West Long Beach

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Aerial view of the Port of Long Beach and the Westside Long Beach

Coordinates: 33°48′03″N 118°12′53″W / 33.80083°N 118.21472°W / 33.80083; -118.21472 West Long Beach (or "the Westside") is a working-class neighborhood in Long Beach, California.

It is the westernmost part of Long Beach, separated from the rest of the city by the Long Beach Freeway (Interstate 710) and the Los Angeles River. Its boundaries are the Los Angeles River to the east, Interstate 405 to the north, Anaheim Street to the south, and Los Angeles, Carson and the Terminal Island Freeway to the west.

The largest industry in the area is the combined Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. There is also a large Shell Oil refinery in nearby Wilmington and the massive Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) on the neighborhood's western edge. The neighborhood is a mix of older residential housing, apartments and townhouses, and industrial buildings. The primary thoroughfare is Santa Fe Avenue, which runs north to south through the center of the neighborhood. The neighborhood has three official parks, including Silverado Park. In 2010 a renewed 12.39 acre park, named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, was completed next to Cabrillo High School.

The neighborhood was historically a working-class neighborhood due to its proximity to the Port of Long Beach and the large Shell Oil refinery in nearby Wilmington. A large U.S. Navy housing complex once stood in the neighborhood, on Santa Fe Avenue near Pacific Coast Highway (Cabrillo High School now stands on the site). Like many neighborhoods with largely working-class populations, deindustrialization in the 1970s took its toll, and the neighborhood was largely poor by the early 1980s.[1] A local neighborhood group, the West Long Beach Association, was founded in 1997 to improve the living conditions in the neighborhood.[2] While conditions have improved in the early 2000s, the neighborhood is still one of the poorest in Long Beach. As of July 2011, residents in West Long Beach had no access to banking services.[3] There has been and continues to be heavy gang activity and a high rate of violent crime in the neighborhood, and large portions of the neighborhood are under gang injunctions directed at the East Side Longos, West Side Longos gang and Rollin 80's West Coast Crip Gang, as well as home to other local gangs such as Sons of Samoa Samoan gang, Westside Islanders Guamanian/Filipino gang, Pimpside Phamily Filipino gang, and Long Beach Satanas Filipino gang.


According to the 2000 US Census, there were 35,637 residents of the 90810 ZIP code, which is nearly coterminous with West Long Beach. In terms of race and ethnicity, the neighborhood's population was roughly 23.8% Caucasian, 16.4% African American, 0.8% American Indian, 23.2% Asian, 3.1% Pacific Islander, 27.2% other races, and 5.5% two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos made up 45.6% of the population.

The area is served by Cabrillo High School (9–12), Stephens Middle School (6–8), Muir Academy (K–8), Garfield Elementary (K-6) and Hudson School (K-8); all operated by the Long Beach Unified School District. Police service in the area is rendered by the Long Beach Police Department Western Division, which operates a station at Pacific Coast Hwy and Santa Fe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Healthy Homes Grantees Region IX, Pacific/Hawaii – City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Homes Initiative" (PDF). U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 1999. Retrieved 2011-10-09. Census tract (CT) 5758, located on the Westside of Long Beach in ZIP code 90813, is greatly affected by poverty, illness, injury, and the environmental effects of an aging housing stock.
  2. ^ "West Long Beach Association – Home". WLBA. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  3. ^ "Banking Services Coming To West & North Long Beach" (Press release). Robert Garcia, Long Beach City Councilmember. July 13, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-09.