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West Covina
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City of West Covina

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Location of West Covina in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: 34°03′24″N 117°55′07″W / 34.05667°N 117.91861°W / 34.05667; -117.91861Coordinates: 34°03′24″N 117°55′07″W / 34.05667°N 117.91861°W / 34.05667; -117.91861
Country United States United States
State California California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated February 17, 1923
Government
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Shelley Sanderson
 - Mayor Pro Tem Steve Herfert
 - City Manager Andrew Pasmant
Area
 - Total 41.7 km2 (16.1 sq mi)
 - Land 41.7 km2 (16.1 sq mi)
 - Water 0.0 km2 (0.0 sq mi)  0.00%
Elevation 110 m (362 ft)
Population (January 1, 2008)
 - Total 112,666
 Density 2,701.82/km2 (6,997.89/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 91790-91793
Area code(s) 626/909
FIPS code 06-84200
GNIS feature ID 1652809
Website www.westcovina.org

West Covina is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. Located some 20 miles (32 km) east of Downtown Los Angeles in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, it is a mostly middle class suburb of Los Angeles. The estimated population for the city as of January 1, 2008 is 112,666.[1]

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History

West Covina was incorporated as an independent city in 1923 to prevent the city of Covina from building a sewage farm in the area. West Covina began as an agricultural area harvesting mostly oranges and walnuts. Since its beginning, it has developed in to a suburban area with more than 90% of its land completely developed.

About West Covina today

The City of West Covina is a medium-large sized city in terms of area and population.

West Covina is a diverse city known to have an equal race distribution with a booming economy. The city has attracted many large businesses such as Ford, Regal Entertainment, and Big League Dreams Sportsplex. The city has two major shopping areas. One is on the west side and one on the east side of town: Westfield West Covina and Westfield Eastland. Westfield West Covina is a large regional mall located near the Civic Center, which attracts large crowds coming from neighboring cities such as, La Puente, Badlwin Park, Covina, Azusa, Glendora, El Monte, San Dimas, and even all the way from Walnut. Close by are The Lakes Entertainment Center, which is home to Edwards 18 Cinemas; restaurants. On Fridays West Covina is known as "the place to be," with large crowds of high school students coming all the way from Pomona.

New and current projects

A new project nearing completion is the West Covina Sportsplex Project. It is made up of four components, which include the commercial development (completed), Big League Dreams Sports Park (completed), an 18-hole championship Public Golf Course, and a commercial office development. A new 2 1/2 star hotel Marriott Fairfield is being built in between the existing hotels The Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, and Best Western.

Another project is the complete renovation and expanstion to the Westfieid Shoppingtown at West Covina. It Includes a cosmetic renovation to the inside and outside of the mall that will include new electronic billboards and signs, new paint, fixtures and accessories. It also will include a major expansion of the mall (a new North Wing) that will house new stores, restaurants, and a Best Buy.

In the 2010 Rose Parade, the city paid tribute to the "service and commitment of the Tuskegee Airmen" with a float, entitled "Tuskegee Airmen – A Cut Above", which featured a large bald eagle, two replica World War II "Redtails" fighter planes and historical images of some of the airmen who served our country. The float won the Mayor's trophy as the most outstanding city entry - national or international.

Health care in West Covina

West Covina has many health care facilities including the main hospital Citrus Valley Medical Center - Queen of the Valley Campus also known as Queen of The Valley Medical Center. Citrus Valley Medical Center — Queen of the Valley Campus is a comprehensive, full-service health care facility, well-known for its Family Birth & Newborn Center, with more deliveries than any other health care facility in the East San Gabriel Valley. The Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has cared for more than 15,000 babies since opening in 1972. The Queen's Mammography Center provides low cost mammography screening and breast health education. "Queen of the Valley Campus" Emergency Department is one of the busiest in Southern California, with nearly 54,000 visits annually. Other services include an 18-bed Pediatrics Unit, Cardiac Services, a 12-bed Rehabilitation Unit, state-of-the-art MRI and CAT-scan machines and Lithotripsy.

There are many other private medical practices, and clinics that serve the city of West Covina. Kaiser Permanente operates both the West Covina Medical Offices and West Covina Behavioral Health Offices. East Valley Community Health Center is a large free clinic for low income family's, focused on family planning and counseling services into a comprehensive health care provider and, some free medical services. East Valley accepts all public health insurance, such as MediCal (also known as Medicaid), Medicare, and Healthy Families (also known as SHIP), as well as private health insurance such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, among others. Most importantly, if one's family is not covered by any health insurance plan, the East Valley Center will provide services to one according to one's ability to pay.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 105,080 people, 31,411 households, and 25,254 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,518.4/km² (6,524.6/mi²). There were 32,058 housing units at an average density of 768.3/km² (1,990.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 23.0% White, 6.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 32.0% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, .2% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino mainly of any race were 35.7% of the population.

There were 31,411 households out of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.2% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 14.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.32 and the average family size was 3.67.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,002, and the median income for a family was $57,614. Males had a median income of $38,160 versus $31,138 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,342. About 6.8% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.1% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

Over the past two decades, West Covina has experienced significant demographic change. The Hispanic proportion of its population has increased from 21% in 1980 to 35.7% in 2000, while the white non-Hispanic proportion has decreased from 64.8% to 23% in that period. The proportion of the population that is Asian or Pacific Islander increased from 3.8% to 32.6% from 1980 to 2000. At the same time, the population of the city as a whole has grown:

  • 1980 - 80,291
  • 1990 - 96,086
  • 2000 - 105,080

Government and infrastructure

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services operates the Pomona Health Center in Pomona, serving West Covina.[3]

Education

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Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

West Covina is mostly served by the West Covina Unified School District, which has 13 public and seven private elementary schools; three middle schools; one high school, one continuation high school (Coronado Alt. High); and one adult school. Approximately 35,000 students were enrolled in West Covina public schools during the 2001-2002 school year.

West Covina High School is 52 years old at this time and South Hills high is 42 years old.

Some portions of West Covina are also served by the Covina Valley Unified School District and Rowland Unified School District. Half of the residents of the South Hills neighborhood of West Covina have the option of choosing either West Covina Unified School District (WCUSD) or Covina Valley Unified School District (CVUSD). South Hills High School, Traweek Middle School, and Mesa Elementary School) are located within the city limits of West Covina, but are administered by CVUSD. Residents of the Woodside Village neighborhood are covered by Rowland Unified School District. These schools include: Nogales High School, Rincon Intermediate School, Giano Intermediate School, and Hollingworth Elementary School.

International Polytechnic High School (I-Poly), a public school located at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, is also available to high school students who go through an application process.

Universities and colleges

While there are no universities or colleges within the city, there are several colleges and universities within a few miles of the city limits including Azusa Pacific University; Citrus College; Mt. San Antonio College; the Pasadena City College; Whittier College; University of the West; and the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona.

Business

The 14 story Wells Fargo Building, tallest in the city.

As part of the pro-active redevelopment efforts of the city's business districts, it has successfully attracted many popular restaurant chains such as Hooters, Elephant Bar, TGI Friday's, Chili's, and Ruby Tuesday's a very rare place but found in West Covina thanks to great prices on economic development.

There are also many auto dealers like (Chevrolet, Ford, Cadilac, Lincoln, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Scion, Hummer, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Smart Car, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, and Mazda).

The city also contains two large shopping malls, Westfield West Covina and Westfield Eastland, both of which are owned by Westfield Shoppingtown. A Hong Kong Supermarket replaced a Ralphs supermarket and strip mall and was completely remodeled to include many Asian cuisine restaurants — mostly Chinese with some Filipino, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, and Vietnamese New Japanese — and shops. Similar developments have occurred in other parts of the city, albeit with more Filipino businesses centered in the intersection of Amar and Azusa Ave. The BKK Landfill on Azusa Avenue was closed in the early 1990s. The former BKK Landfill is now home to the Big League Dreams Sportsplex and the Heights at West Covina Shopping Center. The shopping center includes a Home Depot store and a Target store.

West Covina's Restaurant Row, located east of Citrus Avenue and north of the San Bernardino Freeway, contains a mixture of restaurants, including Hooter's. The city's Farmers Market is held every week in the parking lot of West Covina Parkway strip mall (where chain stores Good Guys and Pier 1 Imports used to anchor before now a Fresh & Easy) and Panera Bread, across from Westfield Shoppingtown and Firestone Tire.

The City operates the Go West shuttle system GO WEST that provides transportation to several West Covina destinations. The City also provides a free shuttle to the Baldwin Park Metrolink station.

Crime

Recent Violent Crimes

Shootings

West Covina has been receiving more violent crimes in recent years, exemplified by a shooting in late 2009. There was a shooting that left a man wounded (the intended target) and a woman dead on the residental street Workman Avenue. The house where the shooting occurred was a known drug house that delt primarily in methamphetmine, that was also connected to the Filipino gang PR13 or Pinoy Real 13.

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