Encino is located in the San Fernando area of Los Angeles. Its history is quite interesting in how it got its name. In 1769 Gasper de Portola arrived in the area and was greeted by Grabielino Indians near Encino Springs by the mighty oak trees. Encino meaning “oak trees” in Spanish is how it got its name. Gasper had gone back to Spain after claiming the area for the King and Queen of Spain.
Eventually years later after the land had returned to the Indians, U.S. taxes and laws were introduced where ownership was relinquished to Vincent De La Ossa. De La Ossa built a large adobe with cattle and employed a staff of 20. Today, Encino has grown into a city of over 40,000 residents. The local economy has grown from the farming of back in the day to one that is primarily of health care, social services and professional services such as the legal and financial industries.
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