West Los Angeles
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|West Los Angeles|
|— Neighborhood of Los Angeles —|
|Wilshire Boulevard along the northern boundary of West Los Angeles, which begins on the left-hand (south) side of the street|
Geography and transportation 
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The district is bordered by Santa Monica on the west, Brentwood and Westwood on the northwest, the unincorporated Sawtelle Veterans Administration grounds on the north and northwest, Mid-City West on the northeast, Mid-City and Mid-Wilshire on the east and southeast, and Mar Vista and Palms on the south and southwest. Its generally accepted boundaries are Hauser Blvd., Venice Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. on the east, the Santa Monica Freeway on the south, the San Diego Freeway and the city limits of Santa Monica on the west, and Wilshire Boulevard on the north. Its boundaries are Hauser Blvd. on the east, San Vicente/Olympic/Charleville/Robertson Blvds., N. Le Doux Road, Whitworth/Beverly Glen Drives and Santa Monica Blvd. on the north, Richland Ave., Sepulveda and Sawtelle Blvds. on the west and Washington Blvd., National Blvd., Overland Ave., Palms Blvd., Jasmine Ave., Tabor St., Faris Dr., Watseka Ave., Venice Blvd. and Fairfax Ave. on the south.
Because the Big Blue Bus (Santa Monica's municipal bus network) uses UCLA as one of its terminals, it provides good public transit within the region, especially along east-west routes, as does the LACMTA to a lesser extent.
This district contains an area of Japanese-American culture along Sawtelle Boulevard which is sometimes called Sawtelle.
List of districts and neighborhoods in West Los Angeles 
- Carthay Square
- Century City
- Cheviot Hills
- Faircrest Heights
- La Cienega Heights
- Palms (partially)
- Picfair Village
- Rancho Park
- Sawtelle (partially)
- South Carthay
- South Robertson
- Wilshire Vista
After colonization by the Spanish, most of what is now West Los Angeles became part of the Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica. With the arrival of Anglo settlers after the Mexican-American War, the original Californio landowners sold out, or were forced from their holdings, and by the beginning of the 20th century the area was mostly bean and wheat fields. Many Japanese immigrants settled in the district, establishing orchards and nurseries in the process. Some of these nurseries are still in business today, along the stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard between Olympic and Santa Monica Boulevards.
The core of what is now West Los Angeles, including the West Los Angeles government center at Santa Monica and Purdue, was incorporated as the City of Sawtelle. In the 1920s, West L.A. was annexed by the City of Los Angeles.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times,' "Mapping L.A." project, supplied these West Los Angeles neighborhood statistics: Population: 12,659; Median Household Income: $86,403. However, the neighborhood designated by the Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A. project as "West Los Angeles" no longer conforms to any of the boundaries described in this article. The Mapping project uses the name "West Los Angeles" to refer to an entirely different area lying east of the San Diego Freeway that is commonly regarded as the southern part of the Westwood neighborhood. For the area described in this article, the Mapping project uses the name Sawtelle. The Mapping project does not provide an explanation of why it uses "West Los Angeles" in a way that conflicts both with the historical understanding of this name and with its current usage by organizations such as the West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, which defines "West Los Angeles" with the same boundaries as indicated above in this article.
The neighborhood today 
As with most parts of the Westside, West Los Angeles is an affluent neighborhood. Its central location has made it a locus of commercial development, with several high-rise office buildings along Olympic, Santa Monica, and Wilshire Boulevards. It also contains a large number of Japanese-owned businesses. A satellite congregation of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of the most prominent Reform Jewish congregations in Southern California, occupies the northeast corner of Olympic and Barrington.
Housing in West Los Angeles is a mixture of low-rise apartment buildings, mostly inhabited by young professionals and working-class families, and single-story tract house developments built between late 1920 and 1960. Two of Los Angeles's tallest residential towers are at the neighborhood's northern edge, at the intersection of Wilshire and Barrington. There is a trend toward greater density, as single-family houses get replaced by apartment buildings, or apartment buildings by taller ones, as building sites become available through demolition.
University High School, a secondary school named for nearby UCLA, is in the district. "Uni" is one of very few older high schools in Los Angeles that have not had to be completely rebuilt following earthquakes over the years and still has a traditional look to it featuring weathered brick walls and arched entries. As a result, it is popular with film producers as a shooting location, even when school is in session, much to the chagrin of the students and faculty. The campus also contains within its bounds an artesian well (claimed by the Tongva people as their ancestral home) which has never failed, even in the driest years. Junipero Serra's party is said to have camped there in the course of their journey up and down the state.
West Los Angeles is the home of a Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy (CMOP). It is part of an initiative by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide mail order prescriptions to veterans using computerization at strategic locations throughout the United States.
West Los Angeles has a large Hispanic community evident by the authentic Mexican restaurants and a few Mexican shops. Among the area's Latino residents are a large number of immigrants from Oaxaca.
Government and infrastructure 
Emergency services 
Police service 
Primary and secondary schools 
Public schools 
West Los Angeles is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Neighborhood elementary schools are Brockton Avenue, Nora Sterry Elementary School, and Warner Avenue. Middle schools are Emerson and Webster. High schools are University High School and Indian Springs Continuation, both on the same site.
Private schools 
St. Sebastian School, Notre Dame Academy, West Los Angeles Baptist School and First Lutheran School of Venice are nearby private schools. Pacific States University in Harvard Heights area is the graduate and undergraduate college.
Public libraries 
Parks and recreation 
The Stoner Recreation Center is located in West Los Angeles. The center includes a waterpark, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a lighted football field, an indoor gymnasium without weights and a capacity of 300 people, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, lighted tennis courts, and lighted volleyball courts. The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, co-sponsored by the West Los Angeles Japanese American Community Center, is held at the park.
Notable residents 
- David Avadon, illusionist
- Nikki Reed, actress, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, and model
- Geoff Schwartz, NFL football player
- Mitchell Schwartz, NFL football player
See also 
- "West Los Angeles" entry on the Los Angeles Times "Mapping L.A." website
- West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
- Prescription Information
- Hanson, Barbard, "The Oaxaca Connection," Los Angeles Times1 May 2002: K1.
- "About Us." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
- LAPD West LA Station
- West LA neighborhood Council Schools
- "West Los Angeles Regional Library." Los Angeles Public Library. Retrieved on March 19, 2010.
- "Stoner Recreation Center." City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 19, 2010.
- West Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
- Los Angeles Times, Real Estate section, Neighborly Advice column: "[West Los Angeles (neighborhood):] In the vicinity of everything in West L.A." (19 Jan 2003)