City of Placentia

401 East Chapman Avenue
714-993-8117

Placentia's colorful history began in 1837 when the Mexican Governor granted the Rancho San Juan Cajon De Santa Ana to Juan Ontiveros. This land grant included the area which today comprises Placentia, Anaheim, Fullerton and La Habra. Our first pioneer was Daniel Kraemer, who purchased 3900 acres in 1865. Three years later, William McFadden and his wife, Sarah Jane acquired 100 additional acres in this area. Many other settlers arrived in the following years. As our community slowly developed, schools and churches were erected.

The school district's original name was the Cajon School District. In 1878, at the suggestion of Sarah Jane McFadden, the name was changed to the Placentia School District. The city name came from that change. Placentia is derived from a Spanish word meaning "pleasant place to live."

Placentia was placed on the map in 1910 when A. S. Bradford persuaded the Santa Fe Railroad to re-route their track through this area, thus shortening the rail distance to Los Angeles. A station was built and packing houses were established for the town's growing citrus industry. Mr. Bradford also laid out the main streets of the town; and, in his honor, Bradford Avenue retains his name today.

The climate and rich land attracted an ever-growing number of new residents. Five hundred citizens voted to incorporate in 1926. The area was well suited to the raising of citrus, walnuts, avocados, and grapes. Placentia became the center of Valencia orange growing and packing.

In 1960, Placentia's population had reached only 5000; but, at that time, a phenomenal growth period began. In ten years, by 1970, the population increased five-fold to nearly 25,000. Today, Placentia is still a fast-growing community of 45,000 residents, with beautiful suburban homes, good schools, stately churches, and wholesome recreation.

We are not the only "Placentia" in the world. A check of the World Atlas reveals a Placentia in Newfoundland. Placentia Point is a geographical feature on the coast on British Honduras. Hannibal, with his army and warrior elephants, camped in Placentia in Northern Italy prior to crossing the Alps.

Recent News

City Launches iPlacentia Mobile App, Providing Residents More Access

The City of Placentia is pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile app, iPlacentia, as part of an ongoing effort to improve communication and make city government more accessible to its

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FREE Compost Giveaway for Placentia Residents at Tri City Park Saturday, February 10th

The City of Placentia and Republic Services will hold a FREE Compost Giveaway for residents of Placentia at Tri City

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Help OCTA Rename Seven Open Preserves In Orange County

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) needs your help renaming seven wilderness preserves throughout the county to highlight the regional and environmental significances of each

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Placentia Regular City Council Meeting Tuesday, February 6th @ 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Placentia City Council starts at 7:00 p.m. at City Council Chambers, located at 401 E. Chapman Ave. in

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Regular City Council Meeting Tuesday, Feb. 6

The City of Placentia will host its first public hearing on Tuesday, February 6, on how to draw boundary maps for by-district council elections, which begin this

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Tree Safety Crews to Perform Work Starting Feb. 8

As part of the City of Placentia’s six-year sidewalk and concrete repair program, some parkway trees that are diseased and damaging sidewalks and curbs will be removed to eliminate potential safety

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Placentia Small Business Receives National Award

The City of Placentia is pleased to congratulate new small business Stereo Brewing Company for winning the Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival held in October in Denver,

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City Council Expands Smoking Band

The Placentia City Council recently adopted an ordinance expanding the smoking ban to all City facilities. The ordinance broadens the prohibition of smoking in City facilities to prohibit smoking at all parks, parking lots, open areas, and

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Online Community Conversation on Fiscal Sustainability

Join the Placentia Community Conversation online! The City will be continuing its community conversations on Placentia’s quality of life by providing an online survey and presentation for community members to view and provide

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Kraemer Boulevard Street Rehabilitation Project Completed

Paving work on Kraemer Boulevard between the Brea and Placentia City Limits and Golden Avenue was recently completed. This was a joint project with the City of Brea to repave Kraemer Boulevard to Lambert

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Placentia Police Department Citizens Academy Spring 2018

The Placentia Police Department is now accepting applications for the Citizens Academy. The academy is set to begin on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018. Please consider applying if you are interested in learning more about your Police

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Notice of City Council Reorganization

The City Council held its annual reorganization meeting on December 19th. The new City Council for 2017-18 is as follows: Mayor Chad Wanke, Mayor Pro Tem Rhonda Shader, Councilmember Craig Green, Councilmember Ward Smith and Councilmember Jeremy…

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Old Town Facade Improvement Program

The City is now accepting applications for the Old Town Façade Improvement Program. The Program will provide a grant to commercial property and/or business owners to make facade improvements to commercial buildings within the Old Town Placenti…

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City Facilities Holiday Closure

All City facilities will be closed from December 22, 2017 through January 7, 2018. City Hall and other City facilities will reopen on Monday, January 8, 2018. The Police Department will remain open during the

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Community Christmas Basket Donations

Neighborhood Services and Friendly Center Placentia will be collecting toy donations for our Community Christmas Basket event. Donations will be accepted until December 21st at the Whitten Community Center located at 900 S. Melrose

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Street Sweeping Cancelled During the Holidays

The City will be cancelling residential street sweeping operations during the winter holiday season, starting on Friday, December 22nd to Tuesday, January 2nd. Parking Enforcement will also suspend issuing street sweeping citations during this

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Santa Makes House Visits

The Santa Visit program is one of our most popular events. Santa’s busy schedule will only allow him to be in town on December 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17. Visits are in increments of 15 minutes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 8:45

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Annual Tamale Festival - December 6th

The Placita Santa Fe Merchants Association and the City are proud to bring you the annual Tamale Festival to be held on Wednesday, December 6th in the Historic Old Town Placentia on the 100 – 200 blocks of Santa Fe Avenue from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00…

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Turkey Basket Drive

The City and the Friendly Center will be holding a Turkey Basket Drive on Tuesday, November 21st from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. The donated baskets will be given to low-income families in the City at the annual Turkey Basket Distribution

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City Receives Two Nominations from the Orange County Business Council

The Orange County Business Council recently accepted nominations for the 7th Annual Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet 2017 Awards to recognize and celebrate outstanding public agencies that have implemented innovative polices and

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Completion of the Placentia Avenue Reconstruction Project

The cities of Placentia and Fullerton have successfully completed the Placentia Avenue Reconstruction Project. As part of an ongoing effort to repair public roads and improve pedestrian accessibility, Placentia and Fullerton jointly initiated the…

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Placentia Conversation on Fiscal Sustainability

Join the Placentia conversation on fiscal sustainability because we believe you can provide valuable input as we discuss the final report made by the Citizens Fiscal Sustainability Task Force. We look forward to your

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The Pink Patch Project

The Pink Patch Project is an innovative public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research. It is a collaborative effort between public safety agencies throughout the…

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Citizens Fiscal Sustainability Task Force Final Report to City Council

In March of 2015, the City Council formed a Citizens Fiscal Sustainability Task Force consisting of seven appointed volunteers. The Task Force was responsible for studying the City’s financial

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Community Meeting on Placentia Shuttle Study on September 27

Where do you want to go? The City is studying potential on-demand transportation options to connect residents to key locations & the planned Metrolink Station. Are there places you would like to travel in Placentia that are not currently served b…

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Fall Excursions

The Community Services Department is offering several excursions this Fall. The Fall Excursions will begin with a trip to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena on Saturday, September 9th. The museum is known for its private European

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OCFA September 11th Memorial Services

In memory of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) will once again remember the victims lost that day with a ceremony in their honor. The memorial service will begin at exactly 8:40 a.m. on Monday, September…

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Taste of the Town on August 17th

The Placentia Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “Taste of the Town” event on Thursday, August 17 beginning at 4:00 pm at Tri-City Park. The “Taste of the Town” will be held in conjunction with the City’s Concert in t…

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Dive-In Movie Night

Community Services is pleased to present the 1st annual Dive-In-Movie Night on Saturday, August 12th at the Whitten Community Pool located at 900 S. Melrose. The event will feature the movie “Finding Dory.” This family friendly event is o…

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Update on the Placentia Avenue Reconstruction Project

As part of the Placentia Ave Reconstruction Project, crews will be performing work during the weekend at the intersections of Placentia/Nutwood and Placentia/Chapman. This improvement work will require closures and cause traffic

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Placentia Settles with Former Auditors LSL

As a result of the embezzlement and misappropriation of $5.16 million by former Finance Services Manager Michael Nguyen, the City of Placentia has reached a settlement with its former auditor, Lance, Soll and Lunghard, LLP

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National Night Out

National Night Out is a unique crime prevention event sponsored by the Placentia Police Department and Placentia Town Center. You and your family are invited to be part of this event on Tuesday, August 1st from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Placentia T…

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2nd Annual Community Dog Walk and Costume Parade

The City is hosting the 2nd Annual Community Dog Walk and Costume Parade on Saturday, July 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at Kraemer Memorial Park. This community event will feature a dog walk, dog costume parade contest, and a variety of dog

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Placentia Business Bodhi Leaf Featured on the TV Show "The Profit"

Marcus Lemonis, billionaire businessman and star of the TV reality show “The Profit,” will be featuring Placentia’s cafe chain Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders. The show will air on CNBC on Tuesday, July 11th at 10:00

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