Mission Hills is a suburban community in the San Fernando Valley region of the city of Los Angeles, California. Once home to comedian native resident George Lopez, a Mexican-American, born in 1961 in Mission Hills, raised by his maternal grandmother, Benita Gutierrez, a factory worker & step-grandfather Refugio Gutierrez, a construction worker.
The Tongva, later known as the Fernandeño = Gabrieleño Mission Indians after colonization & the Tataviam to the north & Chumash to the west, had lived & thrived in the Valley (San Fernando) & its arroyos for over 8,000 years. They had numerous settlements & trading & hunting camps, before the Spanish arrived & took their homeland in 1797 for the Mission San Fernando Rey de España & Las Californias ranchos. The 1st Spanish land grant in the San Fernando Valley or El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de los Encinos, called 'Rancho Encino'(present day Mission Hills on the Camino Viejo before Newhall Pass), in the northern part of the San Fernando Valley. Juan Francisco Reyes built an adobe dwelling was built beside a Tongva village or Rancheria at natural springs, but 'Rancho Encino' was short lived with the land traded so a Mission could be sited & built there. Mission San Fernando Rey de España was established in 1797 as the 17th of the twenty-one missions. Mission San Fernando Rey de España is still a notable part of the community along with the Andrés Pico Adobe, the second oldest residence still standing in Los Angeles & the San Fernando Mission Cemetery is still actively used.
San Juan Capistrano is a city in southern Orange County, California, located approximately 23 miles southeast of Downtown Santa Ana. The city was created around Mission San Juan Capistrano & many of the homes & strip malls resemble the Spanish architecture that composes the building. It is home to the widest variety of homes in Orange County, including those built prior to 1900 in its central district (some being adobes from the 18th century), a number of 10 million-dollar homes in the gated communities of the hills & working ranches in its foothills. San Juan Capistrano is probably best known for the annual migration of the cliff swallows that reputedly migrate each year from Argentina to the Mission San Juan Capistrano.
San Juan Capistrano is the site of a mission for which it is named, Mission San Juan Capistrano. When the Mission was founded in 1776, the region was populated by the Acjachemen band of Native Americans, called Juaneños by the Spanish. The mission was named after the Franciscan saint Giovanni da Capistrano (1386-1456).
The city is the site of California's oldest residential neighborhood, Los Rios. It is also the home of the oldest in use building in California, the Serra Chapel in the Mission. The area was the site of both the first vineyard & first winery in California. Other Points of Interests besides the Mission are Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, El Adobe de Capistrano, and San Juan Capistrano Depot.
San Buenaventura, commonly referred to as Ventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, incorporated in 1866. Ventura has some of the best surfing in Southern California, especially Surfer's Point at Ventura County Fairgrounds. Downtown Ventura is home to the Mission San Buenaventura, museums, galleries, dining & shopping. Primary areas of activity include California Street & Main Street between Ventura Avenue & Fir Street. Located in downtown is the historic Ortega Adobe, home to the Ortega family, now famous for their chile products. Numerous thrift stores contrast with high-end shops & restaurants. Downtown Ventura is also home to the Ventura's ornate city hall building with its signature statue of Junipero Serra. Downtown now features numerous restaurants, winebars & the Internationally acclaimed Rubicon Theatre Company.
On March 31, 1782, the Mission San Buenaventura was founded by Fray Serra, named after Saint Bonaventure, a 13th Century Franciscan Saint & a Doctor of the Church. The Chumash Indians were so friendly that the mission was founded right in their village. The Chumash were expert boat builders which was helpful as the mission sits on the coast with a view of the ocean. The town that grew up around the mission is named San Buenaventura, which came to be known as Ventura.
The Ventura County Courthouse, also known as Ventura City Hall, located in Ventura, California, was designed in …More
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The courthouse is registered as California Historical Landmark #847 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NPS-71000211). Added to the National Register in August 1971, it was only the second building in Ventura County to receive the designation.
The founding of San Buenaventura Mission was foreshadowed well over two centuries ago on the Spanish isle of Mallorca …More
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One point of interest in the Mission is found behind the Mission building itself. Three Padres are buried there: Padre Vicente de Santa Maria, who died 16 July 1806; Padre Jose Senan, who died 25 August 1823; and Padre Francisco Suner, who died 17 Janaury 1831.
A large wooden cross was planted on top of a hill overlooking the Mission church. This highly visible cross served …More
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The Serra Cross Conservancy is a grass roots organization made up of a broad cross-section of our community. We are interested in preserving and maintaining the Serra Cross Park for a variety of personal reasons; we value the Park for the sake of historic preservation and/or are interested in the cross as a religious icon and a landmark attraction to other communities and tourists. But mostly for long-time members of this community,the cross represents what makes Ventura special and serves as an important element of our lives here in Ventura.
In 2008 voted Mid-Size Business of the YEAR by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.
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1567 Spinnaker Drive Ventura, California 93001 United States of America (805) 654-7906
Specializing in multiple flavors of Margaritas, the Villa carries a large selection of tequilas and flight tastings. A variety of Southwest flavors make up the menu, with fresh seafood in abundance. Groups often gather on the rear patio overlooking the Harbor for small wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, family or business celebrations. The spectacular ocean sunsets are best enjoyed from the front patio. Its upstairs location also offers outstanding viewing for the annual Harbor Parade of Lights & Fireworks shows.
San Gabriel is a city in Los Angeles County, California. The longevity & rich history has allowed the City to grow with pride, vision & imagination. By 1852 after American occupation, San Gabriel became one of the first townships in the County of Los Angeles. The City was incorporated as a general law city on April 24, 1913.
It is named after the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, one of the original Spanish missions in California. But prior to the arrival of the Spanish to Alta California, the area that now comprises San Gabriel was inhabited by the Tongva ethnic group, which came to be called the Gabrieleno by the Spanish.
George Smith Patton, Jr. (also George Smith Patton III), a United States Army General in World War II was born (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) in San Gabriel Township, California (in what is now the city of San Marino), to George Smith Patton, Sr. & Ruth Wilson.
Along with Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, San Gabriel’s other Points of Interests are: City Hall, Mission Playhouse & the Old Grapevine.