Tujunga Sunland is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. It is located by the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in the Crescenta Valley. The area neighbors La Crescenta-Montrose on the east. The neighborhood is divided by Mount Gleason Ave with Sunland on the west and Tujunga on the east.
Nearly all businesses in Tujunga-Sunland are located along Foothill Blvd. Tujunga Canyon is heavily traveled but it is primarily residential.
Sunland and Tujunga were originally home to Tongva people and in 1840 the area was part of the Ranch Tujunga Mexican land grant. Sunland originated in 1885 and was named Monte Vista when 2200 acres of Tujunga was divided. One of its first uses was to plant olive trees, making it the largest olive orchard in Los Angeles county. In the early 1920’s city became the site of vineyards for table grapes and the town’s sole industry. Soon thereafter, the Monte Vista Lodge was opened, a home for underprivileged children, which later on gave origin to the Monte Vista School District.
Most of today’s Sunland and Tujunga area was annexed to the city of Los Angeles between 1926-1932.
In the 1950’s through 1970’s, the area was known as a “heaven for asthma sufferers” and it was noted for its “pure air”.
Sunland-Tujunga has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate with temperatures reaching high 90’s in the summer months and lows of 30’s in the winter months.
The Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council (STNC):Board of representatives includes 21 elected positions and 1 appointed position whose purpose is to listen to and communicate resident’s needs, ideas, and concerns to appropriate public agencies, city, county and state. STNC’s representatives are involved, in an advisory capacity, with city budget planning, city development plans, officially address our community and city issues with governmental officials and departments. The STNC has a $37,000 Neighborhood Council Funding budget annually to allocate to community improvement projects, outreach, and Council operations. STNC website: stnc.org
The area is within the following political districts:
- California’s 28th congressional district, represented by Democrat Adam Schiff
- the 25th Senate District, represented by Democrat Anthony Portantino
- the 39th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Luz Rivas
- Fifth Los Angeles County Supervisorial District, represented by Kathryn Barger of San Marino.
- Los Angeles City Council District 7, represented by Monica Rodriguez of San Fernando.
Sunland Park was originally known as Monte Vista Park.
The Haines Canyon Park in Tujunga is an undeveloped park used for brush clearance. It is open to visitors from dawn to dusk; however, the Los Angeles Park Department said that it does not recommend the park for public use.
The Sunland Recreation Center serves as a police department stop-in center. It has a 250-seat gymnasium that is also used as an auditorium. In addition the facility has a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children’s play area, a community room, a lighted athletic field, picnic tables and tennis courts. Annual events there include the Easter Carnival and the Watermelon Carnival in mid-August. In addition, the Verdugo Mountain Park is east of central Sunland and south of La Tuna Canyon Road.
Howard Finn Park, named after the City Council member who died in 1986, is a 2-acre (8,100 m2) park opened in late 1990 behind the Sunland-Tujunga Municipal Building.
Fehlhaber-Houk park was built at the northwest corner of Tujunga Canyon Boulevard and Elmhurst Drive on a 1.2-acre (4,900 m2) vacant lot donated by brother and sister J.L. Houk and Elizabeth Swanson in 1975. The parcel had been part of a 58-acre (230,000 m2) ranch owned by Raymond and Irene Fehlhaber.
Twenty-two percent of Sunland and Tujunga residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, an average percentage for the city and the county.
Verdugo Hills High School, 2012
Schools within the Sunland-Tujunga boundaries are:
- Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Avenue, Sunland
- Sunland Elementary School, 8350 Hillrose Street, Sunland
- Apperson Street Elementary School, 10233 Woodward Avenue, Sunland
- Verdugo Hills High School, 10625 Plainview Avenue, Tujunga
- Plainview Avenue Elementary School, 10819 Plainview Avenue, Tujunga
- Mt. Lukens Continuation School, 7705 Summitrose Street, Tujunga
- Pinewood Avenue Elementary School, 10111 Silverton Avenue, Tujunga
- Mountain View Elementary School, 6410 Olcott Street, Tujunga
- Trinity Christian School, 10614 Oro Vista Avenue, Sunland
- Fairhaven Christian Academy, 10438 Oro Vista Avenue, Sunland
- Canyon View Academy, 8100 McGroarty Street, Sunland
- Our Lady of Lourdes School, elementary, 7324 Apperson Street
- Smart Academy / Christian, 7754 McGroarty Street, Tujunga
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