Rosemead, California

Rosemead, California

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leader_name = John Tran [cite web | url = | title = Rosemead Portal > City Government > City Council | accessdate = 2007-01-18]
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postal_code = 91770-91772 [cite web | url = | title = USPS - ZIP Code Lookup - Find a ZIP+ 4 Code By City Results | accessdate = 2007-01-18]
area_code = 626 [cite web | url = | title = Number Administration System - NPA and City/Town Search Results | accessdate = 2007-01-18]
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Rosemead is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 53,505.


Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, the area around Rosemead was populated by Amerindians of the Tongva or Gabrielino ethnic group. In 1771, the Spanish founded the first San Gabriel mission in the area that is now known as Whittier Narrows on the border between Montebello and Rosemead. Due to flooding issues, the mission was moved to its present location in San Gabriel in 1775.

During the Spanish colonial period the area now covered by the City of Rosemead was part of the land administered by the San Gabriel Mission. After Mexican independence, the land was distributed to private citizens as part of the Mexican government's secularization act of 1834. The southern part of Rosemead was part of a ranch named Potrero Grande (Large Pasture) which was originally granted to an Amerindian man named Manuel Antonio, who was a "mayordomo" (overseer) at the San Gabriel Mission. The convert|4431|acre|km2|0|sing=on ranch was later transferred to Juan Matias Sánchez.

Following the Mexican-American War and the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe which transferred sovereignty over the territory now known as the State of California to the United States, Anglo-American immigration began to flow to the area. In 1852, John Guess and his wife Harriet moved into the San Gabriel Valley from Conway County, Arkansas. In 1855 the couple camped where present-day Savannah Elemetary School is located on Rio Hondo Avenue. They rented land afterwards as the years passed. In 1867, John Guess purchased convert|100|acre|km2|1 of a convert|1164|acre|km2|0|sing=on ranch and named it Savanna. The land stretched from Valley Boulevard to Marshall Street, and from Rosemead Boulevard to the Eaton Wash.

Other pioneers, Frank Forst and Leonard J. Rose, also settled in this valley. Rose and his wife Amanda bought about convert|600|acre|km2|1 of land between Rosemead Boulevard and Walnut Grove. Rose bred and trained horses for a living. He later named his ranch "Rosemeade." Rosemeade was then renamed Rosemead which flourished with various rabbit and chicken farms.

On August 4, 1959, the citizens of Rosemead elected to incorporate Rosemead into a city.

Emergency Services

Fire protection in Rosemead is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department with ambulance transport by Guardian Ambulance Service. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement, operating out of the Temple Station.


The electric giant Edison International is based in the city. Southern California Edison also serves the city. The Chinese cuisine fast food chain Panda Express is headquartered in Rosemead. The Chinese-Vietnamese Sriracha red chili sauce (known to many as Rooster sauce) manufacturer Huy Fong Foods, Inc. (匯豐食品公司) is also based in the city. The University of the West (formerly known as Hsi Lai University) moved to it current location in Rosemead in 1996. It is one of the very first Buddhists funded university in the U.S. Rosemead School of Psychology was named after its original location in Rosemead. This school was the first independent professional school of psychology in the nation to be accredited by regional accrediting association. Rosemead School of Psychology is now located in La Mirada, but still keeps the city name.

Controversies over the development of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the southern portion of the city have been ongoing. It recently opened on September 13, 2006. A recall election to remove two councilmembers that supported the Wal-Mart was set for September 19, 2006; the voters defeated the recall in a 60 to 40 percent vote. However, in the general elections that followed shortly thereafter on March 6, 2007, Polly Low defeated incumbent and former recall target Jay Imperial, garnering the highest vote count among the five candidates vying for the two open seats on the council.


Rosemead is located at coor dms|34|4|14|N|118|4|56|W|city (34.070428, -118.082312)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.3 km² (5.2 mi²). 13.3 km² (5.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.19% is water.

The city is bordered to the north by San Gabriel and Temple City, to the east by El Monte, to the south by the unincorporated area of South San Gabriel and Montebello and to the east by Monterey Park.


Rosemead is a working-class suburb with a large population of Latinos and Asians, and the city is sandwiched between Latino-dominated El Monte to the east and Asian-populated Monterey Park to the west. The Asian influence is particularly felt around the city as many businesses - ranging from restaurants, markets, sandwich eateries, beauty salons, and auto repair shops - operate in the area: on Garvey Avenue (including the highly popular Diamond Square shopping center anchored by 99 Ranch Market) and to the north near the civic center on Valley Boulevard. In particular ethnic Chinese are especially represented in the Asian population as many immigrants living in the area are Mainland Chinese and ethnic Chinese from Vietnam. There is also a growing population of ethnic Vietnamese. Unlike several affluent suburbs in northern San Gabriel region, poorer Rosemead has seen very little immigrant residents from self-governing Taiwan Free State, and Taiwanese commercial investment has been somewhat slower in Rosemead than in San Gabriel.Fact|date=July 2008

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 53,505 people, 13,913 households, and 11,632 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,011.3/km² (10,398.3/mi²). There were 14,345 housing units at an average density of 1,075.5/km² (2,787.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 26.57% White, 0.68% African American, 0.85% Native American, 48.76% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 19.69% from other races, and 3.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 41.30% of the population.

There were 13,913 households out of which 43.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.4% were non-families. 12.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.80 and the average family size was 4.11.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,181, and the median income for a family was $36,552. Males had a median income of $26,545 versus $22,353 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,146. About 19.4% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.6% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

Commercial "mom and pop" businesses are along Garvey and Valley Avenues although they are increasingly being cleared to make way for future high density mixed-use developments. The local homeless population tend to live along the Alhambra wash, and near the San Bernardino Freeway.


In the state legislature Rosemead is located in the 24th Senate District, represented by Democrat Gloria Romero, and in the 49th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Mike Eng. Federally, Rosemead is located in California's 32nd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +17 [cite web | title = Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest? | publisher = Campaign Legal Center Blog | url= | accessdate = 2008-02-10] and is represented by Democrat Hilda Solis.


The city of Rosemead is served by two elementary school districts: Garvey School District and Rosemead School District. Each of these districts overlaps with a high school district; the former overlaps with the Alhambra Unified School District and the latter overlaps with a portion of the El Monte Union High School District.

There is one public high school--Rosemead High School)--in the city and three public middle schools: Muscatel Middle School, Richard Garvey Intermediate School and Temple Intermediate School. Don Bosco Technical Institute is located in Rosemead.

Places of interests

Rosemead Square Shopping Center is a mall locate in Rosemead near South El Monte, and El Monte City limits. []

Notable Residents

*Leonard J. Rose
*Isaias Hellman, German-Jewish banker and philanthropist, and a founding father of the University of Southern California.
*Taboo (rapper)
*Toscha Seidel, violinist
*Vicki Carr (singer)
*Bob Mackie (fashion designer)
*Rod Marinelli (Head Coach, Detroit Lions)
*Prima J
*Juan Fuentes (United States Marine Combat Action Award Recipient/4 time OIF veteran)
*Carl, infamous caller to the The Jim Rome Show that is credited with entering the expression "BISP" into the common vernacular.

ister cities

*flagicon|Taiwan Keelung, Taiwan
*flagicon|Mexico Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico


External links

* [ City of Rosemead]
* [ Committee for a Clean and Beautiful Rosemead]
* [ LA County Disaster Communications Service ( DCS ) Temple Station]
* [ Rosemead Chamber of Commerce]
* [ Rosemead Kiwanis Club] Community information resource including links to schools, spiritual organizations etc. for service club active in promoting after school, community health and similar programs.
* [ Rosemead PRIDE] a group that promotes business and community development; leads the pro-Wal-Mart camp
* [ Save Our Community] a community group fighting Wal-Mart in Rosemead
* [ Rosemead Rebels Youth Football]
* [ Rosemead School District]
* [ Garvey School District]
* [ Rosemead High School]
* [ University of the West]

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