Pomona

Pomona


Pomona is the seventh largest city in Los Angeles County. Home to the LA Fairplex, and the NHRA Auto Club Raceway PowerAde Winternationals Drag Racing Championship, Pomona has enjoyed rapid growth since the 1980’s. Its newest community, Phillip’s Ranch, is a hilly enclave near Diamond Bar, and is entirely residential. North Pomona is undergoing gentrification, with streets being revitalized and homes being refurbished to suit the eclectic tastes of current buyers. The land that is occupied by Pomona once belonged to the Tongva Indians. Named after Pomona, the goddess of fruit, it’s moniker came well before there were any fruit trees in the region. It wasn’t until the 1880’s that the railroads anchored the area to properties growing citrus fruits. Pomona was incorporated in 1885. In 2005, the city elected a woman Guatemalan mayor, the first woman elected for high office outside Guatemala. Pomona houses a great number of religious institutions, with over 120 churches from various origins, many of which feature historic European architecture.

Pomona residents will recognize a beautiful mural in the Arts District that is titled “Pomona Envisions the Future.” The city enjoys cultural activities at the Pomona Fox Theater and The Glass House, a venue that has served the community for a number of years. Pomona residents access downtown Los Angeles and Riverside communities via the Metrolink transit system, and plans are in the works to connect the city to East LA via the Gold Line light rail. Intercity travel is made easy by way of the Foothill bus rapid transit system. Pomona children attend school at campuses in the Pomona Unified School District and Claremont School District. There is much debate over the necessity of the newly constructed, ultra modern expressionist Diamond Ranch High School, which was recently built in one of the more affluent parts of the city. Pomona also houses two Catholic schools, a charter high school called School of Arts and Enterprise, and a technical school, Village Academy High School. Devry University and Cal State Polytechnic Pomona are also within the boundaries of the city. According to the 2010 census, the population of Pomona was 149,058.




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