San Gabriel Valley
The San Gabriel Valley is one of the principal valleys of southern
California. It lies to the east of the city of Los Angeles, to the north of the Puente Hills, to the south of the San Gabriel Mountains, and to the west of the San Bernardino Valley. It derives its name from the San Gabriel River that flows southward through the center of the valley. At one time predominantly agricultural, the San Gabriel Valley is today almost entirely developed (largely in suburban form, but with certain areas beginning to urbanize) and is an integral part of the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Cities and communities
San Gabriel Valley is in Los Angeles County. The incorporated cities and unincorporated neighborhoods of the San Gabriel Valley include:
Many people consider the communities of Glendale and La Crescenta-Montrose to be part of the San Gabriel Valley, although they are part of the
San Fernando Valleyand the Crescenta Valley, respectively.
Whittier is considered both a San Gabriel Valley city and part of the
Gateway Citiesregion. Some of Whittier sits below the Whittier Narrows. Although these hills are considered extremely small compared to the San Gabriel Mountains, the fact that most of the city sits around them is said to make Whittier a San Gabriel Valley city, despite its area codes—most of Whittier is served by the 562 area code, though a large portion is served by the 626 area code, with which the valley is primarily associated. This is similar to Montebello, which is situated in the 323 area code and is a member of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, despite geographically being part of the San Gabriel Valley.
San Dimas, Claremont, Pomona, Diamond Bar, and La Verne are adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and although are properly considered part of the
Pomona Valley, they are also commonly considered as part of the San Gabriel Valley. They share the 909 area code with other cities in the San Bernardino Valley portion of the Inland Empire. The 57 Freeway (Orange Freeway) is generally considered the dividing line between the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys. However, for statistical and economic development purposes, the County of Los Angeles generally includes these five cities as part of the San Gabriel Valley.
Unofficial estimates place the combined population of the San Gabriel Valley at around 2 million -- roughly a fifth of the population of
Los Angeles County.
Brief San Gabriel Valley timeline
* 1771 -
Mission San Gabriel Arcangelfounded on present-day San Gabriel.
* 1801 -
Pío Pico, last Mexican governor of Alta California, born at Mission San Gabriel Arcangel.
* 1847 -
Battle of Rio San Gabriel—in present-day Montebello—of the Mexican-American War; Mexican militia retreats. (Two days later, after several battle losses and defeats, Mexicois forced to cede Alta California to the United States.)
* 1886 - Pasadena, initially named North Los Angeles, is the first independent incorporated city in
Los Angeles County.
* 1890 - The first
Tournament of RosesParade is presented in Pasadena.
* 1920 - The
California Institute of Technologyor Caltech opens in Pasadena. Japanese immigrants arrive in Monterey Park to work as farmhands.
* 1941 - The first freeway in the United States,
Arroyo Seco Parkway(now the 110 Pasadena Freeway), opens.
* 1942 -
Japanese Americans interned at Santa Anita Parkduring World War II.
* 1940s-1950s - San Gabriel Valley changes from acres of farmland to suburban bedroom communities.
* 1957 -
San Bernardino Freeway(Interstate 10) opens.
* 1970s-1980s -
Taiwanese immigrants begin settling in Monterey Park.
The majority of people residing in the San Gabriel Valley are
Hispanicsand Asian Americans. The white population in the San Gabriel Valley resides primarily in the communities of Pasadena, Glendora, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Charter Oak, and in the southern and eastern parts of Covina. Significant percentages of all major ethnic groups, however, reside in most San Gabriel Valley communities, and the area is in general one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the country.
African Americanpopulation in the San Gabriel Valley is relatively low, particularly when compared to that of more central Greater Los Angelescommunities like Inglewood. However, there are sizable, long-established African American communities in the western Altadena area and in northwest Pasadena, as well as in Monrovia.
Mexican Americans, are especially dominant in Azusa, Baldwin Park, City of Industry, El Monte, La Puente, Montebello, Rosemead, South El Monte, West Covina, and Whittier. Mexican Americans have been present in the area since the 1840s, when the U.S. government obliged Mexico to sell this territory after the Mexican-American War. In the predominantly Asian American city of Monterey Park, Hispanics are concentrated in the southwestern part of the city near East Los Angeles and the Belvedere district of Los Angeles. The southwestern portion was formerly East Los Angeles before annexation by Monterey Park years ago.
The original Native American group in the area are the
Tongvatribe, who are also known as the Gabrielino (or "Gabrieleño" in Spanish), due to their association with the mission in San Gabriel.
The San Gabriel Valley has the largest concentration of
Chinese Americancommunities in Southern California. Eight of the ten cities in the United State with the largest proportion of Chinese Americans are located in the San Gabriel Valley. Communities with a high percentage of Asian Americans include Alhambra, Arcadia, Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights, Monterey Park, Rosemead, Rowland Heights, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City and Walnut. According to a 2004 report by the Asian-Pacific American Legal Center, the cities of Walnut, San Gabriel, San Marino, Rosemead and Monterey Park contain an Asian American majority.
Other Asian American groups include smaller pockets of
Filipino Americans, many of whom reside in West Covina and Walnut, and Vietnamese Americans in San Gabriel, Rosemead, and El Monte. Many Vietnamese Americans have blended in with the general Chinese American population. Smaller pockets of Korean Americans live in Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, and Diamond Bar. The Indian Americanpopulation is small compared to the other groups, but there are sizable concentrations in Arcadia, Rowland Heights, Walnut, and Diamond Bar. A longstanding Japanese Americanpopulation exists in the southwestern area near northern Montebello.
Many parts of the San Gabriel Valley are
working-classareas although, like many other regions, some cities in the valley have middle-class and wealthy neighborhoods as well. Predominantly working-class communities include Azusa, El Monte and La Puente. Middle-class communities include Alhambra, Monterey Park, Pasadena, West Covina, and Whittier. Wealthier communities include Arcadia, Bradbury, Diamond Bar, San Marino, and Walnut. The richer areas of the San Gabriel Valley such as San Marino, Walnut, and Arcadia contains the highest concentration of Taiwanese Americans in the area. Otherwise, Cantonese peopleand Vietnamese are predominantly the main subgroup in cities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, Rosemead, San Gabriel, and El Monte. This can be seen by the variety of Cantonese speaking and Vietnamese speaking commercial businesses that respond to the surrounding communities' needs such as Hong Kong Market, 99 Ranch Market in Monterey Park, Shun Fat Market, NBC Restaurant and other businesses in these cities.
The San Gabriel Valley is home to The San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps (SGVCC), a community-based program established to help disadvantaged youth develop the motivation, self-confidence, work skills, and education necessary to take advantage of a second chance to succeed in life. Participants however, receive little real-world training. Funding for the program, historically, has been limited to grants from L.A. County probation, Department of Labor, and various community-based grants which don't seem to meet the needs of the Administrative payroll. This in turn, limits the moneys available for any real - concrete, training efforts on behalf of participants. It is estimated that at least 80% of funding received pays for a top-heavy Administrative core group, made up of family members of the Executive Director. SGVCC participants, are generally engaged in rote-recycling activities, picking up cans and bottles from established accounts in the San Gabriel Valley. The San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps has an ongoing agreement with the City of El Monte to pay rent for a city facility, housing the training program. Rental reimbursement is built into each grant request, however SGVCC was not able to meet the rental cost for a period of eight months. The City passed a resolution on
August 15, 2006to ensure that they would somehow be reimbursed for rental of the city owned property. [http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:0mtLZam1iTUJ:www.ci.el-monte.ca.us/citygov/ctyclrk/agendas/2006/cc/minutes/cc081506min.pdf+city+of+el+monte+sgvcc&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us]
The San Gabriel Valley is also home to the annual
Tournament of Roses Parade, which is broadcast live on television on New Year's Dayfrom Pasadena. After the parade, the Rose Bowl game between two competing rival college football teams is also live from Pasadena.
As the oldest incorporated city in the valley, the city of Pasadena serves somewhat of a cultural center for the San Gabriel Valley. Several
art-housefilm and play theatres are located in Pasadena, including the renowned Pasadena Playhouse. In addition, the local news/talk National Public Radiostation KPCC89.3 FM broadcasts from Pasadena City College, although it is operated by Minnesota Public Radio. Old Town Pasadena, which has been restored and rejuvenated, remains highly popular. Old Town has an active nightlife, a shopping mall, chic boutiques, outdoor cafés, nightclubs, comedy clubs, and fancy restaurants. It is also pedestrian friendly. The area is envied by many other communities which hope to emulate its successes through commercial redevelopment and reviving their own downtown areas or "Main Streets". For example, the city of Azusa has attempted to encourage redevelopment of its once-dilapidated downtown section by using a "Route 66" theme. Covina has had moderate success with its nostalgic Downtown Covina, with emphasis placed on a small-town America atmosphere and mom-and-pop merchants rather than big-box retail chains; Monrovia has also embraced this theme for their "Old Town." Alhambra has also worked to renovate its downtown along Main St.
California Institute of Technologyis located in Pasadena. The university is ranked in the top 10 universities worldwide by metrics such as citation index, Nobel Prizes, and general university rankings. CalTech also responsible for the well-known Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which designs and engineers many of NASA's spacecraft.
The city of Baldwin Park is the birthplace of the popular hamburger fast food chain In-N-Out Burger. Its first location opened in the city in 1948.
Hacienda Heights is home to
Hsi Lai Temple, the largest Buddhistmonastery and temple in the Western Hemisphere.
Most cities have their own local mayor, city council, police and fire departments. Unincorporated areas such as Rowland Heights are governed by the distant
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisorsand thus, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Departmenthave police jurisdiction in these areas. However, in many unincorporated areas, advisory town councils guide the decisions made by a supervisor. Often these groups began as collaborations of local homeowners' associations. The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association, Rowland Heights Coordinating Council, and Altadena Town Council are examples of advisory bodies that are officially sanctioned by the county supervisor representing that community.
In 2003, voters in the unincorporated community of Hacienda Heights defeated a proposal to incorporate as a city. It remains an unincorporated district governed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors rather than by a locally-elected
mayorand city council.
Like much of the Los Angeles region, the San Gabriel Valley enjoys a warm, sunny, and Mediterranean-like climate year-round. Rain is sporadic but when it occurs, it usually ends within a day or two. Snow very rarely occurs in the Valley but can often be viewed on the nearby
San Gabriel Mountains, and the San Bernardino Mountainsto the northeast.
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The cities of Covina and Pasadena were formerly the sites of the citrus industry. In addition, the dairy and cattle industries used to flourish in Montebello. Nowadays, the San Gabriel Valley has lost much of its rustic flavor with
automobiletraffic and housing developments occurring at a rapid pace. Many equestrian trails in the San Gabriel Valley — specifically, in Covina and Walnut — have largely disappeared or fallen into disuse. The only remaining rural countryside-like areas include the area between eastern West Covina and Cal Poly Pomona and in Walnut and Diamond Bar, although they are encroached upon by heavy urban expansion.
Asian American communities
Japanese Americans were the first Asians to settle in the San Gabriel Valley, such as in East LA, Montebello and Monterey Park. Many primarily English-speaking Japanese Americans, mostly "Sansei", did not have much of an affinity for the newly-arrived Chinese-speaking Taiwanese immigrants. Nowadays, many Japanese Americans have assimilated with the general population and their population numbers have greatly declined in the San Gabriel Valley. Many of these Japanese Americans have since moved on to Orange County and Little Tokyo.
Given the San Gabriel Valley's burgeoning population of Asian Americans (specifically Chinese Americans), several business districts were developed to serve their needs. Hence, there are four major de facto "
Chinatowns" in the Valley. This trend began in the city of Monterey Park during the late 1970s when many affluent Chinese professionals, mostly from Taiwan, began settling in the area. At the time, Monterey Park was marketed by realtors in Taiwan as the "Chinese Beverly Hills" — because of its many green rolling hills — to encourage and entice future investors. (It should be noted that the Downtown L.A. Chinatown, with predominantly blue-collar Cantonese Chinese-speaking residents, was considered unattractive to investors then and now.) Other Mandarin Chinese-speaking immigrants of the middle and working classes from Taiwan and Mainland Chinalater followed. Settlement in the city picked up the pace in the 1980s and in turn replaced white-owned businesses whose owners either resettled elsewhere or died. Soon, Chinese shopping centers—with supermarkets serving as anchors—were developed.
The city was also the site of
xenophobia, as Chinese businesses were replacing others and Chinese-language materials began filling the local public library. Initially, many Chinese restaurateurs and business owners at the time used primarily Chinese script and not English or Romanized names on their business signs. This changed in 1986, however, as the predominantly white members of the city council of Monterey Park enacted an ordinance forcibly requiring the Chinese businesses to translate their business signs and describe the nature of their businesses in English as well. Nowadays, as a reflection of changing demographics, several elected Chinese Americans and Hispanics now sit on the city council.
Also, many of the public, private, and parochial schools in Monterey Park and adjacent cities like Alhambra now contain a majority of Chinese American — namely
American-born Chinese— students. In order to immerse - or at least acquaint - the American-born Chinese in the Chinese language, culture, and arts, Chinese language classes are often held on the weekends at these schools and other facilities. A number of such academies have cropped up in the San Gabriel Valley and also in northern California.
Monterey Park, dubbed "New Chinatown" and "Little Taipei" (after the capital city of Taiwan or the ROC) by some people in the community, is widely regarded as the premier suburban
Chinese Americancommunity by the Chinese-speaking community and some social scientists alike. Ironically, just as Monterey Park became first suburban community to attain an Asian American majority in the early 1990s, many well-to-do Chinese Americans have moved out of Monterey Park and vicinity and into upscale San Gabriel Valley neighborhoods such as Arcadia, Hacienda Heights, Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights and further south and east to the distant suburbs of Irvine, Chino Hills and Corona. Thus, this led to a formation of newer Chinese American communities in the Valley and beyond. Like its Los Angeles Chinatown counterpart, Monterey Park now contains a Cantonese Chinese-speaking majority. Interestingly, Diamond Bar is a sister city of Sanhsai, Taiwan.
In the late 1980s and 1990s, other Chinese American communities followed suit of Monterey Park and many businesses and modern, impressive shopping centers were then developed throughout the San Gabriel Valley (although the business districts are not as well-concentrated as Monterey Park). For instance, in Alhambra, an old 1950s-era
carhopdiner was purchased and converted into a Chinese seafood restaurant in the late 1980s (it has changed hands several times). In San Gabriel, a Chinese hypermarketand strip mallreplaced a shuttered Target store. In the 1990s, a Rowland Heights bowling alley was demolished and was replaced by an indoor shopping center containing several Chinese restaurants and chic boutiques.
The large Chinese American supermarket chain
99 Ranch Market— based in Buena Park, California— operates several locations in these Chinese American communities. Battling for market share are its chief competitors of the smaller, albeit growing, chains of San Gabriel Valley-based Hong Kong Supermarketand Shun Fat Supermarket(the flagship stores of both chains are located in Monterey Park). These three supermarket chains often operate within the vicinity of each other.
Numerous Chinese — mainly Taiwanese and some Cantonese — and Vietnamese American businesses line the streets of:
* Monterey Park - Atlantic Boulevard, Garfield Avenue, Garvey Avenue
* San Gabriel - Valley Boulevard, San Gabriel Boulevard, Las Tunas Drive
* Alhambra - Valley Boulevard (usually closed off for the annual
Chinese New Yearstreet festival)
* Rowland Heights - Colima Road, Nogales Avenue
Rosemead's smaller assortment of Vietnamese and Chinese business districts extends slightly from Monterey Park eastward on Garvey Avenue and San Gabriel eastward on Valley Boulevard. There are also smaller pockets of Chinese American businesses that are scattered in many San Gabriel Valley cities. Although Chinese Americans also live in other cities of the San Gabriel Valley (sometimes with a significantly lower population of Chinese Americans), these aforementioned suburban Chinatown-like areas tend to serve as a central hub.
In Rowland Heights, a handful of Korean American strip malls co-exist with Chinese American businesses (mainly on Nogales Avenue).
Another ethnic enclave is the Filipino American business district of Little Manila, which consists of a few strip malls and two supermarkets (including the Filipino chain
Seafood City). It is located on Azusa Avenue and Amar Road in West Covina along with an Asian indoor and outdoor shopping center that replaced a Ralph Supermarket couple miles away from Little Manila located on Glendora Avenue caters to Chinese Indonesianwith minority groups of Taiwanese, Thai, Burman, and Vietnamese.
Institutions of higher learning
Alliant International University, private - Alhambra
Art Center College of Design, liberal arts - Pasadena
Azusa Pacific University(APU), private - Azusa
California Institute of Technology(Caltech), private - Pasadena
California State University, Los Angeles, public - Los Angeles
Claremont Graduate University, Private University - Claremont
Claremont McKenna College, Private - Claremont
Citrus College, community college - Glendora
Digital Business & Design College(DBD), private - El Monte
East Los Angeles College(ELAC), community college - Monterey Park
Fuller Theological Seminary- Pasadena
Harvey Mudd College, Private - Claremont
ITT Technical Institute(ITT Tech) - San Dimas
Keck Graduate Institute, Graduate University, Claremont
Mt. San Antonio College(Mt. SAC), community college - Walnut
Pasadena City College(PCC), community college - Pasadena
Pitzer College, private college - Claremont
Pomona College, private college - Claremont
Rio Hondo College, community college - Whittier
Scripps College, private college - Claremont
University of Phoenix, adult education - Diamond Bar and Pasadena
Whittier College(WC), private college - Whittier
Local sites of interest
Descanso Gardens- La Canada Flintridge
Devil's Gate Reservoir- Pasadena
Downtown Covina- Covina ( [http://www.covina.com web site] )
Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park, man-made park - San Dimas
Homestead Museum, site of Pío Pico's burial - City of Industry
Hsi Lai Temple- Hacienda Heights
Huntington Library, botanical gardens - San Marino
Irwindale Speedway- Irwindale
Los Angeles County Arboretum, botanical gardens - Arcadia ( [http://www.arboretum.org web site] )
Mission San Gabriel Arcángel- San Gabriel
Norton Simon Museum- Pasadena
Old Town Pasadena- Pasadena
Pio Pico State Historic Park- Whittier
* Rose Bowl - Pasadena
Santa Anita Park, horse racing - Arcadia
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area- Irwindale
Vroman's Bookstore, oldest independent bookstore - Pasadena ( [http://www.vromansbookstore.com web site] )
* The Ice House, Pasadena comedy club
Foothill Transitand the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authorityprovide bus transit services throughout the valley. The main Metro bus terminal is located in El Monte. In addition, the Metrolink commuter train runs westward to Downtown Los Angelesand eastward to San Bernardino through the valley. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority also operates the Metro Gold Line light rail from Downtown Los Angelesto Pasadena, and a plan to extend it east through several additional foothill communities to the county line is under consideration.
Several cities provide their own in-city transportation shuttles. Cities known to provide such service are:
* [http://www.baldwinpark.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=71&Itemid=217 Baldwin Park]
* [http://www.lapuente.org/cser_transervices.htm La Puente]
* [http://www.cityofmontebello.com/departments/TRANSIT/mbl.htm Montebello]
* [http://ci.monterey-park.ca.us/home/index.asp?page=862 Monterey Park]
* [http://www.westcov.org/events/transit.html West Covina]
The San Gabriel Valley is served by several major freeways:
* the Foothill Freeway (
Interstate 210 (California)and State Route 210)
* the Ventura Freeway (State Route 134)
* the San Bernardino Freeway (Interstate 10)
* the Pomona Freeway (State Route 60)
* the Pasadena Freeway (State Route 110)
* the Long Beach Freeway (Interstate 710)
* the San Gabriel River Freeway (Interstate 605)
* the Orange Freeway (State Route 57)
I-710 ends abruptly (or begins, depending on one's perspective) at the western border of Alhambra, near
California State University, Los Angeles. A very small noncontiguous and mostly unsigned spur of I-710 starts at California Boulevard in Pasadena and ends at the junction of I-210 and SR 134. Since the late 1950s, the plan to connect the two portions of I-710 (formerly SR 7) has generated a long, controversial, and contentious debate (as well as prolonged litigation). Many residents in South Pasadena fear losing their homes and businesses to clear the way for construction. The MTA and Caltrans, an ardent proponent of the extension, has recently proposed the idea of constructing an underground tunnel to complete the so-called "710 gap." Because the entire valley suffers from severe traffic congestion, the I-710 completion plan is a major issue in the politics of all valley cities, and political candidates at all levels of government routinely assert positions on the issue.
At the end of the San Gabriel Valley, the eastern freeway segment of SR 210 (formerly designated SR 30 and still signed as such in some places in San Bernardino County) between SR 57 and I-15 had been a source of similar contention in the bordering community of
La Verne, but was finally constructed and added to the Foothill Freeway in 2002.
State Route 39 leads north into the San Gabriel Mountains to the
Crystal Lake Recreation Area[http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/schfrr/stories/crystal-lake.html] . The portion connecting the recreation area to the Angeles Crest Highway (State Route 2) has been closed to the public since the early 1970s due to massive damage and rockslides. General aviationis served by El Monte Airport(EMT) in El Monte, and Brackett Field(POC) in Pomona.
Most of the San Gabriel Valley lies within the 626 area code. Montebello, Whittier, and portions of its valley neighbors are in the 323 and 562 area codes. Some of northwestern Pasadena is also serviced by the 818 area code. Walnut and portions of some of its valley neighbors are in the 909 area code.
Local media originating in the Valley
Newspapers and online media
The local daily English-language newspapers are "
The Los Angeles Times-San Gabriel Valley", " San Gabriel Valley Tribune" and " Pasadena Star-News", both printed at the same office in West Covina. The "Pasadena Star-News" covers the west end of the valley and the "Tribune" covers the east end.
Other San Gabriel Valley-wide publications include the weekly "Mountain Views News" magazine, The "Mid Valley News", and the Core Media weekly newspaper chain, whose weekly newspapers cover several San Gabriel Valley cities.
Several large newspaper publishing companies serve the large Chinese-speaking readership in the Los Angeles area and the San Gabriel Valley is the media powerhouse for local Chinese Americans. The national daily Chinese-language newspapers "
Chinese Daily News" (Los Angeles edition of the " World Journal" newspaper) and " International Daily News" are both printed in Monterey Park. The Los Angeles edition of the Hong Kong-based " Sing Tao" is printed in Alhambra and the newspaper is specifically tailored to the Cantonese-speaking readership. The youngest international Chinese-language newspaper company " The Epoch Times" (大纪元) is based in New York Cityand has its Los Angeles office in San Gabriel. These newspapers are circulated and distributed throughout Chinese American communities in the San Gabriel Valley, Chinatown, San Diego, and in Las Vegas, Nevada(where the latter two cities generally receive the Los Angeles editions due to a relatively lower population density of Chinese-speaking Americans).
Popular Los Angeles-area radio station, 106.7
KROQ-FM, had its start in 1973 in Pasadena taking over KPPC-FM which was from 1968-1969 one of the country's leading "underground" freeform progressive rock stations, broadcasting from the basement of Pasadena Presbyterian Church. 106.7 FM has for the past 40 years been mostly broadcasting rock music, with progressive rockin the late 60s and early 70s, new wave and punk rockin the early 80s, and modern rockfrom mid-80s to present. Many KROQ personalities over the years are now widely famous, such as Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, and Carson Daly.
The local NPR member station is
KPCC, which originates from Pasadena City College. It offers news and talk covering Southern California.
[http://www.ksak.com/ 90.1 KSAK-FM] is aired from
Mount San Antonio Collegebut has limited reception since it can only be heard in some parts of Walnut. Several ethnic radio stations in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese are broadcast from Pasadena. [http://www.perspectiveradio.com/ KSPR] is an online station streaming from Digital Business & Design College in El Monte.
Several blockbuster Hollywood films have been filmed on location in the San Gabriel Valley. South Pasadena and Alhambra served as the gloomy backgrounds of a fictional
Illinoistown of Haddonfield in John Carpenter's 1978 horror flick "Halloween". Perhaps not surprisingly for cities founded by displaced Midwesterners, some areas of Pasadenaand South Pasadena have a distinctly Midwestern look. Pasadena's distinctive domed City Hall has doubled as a courthouse or capitol building in countless television commercials and movies, and its South Lake shopping district filled in for Rodeo Drive in " Beverly Hills Ninja."
The cities of Temple City and Rosemead served as the backdrop for the Emmy Award winning television dramady "The Wonder Years" (1988 to 1993). While Temple City's Las Tunas Drive served as the downtown for the Arnold Family's fictitious hometown, Rosemead High School stood in for the town's high school.
The city of Whittier is constantly hosting film crews for various
motion picture, television and feature films. In Robert Zemeckis' " Back to the Future" trilogy of time travel adventure movies (1985, 1989, 1990), Whittier High Schoolwas used as Hill Valley High School with Michael J. Fox's character travels back in time on the huge parking lot of the Puente Hills Mallin the City of Industry that served as the location of the fictitious Twin Pines Mall, the Gamble Housein Pasadena provided the exterior of Christopher Lloyd's character's 1950s mansion, and El Monte served as a dilapidated future neighborhood. Another movie starring Fox, " Teen Wolf," was largely filmed in Arcadia. Uptown Whittier was a principal location for the 1987 release "Masters of the Universe", and many scenes of the film show the buildings of the neighborhood as they appeared before most of them were damaged or destroyed by the Whittier Narrows earthquakeof that year.
"Forrest Gump" (1994), starring
Tom Hanks, was partially filmed at East Los Angeles Collegein Monterey Park. The downtown portion of Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia has been used in many movies and television commercials. Multiple locations throughout Monrovia also played the role of the fictitious Rome, WI in the TV series " Picket Fences". [http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/6295/movie.jpgThis private residence] on Royal Oaks Drive in Bradbury has also been used in several movies and at least one television commercial. The 90s television show "Roswell" filmed in Covina, most noticeably the downtown area. Most recently, the former location of a now closed Ikeain the City of Industry was used to film scenes in the movie "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (2005), starring Angelina Jolieand Brad Pitt.
Avery Dennison Corporation(packaging products) - Pasadena
East West Bank(large Chinese American bank) - San Marino
Edison International(large energy provider) - Rosemead
Huy Fong Foods(leader in Asian hot sauce) - Rosemead
Viewsonic(computer monitors) - Walnut
Panda Restaurant Group(Largest Chinese Restaurant chain) - Rosemead
Los Angeles, California
* [http://www.sgvcorps.org San Gabriel Valley Conservation and Service Corps]
* [http://www.valleyconnect.com San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership]
* [http://www.sgvcog.org San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments]
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San Fernando Valley — Vallée de San Fernando 34°10′55,34″N 118°21′34,19″O / <span class= geo dec geo title= Cartes, vues aériennes et autres données pour Erreur d’expression : caractère de ponctuation « , » non reconnu Erreur d’expression :… … Wikipédia en Français