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During the mission era in California, many missions were built. In this area one was in San Gabriel and the other in San Fernando. One of the guards, Jose Verdugo, was to retire and he asked permission to graze cattle if they didn't interfere with the mission. He named his place Rancho San Rafael. Also in the area, but later on in the 1840s, a land grant was made to a Mexican teacher, Ignacio Coronel. He named his place Rancho La La Caņada. The son of Jose Verdugo, Julio Verdugo, adamently insisted the boundaries overlapped his holdings, but nothing came of his protest. Coronel remained in the area until about 1847 when he left the ranch. Julio Verdugo was able to purchase Rancho La Caņada in 1858. In a few years, Verdugo came under financial pressures and lost the ranch. After the foreclosure, the man who bought the land allowed Julio to keep his home and 200 acres.
New Settlers began to arrive in the valley in the late 1800s. One was Colonel Theodore Pickens who built north of Rancho La Caņada. Another was Colonel Thomas Hall who came for the climate here. In 1875, Rancho La Canada was sold once again. This time to Dr. Jacob Lantermanand Colonel Adolphus Williams. They wanted to subdivide the property and sell lots to families for their homes. They recorded their map in 1881, but weren't able to fulfill their dreams for the subdivision, mostly due to the lack of a good water source. The property continued to change hands but the area never grew much.
Finally, in the early 1900s, the valley began to change. Flintridge was created by Senator Frank Flint and Edwin T. Earl bought a ranch and called it Alta Canyada. Roads were built and a streetcar line was extended furthering the expansion of the area.
Several attempts at cityhood were made in the 1960's but residents could not agree on boundaries and the inclusion of some areas in the new city among other issues. Finally success was found in 1976 and the cityhood was accomplished. The official incorporation date was Dec 8. The city was known as La Caņada Flintridge - without a hyphen! A lot of citizens reacted when a Sacramento clerk added a hyphen between the two names when processing paperwork. The error was corrected!
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1418 Descanso Drive
La Caņada Flintridge, CA 91011
The city is governed by a five member city council who are elected to overlapping four-year terms. One of the council members is selected to be Mayor and one as Mayor Pro-Tem for one year. The City Manager is appointed by the City council. The council also appoints a number ofother city positions and members of boards.
The number of housing units was:
1990 - 6,918
2000 - 6,989
Median household income:
2000 - $ 109,989
2005 - $ 125,800
Median house value:
2000 - $ 587,800
2005 - $ 1,348,900
La Canada Flintridge is located in the Pacific Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.