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Encyclopedia > Los Alamitos, California
City of Los Alamitos, California

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Location of Los Alamitos within Orange County, California.
Country United States
State California
County Orange
Government
 - Mayor Catherine Driscoll
Area
 - City 1.9 sq mi (4.9 km²)
 - Land 1.7 sq mi (4.5 km²)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km²)
Population (2000)
 - City 11,536
 - Density 6,097.6/sq mi (2,354.3/km²)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
Website: http://www.ci.los-alamitos.ca.us/
City Hall
City Hall

Los Alamitos ("The Little Cottonwoods" in Spanish) is a small city in Orange County, California, United States. The city was incorporated in March 1960. The population was 11,536 at the 2000 census. It is often mistakenly thought to include the adjacent but unincorporated community of Rossmoor (population just under 11,000) which uses Los Alamitos as its mailing address. Although Rossmoor is not part of Los Alamitos, it is speculated that it may be annexed to the city, or Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and Los Alamitos will combine to form one city. [1] Image File history File links Seal_LosAlamitos. ... Image File history File links MapLosAlamitos. ... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... 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. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude and geographical regions, we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Pacific Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... PDT is UTC-7 The Pacific Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-8). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 658 KB) Summary Los Alamitos, California City Hall. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 658 KB) Summary Los Alamitos, California City Hall. ... Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ... 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. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rossmoor is a census-designated place located in Orange County, California. ...


The USA Water Polo National Aquatic Center, where the men's and women's US Olympic water polo teams train, is located on the US Military Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. The facility is also used for major water polo tournaments, swim classes and local swim teams. The Joint Forces Training Base includes the Los Alamitos Army Airfield. Water polo is a team water sport, which can be best described as a combination of swimming, handball and wrestling. ... Los Alamitos Army Airfield (IATA: SLI, ICAO: KSLI) is a military airport located one mile (2 km) southeast of Los Alamitos, in Orange County, California, USA. Los Alamitos Army Airfield (official site) Los Alamitos Army Airfield (unofficial page) FAA Airport Diagram (PDF) Resources for this U.S. military airport: AirNav...

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History

The clusters of cottonwood trees Spanish explorers saw more than 200 years ago inspired Los Alamitos' name, but it is the sugar beet that figured most prominently in the area's later history. The history of the area during the Californio period and after U.S. annexation is detailed in the article on Rancho Los Alamitos. Species Populus deltoides L. Populus fremontii [[]] Populus nigra L. This article is about the poplar species. ... Two sugar beets - the one on the left has been cultivated to be smoother than the traditional beet, so that it traps less soil. ... The Californios were Spanish-speaking inhabitants of New Spain, and later Mexico, Alta California. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Location of Los Alamitos within Orange County, California. ...


The individual history of Los Alamitos separate gfrom the rancho begins with the purchase by John Bixby of the Rancho Los Alamitos. John put together a consortium of himself, his cousins Lewellyn and Jotham (owners of Rancho Los Cerritos) and banker I.W. Hellman to finance the purchase of the Los Alamitos. Upon John's sudden death in 1888, the ranch was divided between the three owning families. The northern third -- the land roughly north of present Orangewood Ave. -- went to the Lewellyn-Jotham faction (which later became the Bixby Land Company). By the mid 1890s, after the crash following the land boom of the 1880s -- this group was relatively cash-poor and land rich. Having experimented in Northern California with sugar beets, the Bixbys agreed to provide the land, and contracted with Montana silver baron William A. Clark to provide the capital, and got E.A. Dyer to provide the expertise to build a new sugar beet factory on the Bixby's land. The community that grew up around this new sugar beet factory complex -- with its streets of company houses for workers and surrounding farms -- came to be called Los Alamitos. (As part of his arrangement to build and operate the sugar beet factory, William Clark and his brother H. Ross, who actually ran the Los Alamitos operation, also arranged to purchase signifcant acreage east of the factory as well as 8,000 acres (32 km²) of land north of the sugar plant -- most of the latter in the Rancho Los Cerritos boundaries -- that would eventually become the city of Lakewood. Also, Clark and Hellman were intricately involved with the machinations and corporate dealings of railroad tycoon E. H. Harriman and Henry Edwards Huntington and the destiny of the Southern Pacific in Southern California. In additions, some time after establishing Los Alamitos, the Clarks completed their railroad from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, establishing the desert stop of Las Vegas in the process. Motto: Location of Lakewood in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country United States of America State California County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1954-04-16 [2] Government  - Mayor Larry Van Nostran [1] Area  - City  9. ... Edward Henry Harriman (February 20, 1848 – September 9, 1909), better known as E. H. Harriman, was a wealthy railroad executive. ... Henry Edwards Huntington (February 27, 1850 - May 23, 1927) was an American railroad pioneer and art collector. ... The Southern Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting marks SP) was an American railroad. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


Old photos tell the story of an emerging city. There are pictures of recreational facilities the company started for its workers. And there are pictures from the early 1900s of sugar beets being delivered to the factory by horse and wagon. Economics, combined with an insect infestation in 1921 caused sugar-beet crop to drop significantly and the eventual demise of the sugar beet industry in Los Alamitos. But the town that had sprung up continued to grow.


On the lands south of the factory (and current Orangewood Avenue), Fred Bixby, son of John Bixby and future member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame, used the sugar beet lands as a finishing ranch to fatten cattle before sending them off to slaughter (he also managed Hellman's lands in present Seal Beach). Bixby, one of the more progressive ranchers of his time, allowed European immigrant, Mexican, and Japanese farmers to rent the land and grow crops. At the beginning of World War II, the Japanese farmers were rounded up and relocated to interment camps at Manzanar and elsewhere. Location of Seal Beach within Orange County, California. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Manzanar, located in Californias Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine to the south and Independence to the north, is most widely known as the site of one of ten camps (see Terminology section below) where 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. It is...


Just prior to and during early World War II, the area around Los Alamitos became a major center for the aircraft industry. The Clark heirs arranged for Donald Douglas to build a major plant adjacent to the airport in Lakewood and Long Beach. Soon after the Navy decided it wanted the level ground just south of Los Alamitos for its training field, which it moved from Terminal Island. The new base provided many jobs and spurred modest growth. In 1973, the base was designated an Armed Forces Reserve Center. Today, it is a reserve support center for units of the Army, Navy, National Guard and Marines. USN redirects here. ... Reservation Point at the very southwest tip of Teminal Island. ...


Many former military personnel chose to stay on in Los Alamitos after the war, living in such neighborhoods as Carrier Row, where streets are named for World War II aircraft carriers. Other than "the base" the area remained unchanged until 1956 when builder Ross Cortese purchased land to build the walled community of Rossmoor just southwest from the townsite of Los Alamitos. Rossmoor, still the largest single development in Orange County, was the first walled community in the United States and quickly became home to over 10,000 upper middle class professionals. Rossmoor's homes were designed initially by Earle G. Kaltenbach (who also designed Disneyland's original Tomorrowland) and then by Chris Choate, who achieved much fame as the frequent partner of Cliff May. Together the two men were among the most responsible for designing and popularizing the "ranch" style homes which dominated the suburban explosion of the 1950s. Four aircraft carriers, (bottom-to-top) Principe de Asturias, amphibious assault carrier USS Wasp, supercarrier USS Forrestal and light V/STOL carrier HMS Invincible, showing size differences of late 20th century carriers An aircraft carrier is a warship designed to deploy and recover aircraft — in effect acting as a sea...


Although Rossmoor never officially became part of Los Alamitos proper, it has become inextricably linked to the town. When Los Alamitos incorporated in 1960 its population was only about 3,400, while still-growing Rossmoor was nearing 10,000. Now they are fairly equal with Los Alamitos being slightly larger than 11,000, and Rossmoor just below that. Rossmoor, still an unincorporated part of Orange County, doesn't pay taxes to Los Alamitos, but the city virtually treats Rossmoor residents as if they were residents. In exchange, the city's many youth programs benefit from the overwhelming number of Rossmoor residents who volunteer for those programs, and homes in Los Alamitos get a significant increase in property values because of their proximity to Rossmoor.


The ambitious sugar-beet processor of today would be hard pressed to set up shop in Los Alamitos. Zoning laws keep out heavy manufacturing or industry, because nearly all the city land is developed. The Armed Forces Reserve Center takes up 48 percent of the city's 4.3 square miles. The rest of the city is a snug fitting mix of homes, apartments, businesses and open space.


The small city has been the hometown for a number of noted athletes including Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby, and many major league baseball players, including Andy Messersmith, who challenged baseball's reserve clause and helped established free agency in professional sports . At one point in the late 1980s, six natives of Rossmoor and Los Alamitos were playing baseball in the major leagues -- Robb Nen, J.T. Snow, Greg Harris, Dennis Lamp, Greg Pirkl, and Mike Kelly. The area is also home to record holding long distance swimmer Lynne Cox. It was also home to California Supreme Court Chief Justice Malcolm Lucas while he served on the Court, and to award-winning mystery writer Jan Burke. Cathleen Roxanne Rigby (b. ... John Alexander (Andy) Messersmith (born August 6, 1945 in Toms River, New Jersey) was a Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher from 1968 until 1979. ... Robb Nen Robert Allan Robb Nen (born November 28, 1969 in San Pedro, California) was a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball, more specifically a closer. ... Jack Thomas J.T. Snow, Jr. ... Greg Harris is a common name that can refer to different people: Greg Harris, a Cincinnati community organizer and former politician Greg Harris, a former pitcher in MLB who played from 1981 through 1995 (*) Greg Harris, a former pitcher in MLB who played from 1988 through 1995 (*) Greg Harris, a... Dennis Patrick Lamp (born September 23, 1952 in Los Angeles, California) is a former middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Gregory Daniel Pirkl (born August 7, 1970 in Long Beach, California) was a Major League Baseball player from 1993 to 1996 for the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox. ... Michael Raymond Kelly (born June 2, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) was an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Colorado Rockies. ... Lynne Cox (born 1957) is an American long-distance open-water swimmer and writer. ... Malcolm M. Lucas was a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California. ... Jan Burke is an author of novels and short stories, and the winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel. ...


Los Alamitos High School, which serves the communities of Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Seal Beach, is a nationally recognized high school, whose reputation has been further enhanced by its success in sports. Through the 1990s and early 2000s, the football team was consistently nationally ranked and at one point went over 45 games without a loss. Its 2005 girls soccer team won the mythical national championship, and its tennis and volleyball teams have had extraordinary success - the latter having captured three state championships in 2003, 2005, and 2006. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000,, there were 11,536 people, 4,246 households, and 3,035 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,110.7/km² (2,875.5/mi²). There were 4,329 housing units at an average density of 416.8/km² (1,079.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.97% White, 3.20% African American, 0.58% Native American, 9.49% Asian, 0.33% Pacific Islander, 5.37% from other races, and 4.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.02% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 4,246 households out of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.06. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.4 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $55,286, and the median income for a family was $60,767. Males had a median income of $49,946 versus $36,002 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,014. About 4.1% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.9% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Business

  • The first Claim Jumper restaurant opened in Los Alamitos, California in 1977. That restaurant no longer exists, and the closest Claim Jumper is in neaby Long Beach
  • The Los Alamitos Race Course, has Arabian, quarter horse and thoroughbred racing. It was once the only harness racing in Southern California. Although the race course is often thought to be in Los Alamitos, it is actually in Cypress, California.
  • Neverland Studios, a recording studio originally located in Los Alamitos that was often used by Christian Rock bands.

The term Claim Jumper is attributed to the California Gold Rush; a claim jumper was someone who stole someone elses mining claim. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... A trotter training at Vincennes hippodrome Harness racing is a form of horse-racing in which the horses race in a specified gait. ... Location of Cypress within Orange County, California. ... Neverland Studios is the name of the recording studio owned and opperated by musician and songwriter Derri Daugherty. ...

Famous Los Alamitos Residents

*Lynne Cox, long-distance swimmer *Taryn Manning, actress *Cathy Rigby, Olympic gymnist and actress *Jodie Sweetin, actress *Aaron Barrett, Musician *Scott Klopfenstein, Musician *Spencer Rothman, Youtube fame *Kami Cotler, actress Lynne Cox (born 1957) is an American long-distance open-water swimmer and writer. ... Taryn Manning (born November 6, 1978) is an American actress and singer/songwriter of the band Boomkat. ... Cathleen Roxanne Rigby (b. ... Jodie Leanne Sweetin (born January 19, 1982) is an American actress best known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on the television sitcom Full House. ... Aaron Barrett (born August 30, 1974) is the lead singer and guitarist for the ska-punk band Reel Big Fish. ... Scott Klopfenstein (born May 31, 1977), of Garden Grove, California, is one of the longest playing members of Reel Big Fish. ... Kami Cotler is an American actress (born June 17, 1965, in Long Beach, California). ...

See also: Los Alamitos High School#Famous alumni

This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Schools

  • Los Alamitos High School
  • Laurel High School
  • McAuliffe Middle School (formerly called Pine)
  • Oak Middle School
  • St. Hedwig School, K-8 Private School
  • Hopkinson Elementary
  • Lee Elementary
  • Los Alamitos Elementary
  • Rossmoor Elementary
  • Weaver Elementary

This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

External links

McGaugh Elementary School is also part of the LAUSD


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Los Alamitos, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (901 words)
Los Alamitos ("The Little Cottonwoods" in Spanish) is a small city located in Orange County, California.
The clusters of cottonwood trees Spanish explorers saw more than 200 years ago inspired Los Alamitos' name, but it is the sugar beet that figured most prominently in the area's later history.
In the early days of Spanish colonization, Los Alamitos (The Little Cottonwoods or Poplars in Spanish), was the name given to one of five ranchos that a former sergeant in the king of Spain's army deeded to his children.
Los Alamitos, California - Community Guide (621 words)
In the early days of Spanish colonization, Los Alamitos, or the Little Cottonwoods, was the name given to one of five ranchos that a former sergeant in the king of Spain's army deeded to his children.
If you're interested in the history of Los Alamitos, it can be found along with Los Alamitos general information, Los Alamitos educational resources plus Los Alamitos real estate and housing information for both residents and visitors alike.
Annual events in Los Alamitos and links to local organizations in Los Alamitos are listed so you may participate in all the city has to offer.
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