LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Los Angeles City Council has signed off on an application to rename a small portion of Sylmar in the San Fernando Valley as Rancho Cascades.

The northwest portion of Sylmar to be renamed has a population of about 6,000, compared to Sylmar’s overall population that exceeds 100,000, resident Karen Ellis told the Health, Education and Neighborhood Councils Committee last week. Ellis is chair of a committee seeking the change.

Ellis said the area has unofficially been called Rancho Cascades for the last 18 years, after a previous effort to rename it resulted in a compromise and the informal designation.

“We are attempting to foster a better and safer community,” she said.

The application required at least 500 signatures in support of the change, and Ellis said her committee collected 630.

“An official name change to ‘Rancho Cascades’ — ‘Rancho’ to honor the historically equestrian nature of the area, and ‘Cascades’ in recognition of the Los Angeles Aqueduct that we live in the shadow of — will bring the community together and foster even more pride and civic participation amongst the local citizens,” the application states.

Ellis also said that a “smaller, more manageable neighborhood could best serve our community in this remote area of Sylmar.”

The application was approved on a 14-0 vote.

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