Placentia, California

Placentia, California

Infobox Settlement
official_name = City of Placentia, California
settlement_type = City

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mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location of Placentia within Orange County, California.

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_name1 = California
subdivision_name2 = Orange
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Scott W. Nelson
established_date =
area_magnitude = 1 E8
area_total_km2 = 17.1
area_land_km2 = 17.1
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 6.6
area_land_sq_mi = 6.6
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
elevation_m = 83
elevation_ft = 272
latd = 33 |latm = 52 |lats = 57 |latNS = N
longd = 117 |longm = 51 |longs = 18 |longEW = W
population_as_of = 2000
population_footnotes =
population_total = 46488
population_density_km2 = 2718.6
timezone = PST
utc_offset = -8
timezone_DST = PDT
utc_offset_DST = -7
latitude = 33°52'57" N
longitude = 117°51'18" W
website =
postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 92870-92871
area_code = 714
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 06-57526
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1661237
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Placentia is a city in northern Orange County, California. The population was 46,488 at the 2000 census. The 2004 population estimate for Placentia is 49,949. GR|2 This includes the community of Atwood, which is included in the city of Placentia, and is located in its southernmost quadrants.

Placentia has recently faced many financial difficulties mainly because economic activities in the city are limited, making it challenging for the city to provide adequate services to city residents. The city is currently in debt more than $2,000,000 Fact|date=July 2008.



*Scott W. Nelson, Mayor
*Greg Sowards, Mayor Pro Tem
*Connie Underhill, Councilmember
*Joseph Aquirre, Councilmember
*Scott P Brady, Councilmember
*Troy Butzlaff,City Manager
*James Anderson,Chief Of Placentia Police Dept
*Chris Norby, Board Supervisor, District Four
*Sandra Hutchens-Orange County Sheriff
*Judy Miller-School Board President
*Carol Downey-School Board Vice-President
*Karin Freeman-School Board Clerk
*Janice Wagner-School Board Trustee
*Eric Paget-School Board Trustee

Current City Councilmembers

*Connie Underhill (December 1996- )
*Scott P Brady (December 2000-December 2008)
*Joseph Aquirre (December 2006- )
*Greg Sowards (December 2006- )
*Scott W. Nelson (November 2007- )

*Brady Announed He Will Not Run For Re-Election

Former City Council Members Since 2000

*Maria Moreno (1989-2000)
*Michael Marertzweiler (1992-2000)
*Judy Dickinson (2000-2004)
*Norman Z. Eckenrode (1970-2006)
*Chris Lowe (1998-2006)
*Russell J. Rice (2004-2007)

Former City Managers Since 1999

*Bob Dmatmo-(?-2002)
*Ray Griest-(2002-2003)
*Robert Dominguez (2003-2008)

Former And Current Police Chiefs Since 2002

*Russell J Rice
*John Shaffer
*James Anderson

tate and federal

In the state legislature Placentia is located in the 29th Senate District, represented by Republican Bob Margett, and in the 72nd Assembly District, represented by Republican Michael D. Duvall. Federally, Placentia is located in California's 40th and 42nd congressional districts, which have Cook PVIs of R +8 and R +10 respectively [cite web | title = Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest? | publisher = Campaign Legal Center Blog | url= | accessdate = 2008-02-10] and is represented by Republicans Ed Royce and Gary Miller respectively.


In 1837, the Mexican Governor in charge of what is now Southern California granted a grand swath of land to Juan Ontiveros called El Rancho San Juan Cajon de Santa Ana, comprising the modern cities of Anaheim, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia and Yorba Linda.

In 1865, Daniel Kraemer was the first English-speaking pioneer to come to the area. He acquired 3,900 acres (16 km²). In 1868, William McFadden and Sarah Ann McFadden purchased 100 acres (400,000 m²). The town was named "Placentia" by Sarah Ann McFadden in 1876. The word comes from a Latin word meaning "a pleasant place to live."

In 1910, A. S. Bradford convinced the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to re-route a track through Placentia on its way to Los Angeles. The railroad station, combined with the city’s growing agricultural industry (citrus, walnuts, avocados and grapes), put Placentia on the map. Bradford was also the person who laid out the city streets.

By 1926, there were 500 residents and they voted for incorporation. By 1960, Placentia's population had increased to only 5,000, but as Orange County suburbanized in the following decade, it swelled to 25,000. Currently, Placentia boasts 45,000 residents.

By the 1990s, Placentia's downtown had become somewhat run-down in comparison to those of its neighbors; city officials pinned much of the blame on the railroad tracks that had once brought the town so much prosperity, but were now largely occupied by trains barrelling through town on their way to the Midwest from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Inspired by the Alameda Corridor project in southern Los Angeles, Placentia created a project, OnTrac, that called for the tracks to be rerouted through a concrete-lined ditch approximately ten feet below grade level, reducing noise and increasing safety via the elimination of grade crossings. However, fiscal mismanagement and the withdrawal of promised federal funds resulted instead in the project nearly bankrupting the city, which was forced to drastically curtail services. As of Fall of 2005 the city has abandoned plans to sink railroad tracks into trenches due to a lack of federal funding. The city has instead decided to build over/underpasses along 4 major intersections in an effort to ease traffic. The new plans will cost an estimated $170 million as compared to the $543 million originally needed to sink the railroad tracks.


Placentia is located at coor dms|33|52|57|N|117|51|18|W|city (33.882364, -117.855130)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.1 km² (6.6 mi²). 17.1 km² (6.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.15% is water.

The incorporated territory of Placentia includes the small, unincorporated community of Atwood.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 46,488 people, 15,037 households, and 11,683 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,723.7/km² (7,051.3/mi²). There were 15,326 housing units at an average density of 897.9/km² (2,324.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.76% White, 1.77% African American, 0.83% Native American, 11.16% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander 13.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.10% of the population.

There were 15,037 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married alternative couples living together, 50.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $62,803, and the median income for a family was $68,976. Males had a median income of $46,956 versus $34,184 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,843. About 5.7% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.


The current mayor is Scott W. Nelson, elected in December 2007. Prior mayors (since 1989) are Norman Z. Eckenrode (1989-90, 1993-94, 1996-98), Arthur G. Newton (1990-91), John O. Tynes (1991-92), Maria Moreno (1992-93), Michael Maertzweiler (1994-95, 1999-2000), Carol Downey (1995-96), Constance Underhill (1998-99, 2006-2007), Chris Lowe (2000-02), Scott P. Brady (2002-03, 2004-06) and Judy Dickinson (2003-04). (Unless otherwise noted, mayoral terms begin and end in December.) The current city manager is Troy Butzlaff.

Notable Placentians

* James Cameron, director
* Kottonmouth Kings, hip hop group
* Agent Orange, punk band
* Chris Draft, NFL player
* Janet Evans, legendary Olympic swimmer
* Charles Edward Fuller, theologian
* Daryl F. Mallett, author & actor
* Phil Nevin, baseball player
* Jill Nicolini, actress, news reporter
* Johnny Richter, rapper
* Dick Schofield, baseball player
* Julie Swail, Olympic waterpolo player
* Brett Tomko, baseball player
* Michael Chang, Professional tennis player
* Audrina Patridge, The Hills reality television star
* Rubi Marlene Sandoval, Olympic soccer player
* Kherington Payne, So You Think You Can Dance contestant.


External links

* [ City of Placentia] official site
* [ Placentia PD] Placentia Police Department Official site

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