North Hills, Los Angeles

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North Hills
Neighborhood of Los Angeles
North Hills is located in San Fernando Valley
North Hills
North Hills
Location within Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley
Coordinates: 34°14′08″N 118°29′06″W / 34.23556°N 118.48500°W / 34.23556; -118.48500
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles
Elevation 841 ft (256 m)
Population (2000)[1]
 • Total 56,946
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 91343
Area code(s) 818 and 747

North Hills is a community in the north-central San Fernando Valley, and within the City of Los Angeles, California.

North Hills was originally an agricultural community known as Mission Acres. After World War II, the newly developed suburban community was renamed Sepulveda until the latter 1990s.

Geography[edit]

Northridge is to the west, Panorama City is to the east, Van Nuys is to the south, and Granada Hills to the north.

Main thoroughfares include: Sepulveda Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard; Hayvenhurst, Woodley, and Haskell Avenues; and Lassen, Plummer, and Nordhoff Streets. North Hills is bounded by Balboa Boulevard and Bull Creek ("the wash") on the west, Devonshire and Lassen Street on the north, the Pacoima Wash on the east, and Roscoe Boulevard on the south.

Overlapping Area codes 747 and 818 serve the area. The North Hills ZIP code is 91343.

North Hills is home to the large Veterans Administration Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center campus, which serves veterans in the San Fernando Valley, with residential and outpatient care and therapy. [2] [3]

History[edit]

In the late 18th and 19th century the site was part of the Mission San Fernando Rey de España lands, until 1846 when it became part of the Rancho Ex-Mission San Fernando of Andrés Pico, near the Andrés Pico Adobe. Mission Acres was an agricultural community, with irrigation supplied by the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913.

The Californio Sepulveda family, going back to the founding of the Pueblo of Los Angeles, is the source of various Los Angeles place-names, including the post-war community of Sepulveda. Sepulveda Boulevard is the primary north/south street through North Hills, crossing Sepulveda Pass to the south.

In 1992, residents of the western half of Sepulveda, west of the San Diego Freeway, voted to secede from the eastern section in order to form a new community named North Hills.[citation needed] Thereafter the value of properties east of the San Diego Freeway in Sepulveda fell. The City of Los Angeles eventually changed the name of remaining Sepulveda to North Hills also.[citation needed] The city then formed a new sub-neighborhood of "North Hills West" which begins west of the 405 freeway and goes to Bull Creek/Balboa and from Roscoe to Devonshire.[4] The eastern section became the sub-neighborhood of North Hills East. [5]

North Hills West boundaries are west of the 405-San Diego Freeway, along the Bull Creek Wash, South of Devonshire, and North of Roscoe.[6] The North Hills East boundaries are east of the 405-San Diego Freeway, along the Pacoima Wash, South of Lassen, and North of Roscoe.[7]

Government[edit]

Federal[edit]

State[edit]

City of Los Angeles[edit]

City Council Members
Los Angeles Unified School District

Neighborhood Councils[edit]

Both North Hills East and North Hills West Neighborhood Councils work together to improve the overall quality of life in North Hills communities.

North Hills West Neighborhood Council was certified in 2003. [8] Their slogan is "Fostering Community," and its logo is of a green tree in the city.[8] The 2012-2014 North Hills West Neighborhood Council was seated into office on September 20, 2012.[9] A northwestern section became part of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council in 2013. [10]

North Hills East Neighborhood Council was certified in 2010. [11] It has a growing, multicultural group of neighbors dedicated to service and community activism. In early 2014, North Hills East Neighborhood Council was approved as an Official Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Awards program, which is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the same organization responsible for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. This status as an Official Certifying Organization has enabled the North Hills East Neighborhood Council to verify hours and eligibility for volunteers to receive an award, which, depending on number of hours worked can range from a pin to a personalized letter from the President of the United States. More about the awards can be found here: www.presidentialserviceawards.gov Volunteers do not have to be a resident or stakeholder of North Hills East to qualify for a President's Volunteer Service Award.

Public library

The Los Angeles Public Library Mid-Valley Regional Branch, one of the biggest in the San Fernando Valley, is located on Nordhoff Street at Woodley Avenue in North Hills. [12]

Demographics[edit]

In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these North Hills community statistics: median household income: $52,456.[13] Population size is 60,254 according to 2010 Census data. It should be noted that this summarizes both sides of the 405 freeway.

The North Hills West neighborhood had 24,000 residents in 2009.[6] The "North Hills East" neighborhood had close to 40,000 residents in 2010. [7]

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

The community is served by schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.[14]

Gledhill Street Elementary School, Langdon Avenue Elementary School, and Mayall Street School serve North Hills. [15]

Most students attend Sepulveda Middle School [16] Those students residing west of Woodley Avenue attend Holmes Middle School. [17]

North Hills high school students attend James Monroe High School.[18]

There are magnet programs in some schools, such as the Sepulveda Middle School which has a Gifted/High Ability Magnet, and Kennedy High School which has an Architecture/Digital Arts Magnet. A school bus is provided if pupils are more than 5 miles away from the school. North Hills West is also served by charter schools of all grades

Private schools[edit]

The private and parochial schools in North Hills include Valley Park Baptist, Valley Presbyterian School, Heritage Christian, Our Lady of Peace, and Church of the Living Word. Los Angeles Baptist High School also serves the community, and in 2012 was combined with Heritage Christian High School..

Several North Hills residents are also proud to serve as host families to international students studying abroad in the U.S. As of early 2014, about 50 foreign exchange students are attending school in the North Hills area. Host families get to share their way of life and culture with the students, and at the same time learn more about the students and their home countries.[citation needed]

Media[edit]

North Hills has been a filming location for scenes in various movies and television shows, including: "Grey's Anatomy", "The Nick Cannon Show", "Argo", "My Name is Earl", "The Neighbors", and "Raising Hope".

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Coordinates: 34°14′08″N 118°28′35″W / 34.235639°N 118.476441°W / 34.235639; -118.476441