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City Overview

The 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)

2020 Vision (Spanish)

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Utility Users Tax Modernization Measure

UUTgraphic The City Council voted unanimously to place a measure on the November 4, 2014 ballot that if passed, will modernize the City's Utility Users Tax Ordinance that was adopted in 1992. Information about the ordinance will be posted here.

Thank you for your interest and commitment.

Utility Users Tax Modernization Measure Advisory

Utility Users Tax Modernization Measure Frequently Asked Questions

Utility Users Tax Modernization Measure Presentation

Election Info

If you have additional questions, comments, or concerns regarding the proposal, please contact:
Ernie Hernandez, Deputy City Manager

  • Email
  • Telephone: (562) 929-5721
  • City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Boulevard, Norwalk, CA 90650

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City History

Click here to enlarge map of Early NorwalkOriginally, 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.

Hargitt House MuseumNorwalk 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.

Norwalk History Brochure

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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
Verizon
http://fios.verizon.com /
(800) 483-1000
TRASH COLLECTION / HAZARDOUS WASTE / USED OIL COLLECTION
Click here to locate your provider and trash day
Consolidated Disposal Company
12949 Telegraph Rd., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
(800) 299-4898
C R & R
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
Click here to locate your service provider
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

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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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