Studio City is an affluent city in Los Angeles County, California in the western United States. It is located in the southwestern San Fernando Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 23,123. The city was formally incorporated in 1991.
The Leonis Adobe, an adobe structure in Old Town Studio City, dates from 1844 and is one of the oldest buildings in the greater LA area. An extensive 2006 Secondhand Smoke Control Ordinance caused the city to receive international attention.
It is generally accepted that Studio City means “pumpkin,” “squash,” or “gourd,” derived from the Spanish calabaza. Some historians hold the theory that Studio City is a translation of the Chumash word calahoosa. In honor of its namesake, the city’s Chamber of Commerce holds an annual Pumpkin Festival in October, including carnival games, exhibits, demonstrations, and live entertainment. The festival has evolved from a small town fair to an annual event. Though the location of the Pumpkin Festival changes from year to year, the original festival was meant to have taken place where, according to legend, a traveling wagon carrying pumpkins overturned and started the area’s first pumpkin patch.
The City’s official logo, depicting the red-tailed hawk flying over the Santa Monica Mountains, symbolizes a commitment to preserving the community’s natural beauty and semi-rural quality of life. The City logo is featured on the Studio City City flag which is flown in front of City Hall and hangs in the City Council Chambers.