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Encyclopedia > Ladera, California

Ladera is an unincorporated community located in San Mateo County, California adjacent to Portola Valley. Primarily a residential community, it comprises approximately 520 homes with about 2,000 residents. Official website: http://www. ... Portola Valley is a town located in San Mateo County, California. ...



Location of Ladera, California

Ladera is located at 37°24'360" North, 122°13'0" West (37.400165, -122.198868)GR1, at the bottom of the eastern slope of the Peninsula Range of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is bordered on the West by the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve operated by Stanford University, on the east by Alpine Road, and on the North by Webb Ranch. Image File history File links CAMap-doton-Portola_Valley. ... The Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, are a mountain range in central California. ... The Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is a 1200 acre (5 km²) plot of land owned by Stanford University, located on Sand Hill Rd near Interstate 280 in Palo Alto, California. ... Stanford redirects here. ...


The community of Ladera occupies land that was originally settled by the Ramaytush Ohlones peoples prior to the settlement of California by the Spanish. In 1833 the Mexican Governor of Alta California, José Figueroa, granted one square league of land called Rancho de Corte de Madera to Maximo Martinez and José Domingo Peralta. After statehood, the land that comprises Ladera was recorded to Martinez in 1858. The Ramaytush were one of eight major divisions of the Ohlone Indians, also known as San Francisco, who lived between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific in the area which is now San Francisco and San Mateo County Categories: ‪Ethnic group stubs‬ | ‪Native American tribes‬ ... Map of the Costanoan languages The Ohlone (formerly Costanoan) are an ethnic group whose members lived in what is now the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Bay areas of California until after the European discovery and settling of this area. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... 1833 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... This is a list of pre-statehood governors of California. ... Alta California (Upper California) was formed in 1804 when the province of California, then a part of the Spanish colony of New Spain, was divided in two along the line separating the Franciscan missions in the north from the Dominican missions in the south. ... League is a unit of distance long common in Europe and Latin America, although no longer an official unit in any nation. ... 1858 (MDCCCLVIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...

The land was used for grazing and timber through 1927 when it was joined to the Ormondale Ranch, owned by the Macdonough family. The Macdonoughs raised cattle and sheep, and bred racehorses; their most famous horse, Ormonde, raced primarily in England and never lost a race. 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population...

In 1944 a corporation was formed to purchase the remaining portion of the Ormondale ranch (the majority having been developed and incorporated into Portola Valley in the previous decade). Several prominent members of the Stanford and Palo Alto communities joined to develop Ladera as a community housing cooperative. The co-op began subscribing members in 1945 and its 150 members purchased 260 acres of the former Ormondale ranch for $155,000 on July 31, 1946. 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A housing co-operative is a legal entity that owns real estate, one or more residential buildings. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...

The members chose the name Ladera (over alternatives Lark Hills and New Rochdale) to reflect the Spanish history of the land -- ladera is Spanish for hillside. Streets are Spanish phrases or botanical names. Early members of the cooperative included author Wallace Stegner and Klystron tube inventor Sigurd Varian of Varian Associates. (Varian had grown up in Halcyon, another intentional community in southern California.) The Rochdale war memorial Rochdale (pronounced ) is a town in Greater Manchester in north-west England, within the traditional borders of Lancashire. ... Wallace Earle Stegner (February 18, 1909—April 13, 1993) was an American novelist, short story writer, and environmentalist. ... A klystron is a specialized vacuum tube (evacuated electron tube) called a linear-beam tube. ... Varian Medical Systems NYSE: VAR is engaged in designing and manufacturing advanced equipment and software solutions for treating cancer with radiation, as well as x-ray tubes for original equipment manufacturers, replacement x-ray tubes and flat-panel digital subsystems for imaging in medical, scientific and industrial applications. ... Halcyon, California is an unincorporated community of approximately 125 acres (0. ... An intentional community is a planned residential community with a much higher degree of social interaction than other communities. ...

Due to financial difficulties caused in part by refusal to place restrictive covenants on the title deeds, the Peninsula Housing Association failed after only a few houses had been constructed. The land was sold to Hare, Brewer, and Kelly, who completed the development. A restrictive covenant is a legal obligation imposed in a deed by the seller upon the buyer of real estate to do or not to do something. ... A deed is a legal instrument used to grant a privilege. ...

Political and Economic

As an unincorporated area, Ladera lies in the sphere of influence of Portola Valley. It draws its police services from the County of San Mateo and is a part of Woodside Fire District. A sphere of influence (SOI) is an area or region over which an organization or state exerts some kind of indirect cultural, economic, military or political domination. ... Portola Valley is a town located in San Mateo County, California. ... Official website: http://www. ... Woodside (pop. ...

School districts that serve Ladera include the Las Lomitas Elementary School District for elementary and middle school and the Sequoia Union High School District for high school. The local school in the community is leased to the private Woodland School. Las Lomitas Elementary School District The Las Lomitas Elementary School District is a public school district in the San Francisco Bay Area, primarily serving parts of the communities of Menlo Park, Atherton and Ladera. ... The Sequoia Union High School District is a public school district in the San Francisco Bay Area, primarily serving the communities of Atherton, Belmont, East Palo Alto, Ladera, San Carlos, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Redwood City, and Woodside. ...

Along Alpine Road are two small commercial developments: a small shopping center to the north of La Mesa and an office complex south of La Mesa.

External links

  • Ladera Community Association



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