- Encino, Los Angeles, California
Encino (Spanish for "evergreen" or "holm oak") is a district of the City of Los Angeles,
California, United States. Specifically, it is located in the central portion of the southern San Fernando Valley. It derives its name from the Rancho Los Encinos("Ranch of the Evergreens"), a parcel of land given to three Mission Indiansby the Spanish government following its abandonment of the California missions in the early 1800s. Rancho Encino was established in 1845. [http://www.laalmanac.com/history/hi01b.htm]
The portion of the
Los Angeles Riverthat runs through the Encino area is one of only two unpaved areas necessitated by the high water table. The original aquiferthat fed the City of Los Angeles is the one located below Encino.
Encino is bordered by Tarzana on the west, the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area on the north, Sherman Oaks on the east, and the Encino Reservoir of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on the south. The district's boundaries are roughly
Mulholland Driveon the south, Lindley Avenue on the west, Victory Boulevard on the north, and the San Diego Freewayon the east. Major thoroughfares include Ventura, Magnolia and Burbank Boulevards, as well as White Oak Avenue, Balboa Boulevard, Haskell Avenue and Hayvenhurst Avenue.
As of the 2000 Census, the population of Encino was 40,946, with a population density 3,864.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 89.90% White, 1.78% African American, 4.38% Asian, 0.19% Native American, and 4.13% 'Other'. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.62% of the population.
18.25% of the population was under 18, and 20.08% was over 64. The district contained 18,159 housing units in a land area of 10.59 square miles (27.44 square kilometers). Water covers 0.13 square miles (0.33 square kilometers) of the district.
Los Angeles Fire Department[http://lafd.org/fs83.htm Station 83] (Encino) and [http://lafd.org/fs100.htm Station 100] (West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa) serve the community.
Los Angeles Police Departmentoperates the nearby West Valley Community Police Station [http://www.lapdonline.org/west_valley_community_police_station] .
Encino is the location of
Phillips Graduate Instituteand a Pepperdine Universitysatellite campus.
Primary and secondary schools
Area public primary and secondary schools are operated by the
Los Angeles Unified School District.
The public elementary schools serving Encino are:
*Emelita Elementary School
*Encino Elementary School
* [http://www.lanairoad.org/ Lanai Road Elementary School]
* [http://www.hesbyoaks.org/ Hesby Oaks School - K-8]
The public middle schools serving Encino are:
* [http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Mulholland_MS Mulholland Middle School]
* [http://www.portolams.org/ Portola Middle School]
* [http://www.hesbyoaks.org/ Hesby Oaks School - K-8]
The public high schools serving Encino are:
Birmingham High School
Reseda High School Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studiesis a magnet school in the area.
Zane Grey Continuation High School is in the area.
The private schools are:
* Children’s Community School,
* Los Encinos School,
The Learning Center Foundation
* Valley Beth Shalom Day School,
* St.Cyril's of Jerusalem
* Westmark School
* [http://www.ferrahian.com Holy Martyrs Armenian High School] , and
Crespi Carmelite High School.
Our Lady of Grace.
Los Angeles Public Libraryoperates the Encino-Tarzana Branch.
Steve Vai[ [http://www.vai.com] ]
Clark Gable[http://www.dearlydepartedtours.com/Deceased/g/gable/clark.htm Clark Gable]
David Hasselhoff[http://www.thedeadbolt.com/news/104383/hasselhoffbach_news.php David Hasselhoff]
Chick Hearn[ [http://www.house.gov/sherman/press_room/wida_press_archive/110702ChickHearn.html Chick Hearn] , House of Representatives]
Michael Jackson[ [http://www.travelersdigest.com/stars_homes.htm Stars Homes] , Travelers Digest]
Michael Milken[ [http://www.objectivistcenter.org/cth--108-The_Financier.aspx Michael Milken] ]
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
Tom Petty[ [http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=104554 Tom Petty] ]
Ashlee Simpson[ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1216803,00.html Ashlee Simpson] , People]
John Wayne[ [http://www.americassuburb.com/john_wayne_home_is_gone.html John Wayne] ]
John Wooden[http://www.nbc4.tv/news/9545628/detail.html John Wooden, NBC 4]
[http://www.shermanoakssun.com/index.php?page=encino-sun Encino Sun] is a local community newspaper.
Encino in popular culture
It is the setting and namesake of the 1992 comedy, "
In 1987, an arsonist set fire to Tom Petty's house in Encino. The fire caused $1 million in damage but firefighters were able to salvage the basement recording studio and the original tapes stored there, as well as his Gibson Dove acoustic guitar. Petty later rebuilt the house. ["Rock Star Tom Petty's Home Damaged in Fire", Los Angeles Times, May 18, 1987, Metro] cite book|last=Zollo|first=Paul|title=Conversations With Tom Petty| year=2005|pages=106-109]
Within Encino is what was the Encino RKO Ranch, where the mythical town of
Bedford Fallsstood during the filming of "It's A Wonderful Life". Dave Grohlmentioned wearing a black "Encino" shirt to the MTV Movie Awards in a Spin Magazineinterview and says of Encino, "There are some really good delis out here." Grohl also mentions, "Dude, I love the Valley!" [http://www.spin.com/features/magazine/covers/2005/07/0508_foofighters/]
Encino is mentioned in
Frank Zappa's 1982 hit song, "Valley Girl".
"The Point" from "
Fast Times at Ridgemont High" was located at one of the baseball fields in Encino Little League.
Elisabeth Shue) family lived in Encino in the movie " The Karate Kid". Their country club was Encino Oaks and they lived on Alonzo Avenue.
Encino is where live-action specials on the popular cartoon "
SpongeBob SquarePants" take place. The character Patchy the Piratefrom SpongeBob SquarePantslives in Encino.
Encino is the setting of the first half of
Chileanauthor Alberto Fuguet's novel "Las películas de mi vida (The Movies Of My Life)".
Encino is where, according to a recurring on-air gag,
Match Gamepanelist Brett Somerswould take host Gene Rayburnto a nice hotel after the show if she were "feeling frisky." Butch Hartmanformally resided there as well as actor Samuel L. Jackson(at 5128 Encino Ave; sold for around $2 million in 2002).
Irv "Lorenzo" Gotti, the head of
The Inc. Records, formerly known as Murder Inc. Records, owns a mansion in Encino.
May 28, 1998, Actor/Comedian Phil Hartmanwas murdered by his wife in Encino. The 40-Year-Old Virginwas partly filmed in Encino. [http://imdb.com/title/tt0405422/locations] Tribal Tech, a progressive Jazz fusionband, has a music called Sheik of Encino.
On May 17, 2008, Ashlee Simpson wed Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz at an intimate ceremony at her parents' home in Encino, California.
Christina Milian, lives in Encino.
Velodromehas provided an outdoor oval bicycle racing track since 1963. Los Encinos State Historic Parkfeatures historic buildings, a small museum, and picnic grounds.
The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area [http://www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/sepulvedaBasinRC.htm] is a large area in Encino with multiple golf courses, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, bike paths and a lake bordered by about 2,000 Pink Cloud Cherry Trees that blossom in the Spring and were donated anonymously. [http://www.lacity.org/rap/press/rappress31436369_03152006.pdf]
For over a
millennium, the area known as Encino was the home of a massive California Live Oak Tree known as the Encino Oak (a redundancy as Encino means Oak in Spanish). It is possible that Encino is named because of this particular tree. It was known for both its size and longevity. The tree died on February 7, 1998after an El NiñoStorm felled it. Today there is a monument to the great tree at the corner of Ventura Boulevardand Louise Avenue where the Encino Oak once stood. [ [http://www.wildbell.com/oak/ Encino's "1,000 Year Old" Oak Tree] ]
Encino is home to L.A.'s largest
Earth Dayfestival [http://www.worldfestevents.com/] held annually at Woodley Park.
* [http://www.encinovelodrome.org/index.htm Encino Velodrome]
* [http://www.latimes.com/classified/realestate/news/communities/la-re-guide17jul17,0,2914937.story?coll=la-realestate-communities "Los Angeles Times", Real Estate section, Neighborly Advice column: "
[Encino: ]A history rooted in farms and film stars" (17 July 2005)]
* [http://www.lahacal.org/enchist.html History of Rancho Los Encinos]
* [http://www.encinochamber.org Encino Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.laokay.com/halac/RanchoLosEncinos.htm Another History of Rancho Los Encinos]
* [http://valleynews.com/Encino Citizen journalism in Encino]
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