|City of Glendora|
Glendora Village with its famous Ficus trees
|Motto(s): Pride of the Foothills|
Location of Glendora in Los Angeles County, California.
|Incorporated||November 13, 1911|
|Named for||Leadora Bennett Whitcomb|
|• Mayor||Gary Boyer|
|• Mayor Pro Tem||Mendell Thompson|
|• Councilmember||Karen K. Davis
|• Total||19.70 sq mi (51.03 km2)|
|• Land||19.55 sq mi (50.63 km2)|
|• Water||0.16 sq mi (0.40 km2) 0.84%|
|Elevation||774 ft (236 m)|
|• Estimate (2016)||51,851|
|• Density||2,652.36/sq mi (1,024.08/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC−8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC−7)|
|ZIP Codes||91740, 91741|
|Area codes||626, 909|
|GNIS feature ID||1652713|
Known as the "Pride of the Foothills", Glendora is nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Its downtown area, known as the Glendora Village, has been voted as one of the best downtowns in the San Gabriel Valley. It hosts dozens of restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques along the main street, Glendora Boulevard, with many community events scheduled throughout the year. A small town vibe combined with low crime rates and a consistently high-ranking school district, has made the city an attractive choice for families in the region. Glendora celebrated its centennial as an incorporated city in 2011.
Neighborhoods and residences in Glendora reflect the city's history and range from Queen Annes, to Folk Victorians, early 20th-century bungalows, to ranch style homes, to mid-rise Multi-family residential complexes, to modern mansions. Glendora's most expensive neighborhoods contain many very large, secluded, estate homes with sweeping views across the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown Los Angeles. These neighborhoods include Morgan Ranch, Gordon Highlands, Bluebird Hill, Silent Ranch, Oak Tree Rancho, Hidden Springs, Oakhart Estates, and Easley Canyon Estates. Glendora is also home to the exclusive Glendora Country Club, which includes a Robert Trent Jones Sr. 18-hole golf course that has been played by many professional golfers.
Ygnacio Palomares received the 22,340-acre (90 km2) land grant Rancho San Jose from Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado in 1837. The land included the present day cities of Pomona, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, and Glendora.
Like so many cities in the San Gabriel Valley, Glendora was established on previously remote agricultural land when the area became connected to the outside world upon the completion of the Santa Fe Railway's main transcontinental line from Los Angeles to Chicago in May 1887. Located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, Glendora was started on approximately 300 acres (120 ha) that were subdivided and sold by George D. Whitcomb in late March 1887. On the first day of sale, 300 lots were sold. Whitcomb was the founder of the Whitcomb Locomotive Works in Chicago and Rochelle, Illinois and had moved to California in the early 1880s. He devised the name Glendora by combining the name of his wife, Leadora Bennett Whitcomb, with the location of his home in a glen of the San Gabriel Mountains. In December 1907, the development of Glendora got a boost when passenger service opened on a new extension of the Pacific Electric Railway's Monrovia-Glendora line which provided service from downtown Glendora to the Pacific Electric Building at Sixth and Main in Downtown Los Angeles. Prior to its 1911 incorporation, Glendora's administrator officially occupied the office of President of Glendora.
The downtown area as it appears now is the product of years of renovation and maintenance by the city. There once stood a movie theatre, various banks, and playhouses but all were converted into more modern commercial buildings. The original layout can be read about on the Downtown Glendora Historical Walk, by reading placards placed along Glendora Avenue (previously called Michigan Avenue). The original townsite was bounded by Sierra Madre Avenue on the north, Minnesota Avenue on the east, Ada Avenue and the railroad on the south, and Pennsylvania Avenue on the west.
Glendora used to be home to several military academies, which have since been converted into either churches or private school facilities. These academies included Brown Military Academy, now St. Lucy's Priory High School and Church of the Open Door on Sierra Madre, and Harding Military Academy, whose property is now home to North Glendora Private, a prestigious private community adjacent to Easley Canyon atop Glendora Avenue.
From 1960 to 1978, Glendora was home to Clokey Productions which produced 85 episodes of Gumby and 65 episodes of Davey and Goliath in town. In celebration of this history, Glendora hosted the first Gumby Fest in 2014 which brought thousands of people from around the country and Canada. In 2015 the 2nd GumbyFest was held at Citrus College over an entire weekend.
Several wildfires have affected the city in recent years, the most notable being the Colby Fire, which displaced hundreds of Glendora residents. A relief concert titled "Glendora Band Aid" was held shortly after the fire to help raise funds to assist the homeowners who lost their homes in the fire.
Glendora has an active Chamber of Commerce, established in 1903. The mission of the Glendora Chamber is to provide tools and resources to assist the business community in prospering and adapting to the economic climate, while growing membership and promoting local purchasing.
Downtown Glendora in 2009 with Morris Fire smoke plume
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.6 square miles (51 km2), of which 19.4 square miles (50 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), or 0.84%, is water.
|Climate data for Glendora, California (1981–2010 normals)|
|Average high °F (°C)||68
|Average low °F (°C)||43
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.78
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 50,073 people, 16,819 households, and 12,866 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,581.5 inhabitants per square mile (996.8/km²). There were 17,145 housing units at an average density of 895.7 per square mile (345.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.1% White (57.0% Non-Hispanic White), 1.9% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 8.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.2% from other races, and 4.8% from two or more races. 30.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 16,819 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.30.
In the city, the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Glendora had a median household income of $74,615, with 7.8% of the population living below the federal poverty line. More recently, the L.A. Times estimated the median household income at $81,336 based on updated figures from the U.S. Census and SCAG.
Glendora is run by a City Council of five members. The members are elected at large and serve four-year (staggered) terms of office. Following each election, the Council selects from its membership a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. The current Mayor is Gary Boyer. The elections were held on a Tuesday after the first Monday in March of odd-numbered years. Starting with the 2020 election, Glendora's City Council election will take place on a Tuesday after the first Monday in March, extending the council members' terms by one year.
Public safety services are provided by the Glendora Police Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The city's crime rate is very low.
State and federal governmentEdit
In the United States House of Representatives, Glendora is split between California's 27th congressional district (north of 210 Freeway), Cook PVI D+11, and California's 32nd congressional district (south of 210 Freeway), Cook PVI D+12, which are represented by Judy Chu (D–Monterey Park) and Grace Napolitano (D–Norwalk), respectively.
The city has two public school districts: Glendora Unified and Charter Oak Unified School Districts. These school districts are considered two of the best in the state and the country, consistently ranking in the top performing brackets. Both districts have schools designated as California Distinguished Schools and Gold Ribbon Schools.
- Cullen Elementary School
- La Fetra Elementary School
- Sellers Elementary School
- Stanton Elementary School
- Sutherland Elementary School
- Washington Elementary School (COUSD)
- Willow Elementary School (COUSD)
- Goddard Middle School
- Sandburg Middle School
Continuation high schoolsEdit
- Hope Lutheran Church and School – Preschool through 8th grade boys and girls school
- Foothill Christian School – Preschool through 8th grade boys and girls school
- St. Lucy's Priory High School – All girls college-prep high school
- St. Dorothy School – Kindergarten through 8th grade boys and girls school
Universities and collegesEdit
There are two hospitals in the city:
Los Angeles County also offers community health services for Glendora residents at the Monrovia Health Center and Pomona Health Center.
Culture and recreationEdit
- Haugh Performing Arts Center
- Glendora Historical Society Museum
- Rubel Castle, constructed by Michael Rubel
- Glendora Public Library
- Summer Concerts in the Park
- Glendora Annual Chalk Fest
- Earth Festival
- Heritage Festival
- Halloween Carnival
- Glendora Christmas Parade
- Gumby Annual Fest
Parks and trailsEdit
Glendora is an active community and it has an extensive system of parks, trails, and recreational programs for the community.
- Big Dalton Canyon Wilderness Park and campground
- Centennial Heritage Park - The site was constructed to depict a late 19th-century to early 20th-century citrus ranch and features the Hamilton House, the Orton Englehart workshop, a working print shop, and numerous antique farm implements.
- Finkbiner Park
- Big Tree Park - Small park with a majestic 140 years old Moreton Bay Fig tree.
- Louie Pompei Memorial Sports Park
- South Hills Park and wilderness trail
- Colby Trail
- Lower Monroe Truck Trail - Hiking and mountain biking trail.
- Punk Out Trail
- Mystic Canyon Trail
- Glendora Bougainvillea - The largest growth of Bougainvillea in the United States.
- Glen Oaks Golf and Learning Center - Offers a driving range, instructional services, practice area, and the 9-hole Par 3 course itself.
- Camp Cahuilla Summer Camp ("Dirt Camp") - One of the most popular of the Parks and Recreation programs offering activities to more than 500 children every summer.
The Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road are also common routes for cyclists and sightseers with views through the San Gabriel Mountains. These roads have also hosted stages of the international Tour of California.
Glendora is served by Foothill Transit which provides connections through the city and express service to downtown Los Angeles. The Metro Gold Line termini station at APU/Citrus College in the adjacent city of Azusa also provides a transit link to the rest of the Metro system of trains and buses. A future extension of the Gold Line, from its current termini in Azusa to the City of Montclair in San Bernardino County, will include a station in Glendora to be located in the southeast corner of the intersection of Ada Ave and Vermont St. The station is not expected to be in service until 2026.
Glendora also runs its own weekday transportation shuttle service, the Glendora Mini Bus, with shuttles serving the Metrolink Commuter Rail Station in nearby Covina, the APU/Citrus College Metro station, and an inter-school service connecting some of the city's schools. The Mini Bus also provides curb-to-curb transportation services for senior and disabled residents of Glendora. Most of the Mini Bus fleet has been recently acquired by the city, and are new, modern, as well as fuel-efficient.
Freeways and highwaysEdit
Glendora lies at the intersection of two major freeways, the 210 and the 57. These two freeways conveniently connect the city with the rest of the Southern California region. Historic U.S. Route 66 also traverses the city from east to west and it is an important corridor for businesses. Other major roads and highways include Foothill Blvd, Grand Ave, Arrow Hwy, and Lone Hill Ave.
There are no airports within the city limits. However, Glendora is within an hour drive from all major area airports including, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), Ontario International Airport (ONT), Long Beach Airport (LGB), and John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County.
According to the City's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|Rank||Employer||# of Employees|
|2||Glendora Unified School District||747|
|3||LA County Department of Children and Family Services||600|
|4||Foothill Presbyterian Hospital||638|
|8||Glendora Community Hospital||294|
|9||City of Glendora||291|
KGLN TV is a Public-access channel under the exclusive editorial control of the City of Glendora. By law, programming and information appearing on this channel is limited to City-originated programming of Public Meetings, City-sponsored events/activities, City-originated information, and the California legislative network live cablecast for a portion of each program day.
- The Circle (2017) - Film (Emma Watson and Tom Hanks)
- San Andreas (2015) - Film
- Up in Smoke (2015) - Film
- Faking It (2014–Present) - MTV Series
- Young Americans (2014) - Short Film
- Dirty Teacher (2013) - Film
- Smiley (2012) - Film
- Almighty Thor (2011) - Film
- Glee (2009) - TV Series
- Lonely Street (2009) - Film
- I Know Who Killed Me (2007) - Film (Lindsay Lohan and Julia Ormond)
- Food Network Star (2005–Present) - TV Series (The Donut Man and Vito's Pizza)
- Biggest Loser (2004) - TV Series
- Pumpkin (2002) - Film (Christina Ricci)
- Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002) - Film
- Without Limits (1998) - Film
- Sticks & Stones (1996) - Film
- Cool as Ice (1991) - Film (Vanilla Ice and Naomi Campbell)
- CHiPs (1977) - TV Series
- Gumby (1960-1970) - TV Series
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- Michael Anthony – former Van Halen bassist
- Blitzkrieg – glam metal band
- Chris Casamassa – martial artist
- Bryan Clay – Olympic gold medalist
- Rocky Dennis – subject of the biographical film Mask
- Soleil Moon Frye – Punky Brewster actress
- Ron Gallemore – neurosurgeon
- Casey Jacobsen – basketball player
- David Klein – inventor of Jelly Belly candy
- Cory Lidle – baseball player
- D. Wayne Lukas – racehorse trainer
- Gabrial McNair – No Doubt keyboardist
- José Mota – Spanish radio announcer for the Anaheim Angels and son of Manny Mota
- Tracy Murray – former basketball player
- Anna Nalick – singer
- Vince Neil – singer
- Sally Rand – actress and dancer
- Raylene – pornographic actress
- Tony Robbins – motivational speaker
- Aaron Rowand – baseball player
- Misty Rowe – actress on Hee Haw
- Julie Smith – Olympic gold medalist
- Harry Snyder and Esther Snyder – founders of In-N-Out Burger
- Alex Solis – jockey
- Woody Strode – actor, American football player
- The Surfaris – surf music band
- Douglas F. Tessitor - mayor 2006-7
- Lynsi Torres – owner and heiress of In-N-Out Burger
- George Dexter Whitcomb – founder of Glendora
- Rozz Williams – deathrock musician
- Shawn Wooten – baseball player
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