Westlake / Pico Union

Trained more than 181 people in CPR and First Aid 

More than 246 homes saved

Installed more than 890 smoke alarms

Conducted more than 114 Pillowcase Project trainings


Pico-Union is a densely populated, low-income, youthful, 85.4% Latino, mostly immigrant neighborhood in Central Los Angeles, California. Historic in character and undergoing a renewal program, the neighborhood is home to two high schools and seven other schools, as well as a branch public library. It is the site of the long-established private Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery.


Pico-Union is flanked by Koreatown and Westlake to the north and northeast, Downtown to the east, Adams-Normandie, University Park and Exposition Park to the south and Harvard Heights to the west.

The neighborhood is bounded on the north and northeast by Olympic Boulevard, on the east by the 110 Freeway, on the south by the Santa Monica Freeway and on the west by Normandie Avenue. It also includes the California Highway Patrol station beneath the freeway interchange northeast of Washington Boulevard.

Pico-Union is the fourth-most-crowded neighborhood in Los Angeles, surpassed only by East Hollywood, Westlake and Koreatown. The 2000 U.S. census counted 42,324 residents in the 1.67-square-miles neighborhood—an average of 25,352 people per square mile. In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 44,664. The median age for residents was 27, considered young for the city and the county.

The ethnic breakdown in 2000 was: Latinos, 85.4%; Asians, 7.6%; whites, 3.0%, blacks, 2.9%; and others, 1.1%. El Salvador (44.4%) and Mexico (23.3%) were the most common places of birth for the 64.6% of the residents who were born abroad, a figure that was considered high in comparison with foreign-born in the city as a whole. Other immigrants come from Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

In 2000 there were 667 military veterans living in Pico-Union, or 2.3% of the population, considered a low rate for the city and the county overall.



At the Community Leaders Briefing in November 2016, leaders from Westlake Pico Union stepped up to become Resiliency Ambassadors and made a commitment to dive deep into hazards that may exist in their neighborhoods in order to determine the best way to organize a team and create a resiliency plan that addresses each community’s diverse needs. In order to strengthen relationships, the Ambassadors got together between each Coalition meeting to identify key issues, and develop new strategies.

In one of the more densely populated areas of Los Angeles, they effectively segmented the area into four quadrants to facilitate recruiting potential and community leaders to help meet each neighborhood’s resiliency needs.

The Ambassadors have strengthened the coalition by focusing on key resiliency areas, expanding disaster response volunteers and preparedness trainers, and creating strong connections with Coalition members.

Map of Westlake / Pico Union


Coalition Members

• Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima
• Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church
• Neighborhood Watch/Volunteer Special Education
• Office of Congressman Tony Cárdenas
• Parent Volunteers (LAUSD)
• San Fernando Valley LGBT Community Center
• Vaughn Next Century Learning Center
• Vaughn NCLC & Beachy Elementary School

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