Reseda ( ) is a San Fernando
Valley district in the city of Los Angeles,
The area now known as Reseda was originally inhabited by Native Americans
tribe that lived close to the
Los Angeles River
. The vegetation
was plentiful, and the natives had to work only two hours per day
to support themselves.
Reseda originated as a farm town named "Marian" (or "Rancho
Marian") that appeared in 1912. Its namesake, Marian Otis Chandler
, was the daughter
of Los Angeles Times
Harrison Gray Otis
, a director of
the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company. About 1920, Reseda—named
after a fragrant North African yellow-dye plant, Reseda odorata
, which grows in hot, dry
climates—replaced Marian as a designation for a stop on the
running along Sherman Way.
The population of Reseda was 1,805 in 1930 and 4,147 in 1940. By
1950 it had topped 16,000, but the Ventura Freeway
lay 10 years in the future,
and most Reseda residents still bought fresh eggs, milk, honey and
vegetables at stands along Ventura
. The name "Reseda" was given first to a siding
on a branch of the Southern
Pacific Railroad in the south San Fernando Valley.
Development into a suburb
one of the first suburbs in the San Fernando Valley.
Its large ranches were sub-divided and the
area was developed by realtors just as the veterans of World War II
were returning home. The earliest
families came to live among orange groves which were successively
plowed under in favor of housing. At the time, most of the jobs were in the
Los Angeles Basin, to the south,
over the Santa
By 1950, the Valley's population reached 400,000. The average new
Valley home, in 1949, cost $9,000. By 1955, that same house could
be resold for nearly $15,000. But even at that price, a household
income only had to be $6,000 a year, not at all difficult,
considering Valley incomes continued to hover above the national
By 1960, the average market value of a Valley home reached $18,850.
During the 1970s, however, these costs and income patterns over the
rest of the country began to reverse. Land and housing costs shot
upward, while most incomes only crept. By the beginning of the
1980s, the average price of a home in the Valley reached $110,000.
According to a 2004 study by the U.S. Bureau of the Census it has
reached triple that of the beginning of the 1980s.
Although home values continued to increase, the Caucasian
population stopped growing in the early 1980s. As the white
population decreased due to aging and a lower birth rate, Latino
immigrants continued moving into the area. At
the same time, a variety of factors led to a decreasing level of
income, from discrimination
problems and the changing economy of the
Los Angeles area that is losing blue collar unionized jobs. As a
result, the neighborhood changed from a middle-class neighborhood
back to its working-class roots.
It is not widely known that the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake
actually in Reseda. The epicenter at first was reported as being
Fernando, then a few hours later "somewhere near
Northridge", and was pinpointed in Reseda (near the intersection of
Wilbur Avenue and Saticoy Street) about a week later.
this point, however, the media had dubbed it the "Northridge"
earthquake and the name stuck.
As of the 2000 census
, the 91335 zip code,
which includes Reseda and other areas, had 68,002 people (estimated
77,250 in 2006) and 22,811 households. The ethnic makeup of Reseda
,9.8% African American
or Alaskan Native
,0.1% Pacific Islander
,6.15% two or more races.
91335's median age was 33 years with an average household size of
3.05 persons. Median household income in 1999 was $40,792.
In 2009, the Los Angeles
s "Mapping L.A." project supplied these Reseda
neighborhood statistics: population: 62,174; median household
Television, movies, and music
A number of motion pictures
been produced and set in Reseda and other parts of the San Fernando
Valley. Films set in Reseda include The Karate Kid
and Terminator 2: Judgment Day'
with its car chase scenes down the channel of the Los Angeles River
Reseda is mentioned in the Tom Petty
"Free Fallin'", Soul Coughing
"Screenwriter's Blues", and The
' "High Doses #2". The 1974 Frank Zappa
and The Mothers of Invention
Roxy & Elsewhere
on the song Dummy Up
, a reference to the city as Napoleon Murphy Brock
's character is
asked where he is from during a vamp in the song and he is scoffed
at by Zappa when he replies he is from Reseda. Also, the
Zappa-produced album Trout Mask
by Captain Beefheart and His
contains a reference to the city at the end of the
track "Hair Pie: Bake 1". Don Van
asks a girl and boy where they've moved from, to which
the boy replies, "Reseda". Van Vliet responds by saying, "She's
In the film Boogie Nights
the night club scenes were filmed at The Country Club (now a
church) on Sherman Way, a block east of Reseda Boulevard. The long
opening shot tracks from the marquee of The Reseda Theatre
(actually long closed) down the block and across a side street to
the club entrance, then inside. The donut shop holdup takes place
several blocks east of the club, which is the donut shop on Sherman
Way called Miss Donuts
, which used to be
a Winchell's Donuts
and the scene
where Dirk Diggler prostitutes himself in a pickup truck was filmed
in the Bank of America
across the street from the donut shop.
Several prominent scenes from the 1999 film Magnolia
, also directed by Anderson,
were filmed near the intersection of Sherman Way and Reseda, about
half a block away from The Country Club.
In the 1984 film The Karate
, character Daniel LaRusso, played by Ralph Macchio
had just moved to Reseda from
New Jersey. The apartment building that Daniel lived in is on
Saticoy St., and the scene where Daniel is being chased in the
empty field is next to the apartment building.
The 1995 film A Kid in King
places the home of the main character in Reseda.
Both the beginning and ending scenes of the movie ostensibly take
place on a baseball field in Reseda.
In the film Erin Brockovich
scenes were filmed near Sherman Way and Yolanda Ave.
The 1996 film Escape From L.A.
starring Kurt Russell
was filmed in and
around the portion of the Los Angeles
that runs through Reseda.
The show My Name is Earl
filmed in Reseda captured to look like rural small town America.
One episode about a hot dog stand was filmed at the Home Plate
Burgers on the corner of Saticoy Street and Reseda Blvd.
The song "Errol Flynn," written by Amanda McBroom and performed by
Barbara Cook on her 1994 album "Live from London", contains a
reference to Reseda as the hometown of the singer & her actor
The show 10 Items or
is filmed in an actual store in Reseda, often using real
customers as extras.
In a season three episode of "Angel" called Birthday, Cordelia's
vision leads her to visit a girl that lives in Reseda.
- Reseda is home to a large duck pond that lies inside Reseda
Park at the corner of Reseda Blvd. and Victory Blvd. During the
1950s and 1960s the duck pond also had a boathouse where one could
rent electric boats by the hour.
- The Reseda Country Club, of Boogie Nights fame, was a legendary
concert venue during the Los Angeles Punk Rock and New Wave scenes
of the 1980s. Located at the intersection of Canby Avenue and
Sherman Way, the Country Club was host to bands including Oingo Boingo, U2, Culture Club, Tom Petty & the
Heartbreakers, and Roxy Music from
1980 to 1982. The club remained a music venue throughout the 1990s
but later became a Spanish language Christian church.
- The Reseda Theater is a Reseda Landmark due to be converted
into a Food and Entertainment venue due by the end of 2008.
Government and infrastructure
Los Angeles Fire
Department Station 73
(Reseda) and Station 100
Van Nuys/Lake Balboa) serve the community.
Los Angeles Police
operates the nearby West Valley Community Police
County, state, and federal representation
Mail services are provided by the United States Postal Service
branch post office at 7320 Reseda Boulevard. On October 14, 2006,
the branch office was renamed the Coach John
Wooden Post Office on Wooden's 96th birthday, in honor of the
retired UCLA basketball
coach who lives in nearby Encino and whose
daughter lives in Reseda.
Primary and secondary schools
Like other areas of the city of Los Angeles, Reseda is served by
the Los Angeles
Unified School District
Vanalden Early Education Center is in the community.
Comprehensive elementary schools in Reseda
include Bertrand Avenue Elementary School, Blythe
Street Elementary School, Cantara Street Elementary School,
Garden Grove Elementary School, Melvin
Avenue Elementary School, Newcastle Elementary School, Reseda
Elementary School, Shirley Avenue Elementary School, Calvert
Elementary School (in Woodland Hills), and Vanalden
Avenue Elementary School (in Tarzana).
Comprehensive middle schools serving the area
include Mulholland Middle School (in Lake
Balboa), Northridge Middle School (in Northridge), and Sutter Middle School (Winnetka).
schools serving the area include Reseda High School and Grover Cleveland
High School. Northridge Academy High
takes some students from the Cleveland zone.
Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES), formerly Sequoia Junior
High School lies adjacent to Reseda Park; it is not in or near the
community of Sherman Oaks, its former location.
Sven Lokrantz Special
Education Center, a Kindergarten through 1st Grade special school,
is in Reseda.
Magnolia Science Academy 1
, a charter school
founded in 2002, is located
near the corner of Etiwanda Avenue and Sherman Way.
Los Angeles Public
operates the West Valley Regional Branch.