When the Portola Expedition passed through what was to become Southern California in 1769, they called the area now known as the San Fernando Valley "El Valle de Santa Catalina de Bononia de Los Encinos" or "The Valley of St. Catherine of Bononia of the Oaks." Whew! Fortunately, over the time as a community took shape, all that was shortened to Encino.
Due to natural springs that provided fresh water year-round, the area was valued by changing groups of people from the Tongva Native Americans to today's ethnic mix that calls it home. Located on a trade route between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the area changed hands many times between the 1840s and the early 20th century.
The history, including recollections of early agricultural efforts, is maintained in Los Encinos State Historic Park, which has preserved buildings of the old Rancho Los Encinos. They include the original nine-room de la Ossa Adobe along with other relics of the rancho era.
For more than a millennium, the namesake "Encino Oak Tree" was a reminder of the bountiful oaks that grew in the area. Today there is only a stump of the ancient Holm oak, which died in February 1998 when an El Nino storm felled it. A monument to the tree was raised on the site where it thrived for so many years.
None of the traveling notaries who serve Encino can claim such longevity, but they have other lasting attributes, such as ready availability, a wealth of training and accreditation and full understanding of your personal papers that benefit from a notary's touch. You can summon one of them to look over your documents, witness signatures and add an official seal, simply by placing a phone call. They pride themselves on making it easy, agreeing to meet with a client where and when it is convenient.
Besides mobile notaries and ancient oaks, Encino has a number of attractions that invite the recreation-minded. The Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area sports the Woodley Worel/Magnus Cricket Complex with four of the nicest grass cricket pitches in the United States -- at least according to the locals. The game started in Los Angeles in 1888. The Encino Golf Course and Balboa Golf Course are nearby.
Also in the area is the Balboa Sports Complex with baseball diamond, outdoor basketball courts, play areas, a lighted football field and handball court, indoor gymnasium, soccer field, tennis courts and volleyball courts.
Interested in how many of the rich and famous have ties to Encino? Stand by. There is a very long list that includes Bud Abbott, Don Ameche, Edgar Rice Burroughs (author of the Tarzan stories) the "Johnnys" (Cash and Carson), Richard Crenna, Annette Funicello, Clark Gable, Ron Howard, Al Jolson, Peter Marshall, Mickey Rooney, Ann and Dan Sheridan, John Travolta, John Wayne, Jack Webb, Roger Williams and a whole lot more.
The Mobile Notaries are in the Encino including 91316, 91436, 91416 and 91426. The Mobile notary will quickly come to you both day and night right to your place!