Winnetka, Los Angeles
|Neighborhood of Los Angeles|
Winnetka is a neighborhood in the west-central San Fernando Valley in the city of Los Angeles. It is a highly diverse area, both for the city and for Los Angeles County, with a relatively large percentage of Asian people.
Winnetka was founded in 1922 as a small farming community. Today there are six public and four private schools in the area, a recreation center, two pocket parks and a city-operated child-care center.
The 2000 U.S. census counted 40,943 residents in the 4.78-square-mile Winnetka neighborhood,—or 9,286 people per square mile, about an average population density for the city. In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 54,825. In 2000 the median age for residents was 32, considered average for city and county neighborhoods.
The neighborhood was considered "highly diverse" ethnically within Los Angeles, with a relatively high percentage of Asian residents. The breakdown was Latinos, 40.6%; whites, 36.1%; Asians, 15.5%; blacks, 4.3%; and others, 3.5%. Mexico (34.5%) and the Philippines (10.9%) were the most common places of birth for the 41.4% of the residents who were born abroad—an average percentage for Los Angeles.
The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $62,435, considered average for the city and county. The percentage of households earning $40,000 to $60,000 in 2000 was high for the county. Renters occupied 48.3% of the housing stock and house- or apartment-owners held 51.7%.
Relation of Winnetka to nearby places, not necessarily contiguous:
|Woodland Hills & Calabasas||Woodland Hills||Tarzana|
A total of 21.9% of Winnetka residents aged 25 and older have earned a four-year degree, which is considered an average figure for both the city and the county. Schools located in the neighborhood are:
- James Jordan Middle School, charter, 7911 Winnetka Avenue
- Limerick Avenue Elementary School, 8530 Limerick Avenue
- Winnetka Avenue Elementary School, 8340 Winnetka Avenue
- Sunny Brae Avenue Elementary School, 20620 Arminta Street
- John A. Sutter Middle School, 7330 Winnetka Avenue
- Fullbright Avenue Elementary School, 6940 Fullbright Avenue
- Green Gables, elementary, 8217 Winnetka Avenue
- West Valley Christian Academy, 7911 Winnetka Avenue
- St. Joseph the Worker Elementary School, 19812 Cantlay Street
- St. Martin-in-the-Fields Parish School, 7136 Winnetka Avenue
In 1920, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce requested that Charles Weeks come to the San Fernando Valley to establish a series of one-acre egg farms. The farms would be based on the successful formula Weeks developed in East Palo Alto, California. The "poultry colony" Weeks created in the Winnetka area of the valley eventually developed into a small farming community named Weeks Poultry Colony. Later Weeks renamed the colony Winnetka, after a farm he owned in Winnetka, Illinois.
Before World War II, this area was rural, in agricultural use, as was much of the western San Fernando Valley.
Parks and recreation centers
- Winnetka Recreation Center: The center has an indoor gymnasium without weights, which can be used as an auditorium; it has a capacity of 400. In addition the center has a lighted baseball diamond, a children's play area, a community room which often hosts election polls, and picnic tables.
- Quimby Park: which is unstaffed, has unlighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, and unlighted tennis courts. The park has no toilet facilities.
- Runnymeade Park: An unstaffed pocket park, it has a children's play area, picnic tables, and unlighted tennis courts.
- Winnetka Child Care Center: Operated by the city in Winnetka, the center takes children from ages 2.9 to 13 and has a capacity of 59 after-school children and 40 preschool children.
Government and services
- Los Angeles City Council District 3, Councilman Dennis P. Zine.
- California Congressional District 27, Representative Brad Sherman.
- California State Senate District 20, State Senator Alex Padilla.
- California State Senate District 23, State Senator Fran Pavley (Most of Winnetka is in the 20th District but a small portion of the southern and northwestern parts are in the 23rd District).
- California State Assembly District 40, State Representative Bob Blumenfield.
- Post Office: The United States Postal Service Winnetka Post Office, 7655 Winnetka Avenue.
- Los Angeles Police Department:
- Los Angeles Fire Department: Station #104, 8349 Winnetka Ave.
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- CSUN digital-library
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- "Runnymeade Park." City of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 20, 2010.
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