The most precise definition of Los Angeles is the CITY of Los Angeles (excluding all neighboring areas). This city has 462 square miles of land and is home to 3.8 million people living in various neighborhoods. The northernmost part of the CITY of Los Angeles is located in the expansive San Fernando Valley. Although these cities are part of Los Angeles County, they have little to do with the county in terms of everyday matters.
In fact, the current mayor of the city of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, was previously a city councillor for the city of Los Angeles, whose district included much of Hollywood. Hollywood was established independently in 1903, but it joined the city of Los Angeles a few years later, in 1910.Most Hollywood residents (Hollywood Central, East Hollywood, North Hollywood) live with their older sibling, the city of Los Angeles. The aim here is to provide a mental framework that can help make sense of the complex array of places in the Los Angeles region. Unlike San Francisco County and the city of San Francisco, the city of Los Angeles was not an only child.