Encino, Los Angeles, California

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 Indians by 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 River that runs through the Encino area is one of only two unpaved areas necessitated by the high water table. The original aquifer that 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 Drive on the south, Lindley Avenue on the west, Victory Boulevard on the north, and the San Diego Freeway on 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.

Emergency services

Fire service

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.

Police service

Los Angeles Police Department operates the nearby West Valley Community Police Station [http://www.lapdonline.org/west_valley_community_police_station] .


Post-secondary education

Encino is the location of Phillips Graduate Institute and a Pepperdine University satellite campus.

Primary and secondary schools

Public 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 Studies is a magnet school in the area.

Zane Grey Continuation High School is in the area.

Private schools

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 Library operates the Encino-Tarzana Branch.

Notable residents

*Steve Vai [ [http://www.vai.com] ]
*Don Ameche
*Aretha Franklin
*Clark Gable [http://www.dearlydepartedtours.com/Deceased/g/gable/clark.htm Clark Gable]
*Phil Hartman
*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]
*Lisa Kudrow
*Kerrigan Mahan
*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, "Encino Man".

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 Falls stood during the filming of "It's A Wonderful Life".

Dave Grohl mentioned wearing a black "Encino" shirt to the MTV Movie Awards in a Spin Magazine interview 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.

Ali's (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 Pirate from SpongeBob SquarePants lives in Encino.

Encino is the setting of the first half of Chilean author 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 Game panelist Brett Somers would take host Gene Rayburn to a nice hotel after the show if she were "feeling frisky."

The Jackson family has owned a mansion on Hayvenhurst Ave. in Encino since March 1971, with all their children including Michael and Janet growing up there.

Butch Hartman formally 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.

On May 28, 1998, Actor/Comedian Phil Hartman was murdered by his wife in Encino.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin was partly filmed in Encino. [http://imdb.com/title/tt0405422/locations]

Tribal Tech, a progressive Jazz fusion band, 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.

Singer/Actress/Songwriter Christina Milian, lives in Encino.

Notable attractions

The Encino Velodrome has provided an outdoor oval bicycle racing track since 1963.

Los Encinos State Historic Park features 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, 1998 after an El Niño Storm felled it. Today there is a monument to the great tree at the corner of Ventura Boulevard and 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 Day festival [http://www.worldfestevents.com/] held annually at Woodley Park.


External links

* [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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