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Shift of border between Los Angeles and Orange counties to be considered

A map of one of the areas of the proposed border adjustment. Click through to see the full document. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is expected to consider holding a public hearing on a proposal to cede 42 acres of L.A. County land to Orange County -- and annexing about 36 acres from the neighboring county.

The proposal was initiated by Orange County’s Board of Supervisors, which is seeking to simplify the border between Long Beach in L.A. County and the cities of Seal Beach and Los Alamitos in Orange County, as well as the unincorporated community of Rossmoor. None of the disputed land is inhabited.

The idea is to more cleanly divide L.A. and Orange Counties between the San Gabriel River, Coyote Creek and the 605 Freeway. Surprisingly, some parts of Orange County leak west of those dividing lines, while parts of L.A. County creep east of them.

For example, Seal Beach has control of a 4-acre plot of land known as College Estates Park that is west of the San Gabriel River. Apart from its river boundary to the east, it is surrounded on three sides by Long Beach. Visitors would have to drive into Long Beach to reach the park.

Read the document: Proposal to shift border between Los Angeles and Orange countiesIn another odd configuration, Long Beach controls some areas east of the San Gabriel River: part of a bike path north of Marina Drive bridge, part of the Seal Beach Trailer Park, and the parking lot behind the Oakwood Apartments. Under the proposal, Seal Beach would take over 5 acres of that land from Long Beach.

One of the single largest transfers of land would be Los Alamitos’ annexation of about 37 acres of a vacant, needle-shaped island administered by Long Beach that is sandwiched between the San Gabriel River and the Los Alamitos Channel.

Perhaps the most incongruous border involves five residential parcels along Toland Avenue, which straddles the counties. The homes themselves are in Los Alamitos, but most of their backyards are in the Long Beach. The proposal would put the entire residential parcels within the control of Los Alamitos.

The proposal will not fix all the peculiarities of the L.A.-Orange counties border. There is a triangle-shaped cluster of homes along Halbrite Avenue in Long Beach, east of the San Gabriel River, that is surrounded by the Orange County cities of Los Alamitos and Cypress. That community will not be affected by this proposal.

If supervisors decide to approve the public hearing Tuesday, it will be held during the Board of Supervisors meeting at 9:30 a.m. May 10 at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration at 500 West Temple Street in downtown Los Angeles.


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Photo: An aerial view of one of the areas of the proposed border adjustment. Credit: Los Angeles County

Comments () | Archives (22)

Can we send them Bell and call it even?

like many other issues in this state/country, there are much more important things to address and repair, than to ponder about borders of 2 counties!

Who cares? As long as they don't try and put Long Beach in the OC, then who gives a damn? I never want to live in the OC again!

I wish Long Beach would be moved to OC...

Give Santa Ana to Los Angeles County!

No! Keep Santa Ana. We have enough without it.

Officials are more worried about securing county borders than the actual border. We elect nothing but idiots!

"....Seal Beach has control of a 4-acre plot of land known as College Estates Park that is west of the San Gabriel River. Apart from its river boundary to the east, it is surrounded on three sides by Long Beach. Visitors would have to drive into Long Beach to reach the park..."

what does the proposed annexation have to do with this?

visitors will STILL have to drive to long beach to visit the park.

LA is facing a huge budget deficit and many other problems yet our elected officials seem to think it is more important to make the boundary line with Orange County more pleasing to the eye? And these idiots are on our payroll? Think about it people.

This will no doubt put some cash into the pockets of some politician on each side of the county line. Follow the money, it's dirty.

what CA should do is split the borders between so cali and northern cali! because so cali is the worst third world country i have ever been in. especially the distances and traffic! thats why im leaving soon!!!!

I live in LA County, I say let's give our whole county to Orange County , we'd all be much better off! Just drive south on the 5 and you'll notice the big difference when you leave LA County and arrive in Orange County.


Who's brainstorm was this? The "borders or county lines" have been here since the year one. I think the board of stupervisors needs to have their collective heads examined and we as their employers need to find out what we are getting for our money!

OC life is not the life for me.

This is stupid. Leave LA alone, there are more bigger problems to deal with here than talking about a border shift. No border shift, go away.

Please put Whittier in the O.C., I need my property value to increase!

Steve...the difference between the freways is that the part of it in orange County is much newer. You want to move to oOC because it has newer freeways? LD....you think that SoCal is a third world and the distances are tooo great? And you guys cant wait to leave? Dudes...of should i say, Halfwits....dont let the door hit you in the butts!!

Who cares...the OC is a jealous little cultural backwater.

Will the Los Angeles stadium of Anaheim be in LA or Anaheim? I'm confused.

Can we give Lakewood to OC. I would welcome the opportunity to leave LA county and its liberal mindset.

If there's any money in it for the city of Long Beach, the city council will vote no. Want a disney by the sea? No. Want an NFL team? No. Want to lay off teachers and cops? Yes. Want to close a fire station? You betcha.


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