East Los Angeles, California

East Los Angeles, California

: "See also: East Los Angeles (region)"

Infobox Settlement
official_name = East Los Angeles, California
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map_caption = Location of East Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California.

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subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Los Angeles
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population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 124283
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East Los Angeles (often shortened to East L.A. or East Los or in Spanish El Este de Los Ángeles) is an unincorporated area in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The community is bounded by the Boyle Heights neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles to the west, the unincorporated area of City Terrace to the northwest, the city of Monterey Park to the northeast, the city of Montebello to the east, and the city of Commerce to the south. It forms part of the East Los Angeles region. The unincorporated area of East Los Angeles was once known as "Maravilla" and also "Belvedere Gardens," just like Chinatown and parts of Lincoln Heights were once known as "Sonoratown" because of the Mexican population that inhabited them. As of the 2000 census, this area had a total population of 124,283. East Los Angeles is represented by Gloria Molina in the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. This community receives its police service from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and fire service is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.


East Los Angeles is located at coor dms|34|1|53|N|118|10|7|W|city (34.031462, -118.168653)GR|1. East Los Angeles lies directly east of downtown Los Angeles.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 124,283 people, 29,844 households, and 25,068 families residing in the community. The population density was 16,697.4 people per square mile (6,449.7/km²). There were 31,096 housing units
at an average density of 4,177.8/sq mi (1,613.7/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 6.77% non-Hispanic White, 4.52% Black or African American, 1.29% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 54.01% from other races, and 4.22% from
two or more races. 87.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino. There were 29,844 households out of which 51.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 21.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.0% were non-families. 12.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 4.15 and the average family size was 4.42.

The age distribution of the community was as follows: 34.6% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 14.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 101.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males.

The median income for a household in the community was $28,544, and the median income for a family was $29,755. Males had a median income of $21,065 versus $18,475 for females. The per capita income for the community was $9,543. About 24.7% of families and 27.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.0% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.

Emergency services

Since East Los Angeles is an unincorporated area, fire protection in East Los Angeles is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department with ambulance transport by Care Ambulance Service. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement.


East Los Angeles is split between Los Angeles Unified School District and Montebello Unified School District [http://eastla.lacounty.info/edu_k12.htm] .

The only high school in the LAUSD section of East L.A. is James A. Garfield High School. There are current plans for the building of [http://www.laschools.org/project-status/one-project?project_number=56.40011 East Los Angeles High School #2] in the former Hammel Street Elementary School grounds (Hammel ES still exists at a new address). The high school is expected to open in 2009.

Adult Education programs from the Eastside Learning Center and East Los Angeles Occupational Center are intended and currently plan to be relocated at the East LA Star Hospital site. The [http://www.laschools.org/project-status/one-project?project_number=56.40070 East LA Star Adult Education] project is expected to be completed by 2011.

Oscar De La Hoya Animo High School ranks 6 out of the top 100 schools in the state of California according to the California Department of Education.

East Los Angeles College was once part of East Los Angeles until Monterey Park annexed East Los Angeles College.


East Los Angeles is represented by many different elected officials in the California State Legislature. The unincorporated area is represented in the State Assembly, in order of area covered, by Charles Calderon of the 58th District, Kevin De Leon of the 45th District, Fabian Nunez of the 46th District, and Mike Eng in the 49th District. In the State Senate, East Los Angeles is represented by Gloria Molina of the 24th District, Ronald S. Calderon of the 30th District, and Gil Cedillo of the 22nd District. In the U.S. House of Representatives, East LA is represented by Grace Napolitano of 38th District, Lucille Roybal-Allard of the 34th District, and Hilda Solis of the 32nd District.

Despite multiple failed attempts in the past, residents are currently campaigning for cityhood for East Los Angeles. [http://www.cityhoodforeastla.org] Proponents of incorporation include California State Senator Gloria Romero and Congresswoman Grace Napolitano.

Latino Walk of Fame

A Walk of Fame, similar to the one in Hollywood but with a probable focus on Latino celebrities. The Latino Walk of Fame was inaugurated in June 1995 to honor outstanding leaders who have made historical and social contributions with a Sun Plaque on Whittier Boulevard. Spaces have been created for over 380 plaques. Permanent granite plaques have been put in place for the first 20 honorees. The merchants’ association of East Los Angeles sponsors a Comprehensive Clean-Up Campaign that cleans the sidewalks and gutters daily and removes litter and trash. [http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://eastlachristmasparade.com/images/Latino_Walk_of_Fame.jpg&imgrefurl=http://eastlachristmasparade.com/news.php&h=644&w=800&sz=319&hl=en&start=3&usg=__b6nMmFS6KcdM2O677AYLg3sIpn0=&tbnid=2JMVPAYOj8ZFZM:&tbnh=115&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Deast%2Blos%2Bangeles%2Bwalk%2Bof%2Bfame%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den]

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Popular Culture

East L.A. was both the origin and destination of Cheech Marin in both the song and the movie Born in East L.A.. At the end of the song (which was a parody of Born in the U.S.A.), he parodies Randy Newman's I Love L.A. by singing the East L.A. streets Soto Street, Brooklyn Avenue, City Terrace, and Whittier Boulevard.

The Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles is often mistakenly referred to as East L.A. Although this may be in part due to the fact that Boyle Heights is East of the Los Angeles River which divides the city.

The area is also referenced in the Motley Crue song Wildside.

Notable residents

* Oscar de la Hoya -- Gold medalist and world boxing champion
* Edward James Olmos -- Actor, Producer, and Director
* Lou Adler -- Renowned music producer, father of Shwayze singer, Cisco Adler
* Lucille Roybal-Allard -- Representative in the U.S. Congress
* Jaime Escalante -- Teacher
* Manny Gamburyan -- Professional Mixed Martial Artist competing in the UFC.
* Jesus Godoy -- First ever Internet TV director, of TheYoungTurks.com
* Kid Frost -- Chicano Rapper
* Constance Marie -- Actress
* Sergio Mora -- World champion Boxer and winner of The Contender, Season 1.
* Karo Parisyan -- Professional Mixed Martial Artist and highly-decorated Judoka competing in the UFC.
* Juan Rangel -- Chicano Comedian - Long time resident of Exeter, California
* Taboo -- Latino Singer in the group Black Eyed Peas. (Family graduated from Garfield High School)
* Val Valentino -- Latino magician (grew up in East Los Angeles and later moved to Las Vegas)
* Maria Helena Viramontes -- Chicana fiction writer
* Hope Sandoval -- Lead Vocals for music group Mazzy Star.

ee also

*South Los Angeles
*Los Angeles

External links

* [http://www.cityhoodforeastla.org Cityhood for East Los Angeles]
* [http://http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/eastside/default.htm Eastside Gold Line Extension]
* [http://www.pbs.org/americanfamily/eastla.html PBS history of East Los Angeles]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://www.franciscocendejas.com/maps/cities/East_Los_Angeles,_CA.kml Map of East Los Angeles]

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