City Council: Paul Bernal (mayor), Charles E. Sylvia (mayor pro tem), Alice B. Jempsa, Robert P. Wahlstrom, Anthony R. Selvaggi City Manager/City Clerk: Michael A. Graziano
Fire Chief: county
Chief of Police: Jim Guess
Population: (1986 est.) 11,468 Area: 4.3 square miles Incorporation: March 1, 1960 Median household income: $32,564 Median home value: $116,083
Racial/ethnic mix: white, 89.3%; Latino, 14.5%; black, 2.0%; other, 8.7%
(Total is more than 100% because racial/ethnic breakdowns overlap)
City Hall: (213) 827-8670
3191 Katella Ave.
Police (business): (213) 527-7775
3201 Katella Ave.
Fire (business): (213) 744-0400
3642 Green Ave.
Post Office: (213) 431-6546
10932 Pine St.
In Emergency, Dial 911
Adults over 25
Years of school completed
0-11 years: 20.1% 12 years: 34.5% 13-15 years: 24.3% 16+ years: 21.0% Median years completed: 12.8
Median Age: 33.4 years
Statistics: Donnelley Demographics
Commonly mistaken as home to the horse-racing track that bears its name, Los Alamitos is actually a small, closely knit city that neighbors the Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress. The home of the 1942 Los Alamitos Air Station, operated since 1977 as an Armed Forces Reserve Center, Los Alamitos may be a strategic place to live during an earthquake. The military installation, with its fleet of about 100 helicopters and a capacity for the largest transport aircraft in stock, is designated as a pivotal location for disaster relief. During a catastrophic quake, it will become a beachhead, coordinating resources, communications and rescue efforts, according to Michael Guerin, Office of Emergency Services. The city itself is a well-balanced bedroom/business community with a “small-town feel” and a populace, according to city leaders, that possesses tremendous community spirit. Last year, for example, Los Alamitos Unifed School District teachers applied for and won a state grant to create the first high school for the arts in Orange County. The new school opened in September at the Los Alamitos High School campus, and city and private donors chipped in to fund a new $50,000 television production studio that will open on campus in February.
Clipboard researched by Rick VanderKnyff, Dan Crump, Nancy Reed, Henry Rivero / Los Angeles Times