Sun Valley Jose Mier reports on those things we thing our Sun Valley neighbors should know as well as those looking to move here from other areas of the state or out of state. In the past we’d tape important information, addresses and/or phone numbers to our fridge or somewhere near our (rotary dial?) phone. These days, however, most of the important or emergency information we need is online.
Sun Valley is part of a network of sorts of San Fernando Valley cities collectively known as the “north Valley.” You might think that agroup of like-minded and geographically related cities would have their own online resource site…and you’d be correct. We do. It’s the North Valley LA website and vital information for each of the cities that make up this network is available. The information specific to Sun Valley is located here.
The cities that make up the north Valley include: Arleta, Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Porter Ranch, San Fernando- LA County, Shadow Hills, Sun Valley, Sylmar, Van Nuys as well as Sunland and Tujunga. All of these cities are, of course, part of greater Los Angeles and contribute to the image of LA as one huge, sprawling metropolis. We at Sun Valley Jose Mier, however, think that each one of these cities, though actually part of Los Angeles, has its own unique feel, vibe or flavor including our own humble enclave of Sun Valley.
Regardless, having city-specific information at your fingertips should be a priority for every resident. We suggest bookmarking the North Valley LA website so that you can easily refer to it when the time comes. While emergencies would still utilize 911 having ready access to non-emergency police information as well as legislators (state and federal) will come in handy especially during election times. We want every Sun Valleyite to be a good citizen and become part of the legislative process, so using North Valley LA is a great way to contact your representative when the need arises.
Sun Valley Jose Mier wants to write about something that we haven’t been able to do for a long time: walk into a restaurant and sit down at a table. Our Sun Valley restaurants, as well as pretty much all restaurants in California, have been forced to scramble to allow diners to eat outside to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. While that was a stopgap measure we grudgingly went along with that till now.
As we all know, State of California recently allowed limited indoor dining so we sent one of our reporters, Claude, to go out to eat and report back. That he did and these are his findings. Claude took a trip down the 5 freeway (easily accessible from just about anywhere in Sun Valley) to the flower Fields in Carlsbad California. After taking in all the colorful flowers, Claude and his group decided to grab something to eat. PF Chang’s was very close by so the group stopped in there.
With limited seating restaurants can’t handle the same amount of patrons as before so he had to put his name on a waiting list. The wait was about 30 minutes so it wasn’t too bad. On receiving text that his table was ready Claude and the group were escorted to a table in the center of the room. They noticed that there weren’t as many tables inside as before in order to maintain safe distance from other diners. In fact, this table was the only one in the middle of that side of the restaurant. There were other booths where diners were seated–and of course these can’t be moved—but Claude’s table was the only movable table on that side of the restaurant.
Other than that the dining experience was pretty much same as pre-coronavirus. Claude did mention that the portions seemed a little smaller than before and one has to wonder if restaurants are cutting corners to maximize profits due to the fact that they can’t seat same number of diners as before. It may be something we have to live with for the foreseeable future but it may be worth the price to take the family out to eat inside once again.
The same experience is probably being played out in any and all of our Sun Valley restaurants. If you’re itching for some indoor dining please try patronizing one or more of our local eateries.
Sun Valley Jose Mier with an update on the reopening of our community. Sun Valley residents finally taking a sigh of partial relief in that our restaurants and other businesses that were closed before are now able to reopen, at least partially. Part of the reason for this is the low number of new cases reported in California as well as the increasing availability of vaccines.
Based on anecdotal evidence, we can see that more of our friends and colleagues are scheduling appointments for the COVID vaccine which means more people will be less likely to contract this virus over time. Psychologically, we can see sense of relief in the people that we’ve talked to, especially restaurant owners who can now take people inside the restaurants where they couldn’t before.
This is all good news or Sun Valley business. It still feels like the restrictions are unnecessary and that restaurants should be open to higher capacity, but we are glad to see any amount of indoor dining at this point after having been forced to eat outdoors or not at all. There seems to be an increased sense of optimism now given the easing up of restrictions. As promoters of Sun Valley’s economy we’re very glad to see these new steps being taken.
If you live in Sun Valley and haven’t yet taken advantage of indoor dining that you’re favorite restaurant, we are at Sun Valley Jose Mier encourage you to do so now. Let’s get Sun Valley booming again.
We wait for it every year. The winter rainy season. This time it seemed to be delayed. January, usually our wettest month, had a few spits and sprinkles but not a lot of rain. February was not much different and probably even drier than January. The first few days of March, however, saw some significant rainfall which was very welcome.
If you’re a reader of Sun Valley Jose Mier you know that we often stress the danger of fire in our Sun Valley foothills. This summer–and even into December–we had very hot and dry conditions and the recent rains are quite welcome. For a time they will prevent the outbreak of fire in our community and they have the added benefit of making our usually brown foothills quite verdant. Sometimes it may seem that we live in a desert environment but after the series of showers, hillsides around our community suddenly turn green. Right now in March this is the perfect time for visitors to Southern California to enjoy the newly green scenery around Sun Valley.
For those who are thinking of moving to this area the green of our Verdugo foothills is probably an even more attractive feature.
As we look at the weather forecast for the coming weeks it doesn’t look as if there’s any more rain on tap in the near future. Nevertheless, the effect of rains up to this point will allow us to enjoy some nicer Sun Valley scenery.
Sun Valley Jose Mier constantly searches the Internet for Sun Valley, CA information. For those of us who live here it’s important we keep abreast of everything that concerns our city and there are a lot of online resources to do this. If you’re reader of these pages you know that we constantly make use of weather, dining, transportation or other websites that have to do with Sun Valley. Our most recent find is one called Wikiwand.
Similar to Wikipedia, this site has general demographic information about our community including be ethnic makeup of our residents. According to this information they say that Sun Valley is ”moderately diverse” with about 70% of the population being Latino. Similarly about 50 to 60 percent of the population claims Mexico as their country of origin.
We at Sun Valley Jose Mier like to compare and contrast different demographic websites to see if there’s any variation in the information they are serving up to us. With this particular website it looks to be on par with the other demographic information websites we’ve checked in the past. One thing to note about Sun Valley is that we have a rather youthful population. The average age here is 28 years so that means we have a lot of young people and families.
It stands to reason that we have such useful population in that our median housing price is lower than many other areas in greater Los Angeles. That means young families looking to purchase a home for the first time in the San Fernando Valley may be drawn to Sun Valley because they don’t have to spend as much as they would in other areas. The median income for our residents is a little over $51,000 per year which is close to the national average but on the low side for Los Angeles County, so lower home prices make living more affordable.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Sun Valley California you can do like we did and check out Wikiwand. It may prove to be a valuable tool if you’re looking for information on this area prior to moving here.
Sun Valley Jose Mier is committed to fostering the best economic environment in our community. In recent months Sun Valley’s economy—just like most California cities–has taken a real hit. Most notably it’s been our restaurants that have suffered the most.
With outdoor dining now allowed is up to us to keep our Sun Valley restaurants in business. We thought it might be good to highlight individual restaurants in Sun Valley so that readers of this blog can show their support by dining at or taking out from the restaurant featured on these pages.
Today’s restaurant that we like to highlight is Georgio’s sports bar and pizzeria. Sun Valley residents will be very familiar with this Sun Valley institution on Sunland Boulevard right near the 5 freeway ramp (8414 Sunland Blvd). If pizza is on your take out list why not make the decision to take out next time from Georgio’s. Let’s spread the wealth around in support one Sun Valley restaurant after another.
For a complete list of Sun Valley restaurants check out zomato.com.
Sun Valley Jose Mier as you know I was promoted several different day trips, all which can be accomplished starting from are beautiful community of Sun Valley. One of the most attractive features of the living in Southern California is the variety of landscapes in a small geographic area. It is possible for someone in Southern California to wake up, go skiing in snow covered mountains in the morning, drive one or two hours and go surfing in the ocean in the afternoon.
Possibilities like those are what makes Sun Valley such a great place to live, especially since we are located pretty much in the center of all this activity and by driving one hour either West or to the east, we can reach Snow on our mountains in the winter months or the Pacific ocean if we go the other way.
For this day trip we’re not saying you should pack all this into one day. No, today we’re merely talking about a trip to the snow, and specifically a visit to Mount Baldy on the northern edge of the Inland Empire. You don’t have to be a skier to enjoy the mountain climate, fresh air in at this time of year Snow, but if you do ski there are opportunities for you to enjoy the sport by driving only an hour from Sun Valley.
Like most of the day trips we talk about on Sun Valley Jose Mier the directions for this one are also very easy. At the risk of repeating ourselves it’s because Sun Valley is located so close to so many Southern California freeways. To get to Mount Baldy from sun Valley the route is as follows:
Take the 5 freeway south to the 134 freeway east. The 134 turns into the 210 freeway when you get to Pasadena. Continue to follow the 210 freeway east until exit 52 in Claremont. Once you exit, go north on Mount Baldy Road until you reach your destination. All in all it will take just about an hour. Now with recent rains and snowfall, it’s a good time to visit our mountain resort areas. If you are one of those adventurous types you could even start with a swim the Pacific ocean in the morning and end your day in the snows of Mount Baldy. In fact that might be very attractive to those who are visiting from back East and the severe winter storms that they’re going through right now.
Take Out and Delivery Are Popular Options During COVID
Sun Valley Jose Mier has been doing some thinking during this pandemic and one of the things we think about is where Sun Valley residents are eating–if it’s not at home. For most of us we are staying in more then we did in 2019 but even despite the coronavirus pandemic we’re still dealing with, people like to have a treat once in a while, eat out, take out or have something delivered.
We had our suspicions that the pizza industry was doing rather well despite–or because of —the coronavirus shutdown. What we found confirms those suspicions. People want to take out a meal for themselves and their family that Pizza is an easy choice because it’s low cost and it will feed a lot of people. Don’t just take our word for it. Read the stats on the QSR Magazine website.
We wanted feature some of the Pizza places here in Sun Valley in an effort to get business going so without further ado here’s a list of some of the best-known pizza parlors in Sun Valley California.
Sun Valley Jose Mier researches just about everything we can find concerning Sun Valley from shopping to dining to real estate. One of the real estate sites that you may not know about is Rubyhome.com. This real estate site is dedicated to Southern California homes specifically. In fact Rubyhome is based in Beverly Hills California.
For those of you either moving within Sun Valley or to Sun Valley from some other location in the state or nation, Rubyhome could be a valuable resource. In addition to Real estate listings you can take a virtual tour or schedule an in person tour and contact the buyer’s agent all through the website.
It’s fortunate that we are able to accomplish so much–including the purchase a home –without leaving the confines of our current home thanks to the Internet. This is especially important now that we are still stuck in our homes for the most part due to the coronavirus.
As of this writing there are 23 homes listed in the Sun Valley area. The median home price is $640,000. With interest rates at historic lows this maybe the perfect time to purchase a home, especially a home in Sun Valley California. We recommend checking out Rubyhome.com in adding that to your real estate research toolkit.
Sun Valley Jose Mier has compiled other day trips from Sun Valley but we wanted to make know of this suggestion in light of the fact that it seems Los Angeles County will be easing up on some of our coronavirus restrictions. That means within a few days outdoor dining should be available once again and we can take advantage of it.
Day trips from Sun Valley don’t have to be very long. I know we talked about trips to Orange County or the Santa Barbara area, but taking a trip to Beverly Hills is only a little over 30 minutes and it’s an opportunity to get out of Sun Valley and change of scenery for an afternoon or whatever you’d like to do.
For visitors to Southern California who are making Sun Valley their base of operations, Beverly Hills is usually one of those things the people want to see when they’re visiting us and it’s so easy. It’s actually an enjoyable drive over the Hollywood hills, including some twists and turns and then you’re in the midst of huge houses and fancy restaurants. Of course visitors to Southern California always want to take a walk down Rodeo Drive and our route will take you right there.
Our favorite way to get to Beverly Hills is to take Hollywood Way south to the 134 freeway. Hop on the 134 West, allow it to merge with the 101 freeway, exit on Coldwater Canyon and head south. Coldwater Canyon will take you over the Hollywood hills and it turns into Rexford Drive. Rexford will take you to Santa Monica Blvd. and it’s only a block or two to Rodeo Drive and shopping and dining. Total drive time: 34 minutes.
If you’re visiting Sun Valley take a quick jaunt over to Beverly Hills to hobnob with the rich and famous. If you’re at Sun Valley resident you could use the opportunity to grab some lunch now that restaurants are reopening. Don’t forget to patronize our Sun Valley restaurants too!