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Monday, 18 June 2012 10:12

Elected Officials

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Jude Cazares

Monday, 18 June 2012 10:10

School Districts

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School Districts

Cerritos CollegeNorwalk is served by three K-12 school districts: ABC Unified School District, Little Lake City School District, and Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. Combined there is one pre-school, 16 elementary schools, six middle schools, and two adult schools. Norwalk is also home to Cerritos College, which is one of the largest community colleges in the state. Residents can conveniently commute to Fullerton and Long Beach State Universities. In addition, Norwalk is home to several parochial schools, pre-schools and child care centers.

Click on the following links to learn more about the school districts that serve Norwalk:

ABC Unified School District

Norwalk - La Mirada Unified School District

Little Lake City School District

Cerritos College

Monday, 18 June 2012 10:03


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Incorporation August 1957
Form of Government Council/Manager
Population 105,549*
Incorporated Area 9.8 square miles
Median Income $46,047
Unemployment Rate 12.5% **
Housing Vacancy Rate 3.4% *
Taxable Sales $985 million in 2005
Total Housing Units 28,083
Median Housing Price $418,200
Population Per Square Mile 10,761

*Source: Census 2010; California Department of Finance;
**Employment Development Department as of June 1, 2011


Hispanic or Lation 70.15%
White 7.98%
Asian 12.03%
African American 4.35%
American Indian & Alaska Native


Multi-Racial 4.3%
Other 0.2%
Male: 49.6% 52,354 Female: 50.4% 53,185

19 & Under: 31%
20 to 64: 59.1%
65 & over: 9.9% 
Median Age: 32.5 


Top Employers

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District 1,987
Metropolitan State Hospital 1450
Cerritos College 1,143
LA County Registrar-Recorder 697
California Youth Authority




All California Brokerage


City of Norwalk


Little Lake School District


Costco Wholesale


Doty Brother's Construction


LA County Sheriff's Department




MCI Corretions


Southland Care Center


Prudential California Realty


US Post Office


Norwalk Meadows Nursing


Lowe's Home Improvement



Norwalk is where California history intersects with new millennium technology in Southern California. A City, poised since the days of El Camino Real, in a regionally vital transportation hub. Norwalk is where you want to be, just minutes away from everywhere important in Southern California.

General Information

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Norwalk is a suburban city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The population was 105,549 at the 2010 census, up from 103,298 at the 2000 census, making it the 58th most populous city in California and the 255th nationally.

Founded in the late 19th century, Norwalk was incorporated as a city in 1957. It is located 17 miles (27 km) southeast of downtown Los Angeles, and 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Garden Grove.

Norwalk operates under a Council/Manager form of government, established by the Charter of the City of Norwalk which was drafted in 1957. The five-member City Council acts as the city's chief policy-making body. Every two years, Councilmembers are elected by the citizens of Norwalk to serve four-year, overlapping terms. Councilmembers are not limited to the number of terms they may serve. The Mayor is selected by the Council and serves a one-year term.

Norwalk is a member of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. Norwalk's sister cities are Morelia, Michoac¡n, and Hermosillo, Sonora, in Mexico.

Norwalk is the home of the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder. The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office is responsible for the registration of voters, maintenance of voter files, conduct of federal, state, local and special elections and the verification of initiative, referendum and recall petitions. There are approximately 4.1 million registered voters, and 5 thousand voting precincts established for countywide elections. The office also has jurisdiction over marriage license issuance, the performance of civil marriage ceremonies, fictitious business name filings and indexing, qualification and registration of notaries and miscellaneous statutory issuance of oaths and filings. The office issues approximately 75,000 marriage licenses and processes 125,000 fictitious business name filings annually. The Recorder's Office is responsible for recording legal documents which determine ownership of real property and maintains files of birth, death and marriage records for Los Angeles County. It serves the public and other County departments such as the Assessor, Health Services, Public Social Services and Regional Planning. The office processes 2 million real and personal property documents and 750,000 birth, death and marriage records annually and services approximately 2,000 customers daily.[9]

The United States Postal Service operates the Norwalk Post Office at 14011 Clarkdale Avenue and the Paddison Square Post Office at 12415 Norwalk Boulevard.

The Southeast District of the Los Angeles County Superior Court is located in Norwalk.

The 162-acre (0.66 km2) Metropolitan State Hospital, a psychiatric and mental health facility operated by the California Department of Mental Health, is located in Norwalk. wa “contract city” and continues to operate in that manner. A contract city is a city in which services such as police and fire are contracted with another agency. The City of Norwalk contracts with the Los Angeles Countyal governments.

Cultural Highlights

Hargitt HouseThe City of Norwalk is home to the Sproul Museum and historical Hargitt House. The City is also a premier location for the production of featured motion pictures and television commercials, utilizing locations such as the historic Paddison Farm, Front Street and unique residential areas.

Monday, 18 June 2012 09:58

Norwalk Yesterday and Today

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The Norwalk of Yesterday

Originally, the land that became known as "Norwalk" was home to the Shoshonean Indian tribes. They survived primarily on honey, an array of berries, acorns, sage, squirrels, rabbits and birds. Their huts were part of the Sejat Indian village. 

In the late 1760s, Spanish settlers, Padres and missions flourished in the area. In 1833, the Mexican government passed the Secularization Bill, which returned the land to the Indian tribes. However, the Indian tribes suffered the loss of much of their culture, and were unable to successfully cope with the return of their land.

Gilbert SproulThe Rancho and mining days in California ended around the 1860's and the land was subdivided once again and made available for sale. Word of this land development reached the Sproul Brothers in Oregon. They recalled the fertile land and huge sycamore trees they saw during an earlier visit to the Southern California area. In 1869, Atwood Sproul, on behalf of his brother, Gilbert, purchased 463 acres of land at $11 an acre in an area known as Corazon de los Valles, or "Heart of the Valleys."

Old Sproul ResidenceBy 1873, news of a railroad service coming through the area was committed. The Sprouls deeded 23 acres and stipulated a "passenger stop" clause in the deed. Three days after the Anaheim Branch Railroad crossed the "North-walk" for the first time, Gilbert Sproul surveyed a town site. In 1874, the name was recorded officially as Norwalk. The Museum is open on the first Sunday of the month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Tours for groups of 10 or more are also available by appointment. Please call (562) 929-5702 for more information.

While a majority of the Norwalk countryside remained undeveloped during the 1880's, the Norwalk Station allowed potential residents the opportunity to visit the "country" from across the nation. This pre-1900 era also brought the "first families" to Norwalk, including the Sprouls, the Dewitts, the Settles, the Orrs, and many others. They grouped together to shape the future of this community. 

In 1880, D.D. Johnston pioneered the first school system in Norwalk. Johnston was also responsible for the first real industry in town, a cheese factory, by furnishing Tom Lumbard with the money in 1882.

Norwalk celebrated the famous "Gay 90s" with the construction of a number of fine homes that were located in the middle of orchards, farms and dairies. One of those residential landmarks was built in 1891 by the D. D. Johnston family, and it subsequently became known as the Hargitt House, an 1891 Victorian Eastlake. Today, you have the opportunity of visiting the Hargitt House Museum, located at 12426 Mapledale, which was donated to the people of Norwalk by Charles ("Chun") and Ida Hargitt. The Museum is open on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours for groups of 10 or more area also available by request. Please call (562) 929-5702 for more information. On the day of your visit, please call the Museum directly after 12 noon at (562) 929-5612 if you have any questions.

Front Street, circa 1923At the turn of the century, Norwalk had become established as the dairy "Heart of the Valleys." Of the 50 local families reported in the 1900 census, most were associated with farming or with the dairy industry. Norwalk was also the home of some of the largest sugar beet farms in all of Southern California during this era. As the years passed, the community continued to grow. Permanent educational facilities were constructed, electricity and telephone service installed, and railroads and highways linked Norwalk to statewide markets. 

The need for local control over local affairs soon became so great that a special incorporation election was called. On August 26, 1957, Norwalk was certified by the Secretary of State as California's 15th largest city and became L.A. County's 66th city. With cityhood came startling improvements in services to local residents. Progressive health and building standards were adopted, law enforcement increased, storm drainage improved, and citywide street lighting districts formed.

The Norwalk of Today


The City of Norwalk was incorporated on August 26, 1957 becoming Los Angeles County's 66th City. Comprising about 9.77 square miles, the City has continued to grow and develop into a prosperous and culturally rich community of over 109,000 residents.

Located at the midpoint between Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Norwalk is just minutesFront Streetaway from the finest cultural, educational and entertainment centers both counties have to offer. Mountains and beaches are also close and readily accessible. In 2007, the City of Norwalk will proudly celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a community sense of pride and accomplishment anticipating an even brighter future.

Norwalk is a general law city, and contracts for services in law enforcement and fire with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The City also contracts out for water, street sweeping, and trash disposal. In business, education, government, and law enforcement, the signs of growth serve as evidence for a bright future.

Metro RailNorwalk's parks and community recreation rrograms are administered by the City's Recreation and Park Services Department. The parks system consists of 12 parks with a total of 87.3 acres of land. An additional asset to the City is, of course, its location. Norwalk sits at the heart of an expanding regional transportation network; an outstanding convenience to residents that work anywhere in Los Angeles or Orange Counties.

Monday, 18 June 2012 09:56

City Business License

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How do I obtain a business license application?

Forms are available at City Hall, Finance Department, Room 5, or you can download one from our website

How much does a business license cost?

The fee for each business license is established by resolution of the City Council. Tax rate schedules can be obtained at City Hall, Finance Department, Room 5.

When will I receive my business license?

A license certificate will be printed and mailed to you approximately two weeks after your application is approved.

How often do I need to renew my business license?

Business licenses are renewed annually. A renewal notice will be mailed in November of each year.

When is my business license renewal fee due?

Business license renewal fees are due by January 31.

If I'm no longer in business, what should I do?

Notify our office in writing or return your renewal form with the closing date of the business.

I have moved the location of my business, what do I do?

Moving within the city limits will require coming to City Hall, Finance Department, Room 5 to obtain zoning approval and transferring your license to a new location. Moving your business outside of Norwalk will require a written notification.

Monday, 18 June 2012 09:48

Important Numbers

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Key Phone Numbers

Emergency - Fire, Sheriff and Rescue 911
City of Norwalk
City Hall 562.929.5700
Norwalk Superior Court 562.807.7266
Employment, Dept. of Human Resources 562.929.5721
Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital 562.868.3751
Norwalk Community Hospital 562.863.4763
Alondra Library 562.868.7771
Norwalk Regional Library 562.868.0775
Post Offices
Norwalk Main/Paddison Square 800.275.8777
Sheriff & Fire
Sheriffs Department 562.863.8711
Fire and Rescue 562.868.0411
School Districts
ABC Adult School 562.926.5566
Norwalk La Mirada 562.868.0431
Little Lake 562.868.8241
Cerritos College 562.860.2451
Head Start Program 562.921.7610
Charter Communications 310.971.4141
Southern California Edison 800.655.4555
Frontier 800.921.8101
The Gas Company 800.427.2200
Norwalk Water 562.929.5766
Athens Services 888.336.6100
Golden State Water 562.863.2607
Liberty Utilities 562.923.0711
Norwalk Chamber of Commerce 562.404.0909
Department of Motor Vehicles 800.777.0133
Senior Citizen's Center 562.929.5580