Temple City

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Temple City is a city in Los Angeles County, California. Temple City is part of a cluster of cities, along with Arcadia, Rosemead, Monterey Park, San Marino, and San Gabriel, in the west San Gabriel Valley with a rapidly growing Asianpopulation. Temple City also has a Cuban and Puerto Rican community, among other Latino nationalities. Approximately one third of the city’s population is white. The population was 35,558 at the 2010 census.


Temple City is centrally located in the west San Gabriel Valley, approximately five miles southeast of Pasadena and 13 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The community is predominantly residential with two major commercial arterials (Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Boulevard) and a downtown district.

 Temple City
 Population (2012) 36,099 (U.S. Census Bureau)
 Area 4 square miles
 Surrounding cities Arcadia, San Gabriel, Rosemead, L.A. County unincorporated areas
 Founded May 23, 1923
 Incorporated May 25, 1960
 Slogan “Home of Camellias”
The City of Temple City was incorporated in 1960 and is a Charter City with a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council, as the elected body, adopts legislation, sets policy, and establishes the City Budget. The City Council also appoints a City Manager to oversee daily operations and services.
Comprised of five members, each are elected at large by Temple City voters. Terms for City Council seats are staggered at four years, and non-partisan elections are held every two years. The position of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem rotate annually in March.

Grants & Awards

2012 Award of Excellence for Print/External Publications: Connect Magazine

City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA)

Innovative Program Award:Focused Area Systematic Enforcement (FASE)

California Association of Code Enforcement Officers

$70,000 grant to replant at least 300 of 500 trees lost in the 2011 windstorm.

Safe Neighborhoods Parks Propositions

2013 First Place Award (Small Jurisdiction): Connect Magazine

California Association of Public Information Officers (CAPIO)

First Place Award (Small Jurisdiction): Las Tunas Outreach Initiative

California Association of Public Information Officers (CAPIO)

Award of Excellence in Journalism (Circulation under 25,000): Connect Magazine

American Planning Association Los Angeles Section (APA-LA)

Planning Excellence Award in Implementation (Population under 100,000): Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancement and Beautification Project

American Planning Association Los Angeles Section (APA-LA)

Journalism Award (Circulation under 35,000): Connect Magazine

American Planning Association California Chapter (APA-CA)

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada (GFOA)

$598,000 grant to enhance signal intersections along Las Tunas Dr.

Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program

$479,000 grant to implement the Bicycle Master Plan.

Caltrans Bicycle Transportation Account


Data: City of Temple City Site

Francisco Pliny Fisk Temple left Reading, Massachusetts for Los Angeles, California to join his half brother Jonathan Temple who he had never met. When reaching Santa Fe, New Mexico, Francisco joined up with William Workman and John Rowland, becoming the first immigrant caravan to cross the Santa Fe Trail trade route to Los Angeles. Jonathan–26 years older than Francisco–established himself as a merchant at the Pueblo de Los Angeles and hired Francisco as a clerk in his store.
Francisco married Antonia Margarita Workman, daughter of William Workman who became a wealthy cattle rancher and owner of Rancho La Merced.
Workman gave Francisco an undivided half-interest in the 2,363-acre ranch, near the site of the original San Gabriel mission (Now known as the Workman Temple Family Homestead Museum). Francisco established his home and had 11 children, the tenth being Walter P. Temple (born in 1869), and future founder of Temple City.
Workman and Francisco established a bank, but closed in 1875 after the “Long Depression” struck California.  In an attempt to save the bank, Francisco and Workman borrowed money from E.J. “Lucky” Baldwin and used their rancho land as collateral. Unsuccessful, Francisco was forced to forfeit his land.
Walter Temple married Laurenza Gonzalez, and had four children. With help from his friend Milton Kauffman, the Temple’s moved to a 60-acre estate in Montebello Hills, land that originally belonged to his father.
Walter’s nine-year-old son Thomas discovered oil was on his family’s property in Montebello Hills.
Walter leased his land to the Standard Oil Company of California, enabling the now wealthy Temple’s to repurchase 75 acres of his family’s original land at Rancho La Merced.
The Temple’s broke ground on La Casa Nueva, or “the new house.” This 12,400 square-foot Spanish Colonial Revival mansion is now open to the public at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum.
Walter purchased approximately 300 acres of land east of Alhambra, originally part of Lucky Baldwin’s Rancho Santa Anita. Here he established the original town of Temple as a memorial to his pioneering family who was associated with development of the Southwest. Walter founded the Temple Townsite Company and issued bonds for street paving and electrification. He named the streets after friends and family: Workman, Kauffman, Rowland, Temple and Agnes. During the same year, Walter announced plans for a new Pacific Electric “Red Car” passenger and freight station in the town of Temple.
The Red Car station opened at the corner of Las Tunas Drive and Kauffman Avenue, providing rail access for mail and passengers between Los Angeles and the town of Temple. The Temple City Chamber of Commerce was also founded to promote local business interests.
The Women’s Club of Temple City was founded to develop civic and social interests of the community.
The community officially adopted the new name of “Temple City” to disassociate with similar sounding places like Templeton, AZ.
Car ownership was increasing, leading to the abandonment of rail service, and ultimately the removal of “Red Car” tracks in 1943.
The Women’s Club held a contest to select an official flower and slogan for Temple City. The winning entry was “Temple City, Home of the Camellias”, submitted by Mrs. Ralph Saunders.
Celebrating the city’s new slogan, eight-month old Sharon Ray Pearson was crowned the first camellia “Queen” and rode in an open car down Las Tunas Drive as Camp Fire Girls gifted camellia blossoms to spectators. This simple celebration snowballed to become the nationally recognized Camellia Festival, held every February.
The first Camellia Festival was held, with 150 members of local youth groups parading down Las Tunas Drive. Since then, the Camellia Festival’s purpose is to recognize young citizens for their active involvement in the community.
To support local youth groups, the Chamber of Commerce selected a royal court of first graders to lead the Camellia Festival parade–a tradition still practiced today.
Without formal incorporation of Temple City, the Chamber of Commerce was providing services normally provided by a local government; and was also facing an inevitable increase in county taxes without an increase in services. Over the next thirteen years, the Chamber of Commerce held several public meetings to consider the incorporation of Temple City so they could once again focus on the business interests of the community.
On April 26, 1960 voters formally approved incorporation as the “City of Temple City,” which at the time had a population of 31,838.
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Data: City of Temple City Site 


Temple City High School

Temple City is served by 13 public schools in four local school districts.

Find your school district

School Address Phone
Temple City Unified School District 9700 Las Tunas Dr. 626-548-5000
     Temple City High 9501 Lemon Ave. 626-548-5040
     Oak Avenue Intermediate 6623 Oak Ave. 626-548-5060
     Cloverly Elementary 5476 Cloverly Ave. 626-548-5092
     Emperor Elementary 6415 N. Muscatel 626-548-5084
     La Rosa Elementary 9301 La Rosa Dr. 626-548-5081
     Longden Elementary 9501 Wendon St. 626-548-5068
     Dr. Doug Sears Learning Center 9229 Pentland St. 626-548-5113
Arcadia Unified School District 150 S. Third Ave. 626-821-8300
     Longley Way Elementary 2601 Longley Way 626-821-6355
Rosemead School District 3907 Rosemead Blvd. 626-312-2900
     Rosemead High 9063 E. Mission Dr. 626-286-3141
     Encinita Elementary 4515 Encinita Ave 626-286-3155
El Monte City School District 3540 N. Lexington Ave. 626-453-3700
     Arroyo High 4921 N. Cedar Ave. 626-258-5300
     El Monte High 3048 Tyler Ave. 626-444-7701
     Cleminson Elementary 5213 N. Daleview Ave. 626-575-2327
     Gidley Elementary 10226 E. Lower Azusa 626-455-0538
Data: City of Temple City Site

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