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Stonehurst Recreation Center building, 2008
Sun Valley. as delineated by the Los Angeles Times
Sun Valley is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California in the San Fernando Valley region. The neighborhood is known for its overall youthful population and moderate racial diversity. There are three recreation centers in Sun Valley, one of which is a historic site. The neighborhood has thirteen public schools—including John H. Francis Polytechnic High School and Sun Valley High School—and four private schools.
The 2000 U.S. census counted 75,848 residents in the 9.42-square-mile Sun Valley neighborhood—or 8,048 people per square mile, about an average population density for the city. In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 81,788. In 2000 the median age for residents was 28, considered young for city and county neighborhoods; the percentage of residents aged 10 or younger was among the county's highest.
The neighborhood was considered "moderately diverse" ethnically within Los Angeles, with a high percentage of Latinos. The breakdown was Latinos, 69.4%; whites, 17.9%; Asians, 8.1%; blacks, 1.9%; and others, 2.7%. Mexico (54.5%) and El Salvador (11.9%) were the most common places of birth for the 51.9% of the residents who were born abroad—a high percentage for Los Angeles.
The median yearly household income in 2008 dollars was $51,290, considered average for the city but low for the county. The percentages of households that earned $20,000 to $60,000 were high for the county. Renters occupied 46.1% of the housing stock, and house or apartment-owners held 53.9%.
Sun Valley is bordered on the northeast by Shadow Hills, on the southeast by Burbank, on the south by North Hollywood and Valley Glen, on the west by Panorama City and on the northwest by Pacoima, Hansen Dam and Lake View Terrace.
Situated at the base of the Verdugo Mountains, Sun Valley is prone to flash floods, and one such flood on Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 2237 (10:37 PM PST) destroyed a portion of the 8000 block of Tujunga Avenue when a sinkhole 30 feet deep opened.
Relation of Sun Valley to nearby places, not necessarily contiguous:
|Pacoima & Arleta||Hansen Dam & Lake View Terrace,||Shadow Hills & Sunland-Tujunga|
|Panorama City||Verdugo Hills|
|Van Nuys||North Hollywood & Valley Glen||Burbank|
In 1874, California State Senator Charles Maclay (for whom Maclay Street in San Fernando is named) acquired 56,000 acres (230 km2) of land across the San Fernando Valley. The area extended from Sunland Blvd. all the way west to the Chatsworth Hills. East of Sunland was Rancho San Rafael, a large land grant to José María Verdugo by the Spanish Crown.
By 1876, the Southern Pacific Railroad was constructed through the eastern San Fernando Valley, linking Southern and Northern California. The area once had a general store named Roberts Store, and the town was named Roberts until the 1890s when the name was changed to Roscoe. The current name of Sun Valley was chosen in 1950 by residents.,
- The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants is located in Sun Valley; it is dedicated to helping people discover the beauty of California native plants.
Parks and recreation
- The Sun Valley Recreation Center in Sun Valley includes a public swimming pool, lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a football field, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, lighted tennis courts, and lighted volleyball courts.
- The Fernangeles Recreation Center in Sun Valley includes a public swimming pool, an auditorium, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a lighted football field, an indoor gymnasium with weights, picnic tables, and a lighted soccer field.
- The Stonehurst Recreation Center in Sun Valley is a historic site. The center has an indoor gymnasium and auditorium with a capacity of 400 people, barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, a lighted football field, an indoor gymnasium with weights, picnic tables, a lighted soccer field, and volleyball courts.
One of every ten of Sun Valley residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a low percentage for both the city and the county. The percentage of the same-age residents with less than a high school diploma was high for the county.
Schools within the Sun Valley boundaries are:
- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, 12431 Roscoe Boulevard
- Valley Oaks Center for Enriched Studies Magnet, 9171 Telfair Avenue
- Fernangeles Elementary School, 12001 Art Street
- Robert H. Lewis Continuation school, 12508 Wicks Street
- Richard E. Byrd Middle School, 8501 Arleta Avenue
- Arminta Street Elementary School, 11530 Strathern Street
- Strathern Street Elementary School, 7939 St. Clair Avenue
- Saticoy Elementary School, 7850 Ethel Avenue
- Glenwood Elementary School, 8001 Ledge Avenue
- Roscoe Elementary School, 10765 Strathern Street
- Vinedale Elementary School, 10150 La Tuna Canyon Rd
- Charles Leroy Lowman Special Education Center, 12827 Saticoy Street
- Camelia Avenue Elementary School, 7451 Camelia Avenue
- Sun Valley Magnet School, 7330 Bakman Avenue
- Alliance Marine Innovation 6-12 Complex, 11933 Allegheny St
- East Valley Skill Center (Adult School), 8601 Arleta Avenue
- Fenton Leadership Academy, 8926 Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, California 91352 (K-2)
- Fenton STEM Academy, 8926 Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, California 91352 (3-5)
- Village Christian School, 8930 Village Ave, Sun Valley, CA 91352
- The Master's Seminary, 13248 Roscoe Blvd.
- St. Augustine Academy, 9000 Sunland Boulevard
- Grace Community, 13248 Roscoe Boulevard
- Messiah Lutheran School, elementary, 12020 Cantara Street
- Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, elementary, 7802 Vineland Avenue
The Los Angeles Public Library operates the Sun Valley Branch.
- John F. MacArthur, American pastor and author
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