About Pomona, California
The city is named for 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 in 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 modally 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. There are now more than 120 churches, representing most religions in today’s society. The historical architecture of these churches provides glimpses of the European church design and architecture from other eras. 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 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.
• 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: Elliott Rothman
City Council members:
• John Nolte
• Adriana Robledo
• Cristina Carrizosa
• Paula Lantz
• Ginna Escobar
• Debra Martin
City manager: Linda Lowry
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.
• San Bernardino Freeway
• Orange Freeway
• Pomona Freeway
• Foothill Boulevard
• Corona Expressway
• 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