El Segundo, California

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leader_name = Kelly McDowell [cite web | url = http://www.elsegundo.org/depts/elected/default.asp | title = El Segundo Website - Elected Officials | accessdate = 2007-01-18]
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leader_name1 = Eric Busch
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leader_name2 = Jim Boulgarides
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leader_name3 = Bill Fisher
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postal_code = 90245 [cite web | url = http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/zcl_1_results.jsp?visited=1&pagenumber=0&state=ca&city=El%20Segundo | title = USPS - ZIP Code Lookup - Find a ZIP+ 4 Code By City Results | accessdate = 2007-01-18]
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website = [http://www.elsegundo.org/ http://www.elsegundo.org/]
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El Segundo is a city in Los Angeles County, California on the Santa Monica Bay, incorporated on January 18, 1917. The population was 16,033 at the 2000 census.


The area was once a part of Rancho San Pedro and later became "El Rancho Sausal Redondo" ("Round Willow Patch Ranch"). The most common story of how the city received its current name is that it became the site of the second ("el segundo" in Spanish) Standard Oil refinery on the West Coast in 1911. [cite web | url = http://elsegundobusiness.com/about_hist_tline.htm | title = El Segundo - Timeline] In 2006, El Segundo won an Eddy award for being the most business friendly city in Los Angeles county. [cite web | url = http://www.laedc.org/eddy/2006_Eddy_BL.pdf | title = LAEDC 2006 Eddy Awards] [cite web | url = http://www.laedc.org/newsroom/businessleader/BusinessLeader_200607_Winter.pdf | title = LAEDC Press Release] El Segundo is in transition from being a Caucasian, blue-collar 'company town' to being a 'corporate' town where the tax base relies on a non-resident working population. Pollution and toxic waste cleanup remain issues as El Segundo restores industrial sites to shopping malls and sports facilities. The north and south boundaries of the town are the LAX airport and prosperous Manhattan Beach with the Pacific as the western boundary. The most prominent feature of the town is the massive oil refinery which borders the town center and the massive sewage treatment facility on the west side of the town. Office towers are not a prominent feature of this town from any but a very select vantage point (the towers are no longer occupied by Hughes although the helipad #1 remains in place.) Aircraft noise from LAX is a major issue for residents on the north side of El Segundo. The town's decision to destroy vast numbers of Ficus trees remains very controversial: the trees can still be found near the city hall where they offer abundant shade. The trees were blamed for the high cost of sidewalk repairs in the town. Residents are currently active in tree-planting along Imperial Highway.


Many large aerospace companies have facilities in El Segundo, including Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, SpaceX and The Aerospace Corporation, which is headquartered there. It is also home to the Los Angeles Air Force Base and the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), which is responsible for space-related acquisition for the military. In addition to the Chevron oil refinery, El Segundo is also home to the El Segundo power plant and adjacent to the Hyperion sewage treatment plant.

Toy manufacturer Mattel, satellite TV provider DirecTV, IT services firm Computer Sciences Corporation, power semiconductor company International Rectifier, grocery chain Fresh and Easy, and the Internet company Internet Brands are in El Segundo.

The North American branch of the Japanese video game publisher and developer Square Enix has its headquarters on the third floor of 999 North Sepulveda Boulevard in El Segundo, California, United States. [" [http://www.square-enix.com/jp/company/e/locations/ Corporate Locations] ." "Square Enix Japan". Accessed September 20, 2008.] Japan Airlines operates its United States headquarters at Suite 620 of 300 Continental Boulevard in El Segundo; [" [http://www.ar.jal.com/region/en/other/career/jpsa.html JAL Passenger Services America, Inc.] " "Japan Airlines". Accessed September 20, 2008.] Japan Airlines moved its U.S. headquarters to El Segundo from New York City around 2003. [Lauro, Patricia Winters. " [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990DE3DE153FF936A35750C0A9659C8B63 THE MEDIA BUSINESS: ADVERTISING -- ADDENDA; Japan Airlines Moves Its Account] ." "The New York Times". March 5, 2003.] The North American headquarters to the Australian company Globe Shoes are located in El Segundo.Fact|date=September 2008


El Segundo is located at coor dms|33|55|17|N|118|24|22|W|city (33.921313, -118.406233).GR|1

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 28.0 km² (10.8 mi²). 14.3 km² (5.5 mi²) of it is land and 13.6 km² (5.3 mi²) of it (48.70%) is water.


As of 2007, El Segundo's population is 16,526 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 3.07 percent. The median home cost is $1,080,000. Home appreciation the last year has been -1.50 percent. Compared to the rest of the country, El Segundo's cost of living is 91.16% Higher than the U.S. average. El Segundo public schools spend $5,494 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $6,058. There are about 23 students per teacher in El Segundo. The unemployment rate is 4.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 4.60%). Recent job growth is positive, increasing by 0.84 percent.

As of the 2000 Census, the population density was 1,117.4/km² (2,894.6/mi²). There were 7,261 housing units at an average density of 506.0/km² (1,310.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.61% White, 1.17% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 6.41% Asian, 0.29% Pacific Islander, 3.51% from other races, and 4.55% from two or more races. 11.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,060 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.6% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 38.7% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $61,341, and the median income for a family was $74,007. Males had a median income of $52,486 versus $41,682 for females. The per capita income for the city was $33,996. About 3.1% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.


In the state legislature El Segundo is located in the 28th Senate District, represented by Democrat Jenny Oropeza, and in the 53rd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Ted Lieu. Federally, El Segundo is located in California's 36th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +11 [cite web | title = Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest? | publisher = Campaign Legal Center Blog | url=http://www.clcblog.org/blog_item-85.html | accessdate = 2008-02-10] and is represented by Democrat Jane Harman.


The El Segundo Unified School District serves western El Segundo. The school district is listed as one of the state's 29 academic outperformers by Standards and Poor's in 2005.
*El Segundo High School
*Vistamar School

Eastern El Segundo is served by the Wiseburn School District and the Centinela Valley Union High School District.

Parks and recreation

Dockweiler State Beach is partially located in El Segundo, including the only RV park on the beach in Los Angeles County.


Los Angeles International Airport is located immediately to the north of El Segundo.

In popular culture

*El Segundo is home to the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility.
*The hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest wrote the song "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo," which was included on their 1990 album "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm". The elderly landlady (Irma P. Hall as Marva Munson) in "The Ladykillers" repeatedly complained about the inanity of this lyric.
*The singer Robbie Williams sings a reference to "I left my wallet in El Segundo" in his song Me & my monkey.
*The city is referenced in post-hardcore band Glassjaw's song "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence" from their debut album of the same name.
*Besides mentioning Watts, Redd Foxx often referred to El Segundo on the 1972 hit TV show "Sanford and Son". In one episode, he refers to his Ripple wine as coming from "the vineyards of El Segundo. He was also thrown off a bridge by a bigot in El Segundo"
*The alternative ending of "" states that subsequent to the crash-landing of Dr. Evil's Bob's Big Boy rocket, Dr. Evil found work as the night manager of a Big Boy restaurant in El Segundo, though one does not nor ever did once exist in the city.
*The movie "Dude, Where's My Car?" was filmed in El Segundo, in front of the ice cream parlor formerly known as Scoops which closed down due to a drug bust, it then was turned into Lickity-Split, but it is now a different restaurant.
*The beginning of the Blink 182 video of their song "First Date" lists El Segundo, 1974 as its location.
*El Segundo High School has been featured in many films and television shows, including "Superbad", "WarGames", "Joe Dirt", "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Boston Public", "The Hot Chick", "Yours, Mine and Ours", "Even Stevens", "24", "Joan of Arcadia", "The O.C.", "Room 222", "Epic Movie", "Shredderman Rules" and many others. Some promotional T-shirts sold in El Segundo claim that El Segundo High School has appeared in more films and TV shows than any other high school.
*David Spade mentioned El Segundo on "The Showbiz Show with David Spade".
* An episode of "Bones" was filmed at the water treatment facility which lies on El Segundo's West border.
* Many years ago a Ripley's Believe It Or Not newspaper item suggested that El Segundo was one of the few U.S. cities where every street had a hill. However, that is only true of the western residential area of the city.
*"" is filmed in parts of El Segundo.The show Medium was filmed at El Segundo Middle School


External links

* [http://www.elsegundo.org/ City of El Segundo website]
* [http://www.elsegundobusiness.com/ City of El Segundo - pro-business website]
* [http://www.elsegundochamber.org/ El Segundo Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.elsegundo.net/ El Segundo.net - News and Information]
* [http://www.elsegundousd.com/ El Segundo Unified School District]

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