San Marino, Pasadena & San Gabriel Area Information

San Marino is an affluent city in Los Angeles County, California, USA. As of 2009, its ZIP code of 91108 ranks the city as the 79th most expensive city to live in the United States.[1] The city was named after the Republic of San Marino, which is also present in the city’s seal, with the Three Towers of San Marino.

The small community of San Marino is populated largely by well-educated, wealthy professionals and their families. The city is primarily known for its immaculately preserved housing stock, its strict zoning laws and its distinguished public school system.

San Gabriel Area

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 west of the Inland Empire. 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 Angelesmetropolitan area. Pasadena is the largest city in the valley and is considered its urban hub.

The majority of people residing in the San Gabriel Valley are Hispanics and 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.

The African American population in the San Gabriel Valley is relatively low, particularly when compared to that of more central Greater Los Angeles communities 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.

Hispanics, mainly 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 Tongva tribe, 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 American communities in the United States. Eight of the ten cities in the United States 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 American population is small compared to the other groups, but there are sizable concentrations in Arcadia, Rowland Heights, Walnut, and Diamond Bar. A longstanding Japanese American population exists in the southwestern area near northern Montebello.

Most parts of the San Gabriel Valley are middle class and upper-middle class areas with some working class areas. Predominantly working-class communities include Azusa, El Monte and La Puente. Middle-class communities include Alhambra, Monterey Park, Pasadena, 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, Diamond Bar, and Arcadia contain the highest concentration of Taiwanese Americans in the area.

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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, 2006 to ensure that they would somehow be reimbursed for rental of the city owned property.[1]

The San Gabriel Valley is also home to the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, which is broadcast live on television on New Year’s Day from Pasadena. After the parade, the Rose Bowlgame 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-house film and play theatres are located in Pasadena, including the renowned Pasadena Playhouse. In addition, the local news/talk National Public Radio station KPCC 89.3 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.

The California Institute of Technology is 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 is 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 Buddhist monastery and temple in the Western Hemisphere.

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Deokhee Ahn, LAc, PhD.

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