East Agoura, Agoura Hills, California
East Agoura is a district on the eastern side of the city of Agoura Hills, located on the city's, in western Los Angeles County, California. The city of Oak Park is on the north East Agoura is the most dense of the suburban city's districts, as the area contains a mix of apartment buildings and large offices as a result of construction in the 1990s; this district is located south of the residential and more rural Old Agoura, it is sometimes referred to as part of Old Agoura as both are north of the 101−Ventura Freeway in eastern Agoura Hills. The least dense area of the district is located near Agoura High School, surrounding Chumash Park, a large, quiet suburban park within walking distance from Downtown. Chumash Park
Agoura Hills, California
Agoura Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, United States. Its population was estimated to be at 20,843 in 2014, up from 20,537 at the 2000 census, it is in the eastern Conejo Valley between the Santa Monica Mountains. The city is on the border between the county of Los Angeles to the east and south, Ventura County to the north and west, it is about 30 miles northwest of Downtown Los Angeles and less than 10 miles west of the Los Angeles city limits. Agoura Hills and unincorporated Agoura sit next to Calabasas, Oak Park, Westlake Village; the area was first settled by the Chumash Native Americans around 10,000 years ago. As the Alta California coast was settled by Spanish Franciscan missionaries in the late 18th century, the El Camino Real, a road from Loreto, Baja California, Mexico to Sonoma and connecting the Spanish missions in California, was established through the heart of what would be known as Agoura Hills. In about 1800, Miguel Ortega was granted a Spanish grazing concession called Rancho Las Virgenes or El Rancho de Nuestra Señora La Reina de Las Virgenes.
The grant was abandoned after Ortega's death in 1810, José Maria Dominguez was given Rancho Las Virgenes as a Mexican land grant in 1834. Maria Antonia Machado de Reyes purchased the rancho from Dominguez in 1845. By 1900, Agoura Hills was being used as a popular stage stop for travelers along the Camino Real because of its natural spring at the foothills of Ladyface Mountain, one of Agoura Hills' defining geographic features. In the 1920s, the community was known as Picture City, as Paramount Pictures owned a ranch known as Paramount Ranch used for filming Westerns. To obtain a post office of their own, the residents were required to choose a one-word name, in 1927 chose the shortest name proposed: a misspelling of the last name of Pierre Agoure, a local Basque man and French immigrant who had settled in the area in 1871 to live the lifestyle of the Mexican rancher. Styling himself Don Pierre Agoure, he was a successful sheep herder and had a reputation as a swashbuckler. Agoura Hills began to grow in the late 1960s after the Ventura Freeway section of U.
S. Route 101 was built through the city's heart; the first housing tracts in Agoura were Liberty Canyon and Lake Lindero. Rapid growth continued during the 1970s, when schools were built and much of downtown erected. In 1978, residents of the Agoura Hills area banded together to lobby Sacramento to widen the Kanan Bridge. Legislation was passed requiring the State Department of Transportation to award contracts for widening of the Kanan Road bridge overpass, over the Ventura Freeway, from two lanes to four lanes. In 1982, the residents of the city of Agoura Hills voted in favor of cityhood by a 68% majority. Agoura Hills became the 83rd City in Los Angeles County. Elected to the first City Council were Mayor Fran Pavley, Mayor Pro Tem Carol Sahm, Councilmembers Ernest Dynda, John Hood, Vicky Leary. Incorporating a year after neighboring Westlake Village, the drive for cityhood in the region was based on public discontent with the county's failure to limit residential development of the area, motives that influenced Malibu and Calabasas to follow suit in 1991.
The 1980s was a period of tremendous growth, with large land areas being subdivided into housing tracts and a great wave of migration of people into the city. In the 1990s, numerous businesses set up shop in the city, downtown filled with shops and restaurants. In 1995, the murder of Jimmy Farris shook the city and awakened it to a rising drug problem and petty theft crime wave among its young; as a result, the city began sponsoring live music concerts in local parks. In November 2018, the Woolsey Fire occurred during Santa Ana winds causing tremendous devastation to Agoura Hills. One victim was found on Tuesday November 13 in the 32000 block of Lobo Canyon Road. In 2007 an eruv was constructed on public property removed. A resident of Agoura Hills has spoken out against an eruv during a city council meeting; this resident's concerns include: It is ugly. The city makes an exemption for the eruv. If the fishing line is cut, it is an entanglement hazard. If the poles come down, they are a hazard. Will the fishing line and other materials be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way?
The resident does not want to cross a religious boundary to walk to the grocery store. This is an ongoing dispute. Agoura Hills is known regionally for its live music scene and originality in the nu metal scene, a fame that has given rise to such acts as Linkin Park, Dub Thompson, Skye Aspen, Incubus and Fort Minor. Agoura Hills is home to The Canyon Club, a concert venue that hosts national and regional touring acts such as Peter Frampton, Smash Mouth, Pat Benatar, Cyndi Lauper, REO Speedwagon, X, Steel Pulse, The New Cars, Boyz II Men, Alan Parsons, Bret Michaels and The Smithereens. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.2 square miles, of which 8.2 square miles of it is land and 0.04 square mile of it is water. Agoura Hills has a mountain called Ballard Mountain named after pioneer settler and freed slave John Ballard; the name of the mountain was changed from Negrohead to Ballard in a ceremony on February 20, 2010. Ladyface mountain is
Oak Park, California
Oak Park is an unincorporated community in Ventura County, United States. When developed in the Simi Hills in the late 1960s, a single road provided the only access to the community from Agoura Hills, California, in neighboring Los Angeles County; as of the 2010 census, Oak Park had a population of 14,266, down from 14,625 at the 2000 census. For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Oak Park as a census-designated place; the census definition of the area may not correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. Oak Park is the biggest unincorporated community in Ventura County. Residents of the community have through votes declined to set up an independent city, declined to be annexed into neighboring Thousand Oaks. Oak Park has had human occupation from about 5500 B. C. to the present day. It lies within a zone including inland Chumash Indians. Indians camped throughout the area as they collected acorns and other food; the sites in the area include smaller camps and several rock shelters.
Chumash people lived here for thousands of years prior to European contact. They lived off of trading and hunting; the Chumash settled in Oak Park due to an abundance of natural resources, including fresh water and rabbit-hunting. It is one of the oldest occupied places in California; the location of Oak Park was part of Rancho Simi, a Spanish land concession in Alta California given in 1795 to Francisco Javier Pico, a soldier of the Santa Barbara company, his two brothers, Patricio Pico and Miguel Pico by the Spanish government. Lindero Canyon Road follows the western border-line of the land grant. Throughout the 20th century, studios used the area in particular westerns. Movies filmed locally include The Red A Walk in the Sun. Oak Park was formed from ranchland owned by Jim and Marian Jordan, stars of the radio show Fibber McGee and Molly; the land was purchased by Metropolitan Development Corporation in the 1960s. Homes were developed starting in the late 1960s. Kanan-Dume Road was the only access road to the community, from Agoura Hills, California, in neighboring Los Angeles County.
As such, the community was served by police and firefighters based in the nearest Ventura County city, Thousand Oaks, 10 miles away, with L. A. County services responding when able. In 1967 Ventura County officials who were concerned about the isolation of the community proposed a land swap with L. A. County, but they were rebuffed; the isolation—coupled with the distance to junior and senior high schools—also drove down the property values, homeowners found it difficult to sell their properties. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors created a Municipal Advisory Council in 1975 to represent the community to County agencies; the MAC persuaded the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to trim Metropolitan Development Corp.'s initial development plan from a population of 26,000. Today there are about 15,000 residents. All available land within Oak Park has now been developed, with the remaining vacant land owned by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District; the community was served by the Simi Valley Unified School District, with the nearest post-elementary schools being Sinaloa Junior High and Royal High.
Since the Simi Valley Unified School District had no plans to build post-elementary schools in Oak Park, the residents seceded and formed Oak Park Unified School District in June 1977. Medea Creek Middle School started at the current location of the school district in 1980 using portable classrooms; the campus was affectionately called "Bungalow Hill" by students. The middle school was grades 6-8, with sixth-graders spending morning hours at Brookside Elementary and afternoons at the middle school; the following year when Oak Park High School opened for classes, Medea Creek Middle School shared the campus. Oak Park High School's class of 1983 was the first graduating class, they were the maiden class. In 1999 the United States Postal Service assigned Oak Park its own ZIP code, 91377. Oak Park shared the ZIP code 91301 with its neighboring town of Agoura Hills. Oak Park is situated in southeastern Ventura County, it is bordered on the west by North Ranch and on the south by the LA County cities of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village.
It borders the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to the north. Oak Park is located at 34 ° 10' 18" 118 ° 45' 28" West, it is bordered by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area on the north and east and Rancho Simi Open Space on the south. It sits within valleys in the Simi Hills capped by Simi Peak which borders the community to the north; the elevation in Oak Park varies from 960 to 2,157 feet above sea level. The CDP has a total area of 5.29 sq mi. All of the area is none of it is covered by water. However, there are many small creeks in the area; the largest of these creeks are Medea Creek and Lindero Creek, which are tributaries of Malibu Creek, the only waterway that pierces the Santa Monica Mountains. The Malibu Creek watershed contains 225 stream segments; as of 2012, Oak Park was home to 5,200 housing units. The 2010 United States Census reported that Oak Park had a population of 14,266; the population density was 2,610.6 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Oak Park was 11,473 White, 141 African American, 32 Native American, 1,556 Asi
Historic Quarter, Agoura Hills, California
The Historic Quarter is the southeastern−most district of the city of Agoura Hills, south of the Ventura Freeway in western Los Angeles County, California. The Historic Quarter is made up of two sections — the buildings along and just south of Agoura Road that are akin to a town's Main Street, as well the development from Cornell Road on the north side to Agoura Road on the south, built in a more contemporary style; this district's buildings are constructed in a style mixture of small-town Americana and another wood-based style reminiscent of Rustic architecture. The higher areas in the southern section have views of the rest of Agoura Hills, the Simi Hills to the north; the opening of a club and the historic Blue Star Playhouse, have renewed the district towards the liveliness it once had on old Route 101. There has been increased construction of new office space transforming the area also. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Los Angeles County, California
Los Angeles County the County of Los Angeles, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area of the U. S. state of California, is the most populous county in the United States, with more than 10 million inhabitants as of 2017. As such, it is the largest non–state level government entity in the United States, its population is larger than that of 41 individual U. S. states. It is the third-largest metropolitan economy in the world, with a Nominal GDP of over $700 billion—larger than the GDPs of Belgium and Taiwan, it has 88 incorporated cities and many unincorporated areas and, at 4,083 square miles, it is larger than the combined areas of Delaware and Rhode Island. The county is home to more than one-quarter of California residents and is one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U. S, its county seat, Los Angeles, is California's most populous city and the nation's second largest city with about 4 million people. Los Angeles County is one of the original counties of California, created at the time of statehood in 1850.
The county included parts of what are now Kern, San Bernardino, Inyo, Tulare and Orange counties. In 1851 and 1852, Los Angeles County stretched from the coast to the border of Nevada; as the population increased, sections were split off to organize San Bernardino County in 1853, Kern County in 1866, Orange County in 1889. Prior to the 1870s, Los Angeles County was divided into townships, many of which were amalgamations of one or more old ranchos, they were: Azusa El Monte Azusa and El Monte Townships were merged for the 1870 census. City of Los Angeles Los Angeles Township Los Nietos San Jose San Gabriel Santa Ana. For the 1870 census, Annaheim district was enumerated separately. San Juan. San Pedro. Tejon When Kern County was formed, the portion of the township remaining in Los Angeles County became Soledad Township According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 4,751 square miles, of which 4,058 square miles is land and 693 square miles is water. Los Angeles County borders 70 miles of coast on the Pacific Ocean and encompasses mountain ranges, forests, lakes and desert.
The Los Angeles River, Rio Hondo, the San Gabriel River and the Santa Clara River flow in Los Angeles County, while the primary mountain ranges are the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains. The western extent of the Mojave Desert begins in the Antelope Valley, in the northeastern part of the county. Most of the population of Los Angeles County is located in the south and southwest, with major population centers in the Los Angeles Basin, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley. Other population centers are found in the Santa Clarita Valley, Pomona Valley, Crescenta Valley and Antelope Valley; the county is divided west-to-east by the San Gabriel Mountains, which are part of the Transverse Ranges of southern California, are contained within the Angeles National Forest. Most of the county's highest peaks are in the San Gabriel Mountains, including Mount San Antonio 10,068 feet ) at the Los Angeles-San Bernardino county lines, Mount Baden-Powell 9,399 feet, Mount Burnham 8,997 feet and Mount Wilson 5,710 feet.
Several lower mountains are in the northern and southwestern parts of the county, including the San Emigdio Mountains, the southernmost part of Tehachapi Mountains and the Sierra Pelona Mountains. Los Angeles County includes San Clemente Island and Santa Catalina Island, which are part of the Channel Islands archipelago off the Pacific Coast. East: Eastside, San Gabriel Valley, portions of the Pomona Valley West: Westside, Beach Cities South: South Bay, South Los Angeles, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Gateway Cities, Los Angeles Harbor Region North: San Fernando Valley, Crescenta Valley, portions of the Conejo Valley, portions of the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley Central: Downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire, Northeast Los Angeles Angeles National Forest Los Padres National Forest Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Los Angeles County had a population of 9,818,605 in the 2010 United States Census; the racial makeup of Los Angeles County was 4,936,599 White, 1,346,865 Asian, 856,874 African American, 72,828 Native A
The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California, United States, running from the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line to Pasadena in Los Angeles County. It is the principal east-west route through Ventura County and in the southern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. From the Santa Barbara County line to its intersection with the Hollywood Freeway in the southeastern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, it is signed as U. S. Route 101, built in the late 1950s and opened on April 5, 1960. East of the Hollywood Freeway intersection, it is signed as State Route 134, built by 1971; the entire Ventura Freeway is not built to freeway standards, however. Prior to the construction of a new alignment in 1971, the portion east of the Golden State Freeway was known as the Colorado Freeway in reference to nearby Colorado Boulevard, a historic thoroughfare in Pasadena and northeastern Los Angeles; the Ventura Freeway begins at the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line at the Bates Road exit of U. S. 101, west of La Conchita.
The road alternates between a freeway and an expressway up to the seashore community of Mussel Shoals, when it becomes a freeway for the rest of its length. The freeway travels eastward through the citrus orchards and strawberry fields of the Oxnard Plain before ascending the short, steep Conejo Grade into the Conejo Valley. Continuing eastward through the northern Santa Monica Mountains, it crosses the Ventura/Los Angeles county line before entering the San Fernando Valley; the freeway continues eastward along the valley's southern rim, crossing the 405 and 5 freeways and the Los Angeles River. After passing through Downtown Glendale south of the Verdugo Mountains, it continues along the southern slope of the San Rafael Hills between Glendale and Eagle Rock before entering Pasadena near the Arroyo Seco and terminating at the Foothill Freeway; the Ventura Freeway suffers from severe congestion. Its intersection with the San Diego Freeway, in Sherman Oaks, is rated as one of the five most congested interchanges in the nation.
Where it meets the Hollywood Freeway at the Hollywood Split junction, it is notably congested. During events at the Rose Bowl, the freeway's eastern portions resemble a parking lot; the east-west geographical alignment of the Ventura Freeway and the overall north-south designation of U. S. 101 on freeway signs can be confusing to visitors. Both the SR 134 and US 101 portions of the freeway are part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, is part of the National Highway System, a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration; the road is the main connector from the San Fernando Valley and points north to the San Gabriel Valley and points east. The future Interstate 710 dead-ends at California Blvd and is signed as State Route 710. Residents of South Pasadena have blocked efforts to extend Interstate 710 north to California Boulevard from its current end at Valley Boulevard north of Interstate 10 near the Alhambra/Los Angeles city limit.
Signs on SR 134 and I-210 refer to the SR 710 stub in Pasadena as TO State Route 110, because exiting left from the SR 710 stub onto California Blvd and turning right on Arroyo Parkway leads directly to SR 110, Pasadena's only direct freeway link to Downtown Los Angeles. The Interstate 5 offramp at Colorado Street is old SR 134, there are still mileposts that refer to it as such. Old SR 134 followed Colorado Street through Glendale and Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to the ramp connecting Colorado Boulevard and Figueroa Street to the Ventura Freeway. Old SR 134 continued onto the ramp and onto what is now the Ventura Freeway to Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena; the Colorado Boulevard/Figueroa Street ramps and the segment of freeway between the ramps and just east of Orange Grove Boulevard used to be known as the Colorado Freeway. A pre-freeway alignment of State Route 134 originated at U. S. Route 101 and Fulton Avenue in Los Angeles along Fulton, Moorpark Street, Riverside Drive and Alameda Avenue before meeting up with U.
S. 6/99 in Burbank. It traveled along San Fernando Road to Colorado Street ran along Colorado Street through Glendale, Eagle Rock and Pasadena before terminating at U. S. Route 66; the alignment was cut back to terminate in Studio City at Lankershim and Ventura. The Interstate 5 off-ramp at Colorado Street is a former routing of SR 134, there are still mileposts that refer to it as such. Old SR 134 followed Colorado Street through Glendale and Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock to the ramp connecting Colorado Boulevard and Figueroa Street to the Ventura Freeway. Old SR 134 continued onto the ramp and onto what is presently the Ventura Freeway to Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena; the Colorado Boulevard/Figueroa Street ramps plus the segment of freeway between the ramps and just east of Orange Grove Boulevard were known as the Colorado Freeway. From 1964 to 1992, the Colorado Boulevard portions of Route 134 were renumbered as California State Route 248; the official Ventura Freeway designation is Routes 101 and 134 from Route 5 to the Santa Barbara County line.
This does not include the portion of Route 134 between Route 5 and Route 210 though local usage extends the name over this portion of freeway. At the freeway's eastern terminus with In
The Simi Hills are a low rocky mountain range of the Transverse Ranges in eastern Ventura County and western Los Angeles County, of southern California, United States. The Simi Hills are aligned east-west and run for 26 miles, average around 7 mi in north-south width; the Simi Hills are part of the central Transverse Ranges System. They lie entirely within southeastern Ventura County, with some southern and eastern foothills within western Los Angeles County; the Simi Hills are on the western edge of the San Fernando Valley. The Simi Valley lies to the north, the Conejo Valley lies to the southwest; the San Fernando Valley communities of Chatsworth, West Hills, Woodland Hills are in the eastern hills and adjacent valley floor in Los Angeles city and county. The cities of Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley city are in the hills and adjacent valleys within Ventura County; the two nearby mountain ranges are: the higher Santa Susana Mountains adjacent on the northeast across Santa Susana Pass.
The hills provide the complete or partial watersheds for several year-round creeks and numerous seasonal streams. They include Las Virgenes Creek, Moore's Canyon Creek, Bell Creek, Dayton Creek, Woolsey Canyon Creek, Brandeis Creek, Runkle Canyon Creek, Arroyo Simi, Palo Comado Creek, Cheeseboro Creek, Arroyo Calabasas. Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas are the headwaters of the Los Angeles River, by name its beginning with their confluence in nearby Canoga Park. 90% of the Santa Susana Field Lab property drains into the Los Angeles River via tributaries. Peaks in this region include Simi Peak, 2,403 ft, Chatsworth Peak, 2,314 ft, Escorpión Peak, 1,475 ft; because of its low elevation, the Simi Hills experience rainy, mild winters. Snow is rare in the Simi Hills in the highest areas. Summers are warm and dry and wildfires do occur here. Cool winds from the Pacific Ocean come from the Oxnard Plain and blow into the inland areas through the Santa Clara River Valley and the Conejo Valley, though some low hills, such as Conejo Mountain, block these winds from the Conejo Valley.
The Simi Hills further block these winds, which bring cool weather in both summer and winter from the San Fernando Valley. The southern lower hills are covered in grasslands and oak savanna; the northern rocky hills area is chaparral shrubland and oak woodlands. The Simi Hills are part of the California chaparral and woodlands ecoregion; the oaks include: the evergreen coastal live oak, the deciduous valley oak, the scrub oak. Riparian zone plants include California arroyo willows. Spring wildflowers include the redbush monkey flower, Plummer's mariposa lily, canyon sunflower. Poison oak is an important member of the native plant habitat community here; the Simi Hills is the principal, much wider, of only two terrestrial wildlife corridors linking the coastal Santa Monica Mountains with the inland Santa Susana Mountains, Topatopa Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, all of the transverse ranges fauna community. The Simi Hills are the most critical wildlife corridor linkage for the Santa Monica Mountains to these and other Transverse Ranges further east.
The Simi's undeveloped native habitat provides routes that protect larger land wildlife of the Santa Monicas from genetic isolation. Large sections of the Simi Hills are protected by parks and open space preserves; the Santa Susana Field Laboratory property, a crucial wildlife corridor to the Santa Susanas, has been proposed for public open space parkland after the closed site's cleanup completion. The Simi Hills were inhabited for over 8,000 years by Paleo-indians and Chumash-Venturaño Native Americans for settlements and hunting grounds; the Chumash had the established village of Hu'wam in Cañon del Escorpión. It was a multicultural'crossroads' destination, where Chumash and Tataviam peoples traded and lived beside Bell Creek below Escorpión Peak, at the present day Bell Canyon Park; this peak in the Simi Hills is one of nine alignment points in Chumash territory and is essential to maintaining the balance of the natural world. Upstream were healing springs and are rock outcrop'grinding stones.'
The Burro Flats Painted Cave, an example of the Rock art of the Chumash people, is nearby. The Juan Bautista de Anza expedition passed through the area in 1769, being the first European sighting of the Simi Hills; the U. S. National Park Service administers the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail which enters at Moore Canyon in El Escorpión Park and crosses across the southern Hills through Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve and Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyon Park to the Conejo Valley. In 1845 the land grant for Rancho El Escorpión, beside the Peak and named for it, was issued to one Chumash and two Tongva people and a rare instance of Native Americans being grantees, by Mexican Governor Pío Pico; the Rancho El Conejo was to the west, included that end of the Simi Hills. In the first half of the 20th century, there were four large movie ranches in the Simi Hills for filming motion pictures on location; the gated community of Bell Canyon began development of geographic Bell Canyon in the 1968.
To the north of U. S. 101, east of Thousand Oaks, west of Simi Valley the early 1960s suburban expansion of metropolitan Los Angeles brought the development of small to sized parcels of land in the Simi Hills. Hillside subd