North Hills, Los Angeles

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North Hills
Sepulveda
North Hills is located in San Fernando Valley
North Hills
North Hills
Location within Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley
North Hills is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
North Hills
North Hills
North Hills (the Los Angeles metropolitan area)
Coordinates: 34°14′08″N 118°29′06″W / 34.23556°N 118.48500°W / 34.23556; -118.48500
CountryUnited States
StateCalifornia
CountyLos Angeles
CityLos Angeles
Elevation
841 ft (256 m)
Population
 (2000)[1]
 • Total56,946
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
91343
Area code(s)818 and 747

North Hills, known previously as Sepulveda, is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles.

North Hills was originally part of an agricultural community known as Mission Acres. After WWII, the newly-developed suburban community was renamed Sepulveda, after the prominent Sepúlveda family of California. In 1991, it was renamed North Hills.

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; 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.[2][3]

History[edit]

Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society Sanctuary, also known as The Onion, built in 1964

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 made by early developers who created 1 acre plots for agricultural activities, with irrigation supplied by the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913.[4] The community was a stop for the Pacific Electric railway streetcars that transported passengers from downtown Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley.[5]

Mission Residents of Mission Acres renamed the area Sepulveda in 1927.[5] The Californio Sepulveda family, going back to the founding of the Pueblo of Los Angeles,[6] 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 1991, residents of the western half of Sepulveda, west of the San Diego Freeway, voted to secede from the eastern section to form a new community named North Hills. The City of Los Angeles soon changed the name of remaining Sepulveda to North Hills also.[7] The city then formed a new sub-neighborhood of "North Hills West" which begins west of the 405 freeway and goes to Bull Creek Wash/Balboa Blvd. and from Roscoe Blvd. to Devonshire St.[8][9] The eastern section became the sub-neighborhood of North Hills East.[10]

North Hills East boundaries are east of the 405-San Diego Freeway, along the Pacoima Wash, South of Lassen, and North of Roscoe.[11]

In June 1999, a damaged airplane landed safely on Hayvenhurst Avenue on its way to Van Nuys Airport.[5]

As of 2020, about 242 (1.3%) of the approximately 17,977 occupied structures in North Hills were built in 1939 or earlier, 34.9% were built from 1940 to 1959, 3.4% from 1960 to 1979, 5.2% from 2000 to 2009, 0.9% from 2010 to 2013, and 1% from 2014 or later.[12]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

North Hills is governed locally by the City of Los Angeles and is represented in the Los Angeles City Council by the members elected for districts 6, 7 and 12; each district includes three different sections of the neighborhood.[13]

Los Angeles City Council Members
Council District Council Member Neighborhood area served
City Council District 6 Vacant[a] South portion of North Hills East
City Council District 7 Monica Rodriguez North portion of North Hills East
City Council District 12 John Lee North Hills West

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.[15] Their slogan is "Fostering Community," and its logo is of a green tree in the city.[15] The 2012-2014 North Hills West Neighborhood Council was seated into office on September 20, 2012.[16] A northwestern section became part of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council in 2013.[17]

North Hills East Neighborhood Council was certified in 2010.[18] 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.

Federal and State legislature representation[edit]

The neighborhood is represented federally by the congress member elected for California's 29th congressional district and both senators from California. On the state level, it is represented by the state assembly member elected for California State Assembly District 46 and the state senator elected for California State Senate District 18.

Federal representatives
United States Congress
United States Senate
State representatives
Californai State Assembly
California State Senate

Demographics[edit]

In 2009, the Los Angeles Times's "Mapping L.A." project supplied these North Hills community statistics: median household income: $52,456.[19] Population size is 60,254 according to 2010 Census data. This summarizes both sides of the 405 freeway. The North Hills West neighborhood had 24,000 residents in 2009.[9] The North Hills East neighborhood had nearly 40,000 residents in 2010.[11]

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

The community is served by schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.[20]

Gledhill Street Elementary School, Langdon Avenue Elementary School, Mayall Street School, and Parthenia Street School serve North Hills.[21]

Most students attend Sepulveda Middle School.[22] Those students residing west of Woodley Avenue attend Holmes Middle School.[23]

North Hills high school students attend James Monroe High School.[24]

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.

Public Schools in North Hills[25]
Name Grades
Mayall Street Elementary K-5
Vintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet K-5
Lassen Elementary K-5
Francisco Sepulveda Middle 6-8
Gledhill Street Elementary K-5
Albert Einstein Continuation 9-12
Valley Region Elementary No. 12 K-5
Plummer Elementary K-5
James Monroe High 9-12
Valley Charter Elementary K-5
Our Community Charter K-8
Rosa Parks Learning Center K-5
Langdon Avenue Elementary K-5
Noble Avenue Elementary K-5
Vista Middle 6-8

Local School District Administration[edit]

LAUSD Local District Superintendents[26]
Local District Superintendent Neighborhood area served
Local District Northwest David Baca Most of North Hills
Local District Northeast Andrés Chait Small portion south of North Hills East
LAUSD Board of Education Board Members[27][28]
District Board Member Neighborhood area served
3 Scott Schmerelson[29] Most of North Hills West
6 Kelly Gonez[30] Most of North Hills East and small portion of West

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 serve as host families to international students studying in the US. 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]

Private Schools in North Hills[31]
Name Grades
Los Angeles Baptist Middle School/High School 6-12
North Hills Prep 7-12
Valley Presbyterian Elementary K-6
Our Lady of Peace Elementary K-8
Centers of Learning K-12
New Generation K-6
Holy Martyrs Armenian Elementary K-5
Valley High School/Site 1 6-12
Valley High School/Site 2 6-12

Public library[edit]

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.[32]

Notable people[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Since October 13, 2022, Sharon Tso has served as the non-voting caretaker for the Office of City District 6. However, the seat on the city council remains vacant.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Los Angeles Almanac: City of Los Angeles Population by Community & Race 2000 Census". Archived from the original on January 11, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  2. ^ Affairs, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, U. S. Department of Veterans. "Sepulveda VA Medical Center - VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System". www.losangeles.va.gov.
  3. ^ VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center: Medical Campus Map
  4. ^ "Community Profile / North Hills". LA Times. February 23, 1997. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Hoffmann, Michelle (2004-02-01). "Treasures amid Valley bustle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-08-17.
  6. ^ Wittenburg, Mary Joanne (1991). "Three Generations of the Sepulveda Family in Southern California". Southern California Quarterly. 73 (3): 197–250. doi:10.2307/41171580. JSTOR 41171580.
  7. ^ "What Remains of Sepulveda Will Also Become North Hills : Name change: Residents didn't want to be deserted by their former neighbors. Councilman Wachs says the decision takes effect immediately". 22 November 1991 – via LA Times.
  8. ^ "Map of North Hills West Neighborhood Council boundaries".
  9. ^ a b Neilson 2009
  10. ^ "Map of North Hills East Neighborhood Council boundaries".
  11. ^ a b 2010 Census tracts data.
  12. ^ "Table S2504: Physical Housing Characteristics for Occupied Housing Units". data.census.gov. 2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 14, 2022.
  13. ^ "NavigateLA" (PDF). navigatela.lacity.org. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  14. ^ "Caretaker appointed after Nury Martinez resigns, special election considered". Fox LA. 2022-10-13. Retrieved 2022-10-13.
  15. ^ a b "North Hills West Neighborhood Council: history and information".
  16. ^ wpadmin. "Home New".
  17. ^ "Northridge East Neighborhood Council - Making Northridge, CA a Better Place to Live, Work, Play, and Learn - Boundaries".
  18. ^ "North Hills East Neighborhood Council website".
  19. ^ "North Hills" entry on the Los Angeles Times "Mapping L.A." website
  20. ^ "Treasures amid Valley bustle - latimes.com". www.latimes.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  21. ^ "Gledhill Street Elementary School".
  22. ^ "Sepulveda Middle School".
  23. ^ "You are about to leave the LAUSD Network". www.lausd.k12.ca.us.
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-01-15. Retrieved 2007-02-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ "North Hills". Mapping L.A. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
  26. ^ "Local Districts Home / Local Districts". achieve.lausd.net. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  27. ^ "Board of Education / Board of Education Homepage". achieve.lausd.net. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  28. ^ "LAUSD Maps / Board of Education Districts Maps 2022-2023". achieve.lausd.net. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  29. ^ "Home". Scott Schmerelson. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  30. ^ "Kelly Gonez / Kelly Gonez, Board District 6". achieve.lausd.net. Retrieved 2022-10-14.
  31. ^ "North Hills". Mapping L.A. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
  32. ^ "Mid-Valley Regional Library - Los Angeles Public Library". www.lapl.org.

External links[edit]

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