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I still love Tujunga but there have been increased attempts by Latino gangs to get into this area. I urge all residents to go online to the graffiti abatement site for LA city and promptly report tagging. It WILL be removed with a matter of hours. If it is in a park you need to call Parks and Recreation. When you see these gangsters, politely ask them what they are doing, and they will move along. it works.

This is also why we need to fight the attempts to put apartment complexes in our small town.

— Barbara
June 27, 2013 at 7:23 a.m.

My family move to Tujunga in the early 80's per the doctor's orders. The air is clean and its the only tap water that I drink in LA. Its gotten a bit crowded over the years, but we have to thank those people for raising our property values. It's still a very unique community. Nowhere else in LA can you drive 5 minutes and play in the snow and be 20 minutes away from downtown LA. Tujunga is a hidden gem that's only improved overtime with diversity.

— Sara
June 19, 2013 at 11:56 a.m.

Tujunga is where I've lived since I was in college 30 years ago. I've watched it grow and change over the years. Not so much in the look and feel of the area but in people. It's gone from Caucasian bikers and meth dealers to Armenian business dealers who have purchased most of the homes and businesses in the town.

I'm not sure where all the bikers and meth dealers went. Perhaps Arizona or even dead. I do know that the town has become much more peaceful over the past few years and that's nice. It is slowly becoming a place that feels safe to walk your dog along the boulevard at night without the worry of being robbed or mugged.

I feel a little bit odd as a Caucasian man who is now surrounded by people I once thought of as being from a different country. But overall, I'll take the tradeoff happily if it means a safer, more productive environment to live in. Not to mention, I've always been very attracted to Armenian women.. :)

June 15, 2012 at 1:58 p.m.

I live in Tujunga my whole life which is 44 years now and Tujunga Rules !!!

— James P.
November 11, 2011 at 2:39 a.m.

I love Tujunga and moved here 3 years ago. I don't want to secede from the city because city services up here are great and much better than in Long Beach where I came from. It is so quiet where I live that I don't think I could ever move back to a more populated area. I love that hiking is so nearby. And I love the city of LA

— Barbara
January 1, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.

I bought my first home here two years ago and I love it! The scenery is beautiful, the air is clean, and the people are nice. I love the small town appeal and grass roots feel.

Also a very pet friendly town!

Now we just need to secede from Los Angeles and it will be the perfect place to live.

— Shannon
December 5, 2010 at 9:45 p.m.

Tujunga has been my home for the past eleven years. I grew up in South Central, Los Angeles and survived the chaos of the streets such as the gangs, violence and the fast paced life that the inner city life had to offer.

When I grew up I dreamed of somewhere quiet and serene to raise my family. To give them a different and better place from what I had experienced. I wanted my children to experience being able to leave their bicycle parked on the curve in front of their home without the fear of it missing when they returned. Of being able to hike to the local lot at any hour of the day or night (without any fear) to play a game of air soft. I found this safe haven in Alpine Village, Tujunga.

This weekend I observed two eagles in flight overhead while standing in my front yard. I was in awe of the beauty that I was experiencing and felt overjoyed and grateful with the freedom that I have living in this tranquil place that I call my home. I love my home in Tujunga. I love the calm and would recommend it to anyone wanting to experience peace and tranquility from the inner city.

— Lilly
November 17, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.

I have lived in Tujunga since 1978 and I love the feel of a small town. The 210 freeway which is not congested in this area allows for quick access to Downtown, SF Valley and Pasadena. Not to mention easy access to a beautiful Big Tujunga Canyon. Take a joyride there and you'll forget about all aggravation at work. For those of us who like to hike, there is abundance of hiking trails. While hiking close to town I sometime see a deer or a coyote. I have never seen a bear or a mountain lion.

— Les
October 22, 2010 at 12:57 p.m.

Tujunga is an amalgam of different people from many walks of life. It doesn't have a hip factor and that keeps many shallow people out. Recently with the recession, you will see many families living in abject poverty. You will see the mentally ill roaming along Foothill sunburned and alone. You will see vintage cars alongside status cars alongside junkers. I always love to observe and people watch in Tujunga. You never know what you might see. The Station fire helped me and my neighbors bond. Now we have a common unifying force:that we didn't lose our home and we survived.

— C. Syphers
October 14, 2010 at 7:38 p.m.

What makes Tujunga special for me are the people. They are unpretentious, ethnically diverse but overall supportive of each other. I've lived in other cities in the LA area (4 others actually) over 35 years, and invariably there is an attitude, a snobbishness. Tujunga people are "just" people, plain, simple, friendly. Of course the mountains are great, and the variety of often quirky individualized homes in the hills are delightful too. Tujunga feels like home, and it was a long time coming.

— Katie M
October 1, 2010 at 8:54 a.m.

I have lived in Tujunga for 26 years. I made the best decision in my life to move here. I love the nearness of nature and all the wildlife that live and thrive in this beautiful area of the San Gabriel Mountains. It's also freeway close to downtown Los Angeles , Glendale and the valley. Life is good and friendly in this quiet and nurturing little town.

— Leah G
May 18, 2010 at 12:50 p.m.

Ive lived in tujunga my whole life and i luv it here.. but lately the city feels dead to me.. at times it gets real quiet nd boring.

March 22, 2010 at 7:53 p.m.

I feel very fortunate to have grown up in Tujunga during the 60's and 70's. The town had a very rustic feel to it and there was plenty of outdoor activities in and around Angeles Crest, and the festivals at Sunland Park, such as the Watermelon Festival were an end of summer favorite. The town was small enough that you could walk anywhere you wanted to go, movies, park, etc. Even though I moved away in '87 I still have many fond memories of the people and places and summertime up in the canyon, not to mention art classes at Mc Groarty cultural center. My sister and I even stared a "Growing up in Tujunga" site on Facebook for those to reminise about their own Tujunga Stories.

— marie morris-clement
February 13, 2010 at 6:22 p.m.

I want to wish all Tujunga residents good luck with the January rains. I live in Sylmar but come to Tujunga monthly to shop at Trader Joe's and Petsmart.

Tujunga has a wonderful, friendly rural feel to it and is beautiful! We had to evacuate at the end of 2008 because of the Merek and Sayre fires but the brave firefighters saved our of luck to all of Tujunga.

— Sandra
January 19, 2010 at 9:50 a.m.

I've lived in Tujunga for about 9 years, I do love the mountains and scenery. When I first moved here my daughter used to work at Quiznos on Foothill/by Vons Market and had a customer be very rude to her because she was black didn't want her to fix his sandwich and have seen the swasticka stickers in the past, maybe it's changing now.

— Malorie
January 13, 2010 at 1:33 p.m.

My parents bought a house not too long ago (about three years or so) off of Tujunga Canyon, close to where it branches into three different roads.

After graduating from a university I've moved here and have been living in Tujunga for about a year.

Aside from having the opportunity to bond with my wonderful family, I've been getting a very good impression of this town thus far. As already mentioned, the community is unpretentious, closely-knit, and eager to help. There are few places in L.A. where a store owner is actually NOT trying to screw you over and might suggest something without you even asking.

I have also noticed that there is a very rapid demographic change taking place here, even in the year that I've lived in Tujunga. The community is getting more ethnically and economically diverse and that can mean a few things: at first, the small-town feel might suffer somewhat, because people will need to adjust; the commerce in the town will undoubtedly flourish, with new businesses opening to cater to various patrons; and of course, a lot of great new food establishments!

I have yet to check out the McGroarty Arts Center! Thanks for reminding me of it!

In conclusion, I would just like to say that Tujunga is a wonderful place to live if you want to have a peaceful life, to reside in a beautiful natural setting, and feel welcome. The environment here is the polar opposite of hectic, which in my case is a massive downside, because I prefer a much more fast-paced and vibrant environment. This is a completely personal complaint though, and obviously, being a suburb of LA, this is expected. For this reason I can't see spending the rest of my life here, but I imagine that Tujunga being a dream place for many, many people.

— Greg M
December 13, 2009 at 5:28 a.m.

Tujunga for me is in the past....I unionized "KING VIDEO CABLE" in the early 80's...later I was caught up in Biker/Police drug wars..Police involvement in the riches of meth..even put on a "hit list" only to be saved by grace.I lived up on the hill...Conover street...I could tell movie making stories about the old Tujunga...But that's only from the point of view of a young rebel!

For me it holds fond memories as well..

warm Santa annas blowing at night while riding thru Big Tujunga...Fishing for trout ....swimming..and a multitude of people just like myself...Funny how life changes happen...Now I'm out near Boston working with Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans suffering from PTSD and/or substance abuse Tujunga spirit has come full circle...Blessings to all!

— Al Krull
December 13, 2009 at 4:27 a.m.

I'm surprised no one wrote about the fires we recently had in our beautiful hills, of the Angeles Crest Mountains.

The beautiful hills and mountain views is what makes this area so special to live. No where else can one live in the serenity of nature and be so close to all city destinations and this is the charm of it all.

Now with the rain coming soon we all fear flooding. I ask our dear 'Heavenly Father' to protect all the people, their families and friends, and their cherished homelife from damage and destruction in the coming weeks.

And may the beauty of this land grow back and flourish again soon to thoroughly enjoy once again, Amen.

— Prissy
October 22, 2009 at 1:56 p.m.

C'mon, Caswell - it's almost 2010 -

why are you hanging on to an article

from 2007? Sounds like you don't know much about the city at all.

— Sally Stevenson
September 9, 2009 at 10:25 a.m.

I have a lovely and somewhat historical (1926) home on a beautiful canyon road and have lived in Tujunga since 1997. I love it here and wild horses will have to drag me away! The neighbors are wonderful and friendly, the local businesses are great. I hate big box stores and go out of my way to support the local economy. Although there is only one major street in the city (Foothill Blvd) you can find just about anything you need there without leaving the city. Love the wildlife and easy access to the rest of LA.

— Mary
August 27, 2009 at 12:45 p.m.

i baught nmy first home 1997 in tujunga to raise my kids in a small town seting in the city of la. love the hiking just walking outside my house ive seen deer moutain lion and a hole sleu of wild life i love it my kids love it my neibors are friendly and for the most part its residents are polite and friendly .there is no place id rather live ..the biter yahoos that speak bad about tujunga need to put the crak pipe down.its2009..thers lots to discover and enjoy...nature,family,love,pease of mind

— luis jimenez
August 22, 2009 at 10:32 a.m.

Tujunga is a quant town that has the hometown feel. From its Commerce st day festival, to the fourth of July Parade, to the Easter Carnival and Watermelon Festival it's a community of diverse cultures coming together for the same reasons, to promote family, and community unity. No longer are the days of Drug and Gang warfare. Family is taking it back! Wonderful places for the teens to hang out like Wired Cafe on Commerce offer another choice for our youth, I rather my kid be buzzed on a good Ice Mocha than something else. And SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES (ANDREW'S CARPET, TILE, AND UPHOLSTERY CARE, SO-CAL CHIMNEY, WIRED CAFE, MERITHEWS TRUE VALUE HARDWARE, MILANS LIQUOR, SOS PRINTING) WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS WILL DIE IN THIS COMMUNITY!

And don't hate, Sunland is a great little city too and part of the community!

— Chantel Gray
August 20, 2009 at 3:39 p.m.

I moved to Tujunga from Long Beach a year ago and love it. I would never go back.

I go hiking all the time, my neighborhood is very safe and my neighbors are nice. When pets get lost, people return them.

It is close enough t0 my job in LA for the commute to be fine.

I saw a mule deer the other night when I went hiking in the Dukemajian Wilderness area! You can hike here at night safely with a flashlight!

Let's keep the big box stores out!

— Barbara
August 16, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.

I bought and still live in my first home in Tujunga. Being an outdoors fan, I love the fact that I can hike and mountain bike the local trails and fire roads in under a minute. The old timey local shops are so refreshing compared to chain retailers and big box stores. Merithews True Value Hardware on Commerce is good example. It's been in business since the 1950's. Also Tujunga is minutes from Bob Hope airport, a no brainer over LAX which is nearly an hour away. Yeah, Foothill is jammed with too many auto sales and car repair places, but I got over it.

— Doug Moore
August 13, 2009 at 12:44 p.m.

Tujunga is a sleepy town where forest meets freeway. It's easy to get to but worlds away from hoards of people and highway congestion. I have personally seen a black bear, mule deer, bald eagles, owls, and mountain lions roaming in my backyard. All the meth talk is in adjacent Sunland, not Tujunga. Everyone gets the two confused due to the Sunland-Tujunga council. Tujunga was one of the few incorporated cities in Los Angeles (1925). The independent city joined LA around 1935. If Tujunga seceded from LA, the overall vibe would be very similar to Montrose or La Crescenta, quaint and small town. Where else can you live in Los Angeles and have access to wildlife, snowfall, and a 15 minute drive to Hollywood? It's exhausting always being associated with Sunland and being the step-child of LA County. It's about time to revisit succession from LA.

— Regina B.
August 13, 2009 at 12:50 a.m.

I loved living near here, La Crescenta to be exact, a few short miles down Foothill Blvd. This whole area is a wonderful place to live, with the mountain views all year long to enjoy. Quaint little family owned stores, especially down the way in Montrose. Yearly parades, festivals, carnivals. Lots of county and city parks, many things to do here, family oriented and the very best schools.

You have the Verdugo Mountains on one side and the Angeles National Forest on the other.

It's living in the city but like the being in the country here. Burbank is about 10-15 minutes away only and downtown LA. Freeways are close to everywhere to get to in a flash.

The people are always friendly. I unfortunately don't live here anymore but I did live around here for nearly 20 years and I miss it so. If I had a choice to live anywhere, I'd move back.

— Prissy
August 12, 2009 at 10:49 p.m.

I have lived here more than 20 years and, while the meth reputation was justified at one time, the face of Tujunga is rapidly changing. It is a wonderful community, where people know their neighbors, and locally owned businesses thrive. I've never lived in a better place and I spent more than 10 years on the west side. Check out McGroarty Arts Center. It is a Tujunga gem where people of all ages can get art classes at a remarkably reasonable price in a beautiful setting.

— Kaye R
August 11, 2009 at 9:19 a.m.

I worked out the district to be about 3 square miles with a density of about 8800 per square mile. For the area where most people actually live

— Francis Dalton
August 11, 2009 at 6:59 a.m.

Lived here almost 2 years and we are happy. Good - good peoople in community, neighbors are friendly. Quiet, clean air and mountains make sitting outside a pleasure. Bad - Roads are narrow and most without sidewalks. City doesn't do much law enforcement for vagrants and day laborors. But that's what you get for being part of municipal Los Angeles.

— Martin S.
August 4, 2009 at 7:30 a.m.

Meth capital? Past stuff. Tujunga has a very interesting history (check out Bolton Hall) and it is one of the few places left in S. CA that has a "country feeling". The mountains nearby pervade. Tujunga's revival is still to come. Certain "bad" elements are slowly being pushed out. Once this happens, Tujunga will recapture the old and original native energy!


— Frank M
July 4, 2009 at 11:08 a.m.

There's no way tujunga is over 10 square miles. Its maybe 2 to 3 miles long and maybe 1 to 1 and a half wide. It's pretty small. No way it's one of the city's largest.

— Michael Lopez
June 17, 2009 at 5:43 a.m.

Tujunga used to be the meth capital of the world, until Riverside took the crown.

"By the 1990s, Los Angeles police had dubbed Tujunga the speed capital of the San Fernando Valley for its methamphetamine-related arrests."

In other words this community has nothing going for it! Read this piece for a quick recap

— Caswell Berry
June 3, 2009 at 12:41 p.m.


is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Verdugos region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are Glendale, Shadow Hills, Sunland and Tujunga Canyons.
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