|Neighborhood of Los Angeles
Historic Bolton Hall in Tujunga, 2008
|Motto: Gateway to the Angeles National Forest
Location within Los Angeles
|Coordinates: 34°15′8″N 118°17′15″W / 34.25222°N 118.28750°W
Sunland-Tujunga is a neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles located by the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in the Crescenta Valley. Though Sunland and Tujunga began as separate settlements, they are today linked through a single police station, branch library, neighborhood council, chamber of commerce, City Council district, and high school and various civic organizations. The merging of these communities under a hyphenated name goes back as far as 1928. Sunland-Tujunga contains the highest point of the city, Mount Lukens.
- 1 Geography
- 1.1 Setting
- 1.2 Streets
- 1.3 Socioeconomics
- 1.4 Climate
- 2 History
- 2.1 Early Sunland, 1885–1925
- 2.2 Early Tujunga, 1907–1929
- 2.3 Joining Los Angeles, 1926–1932
- 2.4 Tuna Canyon Detention Station, 1941–1943
- 2.5 City Council redistricting, 1986–2002
- 2.6 Home Depot controversy, 2005–2009
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Education
- 4.1 Schools
- 4.1.1 Public
- 4.1.2 Private
- 4.2 History
- 4.2.1 Joining LAUSD
- 4.2.2 Shadow Hills boundary, 1966–1976
- 4.2.3 Cross-district busing, 1977–1981
- 4.2.4 'Parent trigger', 2010
- 5 Infrastructure
- 6 Parks and recreation
- 7 Political representation
- 7.1 Electoral districts
- 7.2 Neighborhood Council
- 8 Media
- 9 Points of historical interest
- 10 Movie filming
- 11 Notable people
- 11.1 Residents
- 11.2 Verdugo Hills High School students
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 Further reading
- 15 External links
The neighborhood is located at the northwestern end of the Crescenta Valley, between the Verdugo Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains. Its built-up area is contiguous with La Crescenta-Montrose.
Sunland and Tujunga are divided by Mount Gleason Avenue, with Sunland on the west and Tujunga on the east. Mount Lukens within Tujunga is the highest point in Los Angeles at 5,074 ft (1,547 m). For most of its history, the Sunland-Tujunga valley was described as either rural or semirural. Shadow Hills, a neighborhood within Sunland, is one of the few areas in Los Angeles that is zoned for horse ownership. Although the neighborhood is now a mix of low-density suburban and medium-density urban development, most residents still identify the region as "semirural".
The community is geographically located in the Crescenta Valley.
The neighborhood has one major thoroughfare: Foothill Boulevard. Nearly all businesses in Sunland-Tujunga are located on or near Foothill Boulevard. Tujunga Canyon Boulevard is a heavily travelled north-south route, but is primarily residential. Sunland Boulevard and Wentworth Street are popular surface streets which connect the community to Sun Valley and the rest of the city of Los Angeles. Sunland-Tujunga is also served by the Interstate 210 freeway. Big Tujunga Canyon Road connects Sunland-Tujunga to the Angeles Forest Highway, while La Tuna Canyon Road provides an alternate route into Sun Valley through the rugged portion of the Verdugo Mountains.
Streets within the Sunland and Tuna Canyon annex to Los Angeles were renamed in June 1929. The main east-west road, previously known as Michigan Avenue, became Foothill Boulevard. Other streets were renamed as follows: Los Angeles Street to Apperson Avenue, Sherman Street to Hartranft Avenue, Center Street to Grenoble Avenue, North Street to Wentworth Avenue, Third Street to Woodward Avenue and Hill Street to Hillrose Avenue. Sunset renamed to Commerce St. Manzanita Drive was renamed McGroarty Avenue in honor of John Steven McGroarty, who lived nearby.
In the 1960s, the Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce took an active stand in opposition to routing the proposed Foothill Freeway through Shadow Hills, claiming the neighborhood's "rural atmosphere" would be destroyed and would wipe out 28 more homes than an alternate route.
After years of discussion and delay, the final stretch of the 48.6-mile (78.2 km) freeway—through Sunland-Tujunga—was scheduled for dedication on April 3, 1981, with State Transportation Director Adriana Gianturco presiding. Exits in Sunland and Tujunga are, from west to east, at Sunland Boulevard, La Tuna Canyon Road and Lowell Avenue (shared with La Crescenta). The freeway's right-of-way almost completely bypasses the main part of the community, and runs along a viaduct in the Verdugo Mountains.
Sunland-Tujunga is a bedroom community. Most residents work in the San Fernando/San Gabriel Valleys, Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, Glendale or Burbank.
Sunland-Tujunga has some of the lowest crime rates in the county. A relaxed, safe, up and coming neighborhood, conveniently placed for access to Burbank studios, Pasadena, Downtown LA and many hiking routes. Tujunga is becoming an increasingly desirable place to live.
The community is moderately diverse and its median income is the same as the rest of the city.
Sunland-Tujunga has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate (Csa under the Köppen climate classification).
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