American actor and TV Director
- Selena Gomez - Singer and actress
- Seth MacFarlane - Voice actor, comedian, and writer
- Shirley Jones - American singer and actress of stage, film and television
- Steve Vai - Guitarist
- Steven Bochco - TV producer and writer
- Tim Laker - Minor-league baseball manager and a former Major League Baseball catcher
- Tom Petty - Singer-songwriter
- Yoshiki - Musician, member of X Japan
Encino Sun is a local community newspaper.
In popular culture 
- It is the setting and namesake of the 1992 comedy, Encino Man.
- Encino is where live-action specials on the popular cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants take place. The character Patchy the Pirate from SpongeBob SquarePants lives in Encino.
- It is the setting of the 2008 action movie Hancock.
- Encino is cited as the city where Chuck Bartowski, his sister, Ellie Woodcomb, and his best friend, Morgan Grimes are from in the television show Chuck.
- It is where Frank Zappa's Valley Girl is from, in the song of the same name.
Notable attractions 
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The Encino Velodrome has provided an outdoor oval bicycle racing track since 1963.
Los Encinos State Historic Park features historic buildings, a small museum, and picnic grounds. It has recently (2009) faced closure due to California's budget crisis. However, the Park remains open today and is a chance to see some actual history in Los Angeles and remains a jewel to the community.
The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area is a large area in Encino with multiple golf courses, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, bike paths, and a lake bordered by about 2,000 Pink Cloud Cherry Trees that blossom in the Spring and were donated anonymously. Encino Park was founded around 1937 and still draws youngsters to its playgrounds, as well as older visitors who can play basketball or improve their strokes on two lighted tennis courts.
For over a millennium, the area known as Encino was the home of a massive California live oak known as the Encino Oak Tree. It is possible that Encino is named because of this particular tree. It was known for both its size and longevity. The tree died on February 7, 1998 after an El Niño Storm felled it. Today there is a monument to the great tree at the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Louise Avenue where the Encino Oak once stood.
Plat map of "Rancho Los Encinos", registered 1873, based on 1868 survey.
Coldwell Banker, Encino Executive Plaza, Ventura Blvd. and Hayvenhurst
Rancho Los Encinos, part of the town's original namesake, 1900
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