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About Pomona, California


Pomona, California History:

The city is named after Pomona, the ancient Roman goddess of fruit. For Horticulturist Solomon Gates, “Pomona” was the winning entry in a contest to name the city in 1875, before anyone had ever planted a fruit tree. The city was first settled by Ricardo Vejar and Ygnacio Palomares in the 1830s, when California and much of the now-American Southwest were part of Mexico. The first Anglo-Americans arrived  prior to 1848 when the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo resulted in California becoming part of the United States. By the 1880s, the arrival of railroads and Coachella Valley water had made it the western anchor of the citrus-growing region. Pomona was officially incorporated on January 6, 1888.

In the 1920s Pomona was known as the “Queen of the Citrus Belt”, with one of the highest per-capita levels of income in the United States. In the 1940s it was used as a movie-previewing location for major motion picture studios to see how their films would play to middle class audiences around the country (for which Pomona was at that time viewed as an idealized example). Religious institutions are deeply embedded in the history of Pomona. Currently there are more than 120 churches, many with beautiful historic architecture. In 2005, Pomona citizens elected Norma Torres, the first woman of Guatemalan heritage to be elected to a mayoral post outside of Guatemala.

Pomona is an urban area of Los Angeles County in the Pomona Valley. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.964 square miles (59.48 km2).

Pomona is approximately 27 miles (43 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, 25 miles (40 km) north of Santa Ana, 31 miles (50 km) west of Riverside, and 37 miles (60 km) west of San Bernardino.

Pomona is bordered by the cities of San Dimas on the northwest, La Verne and Claremont on the north, Montclair and Chino on the east, Chino Hills and Diamond Bar on the south, and Walnut, South San Jose Hills, and Industry on the southwest. The Los Angeles/San Bernardino county line forms most of the city’s southern and eastern boundaries.

Pomona has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, damp winters and a large amount of sunshine year-round. August is the warmest month with an average daytime high temperature of 92 °F (33 °C). Summers are characterized by sunny days and very little rainfall during the months of June through September. Fall brings cooler temperatures and occasional showers, as well as seasonal Santa Ana winds originating from the northeast. December is the coolest month with an average high temperature of 68 °F (20 °C). Winter also brings the majority of annual precipitation. Annual precipitation averages 17.32 inches (439.9 mm).

Demographic profile 2010 1990 1970 1950
White 48.0% 57.0% 85.8% 99.2%
Non-Hispanic 12.5% 28.2% N/A N/A
Black or African American 7.3% 14.4% 12.2% 0.6%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 70.5% 51.3% 15.4% N/A
Asian 8.5% 6.7% 0.6% 0.2%

The 2010 United States Census reported that Pomona had a population of 149,058, a slight decline from the 2000 census population. The population density was 6,491.2 people per square mile (2,506.3/km²). The racial makeup of Pomona was 71,564 (48.0%) White (12.5% Non-Hispanic White),[6] 10,924 (7.3%) African American, 1,763 (1.2%) Native American, 12,688 (8.5%) Asian, 282 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 45,171 (30.3%) from other races, and 6,666 (4.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 105,135 persons (70.5%).
According to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city and number of employees are Pomona Unified School District (3,424), Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (3,230), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (2,316), Lanterman Developmental Center (1,283), City of Pomona (810), Casa Colina Rehabilitation Center (688), Verizon (596), County of Los Angeles Department of Social Services (383), First Transit (320) and Cal Spas (315).
Arts and Culture
The city is the site of the Fairplex, which hosts the L.A. County Fair and the NHRA Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The city also hosts the Pomona Swap Meet and the Classic Car Show. The Classic Car Show is considered by many to be a Southern California classic. It is one of seven major events hosted at the Fairplex each year.
Museums and other points of interest

• dA Center for the Arts
• Fairplex, annual Los Angeles County Fair
• Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, formerly known as “Pomona Raceway”
• Ygnacio Palomares Adobe, List of Registered Historic Places in Los Angeles County, California
• La Casa Primera de Rancho San Jose, List of Registered Historic Places in Los Angeles County, California – Pomona
• Pomona Envisions the Future mural in the Art’s District of Pomona
• The Glass House
• Pomona Fox Theater
• Phillips Mansion
• American Museum of Ceramic Art


Pomona was incorporated on January 6, 1888 and adopted a charter in 1911, making it a charter city.
The city is governed by a seven-member city council. Regular municipal elections occur in even-numbered years. Council members serve four-year terms, and the mayor is the presiding council member, elected at-large. The other six members are elected by districts. Every eight months, the council appoints a new vice mayor from among its members.
Mayor: Tim Sandoval
City Council members:
• Rubio Gonzalez
• Adriana Robledo
• Cristina Carrizosa
• Elizabeth Ontiveros-Cole
• Ginna Escobar
• Robert Torres
City manager: Linda Lowry

State and federal representation

In the California State Legislature, Pomona is in the 20th Senate District, represented by Democrat Connie Leyva, and in the 52nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Freddie Rodriguez.
In the United States House of Representatives, Pomona is in California’s 35th congressional district, represented by Democrat Norma Torres.


Pomona is connected to downtown Los Angeles, and to downtown Riverside via Metrolink. In addition, with the Gold Line Foothill Extension, Pomona will be connected to Los Angeles and eastern Los Angeles County via light rail, when the Gold Line extension is completed in early 2018.


•  600px-I-10_(CA).svg San Bernardino Freeway
•  385px-California_57.svg Orange Freeway
•  385px-California_60.svg Pomona Freeway
•  385px-California_66.svg Foothill Boulevard
•  385px-California_71.svg Corona Expressway
•  449px-California_210.svg Interstate 210 and State Route 210 (California)


Pomona is serviced by:
• Ontario Airport, located 12 miles (19 km) away,
• John Wayne Airport located 30 miles (48 km),
• Long Beach Airport located 35 miles (56 km) away,
• Bob Hope Airport located 40 miles (64 km)away
• Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) located 45 miles (72 km) away
• San Bernardino International Airport, located 37 miles (60 km) away

The Silver Streak is Foothill Transit’s bus rapid transit line operating between eastbound to Montclair and westbound to Downtown Los Angeles. Omnitrans bus line 99 runs throughout downtown Pomona.