Huntington Park, California
The story of Huntington Park is similar to that of the city’s surrounding towns and neighborhoods, such as Maywood and Montebello. Upon its founding and incorporation as a Los Angeles city at the turn of the twentieth century, its population growth and economic development was dependent upon a several decades long industrial boom fueled by the automotive and other industries which were setting up shop in the region. Then, the Second World War and the subsequent Cold War caused a tremendous increase in industrialization, as factories were needed to manufacture parts for and assemble war planes, jeeps, missiles and other equipment. The South Bay cities were not the only zones built out for the purpose of meeting the country’s aerospace and defense needs.
However, as was typical all over the country and in certain manufacturing hot spots such as the one of which Huntington Park was a part, when manufacturers began to pull up stakes in the United States and outsource the work in countries with cheaper labor forces and fewer regulations, an economic change took place that also had an impact on the demographics of the area. In the mid twentieth century, when segregation established cultural and racial boundaries, the city was nearly completely white. Once the decades following the industrial and economic decline began, there was a precipitous retreat of Anglo residents from the area, even as Latino families were retreating from East Los Angeles for the more suburban Huntington Park. As a result, the city ranks fourth in the county in terms of per capita Latino population, with just over ninety-five percent of the citizens being of that heritage. The area continues to have an active economy, but the manufacturers and assemblers have been replaced by retailers. The producing economy has been replaced by the consuming economy. Workers who at one time would show up at a machine and make parts or at a line and install parts onto a machine has now been put at a register or stockroom where completed products are being sold. In this case, the retail locations that have replaced the manufacturers are signed in Spanish, and around a quarter of the individuals in the area are earning a living below the federal poverty line.
Huntington Park is situated near the heart of the northern section of territory known as south central Los Angeles. It lies due south of downtown Los Angeles. Just south of downtown is the city of Vernon, which is Huntington Park’s neighbor to the north. To the east on the other side of Huntington Park’s eastern border, Wilmington Avenue, are Los Angeles, Florence, and South Los Angeles. The cities and areas at Huntington Perk’s southern border, described by Florence Avenue and Santa Ana Street, are Florence-Graham, Walnut Park, and South Gate. To the east, along Salt Lake Avenue, Randolph Street, and Flora Avenue, are Maywood, Bell, and Cudahy. Our office fights for employee rights in all communities in this area. Huntington Park employees who have been sexually harassed or discriminated against because they have become pregnant, or have suffered an injury or serious illness should contact us for a free consultation.