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Los Angeles Airport Shuttles: Some of the Los Angeles airport shuttle companies that serve LAX are:

Road Runner Shuttle: looking at, they have been in business since 1991. They provide ground transportation service to and from major Southern California for Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo counties, and Santa Clarita areas. Reservations can be made by phone or online up to 2 hours before service is needed. They can pick you up either on the curb or inside the baggage claim area.

Apollo Shuttle: looking at, they have been providing shuttle service for over 20 years to the 4 major Southern California airports including Long Beach, John Wayne, Ontario, and of course Los Angeles. Major areas served are Orange County, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Corona, Anaheim, Claremont, Riverside, San Bernardino, Corona, Claremont, Anaheim, and Whittier. you can choose from either their exclusive van service or the more affordable shared ride service with a maximum of 2 stops.Shared ride prices are on a passenger basis with 10$ for each additional passenger.

Payless Airport Shuttle: looking at, they offer various shuttle service from direct non-stop Shuttle Service to private van service. If your trip is an arrival to LAX Airport they ask you to give the dispatcher a call who will direct you to which curbside to wait for their van. Usually their drivers are waiting in the cell phone lot so they expect your wait not to be a long one. Their destinations to shuttle to from vary from Disneyand, the Amtrak and Greyhound stations, the Getty Museum, and all sports arenas such as Staples Center and Dodger Stadium. Group specials include $15 transportation to Disneyland and $10 toWorld Cruise Terminal at Los Angeles Harbor.

Bon Voyage Transportation: looking at, they have are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and cater for both business and pleasure travelers. They provide n service to Orange County and Los Angeles County areas such as Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Glendora, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Yorba Linda, Irvine, Pomona, San Clemente, and Laguna Beach.

Shuttle2LAX: looking at, they are a fully licensed and insured airport shuttle company, and to date of writing, they have a standard low $20 fare to LAX with 11$ for each additional passenger.

Los Angeles International Airport(LAX): Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located 15 miles southwest of downtown area. LAX is the primary airport serving California. In 2008, the airport recorded serving 59.8 million passengers and was placed the 6th busiest airport in the world. It is also the world’s busiest origin and destination (O&D) airport, where passengers begin and end the trip, and not used for connecting flights.

LAX occupies the area of 3500 acres with 9 terminals and 4 parallel runways and more than 8000 parking lots. It sees approximately 87 domestic and 69 international destinations flown by both domestic and international carriers.

LAX Airport History: The first field acquired for the airport originally was used to grow wheat, barley and lima beans. In July 1927, a real estate agent named William W. Mines arranged the deal of 640 acres of Bennet Rancho, owned by the Martin, to be developed as an airport for Los Angeles. For his effort, the field was named Mines Field. The city council approved the location as the city’s airport and the lease was executed in October 1928.

The airport was officially opened in 1930 and the city purchased the airport in 1937. The name was changed to Los Angeles Airport in 1941, then Los Angeles International Airport in 1949.

The LA airport began its expansion. The airport had its major 700 million expansion in 1981 as the city prepared to host 1984 Summer Olympics. Two new terminals were constructed and old terminal 2 was rebuilt. The Tom Bradley international terminal was opened in 1984 and named in Bradley, the LA Mayor’s honor.

In 2006, the airport again started a $503 million project to improve Tom Bradley International Terminal. The improvements include installing new paging, air conditioning and electrical systems, along with new elevators, escalators, baggage carousels and a digital sign that will automatically update flight information.

Location and Driving Directions: The airport is located 15 miles southwest of Los Angeles.

From Southbound 405: Exit Howard Hughes Parkway Junction to bypass traffic and go right towards Sepulveda Boulevard. Take a left at Sepulveda Boulevard and head southerly direction for approximately 10 minutes through downtown Westchester. Follow the signs to LAX.

From Northbound 405: Take the 105 West Freeway and exit Sepulveda North. Stay in the right hand lane and follow directions to departures and arrivals.

From the 105 West Freeway: Exit Sepulveda North and stay in the right hand lane. Follow the signs to LAX.

Los Angeles Other Means of Airport Transportation:

Transportation facilities available at LAX are:

Buses: All the passengers opt to travel in the bus are to board them on the lower/arrival level in each terminal under the green "FlyAway, Buses and Long Distance Vans" signs. Each bus is marked with its service location:

- LAX Flyaway Bus offers a non stop regular bus service to LAX from Irvine, Union Station (Downtown Los Angeles), San Nuys and West Wood. For information and fare call : 1-866-iFLYLAX (1-866-435-9529).
- Public Bus service is run by Metro. Passengers to use this service are provided with free shuttle to Metro Bus Center. Information on city bus services is available by telephone on the Information Display Board in the baggage claim area in each terminal. In addition, passengers can obtain local transit information by calling (800) 266-6883.
- Scheduled Bus offers transfers from LAX to various parts of LA and surrounding regions. It is run by private companies

Taxis: Taxi can be hailed at curbside on the Lower/Arrival Level in front of terminals under the yellow sign “Taxis”. Ticket with fares to major destination will be presented. Only authorized taxis are permitted.

Rental Cars: The service is provided by approximately 40 companies with the rental sites off the airport. There are companies which provide free shuttle pick up from LAX to the rental agency site. Contact each company form more detailed information.

Los Angeles Airport Parking: LAX Airport provides 8000 parking lots in eight parking structures with convenient and easy access to all the terminals. All vehicles entering the LAX are subjected to random security inspection. The different types of parking facilities present in Los Angeles International Airport are:

LAX Cell Phone Waiting Lot: The lot has 79 space and is designated for picking up arriving passengers only. It is located at 9011 Airport Blvd, five minutes from Central Terminal Parking area. Cars should not be left attended and parking is not allowed.

Central Terminal Parking Area: The area is divided into 8 structures: P-1, P-2, P-2A, P-3, P-4, P-5, P6, P-7. It is advisable to park to the nearest terminal of departure or arrival. Parking rates are:
- 0 to 30 minutes, $2.00
- 31 minutes to 1 hour, $3.00
- Additional 30 mins, $2.00
- Additional 1 hour, $3.00
- 24 Hours, $30.00

Long Term Parking: Lot C is designated for long term parking purposes. It is located between 96th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard). Free shuttle bus from Lot C to Central Terminal are provided. Parking rates are:
- First 2 hour Free
- Additional 2 hours $1.00
- 24 Hours $12.00

Park One: Park One is operated by private company. It is located on Century Boulevard and 96th Street, adjacent to Terminal 1. Shuttle service to Central Terminal and terminals are provided. Parking rates are:
- Each 30 minutes $2.00
- Daily uncovered parking $15.95
- Daily Valet Parking $21.95

Los Angeles Airport Hotels:

There is no hotel on the premises of the airport but there are lots of hotels nearby and most provide transfers to LAX:
- Airport Park View Hotel, 3900 West Century Blvd, (310) 677-8899
- Best Western Airpark Hotel, 640 W. Manchester Blvd, (800) 233-8060
- Best Western Airport Plaza Inn, 1730 Centinela Avenue, (310) 568-0071
- Best Western Hollywood Plaza Inn, 2011 N. Highland Avenue, (323) 851-1800
- Best Western South Bay Hotel, 15000 Hawthorne Blvd, (310) 973-0998
- Best Western Suites, 5005 W. Century Blvd, (310) 677-7733
- Cadillac Hotel, 8 Dudley Avenue, (310) 399-8876
- Caesar's Motor Hotel, 4652 W. Century Blvd, (310) 671-6161
- Comfort Inn, 850 N. Sepulveda Blvd, (310) 318-1020
- Comfort Inn and Suites, 4922 W. Century Blvd, (310) 671-7213
- Courtyard by Marriott, 2000 E. Mariposa Avenue, (310) 322-0700
- Courtyard by Marriott LAX, 6161 W. Century Blvd, (310) 649-1400
- Crowne Plaza LAX, 5985 W. Century Blvd, (310) 642-7500
- Days Inn South Bay, 15636 Hawthorne Blvd, (310) 676-7378
- Days Inn Airport Center, 901 W. Manchester Blvd, (310) 649-0800
- Doubletree Club Hotel LAX, 1985 E. Grand, (310) 322-0999
- Embassy Suites LAX South, 1440 E. Imperial Avenue, (310) 640-3600
- Embassy Suites LAX North, 9801 Airport Blvd, (310) 215-1000
- Four Points Hotel Sheraton, 9750 Airport Blvd, (310) 645-4600
- Hacienda Hotel, 525 N. Sepulveda Blvd, (310) 615-0015
- Hampton Inn, 10300 La Cienega Blvd, (310) 337-1000
- Hilton Garden Inn, 2100 E. Mariposa Avenue, (310) 726-0100
- Holiday Inn LAX, 9901 La Cienega Blvd, (310) 649-5151
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 14814 Hawthorne Blvd, (310) 676-1111
- Howard Johnsons' International, 8620 Airport Blvd, (310) 645-7700
- Los Angeles Airport Hilton & Towers, 5711 W. Century Blvd, (310) 410-4000
- Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel LAX, 5855 W. Century Blvd, (310) 641-5700
- Milner Hotel, 813 S. Flower Street, (213) 627-6981
- Motel 6, 5101 W. Century Blvd, (310) 419-1234
- Quality Hotel Los Angeles International Airport, 5249 W. Century Blvd, (310) 645-2200
- Radisson Hotel Westside, 6161 Centinela Avenue, (310) 649-1776
- Ramada Limited, 4300 W. Century Blvd, (310) 419-1011
- Ramada Plaza Hotel Airport South, 5250 W. El Segundo Blvd, (310) 536-9800
- Regency Plaza L.A. Airport Hotel, 6161 W. Century Blvd, (310) 649-1400
- Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Blvd, (310) 337-2800
- Royal Century Hotel, 4330 W. Century Blvd, (310) 673-2400
- Super 8 Motel LAX, 9250 Airport Blvd, (310) 670-2900
- Super 8 Motel Inglewood, 4238 Century Blvd, (310) 672-0740
- Travelodge LAX Century Blvd 5547 W. Century Blvd, (310) 649-4000
- Travelodge LAX South 1804 E. Sycamore Avenue, (310) 615-0133
- Travelodge Sunset & La, 7051 Sunset Blvd, (323) 462-0905
- Westin Los Angeles Airport, 5400 W. Century Blvd, (310) 216-5858
- Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 W. Century Blvd, (310) 642-1111
- Radisson Hotel at LAX, 6225 W. Century Blvd, (310) 670-9000
- Venice Beach Suites, 1305 Ocean Front Walk, (310) 216-5858
- Residence Inn by Marriott, 2135 East El Segundo Blvd, (310) 333-0888

Airport Terminal Information: The airport houses 9 gates that are laid out in U Shape or horse shoe shape. Terminal 1 to terminal 8 are used for international and domestic flights and Tom Bradley International Terminal handles only international flights. Shuttle busses are available for transfers to all terminals.

Each terminals are divided to 3 levels : Upper Level - Departure level, Ticketing Level, Lower Level- Arrival Level.

The roadways are separated to 2 levels: Upper Level roadway for departure and Lower level roadway for arrival.

Terminal 1: Terminal 1 houses 16 gates: Terminal 1 – 3, 4A, 4B, 4C, 5-14. Terminal 1 has more gates than other terminals in the airport.

Terminal 1 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 1:
- Southwest Airlines, (800) 435-9792,
- US Airways, (800) 428-4322,

Terminal 1 Shops & Facilities:
- See’s Candies
- Brookstone
- Kids Works
- Crew of California
- Hudson News

Terminal 1 Restaurants:
- California’s Pizza Kitchen
- La Brea Bakery
- Pinkberry
- Backlot Deli
- Mc Donalds
- Camacho Café

Terminal 2: Terminal 2 was the original terminal of LAX, but it was completely rebuilt in 1984. Terminal 2 houses 13 gates : Gate 21, 21A-B, 22, 22A, 23, 23A, 24, 24A, 25-28. Terminal 2 also has Custom and Border Protection Facilities to process arriving international passengers.

Terminal 2 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 2:
- Aeromexico, (800) 237-6639,
- Air Canada, (888) 247-2262,
- Air China, (800) 882-8122,
- Air France, (800) 237-2747,
- Air New Zealand, (800) 262-1234,
- Avianca Airlines, (800) 284-2622
- Hawaian Airlines, (800) 367-5320,
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, (800) 225-2525,
- LACSA Airlines, (800) 225-2272,
- Sun Country , (800) 359-6786,
- TACA International Airlines, (800) 535-8780,
- Virgin Atlantic, (800) 862-8621,
- Volaris, (800) 862-8621,
- West Jet, (888) 937-8538,

Terminal 2 Shops & Facilities:
- Duty Free Shoppers
- Flight Time
- Pacific Coast Traders
- I Love L.A
- Jetway Express
- Currency Exchange (ICE)
- Prepaid Phone Cards (Datawave)
- Wireless Internet (T-Mobile)
- Internet Kiosks
- Hudson News
- Traveler’s Aid
- Luggage carts provided by Smart Carte
- Interactive Visitors Centers

Terminal 2 Restaurants:
- La Brea Bakery
- Burger King
- L.A. Roadhouse Route 66
- Wolfgang Puck Express

Terminal 3: Terminal 3 has 13 gates:  30, 31A, 31B, 32, 33A, 33B, 34-36, 37A, 37B, 38, 39.

Terminal 3 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 3:
- Alaska Airlines, (800) 426-0333,
- Horizon Air, (800) 547-9308,
- V Australia, (800) 547-9308,
- Virgin America, (877) 359-8474,

Terminal 3 Shops & Facilities:
- See’s Candles
- Hudson News
- Duty Free Shoppers
- Hudson Booksellers

Terminal 3 Restaurants:
- Java Java Coffee
- Burger King
- Gladstone’s 4 Fish

Terminal 4: The terminal houses 14 gates: 40-41, 42A-B, 43-45, 46A-B, 47A-B, 48A-B, 49A. The terminal is the home for American Airlines flights and also occasional Qantas departures. In 2001 the terminal underwent $400 million renovation and improvements.

Terminal 4 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 4:
- American Airlines, (800) 433-7300,
- American Eagle, (800) 433-7300,
- Qantas, (800) 227-4500,

Terminal 4 Shops & Facilities:
- Duty Free Shoppers
- Jetway Express
- Hudson Booksellers
- See’s Candy
- $10 Boutique
- Hudson News
- L.A. Edge
- Destination L.A.
- Currency Exchange (ICE)
- Prepaid Phone Cards (Datawave)
- Wireless Internet (T-Mobile)
- Internet Kiosks
- Traveler’s Aid
- Luggage carts provided by Smart Carte
- Interactive Visitors Centers

Terminal 4 Restaurants:
- Briochee Doree
- Chili’s Too
- Burger King

Terminal 5: Terminal 5 houses 15 gates: 50A-50B, 51A-51B, 52A-52B, 53A-53B, 54A-54B, 55A, 56-59. Terminal A is the home for Delta Airlines. Northwest airlines moved all its operation to terminal 5 following merger with Delta Airlines. As per January 2010, the integration of Northwest and Delta was completed and now they are operating under Delta.

Terminal 5 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 5:
- Delta, (800) 221-1212,

Terminal 5 Shops & Facilities:
- Life is Good
- I love L.A.
- Duty Free Shoppers

Terminal 5 Restaurants:
- Creative Croissants
- California Pizza Kitchen
- Mc Donald’s
- Euro Coffee and Haagen Daz

Terminal 6: There are 13 gates in this terminal : 60-66, 67A-67B, 68A-68B, 69A-69B. Four of the gates have jetways which can accommodate larger aircraft.

Terminal 6 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 6:
- AirTran Airways, (800) 247-8726,
- Allegiant Airlines, (702) 505-8888,
- Continental Airlines, (800) 525-0280,
- Copa, (800) 359-2672,
- Delta, (800) 221-1212,
- Frontier, (800) 432-1359,
- Jet Blue, (800) 538-2583,
- Midwest Airlines, (800) 452 – 2022,
- Spirit, (800) 772-7117,
- United Airlines, (800) 241-6522,

Terminal 6 Shops & Facilities:
- Jetway Express
- Hudson News
- Last Stop
- Caterina’s
- Currency Exchange (ICE)
- Prepaid Phone Cards (Datawave)
- Wireless Internet (T-Mobile)
- Internet Kiosks
- Traveler’s Aid
- Luggage carts provided by Smart Carte
- Interactive Visitors Centers

Terminal 6 Restaurants:
- Cinnabon
- Monet’s California Deli
- Ruby’s Dinette
- Java Java Coffee

Terminal 7: Terminal 7 houses 14 gates : 70A-70B, 71A-71B, 72-73, 74A-74B, 75A-75B, 76A-76B, 77A-77B. This terminal is the house for United Airlines.

Terminal 7 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 7:
- United Airlines/United Express, (800) 241-6522,

Terminal 7 Shops & Facilities:
- Kids Works
- Hudson News
- Jetway Express Booksellers
- The Body Shop
- Duty free Shoppers
- Automated Vending

Terminal 7 Restaurants:
- Wolfgang Puck Express
- Mc Donald’s
- La Brea Bakery
- Baja Fresh Express

Terminal 8: Terminal 8 houses 9 gates: 80 – 88. Like terminal 7, terminal 8 is the house for United Airlines.

Terminal 8 Airlines: Airlines operating from Terminal 8:
- United Airlines/United Express, (800) 241-6522,

Terminal 8 Shops & Facilities:
- Hudson News
- Currency Exchange (ICE)
- Prepaid Phone Cards (Datawave)
- Wireless Internet (T-Mobile)
- Internet Kiosks
- Traveler’s Aid
- Luggage carts provided by Smart Carte
- Interactive Visitors Centers

Terminal 8 Restaurants:
- California’s Pizza Kitchen
- L.A. Roadhouse Route 66

Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT): TBIT is separated into 3 different levels: Arrival level, Ticketing & Departure Level, Food court. There are 6 gates in South Concourse: Gate 101 – 106. North Concourse houses 5 gates: 119 – 123. Passengers should know that although not all international departures depart and arrive in TBIT, therefore passengers should check with the airlines.

TBIT Airlines: Airlines that operate from TBIT:
- Aeroflot, (888) 340-6400,
- Air Berlin, (866) 266-5588,
- Air Pacific, (800) 227-4446,
- Air Tahiti Nui, (877) 824-4846,
- Air Alaska (800) 426-0333,
- All Nippon, (800) 235-9262,
- Asiana, (800) 227-4262,
- British Airways,(800) 247-9297,
- Cathay Pacific, (800) 233-2742,
- China Airlines, (800) 227-5118,
- China Eastern, (626) 583-1500,
- China Southern, (888) 338-8988,
- Copa,(800) 359-2672,
- Emirates, (800) 777-3999,
- EVA Air, (800) 695-1188,
- Japan Airlines, (800) 525-3663,
- Korean Air, (800) 438-5000,
- LAN Chile, (866) 435-9526,
- LAN Peru, (866) 435-9526,
- Lufthansa, (800) 645-3880,
- Malaysia Airlines, (800) 552-9264,
- Mexicana, (800) 531-7921,
- Philippine Airlines, (800) 435-9725,
- Qantas, (800) 227-4500,
- Singapore Airlines, (800) 742-3333,
- Spirit, (800) 772-7117,
- Swiss Airlines, (877) 359-7947,
- TACA, (800) 535-8780,
- Thai,(800) 426-5204,
- V Australia, (800) 444-0260,

TBIT Shops & Facilities:
- Duty Free Shoppers
- Crews of California
- See’s Candy
- Hudson News
- California Market
- Via Voyage
- InMotion
- Kid’s Works
- Luggage Store
- Petals Flower Shop

TBIT Restaurants:
- Mc Donald’s
- Camacho’s Café
- Sushi Boy
- Euro Coffee & Haagen Daz
- Hamada Orient Express

Lost and found: - For luggage and items lost in aircraft, please contact airlines.
- Passengers to file report for insurance purposes can contact LAX Airport Police Lost & Found  at : 5600 W. Century Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045 - (424) 646- LOST (5678)
- For items left behind TSA (screening station), please contact TSA Lost & Found at: 5757 W. Century Blvd., Suite GF06, Los Angeles, CA 90045 - (310) 242-9073

Special Need Facilities: LAX ensure travelers with special need with enjoyable travel experience where all the places are fully accessible. TTD phones are located throughout the Airport. Assistance can be provided at the airport and onboard aircraft. Elevator and family restroom are available and accessible for wheelchair.

Pet Relief : There are 5 pet relief area in LAX. They are located outside the terminals on the lower/arrival level:
- Between terminal 1 and 2
- Between terminal 3 and TBIT
- Between TBIT and Terminal 4
- Between Terminal 5 and 6
- At the end of Terminal 7

First Aid Station: First Aid Station is located on the Upper Level/Departure Level of TBIT and is open everyday from 10 am to 10 pm. For emergency, call LAX airport police (310) 646-7911 or (310) 417 – 0439 (TTY).
Automated external Defibrillators to assist person with sudden cardiac arrest are available and placed strategically in all terminals.

Internet Service: Wifi is available and provided by The T-Mobile. The service is available to T-Mobile subscribers, roamers and to occasional users on an hourly basis of $6.00 for the first hour and 10 cents per minute thereafter; or with a 24-hour portable DayPass that is available for $9.99, which allows the traveler to use the service at any T-Mobile location, not just at the airport.
Internet kiosks are available in all terminals and Internet Data Port Access is available at most public phones in terminals.

Airlines Lounges:
- Terminal 1, US Airway,s US Airways Lounge
- Terminal 2, Air Canada, Maple Leaf Lounge
- Terminal 2, Air New Zealand, Koru Club
- Terminal 2, Hawaiian Airlines, Premier Club
- Terminal 2, Air France, Air France Club
- Terminal 3, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Airlines Board Room
- Terminal 4, American Airlines, Admiral’s Club
- Terminal 4, American Airlines Flagship Lounge
- Terminal 4, Qantas, Qantas Club
- Terminal 5, Delta Airlines, Sky Club
- Terminal 6, Continental Airlines, Presidents Club
- Terminal 7, United Airlines, International First Class Lounge
- Terminal 7, United Airlines, Red Carpet Club
- TBIT, Star Alliance Star, Alliance Lounge
- TBIT, SkyTeam Alliance, SkyTeam Alliance Lounge
- TBIT, Oneworld Alliance, Oneworld Alliance Lounge

Los Angeles Airport Security:
- All passengers are limited with one carry on luggage and one personal item such as laptop, purse, back pack or camera case.
- Passengers should not pack prohibited items. Form more information, please visit Transport Security Administration site:
- For smooth passing through screening, check Smart Travelers Tips on the LAX website.

City of Los Angeles: The city of angels, Los Angeles, more famously known as L.A., is the second largest city in USA and the largest in the California State. It is the home of 3.8 million people and is located in Los Angeles County, the most multi cultural county in the country.

Hollywood makes Los Angeles the entertainment city of the world. It is the center of the motion picture industries, television production, video games and music recordings, thus is the home of movie and music studios and celebrities. It also plays an important part in tourism. Tourism is boosted with the Hollywood related places, the beautiful beaches and hills, amusement parks, shopping centers and malls.

Los Angeles is also the center of business, international trade, manufacturing and aerospace technology. In 2008, stated Los Angeles as the eight most economically powerful city in the world, third in USA.

City of Los Angeles History: In 500 AD, the Tongva Indians and Chumash settled in Los Angeles Basin. The first European came in 1542, a Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriquez. In 1769, Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola came to the area and noted down the potential of the area to be developed as settlements.

The area was officially settled in 1781 by forty four Mexican settlers and the called the town El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula (The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on the Porciúncula River. Mexico and California gained its independence from Spanish in 1821 and since then the trade with Americans became more frequent.

The battle of Los Angeles took place in 1847, the Mexican rule ended and American took charge of California. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed and all residents are made U.S. citizens.

Following the gold rush in 1849, the settlers from US grew more. In 1850 Los Angeles is incorporated as a municipality, and California becomes the 30th state in the union.

City of Los Angeles Geography: Los Angeles lies on a hilly coastal plain with the Pacific Ocean as its southern and western boundaries. The city stretches north to the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and is bounded by the San Gabriel Mountains to the east. Numerous canyons and valleys also characterize the region, making it an area of diverse climatic conditions.

The city is irregularly shaped and has a total area of 498.3 square miles (1,291 km2) which comprises of 469.1 square miles (1,215 km2) of land and 29.2 square miles (76 km2) of water. The perimeter of the city is 342 miles (550 km) and is the only major city in the United States bisected by a mountain range.

The highest point in Los Angeles is Mount Lukens, also called Sister Elsie Peak, located at the northeastern San Fernando Valley. It reaches a height of 5,080 ft (1,550 m). Los Angeles is both flat and hilly. The hilliest parts of Los Angeles are the entire Santa Monica hills north of Downtown, areas immediately north of Downtown around Silver Lake, the entire eastern parts of L.A., the Crenshaw area, the San Pedro area, and areas around the San Fernando Valley. The major river is the Los Angeles River, which begins in the Canoga Park district of the city and is largely seasonal. The river is lined in concrete for almost its entire length as it flows through the city into nearby Vernon on its way to the Pacific Ocean.

Los Angeles Climate: Los Angeles weather is generally warm and pleasant all year round. The city is protected from extremes of temperature and humidity by Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains and the warm, moist air from the Pacific. Summers are dry and sunny and winters, cool and wet. Offshore breezes cool the beach communities during the hot summer months, but inland temperatures can rise to well over 90F (32C), especially in the numerous canyons and valleys of the area. Smog often gathers in low-lying areas and sometimes the hot, dusty Santa Ana winds blow in strongly from the surrounding mountains.

Winter is the rainy season (Nov – Jan). Monthly rainfall often comes all on the same day, especially during winter storms. After it rains, the skies are sometimes exceptionally clear. In some years, winter rains extend into Feb –March months. Spring-blooming trees and flowers are at their best during Feb and March.

City of Los Angeles General Information:

City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office:
- City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Phone: (213) 978-0600 
- Website:

City of Los Angeles Police Department:
- LAPD Headquarters: 100 West 1st Street Room, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- For Emergency Dial 911
- Website: www.lapdonline,org

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