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City Overview

Marquee-compressed_1-2011The City of Norwalk was incorporated on August 26, 1957 becoming L.A. County's 66th City. Located in the midst of some of Southern California's most accessible highways in the greater Los Angeles area, and located only 17 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the 9.35 square miles that make up the City of Norwalk have become one of the most rapidly developing and growing communities anywhere in the state of California. The City of Norwalk is approximately 95 feet above sea level, has an average temperature of 63 degrees, and averages an estimated 10 inches of rainfall per year. The City of Norwalk proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary as a city during 2007, and with a community sense of pride and accomplishment, eagerly looks forward to an even brighter future. The City is governed by five council members a year on a nonpartisan basis. The mayor and vice mayor are selected each year by the council members. The city uses the city manager form of government. Council meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Council Chambers, located at City Hall. All council meetings are open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to attend and bring their views to the council.

The City is a general law city, and contracts for services in law enforcement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and also contracts out for fire, water, street sweeping, and trash disposal. The City is served by one of the nation's most successful and responsible municipal transit services, the Norwalk Transit system. In business, education, government, and law enforcement, the signs of growth serve as evidence for a bright future. Norwalk's parks and community recreation programs 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 which is an outstanding convenience to residents that work anywhere in Los Angeles or Orange Counties. The community is served by four freeways: the 91 (Riverside) Freeway borders the city to the south, the 605 (San Gabriel) Freeway is at the city's western border and the Interstate 5 (Santa Ana) Freeway passes through the community and Interstate 105 (Century) Freeway which runs from Norwalk to the Los Angeles International Airport, thereby providing additional access to even more important business and recreational points throughout the state. Two commuter rail lines serve Norwalk: the Metro Green Line, with connections to downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, and LAX; and the MetroLink system, with connections to Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura, Riverside, San Diego counties, and the Union Station in Los Angeles County. Norwalk's access to regional transportation is unparalleled in Los Angeles County.

Time has always brought many changes, and the City of Norwalk is no different when it comes to change. Today, with a population approaching 110,000 Norwalk's future continues to be as bright as the California sun as today's modern pioneers work together for a better community in which the residents of Norwalk can be proud. But to understand completely the overall importance of the City of Norwalk and its bright and important future, one must have a full understanding of its rich heritage.


2020 Vision - Norwalk's Integrated Strategic Action Plan

Initiated by the City Council and drawn from extensive community input, the 2020 Vision plan sets clear, measurable goals to guide Norwalk's operations up to 2020. We invite you to review the plan and thank you for your ongoing input, trust and support. 

City of Norwalk 2020 Vision (English) [PDF]

2020 Vision (Spanish) [PDF]

 

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City History

early_norwalk_map_tOriginally, 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." 

sproul_houseBy 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. 

hargitt_house2004Norwalk 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_streetAt 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. 

Norwalk History Brochure [PDF]

 

Local Utility Companies

CABLE TELEVISION

Charter Communications

13300 Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA 90602

(866) 499-8080

ELECTRICITY

Southern California Edison

(800) 655-4555

GAS

Southern California Gas Company

(800) 427-2200

TELEPHONE AND COMMUNICATIONS

Verizon

http://fios.verizon.com /

(800) 483-1000

TRASH COLLECTION / HAZARDOUS WASTE / USED OIL COLLECTION

Click here to locate your provider and trash day

Republic Services

12949 Telegraph Rd., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

(800) 299-4898

C R & R Disposal Services

12739 Lakeland Rd., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

(562) 944-4716

Hazardous Waste Collection

(888) CLEAN-LA

Used Motor Oil Disposal

(800) 264-4930

WATER

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Norwalk Water

12700 Norwalk Blvd., City Hall, Rm. 5

(562) 929-5766

Park Water Company

9750 Washburn Ave., Downey, CA 90241

(562) 923-9671

Golden State Water

11469 Rosecrans Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650

(562) 864-8214

 

Local Churches

ARISE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH

15000 Studebaker Rd.

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Al Baskaron

(562) 260-8317

ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH OF NORWALK

11129 Pioneer Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Rex Herndon

(562) 864-7478

ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH (also see Centro Cristiano Las Buenas Nuevas)

11910 E Alondra Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Cristian Hernaiz

(562) 926-3147

BAPTIST CHURCH OF THE NEW COVENANT

10843 Kenny Street

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor L. Daniel Williams

(562) 864-8580

BAPTIST COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH

12226 Alondra Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Tom Burns

(562) 926-6713

BETHESDA ROMANIAN PENTECOSTAL CHURCH

12129 E Adoree Street

Norwalk, CA 90650

(562) 929-0754

CALVARY COMMUNITY CHURCH

14626 S Pioneer Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Sig Manntai

(562) 868-9828 Contact: Linda Fisher

CARMENITA BAPTIST CHURCH

14357 Claressa Avenue

Norwalk, CA 90650

Contact: Angel Cisneros

(562) 921-2109

CHURCH OF CHRIST

15333 S Pioneer Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rev. Gene A. Ellmore

(562) 864-2204

COMMUNITY CHAPEL WORLD OUTREACH

12400 S Studebaker Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastors Richard and Kay Butterfield

(562) 868-0072

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF NORWALK

12719 S Studebaker Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rev. Brian Shelton

(562) 864-3847

EXCELSIOR DRIVE BAPTIST CHURCH

11042 Excelsior Drive

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Myron Riley Jr.

(562) 868-8660

FAITH REFORMED CHURCH

11226 E. Excelsior Drive

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Warren Thompson

(562) 864-3050

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

14000 San Antonio Drive

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor

(562) 868-0711

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF NORWALK

13820 S Studebaker Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Joe Read

(562) 863-3485

FLORENCE AVENUE FOURSQUARE CHURCH

11457 E Florence Avenue

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Sr. Pastor Dr. Paul Risser

Pastor Steve Galvan, Admin. Pastor Joe Jenkins

(562) 868-2234

FOURSQUARE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL

11661 E. Firestone Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Beverly Brafford

(562) 864-9941

FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURCH OF NORWALK

11242 E. Ferina Street

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rev. Robert H. Riddle

(562) 864-1115

GRACE BRETHREN CHURCH OF NORWALK

11005 Foster Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Wayne Ayer

(562) 863-7322

GRACE EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH

12722 S Woods Avenue

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Douglas Butt, Pastor Charles Zacharias

(562) 864-4568

GRACE KOREAN CHURCH

15711 S Pioneer Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor David Kwang Shin Kim

(562) 864-7441

CENTRO CRISTIANO LAS BUENAS NUEVAS (also known as Assembly of God Church)

11910 E Alondra Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Cristian Hernaiz

(562) 926-3147

KOREAN EVANGELICAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

11009 S Pioneer Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor

(562) 869-7604

METROPOLITAN STATE HOSPITAL - JEWISH CHAPEL

11400 S Norwalk Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rabbi Richard Ettelson

(562) 863-7011

METROPOLITAN STATE HOSPITAL - PROTESTANT CHAPEL

11400 S Norwalk Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rev. Henry Wale

(562) 863-7011

METROPOLITAN STATE HOSPITAL - ST MARY'S CATHOLIC CHAPEL

11400 S Norwalk Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Father Jerome Stack

(562) 863-7011

NEW HARVEST CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

11364 E Imperial Hwy

Norwalk, CA 90650

Sr. Pastor Richard Salazar

Assoc. Pastor Sergio Romo

(562) 929-6034

NORWALK ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH

11129 Pioneer Blvd.

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Rex Herndon

(562) 864-7478

NORWALK MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

12129 Adoree Street

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Jose. F. Ramirez, Pastor Al Galvan

(562) 863-8678

NORWALK CHRISTIAN CHURCH

11553 Leffingwell Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Joseph Lee

(562) 929-3424

NORWALK CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE (also known as Norwalk Nazarene Church)

15000 Studebaker Rd.

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Arthur McKibben

(562) 863-0911

NORWALK FOURSQUARE CHURCH (also known as Life Stream Worship Center)

12316 E Rosecrans Avenue

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastors Thel & Sonia Bringas

(562) 921-6200

NORWALK MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

11429 Beaty Street

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rev. Jose F. Ramirez

(562) 863-8678

NORWALK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

11345 E Rosecrans Avenue

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Reverend William McReynolds

(562) 864-5601

NORWALK SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH

12191 Firestone Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Tony R. Moore

(562) 863-0614 www.norwalksda.org

NORWALK SPANISH CHURCH

13216 S. Fairford Avenue

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor David Flores

(562) 868-6877

NORWALK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

13000 San Antonio Drive

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Abel Lara

(562) 864-1353

NORWALK WESLEYAN CHURCH

11610 S Orr & Day Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rev. Virgel C. Law

(562) 868-8860

PINE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH

12029 E Pine Street

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rev. Carl Schriver

(562) 864-1607

PIONEER BAPTIST CHURCH

11717 Pioneer Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Gerald Mitchell, Jr.

(562) 863-5817

PRIMERA IGLESIA BAUTISTA DEL SUR

12641 E Foster Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Ricardo Hernandez

(562) 929-0709

PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH

11811 Mapledale Street

Norwalk, CA 90650

(562) 864-1322

RIVER CHURCH INTERNATIONAL

13210 Studebaker Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Terry Kreuger

(562) 863-7198

ST FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH

12700 S. Paddison Avenue

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Jonathan Won

(562) 863-7274

ST JOHN OF GOD CATHOLIC CHURCH

13819 S Pioneer Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rev. Edward J. Dober

(562) 863-5721

ST LINUS CATHOLIC CHURCH

13915 Shoemaker Avenue

Norwalk, CA 90650

Father Tony Gomez

(562) 921-6649

ST PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH

14134 Clarkdale Street

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rev. Tony Lopez

(562) 864-5654

ST PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH

10827 S Pioneer Boulevard

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Father Pedro Lopez

(562) 863-8734

ST RAPHAEL KOREAN CATHOLIC CENTER

12366 Rosecrans Avenue

Norwalk, CA 90650

Father Mark Choi

(562) 623-0700

SONLIGHT CHAPEL

16000 Norwalk Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Robert Cristler

(626) 288-2433 www.sonlightchapel.com

SOUTHLAND LUTHERAN HOME

11701 Studebaker Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Paul Uhlar

(562) 868-9761

SWAMINERAYAN HINDU MANDIR

15213 Pioneer Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

President of I.S.S.O. Mr. Tatoo Patel

(818) 302-8219

THE GUJARATI SOCIETY

12634 Pioneer Boulevard

Norwalk, CA 90650

Priest Bharat Rajgor

(562) 868-9059

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH

11507 S Studebaker Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Rev. William L. Brunold

(562) 864-3713

VICTORY OUTREACH CHURCH OF NORWALK

13021 San Antonio Drive, Ste 202

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor George Bojorquez

(562) 863-5592

VILLAGE BAPTIST CHURCH

12641 E Foster Road

Norwalk, CA 90650

Pastor Edwards

(562) 868-3000

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