San Fernando, California
San Fernando sits close to the northern edge of the San Fernando Valley. The city’s history goes back to the late nineteenth century, beginning with a purchase of a piece of a Spanish Land-Grant territory and the building of a theology school on the land named after the school’s founder. The city itself was named after a Spanish Mission, though the mission is actually in Mission Hills, not in San Fernando itself. There is a church in San Fernando that bears the English translation of the name of the mission and city, Saint Ferdinand, which was established at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The city’s current boundaries on a map roughly form a rectangle tilted approximately thirty degrees up from the horizontal on the western end. The rectangular shape has small rectangular section cut out from the southwestern corner, and a nearly-square piece is attached to the northwestern side. The northern/northwestern boundary of San Fernando follows closely along Hubbard Street, and the northern/northeastern boundary runs between 8th Street and Cometa Avenue, until it runs into the square piece formed by the green space on the northern side of Pacoima Wash, Foothill Boulevard, and Rods Way before returning briefly to the original boundary line. Across from San Fernando’s northern and northeastern boundaries is the district of Sylmar, which lies between San Fernando and Kagel Canyon and the Angeles National Forest. Sylmar’s southern/southeastern boundary is roughly marked by Arroyo Avenue, until the boundary reaches San Fernando Road, at which the boundary cuts north until it reaches Fox Street and turns west. San Fernando’s southern/southeastern neighbor on the other side of this border is Pacoima, and further south and west is Arleta. Finally, San Fernando’s western boundary is a line between Amboy Avenue and Omelveny Avenue, across from which lies Mission Hills, home to the actual mission after which San Fernando is named.
As San Fernando is a mostly residential city, the city’s largest employer is the school district that covers the bulk of the greater Los Angeles area. There are several larger private employers, the majority of which occupy the eastern corner of the city separated from the rest of the city by Griswold Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard. The largest of these private employers is a pharmaceutical company founded in San Fernando that produces drugs and personal care products, many of which are marketed under major drug store chain brands. This company employs approximately four hundred workers, as does a nearby manufacturer of women’s and girls’ clothing. Both of these companies have addresses on Arroyo Avenue, along which you will also find two bottling and distribution plants for the same major international soft drink conglomerate, the larger of which employs around three hundred workers. Elsewhere on the same street is a manufacturer of medical glassware, containers, and sampling devices for use in hospitals and clinics. The company is now a subsidiary of a multinational laboratory equipment company. Workers at these companies and others in San Fernando may be susceptible to disabling injury due to a single accident, or due to repeated actions that result in cumulative trauma, and may at times be terminated in the event they need to take a leave of absence to heal. Other employees in San Fernando may become the victims of sexual harassment by supervisors, managers, or coworkers, and are terminated when they complain. If situations such as this have happened to you, contact our office for a free consultation.