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I live on Ave. 60. It's in Hermon not Montecito Heights.

— Margaret Barto
July 27, 2012 at 7:37 p.m.

I've lived in MH now for some 19 years -- at least three times as long as I'd ever lived anywhere before in my life -- how time flies! It's a great place, quiet, very considerate neighbors considering that it's a fairly compressed neighborhood -- pretty low turnover all told. I hope to be here indefinitely!

October 15, 2011 at 7:37 p.m.

I've lived in MH for 21 years and its come along way! Love it love the lake and the hills please support montecito recreation center and sign your kids up for the sports programs we have a new baseball field and were turning the sports programs around trying to bring some Championship banners to the community.

— sebastian D
August 1, 2011 at 6:46 p.m.

the Real MH U Have Not lived Hear long like i have. i been here sence 1974 and live in rosehills and u do have problems with graffiti . u can thank me 4 cleaning it up i am the 1 that cleans debs park beacuse there aint no freinds of debs park too take care like i do and have u notice when u go down mecury ave u do not see graffiti in rosehills if u think u are better then every1 else then stay in your hole and 1 thing if u see a light blue chev truck cleaning graffiti come and say hi"

— rosehills 90032
May 4, 2011 at 1:47 p.m.

If you don't have to drive up a hill, then you don't actually live in Montecito Heights. Rose Hills is NOT in Montecito Heights. MH is a safe, liberal, artistic community located on a hill. It would be nice if we could get our own zip code to break off from the surrounding areas that bring our statistics down.

— The Real MH
May 4, 2011 at 12:17 p.m.

Love my neighborhood. My buds and I would always explore the hills, dare each other to ride our bikes downhill Armour Ave. onto Monterey Rd. Became one strong legged individual walking and running up those hills. Always seen coyotes, skunks,snakes, etc. around 'em. Interesting to read that the area dates back to 1769. Even when I moved out in the late 90's, there was still farm-barn like properties around the way. Went to O.L.G., played baseball at both Rose Hill Parks, as well as my older bros and cousins, we all grew up there.

— 3600 block Monterey Rd.
April 28, 2011 at 9:55 p.m.

all i want is my Neighborhood too be Gentrified Montecito Heights . rosehills 90032

— rosehills 90032
January 16, 2011 at 6:59 p.m.

SO Montecito Heights is the best place in crime reports right now . thats wonderful"

— rosehill 90032
October 26, 2010 at 3:08 p.m.

Property crime up i dont think so the crimes are committed out side of rosehills 90032 rosehills is a safe area with are neighborhood watch 932neighborhood watch'

— 932nbc
October 9, 2010 at 4:19 p.m.

If you don't drive uphill to your house off Griffin and/or live ON Montecito dr., you dont live in Montecito Heights. It's one of L.A.'s tiniest neighborhoods and, thanks to deb's park, it will always stay that way.

— this is easy folks
October 5, 2010 at 11:18 p.m.

I grew up in Montecito Heights from the time I was born in 1964 until we moved in early 1975. My grandmother continued to live in the neighborhood until she died in 1993. We lived right across the street from Montecito Park. I well remember the old decaying soap box derby track and climbing the hill up to Debs Park lake. I've heard and read the neighborhood is on the upswing, and I'm glad to hear it.

— AC
July 7, 2010 at 3:25 p.m.

we call it" the lake sence we have been going there in 1970" and still go up there every 4 days aweek jogging i been jogging there sence 1985 and still jogging good excercise running up on the hills builds up your legs not on flat areas.

— frank
April 29, 2010 at 5:22 p.m.

People call the little lake on the top of Debs Park, "Peanut Lake".

— Bill
April 28, 2010 at 10:37 p.m.

I have had a chance to read a few of the last post that are up since my last visit here regarding community maps. I would like to say many thanks to the neighbors that are familiar with our community of Rose Hills. My name is Anthony Manzano, a resident and neighbor in Rose Hills and also very active with all things relating to the community. I have researched and have archives that Rose Hills has been around since 1769..... longer then any original community in the initial part of Los Angeles. Alfred, Guillermo, El Sereno Resident, Joey, frank , and Mike A. are all my neighbors and should reach me for clear boundaries of our community.

My e-mail is..... - I can share pictures with you, newspaper clippings from the early 1900's when there was no such thing as El Sereno, but it is hard to convince people who just don't know. I am proud to represent Rose Hills to this great City of Los Angeles and thigs are getting much nicer around here. If you need any City services you can reach me or come to our Neighborhood Council Meetings on the First Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm at the Senior Citizens Center on Eastern. I will assure all those reading that Monticito Heights does not include Monterey Hills, Rose Hills, Hermon, or Happy Valley. I am a City Elected Official and I am aware of the actual legal boundaries established by the City Clerks Office.

Keep enjoying the beauty we have becasue no other location in Los Angeles can provide for such prestine natural views like those from our neighboring communities, no matter which one you live in, in this geographic area.

Rose Hills Review,

Anthony Manzano

April 28, 2010 at 7:01 a.m.

I am glad that my area (Rose Hills) is included in Montecito Heights, since El Sereno is more like El Iraq lately with all the gang violence. It is a beautiful area. I have views of the San Gabriel Mountains, with so much nature around me. I visit the Westside, and there is so much noise, no views, and they all live on top of each other. I have 30 fruit trees, many birds, and for the most part, wonderful neighbors.

— Mike A.
April 17, 2010 at 6:12 p.m.

i remember those roadstripes they had those racing in the 70"s i never been too 1 but they had them. i still live in rosehill . my family moved to el sereno in 1968 and still here in rose hill . well it was harrimen ave before my dad got a house in rosehill in 1974"

— frank
February 9, 2010 at 10:30 p.m.

My family moved to Montecito Hs in the '60s. At that time, there were still visible faded roadstripes on the cracked pavement leading to the Audabon center from soapbox derby races that used to take place there. Anyone still alive who remembers those times?

— Former MH Local
February 9, 2010 at 3:31 p.m.

Montecito Heights is one of the best places to live. We have it all here. We are close to downtown and their new nightlife, close to artist hubs, China Town, Pasadena, you name it. But the best part is that we live in our own little world, surrounded by trees and wildlife! Wildlife abounds here, and even if they are sometimes annoying when they wake you early in the morning, such as the native birds do every day, we have what many people don't have. Here you can find birds at all hours of the day and night. And I'm not just talking about pigeons. If you want help in identifying them, you can walk on over to the Audubon Center at Debs park and ask one of their Naturalists. There are also coyotes that come out late at night and all the other creepy crawly animals that you won't see anywhere other than the forest or foothill areas. Where else can you find this in an urban setting so close to everything. Whatever measure it is that you may use to define our boundaries, I know where I live and yes it is 90031 and yes we are surrounded by El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Hermon and so on, but Montecito Heights is where you will find what I have described.

— Erika
October 22, 2009 at 9:27 a.m.

I grew up here and it is actually Lincoln Heights if your zip code is 90031.

— Denise
August 25, 2009 at 3:49 p.m.

I just read about 10 posts and I don't think people get it. The Times is asking out of YOU to "Tell us...?", "What are the landmarks...?", "What makes this a good place...?", "What other information..?", and most of what I read is how the Times got their neighborhood wrong, how the paper does not do research, and that no wonder print media is in trouble. I think that they did a really great map with really fascinating information in an easy to navigate format, great job. Ohh and I almost forgot, a really cool spot in this neighborhood is inside Debs Park, go to the top of one of the hills and there you'll find a small/medium lake filled with fishes and turtles, for a minute you may even think that you are not in the city.

— Tony
August 20, 2009 at 8:59 p.m.

Born in 1983, have lived on the 3700 block of Monterey Rd ever since. People have always asked what neighborhood I'm from and I was never sure so I just said between Highland Park and El Sereno. I guess I'm still not sure...

— Joey
August 20, 2009 at 3:08 a.m.

Thank you Michael, I couldn't agree with you more. They tried to say that Happy Valley where I grew up is Montecito Heights when it's actually Lincoln Heights.

— Richard H from Lincoln Heights
August 15, 2009 at 5:55 p.m.

I have lived on Via Arbolada for the past 10 years. Its Monterey Hills. The Times is an example of why the newspaper industry is in the shape it is. Poor research and lazy staff who do not "investigate" the city with whom they are supposed to cover. Get out of your cubicles and actually drive the area. Our diverse communities such as Hermon, Montecito Heights, etc., deserve more. Oh how silly off me.... we're not Brentwood.

— Michael
August 15, 2009 at 2:21 p.m.

To the long time resident of Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills is what actually has made the area even nicer.

— Monterey Hills
August 14, 2009 at 8:24 p.m.

******* NO 710 FREEWAY TUNNEL *******

A 710 -Coalition Meeting will be held on

Saturday, August 29th at 10:30a.m. at 3750 N. Verdugo Road, Glassel Park CA 90065 (Glassel Park Community Center)

The community is concerned with the effects the proposed 710 freeway extension will have on the comunities of North-East Los Angeles- (El Sereno , Cypress Park, Mt Washington, Glasell Park, Montecito Heights, Lincoln Heights, Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Eoch Park) and the adjacent cities- Glendale, La Canada Flintridge, South Pasadena, Pasadena

Visit for more information and upcoming events.

— Rafael
August 13, 2009 at 3:59 p.m.

Furthermore, the "Arroyo Seco Park" you show at the northern edge of your mini-map of "Montecito Heights" was officially redesignated by the Los Angeles City Council in 2003 as "HERMON PARK in the Arroyo Seco" -- to celebrate the community's 100th birthday. Does the L.A. Times staff know that THOMAS GUIDE puts out a brand new sets of city maps, every year with exhaustive updates? Money's tight, I know, but it might be worth the $25-$30 investment to get caught up with the 21st century.

— DJ
June 24, 2009 at 2:47 p.m.

I have continually informed the L.A. Times of the inconsistant information they are providing which is inaccurate. Most of you reading these commets are aware of the truth. Do not let this newly developed mapping system flutter your feathers.

The Times had no idea of what is at stake here and clearly do not have jurisdiction, nor the final word. The City of Los Angeles is created of legal boundaries by Council Districts, then additionally by Neighborhood Councils, why the Times does not understand that it should listen to the residents or in fact follow legal boundaries is beyond me.

In my point of view, the community of Montecito Heights is at the crest of the hill adjacent to the 110 freeway. Montecito Hills only refers minimally to the Park between several communities and Monterey Hills is across Monterey Road. Hermon IS NOT in Montecito Heights. Monterey Hills IS NOT in Montecito Heights. It is strange for them to say...... 'includes Hermon and Monterey Hills', might as well say Los Angeles includes Pasadena, Alhambra and San Gabriel.

You all see that Rose Hills is not even recognized at all and I have found archives dating way back to 1769 when most of this entire area was 'Rancho Rosa de Castillo'...... The Rose of Castile Ranch.

Disregard the Times as they have no clue to what they are promoting and have still not reached any Officials for clarification.

Rose Hills Review,

Anthony Manzano

June 24, 2009 at 7:20 a.m.

The sign posted less than half a block from where I live says Hermon.....interesting, but i will take your report with a grain of salt, thanks. I love seeing the Hermon Dog Park when I get off the 110 fwy at Avenue 60. I love Debs Park, the little trails, the coyotes that live in the hills right outside my bedroom window. All fabulous.

— Nico
June 12, 2009 at 2:55 p.m.

I was born in 1951, lived in the 3700 block of Oak Hill Avenue, 90032 is our zip code (formerly L.A. 32), our old telephone prefix was Capital (CA), I attended El Sereno Elementary School, K thru 6th grade. All these years I was under the impression I lived in El Sereno!! When did this change?

— El Sereno Resident
June 8, 2009 at 9:16 a.m.

The unique, quirky, and completely distinct community of Hermon has it's own history and culture and was an established self-sufficient community back when the L.A. Times was struggling to get by as an unknown weekly newspaper.

Hermon's identity has been buried before -- by the insidious and the ignorant (such as when ethically-challenged City Councilmember Art Snyder nepotistically erased it's namesake "Hermon Avenue" in the 1970s in order to name a city street after his daughter, or when the introduction of federal "Zip" codes incorrectly branded it as part of Highland Park across the Arroyo Seco).

Hermon existed as a standalone town -- with schools, stores, a church and even its own (accurate) newspaper -- for nearly a decade before Montecito Heights ever came to be, and Monterey Hills was itself carved out of part of the Hermon hillsides by the CRA long after Hermon was old enough to begin collecting Social Security.

Go ahead and rewrite history, L.A. Times. You're certainly not the first. Hermon celebrated the 100th annivesary of its founding in 2003, and by the time it reaches 110 in 2013, the bankrupt and shuttered L.A. Times -- like other dinosaur media -- will be a nearly forgotten footnote in local journalistic history, alongside the Herald Examiner.

Truth will out!

— Joseph
June 5, 2009 at 10:54 a.m.

Hermon is not part of Montecito Heights. Neither is Monterey Hills.

This map is innacurate.

Hermon is a small neighborhood with its own city approved Neighborhood Council. The demographics are interesting.

— Guillermo
June 5, 2009 at 7:48 a.m.

I wouldn't live anywhere else. I prefer to keep the "hidden treasures" of our community to myself. I'm against development in M.H. And I think that if the Times did more research they would discover that M.H. is a community unto itself. It is not a part of Hermon or Lincoln Hts or El Sereno.

— Long time resident of Montecito Hts
June 4, 2009 at 10:32 a.m.

As soon as I get on Ave 43 from the Pasadena Fwy, I am home; although I do have to go up the winding road to almost the top. My neighborhood is a real community and our MHIA neighborhood association is very inclusive. We plan events during the year so you can meet your neighbor and have a connection to people around you; we care about our environment, quality of life issues. Although graffiti continues to be a problem we report it immediately or clean it up ourselves. Montecito Heights is us and it is a pleasure to live here.

— Rose Aleman
June 3, 2009 at 5:51 p.m.

This is crap. I dont live in Montecito Heights. This map is a crock, probably put together by newbies top the area, with no sense of history.

Rose hills also, suddenly, is in Montecito Heights??? Baloney.

— Alfred Montez
June 3, 2009 at 10:19 a.m.

Surprised not to see Heritage Square shown on the map. Residents of our little community are so lucky to have both a major cultural attraction and a great nature preserve (Debs Park) in our front and back yards.

— Fan of Montecito Heights
June 3, 2009 at 8:03 a.m.

Montecito Heights

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Northeast L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains Hermon and Monterey Hills.
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