“Los Angeles, CA” as the preferred city name for all addresses in Los Angeles City proper.

“Los Angeles, CA” as the preferred city name for all addresses in Los Angeles City proper.

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Years ago, the City of Signal Hill successfully petitioned for the USPS to assign “Signal Hill, CA” as the preferred city name for all addresses in their city (ZIP code 90755). We are asking for the same to be done for the City of Los Angeles. 

Currently, more than half of LA City’s land area does not use Los Angeles as the city on their postal address.This mainly takes place in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles Harbor, and portions of the Westside, which causes a lot of confusion within the Los Angeles area. Many people in these areas are not aware that they actually do reside in the City of Los Angeles.

It also can cause confusion for local emergency services in ZIP codes like 90210 and 91340, since these ZIP codes are specifically assigned to the names of Beverly Hills, CA and San Fernando, CA. While most addresses in these ZIP codes are within the legal boundaries of those cities, some addresses within these ZIP codes are actually within the city limits of Los Angeles. Therefore, in the 90210 situation for example, the dispatcher has to take extra time to figure out whether a 90210 address is in Beverly Hills or Los Angeles, since separate cities have separate emergency services. 

If you are unsure about how the USPS’ ZIP code alias system works, you can find more information about it here. If you would like to see an example of how much confusion this causes within the greater LA area, a good example can be found here (read the comments under this tweet).

City of Los Angeles ZIP codes that this petition is partially in reference to (none of the addresses in these ZIP codes currently use Los Angeles as the preferred city name on their postal address, even though some addresses in these ZIP codes are actually within the legal city limits of Los Angeles, while other addresses are indeed within a separate city or unincorporated area):

90210, 90212, 90230, 90247, 90248, 90265, 90290, 90292, 90402, 90501, 90502, 90710, 90810, 90813, 91307, 91311, 91326, 91340, 91342, 91344, 91602

City of Los Angeles ZIP codes that this petition is fully in reference to (all addresses in these ZIP codes are within the legal city limits of Los Angeles, but none of them currently use Los Angeles as the preferred city name on their postal address):

90094, 90272, 90291, 90293, 90294, 90296, 90731, 90732, 90733, 90734, 90744, 90748, 91040, 91041, 91042, 91043, 91303, 91304, 91305, 91306, 91308, 91309, 91313, 91316, 91324, 91325, 91327, 91328, 91329, 91330, 91331, 91333, 91334, 91335, 91337, 91343, 91345, 91346, 91352, 91353, 91356, 91357, 91364, 91365, 91367, 91371, 91392, 91394, 91395, 91396, 91401, 91402, 91403, 91404, 91405, 91406, 91407, 91408, 91409, 91410, 91411, 91412, 91413, 91416, 91423, 91426, 91436, 91470, 91482, 91495, 91496, 91499, 91601, 91603, 91604, 91605, 91606, 91607, 91609, 91610

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