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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 Asian population. Temple City also has a Cuban and Puerto Rican community, among other Latino nationalities. Less than 1% of the population is African-American. The population was 33,377 at the 2000 census. At the time of the 2000 U.S. Census, Caucasians composed the largest ethnic group in Temple City.
The town of Temple was originated on May 30, 1923 when Walter P. Temple (June 7, 1870 - November 13, 1938), (Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum)  purchased 400 acres (2 km2) of land four miles (6 km) east of San Gabriel which had been part of Lucky Baldwin's Rancho Santa Anita. Temple, the son and tenth child  of Pliny Fisk Temple and William Workman's daughter Antonia Margarita Workman, was born on Rancho La Merced, which is today part of the city of Montebello. This was the site of the original San Gabriel Mission, founded by the Franciscan Fathers next to the rich bottom lands of the San Gabriel River. Historically called “Rio de los Temblores”, which means the River of the Earthquakes, it is today known as the Santa Ana.
Temple envisioned building a community where average people of could afford to live and own their homes. He then divided the area into lots and laid out the park facing Las Tunas Drive. He named other streets after friends and family: Workman, Kauffman, Temple and Agnes. Bond issues initiated by Temple were responsible for street paving and electricity. Temple also petitioned the Pacific Electric Railway Company to extend its Los Angeles to Alhambra line to a depot adjacent to Temple City Park. The extension of the railway contributed to the steady growth of Temple City.
The town was originally called "City of Temple", but the Postmaster General demanded a name change in 1926 because the mail was instead being directed to the Phoenix suburb of Tempe. It was officially was designated Temple City but remained a City in name only until after the post-World War II population explosion. The redundancy in the name City of Temple City came when Temple City incorporated on May 25, 1960.
Temple City is located at (34.102641, -118.057979).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²).
As of the census of 2000, there were 33,377 people, 11,338 households, and 8,662 families residing in the city. The population density was 8,313.8 people per square mile (3,213.7/km²). There were 11,674 housing units at an average density of 2,907.8/sq mi (1,124.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.73% White, 0.92% African American, 0.44% Native American, 38.89% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 7.48% from other races, and 3.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.48% of the population.
There were 11,338 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18, 56.8% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 19.7% 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 2.90 and the average family size was 3.33.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $48,722, and the median income for a family was $54,455. Males had a median income of $39,365 versus $32,103 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,267. About 7.2% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.
In the state legislature Temple City is located in the 21st Senate District, represented by Democrat Carol Liu, and in the 44th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Anthony J. Portantino. Federally, Temple City is located in California's 29th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +12 and is represented by Democrat Adam Schiff.
Beginning in January 2009, The Los Angeles County district attorney began investigating allegations that Temple City's mayor, Judy Wong, along with city council members David Capra, and former mayor Cathe Wilson  solicited bribes in exchange for support of the proposed $75-million Temple City Piazza mall project and both women were charged with lying on fair political practice commission disclosure forms. Randy Wang, developer of the Piazza project, made allegations that Wong, Wilson and Councilman David Capra demanded and received cash bribes for their support of the development. Wang raised the allegations as part of his counter-suit against the city, which sued him in April, 2008, claiming he failed to meet contractual deadlines of construction on the four acre Piazza project. Temple City's lawsuit asks that the property, at Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Boulevard, be returned to the city because of the delays after two groundbreaking ceremonies. 
Wong, 53, the city's first Asian council member, was elected in 2003, re-elected in 2007, and served as the city's first Asian mayor in 2007, Capra pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of failure to report a campaign contribution and agreed to resign from the council. Nine months after being indicted on charges of bribery and perjury, Wong resigned from office in March, 2010; Wilson, 76, was voted out of office in spring, 2009. In May 2010, Wong accepted a plea agreement of no contest for 10 counts of bribery and perjury. Facing the possibility of 16 months in state prison, she is to be sentenced on July 22, 2010. Wilson is charged with three counts each of perjury and bribery, her case will continue through summer, 2010.
The proposed Temple City Piazza mall project, at the corner of Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Boulevard, would include 124,600 square feet of retail space, restaurants, banquet facilities and a food court. Original plans also included 52 one-bedroom condos, but that part of the development was scrapped. Today, the 3.7 acres set aside for the Temple City Piazza mall are an empty lot, overgrown with weeds and surrounded by fencing. Facing the busy intersection is a sign with bold lettering, advertising that the Piazza is "coming soon in 2010." 
The "Bridal District," along the stretch of the downtown area on Las Tunas Drive, has made Temple City a bride's "mecca" for all wedding needs including elaborate dresses, floral creations and lavish portraits. Brides come from as far away as New York to visit this Temple City specialty sector. These businesses are primarily owned by ethnic Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants.
Of notable interest is that even though the chain no longer has a store within city limits, Winchell's Donuts originated in Temple City, opening on October 8, 1948. In addition, in the 1970s, Temple City was home to Pete & Jake's Hot Rod Repair, famous for custom cars (such as The California Kid).
History: In 1944 a contest held by the Woman's Club of Temple City brought forth a slogan "Temple City, Home of Camellias", from which stemmed our Camellia Festival. It was in recognition of the significance of family life that the Camellia Festival was founded. The festival, which has attracted national recognition in ensuing years, is sponsored by the City of Temple City. Its purpose is to encourage every youngster in the community to belong to one of recognized youth organizations and to participate in the affairs of their community. Only members of recognized organizations are eligible to enter the Camellia Festival Parade. The Royalty Coronation of two first graders is held the first Friday of February.
The annual Temple City Camellia Festival takes place the last weekend in February. A parade begins the celebration on Saturday morning. The parade commences at the corner of Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Blvd. Commercial floats are not allowed in the parade, all work is done by the youth and carry the theme of the year. A carnival is part of the three-day festivities, where the public may enjoy the hometown atmosphere in Temple City Park, while they participate in games booths and food booths, manned by local service and youth organizations. Varied Cultural entertainment events are open to the community and welcomed guests.
The annual Saint Luke's Parish Fiestal takes place at the St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in April. Located at Broadway and Cloverly Avenue, for three days, game booths, rides and food stalls are open to the community. Today, approximately 900 volunteers, young and old, work in the food and game booths throughout the weekend. Many of the volunteers worked when the first bazaars began more than 50 years ago. Every year, approximately 10,000 people enjoy the good food, rides, and entertainment throughout the weekend. 
Most of Temple City is served by the Temple City Unified School District (TCUSD), although some resident students attend school within the El Monte City School District. The Temple City Unified School District consists of seven schools, including La Rosa, Cloverly, Emperor, and Longden Elementary Schools; Oak Avenue Intermediate School; Temple City High School; and the Doug Sears Learning Center.
Cleminson Elementary School is physically located within in the city limits of Temple City but is actually part of the El Monte City School District. Additionally, Emperor Elementary School, while part of the Temple City Unified School District, is physically located within an unincorporated region of Los Angeles County and carries a San Gabriel postal address.
The Temple City Board of Education proclaims their district as "A District of Distinguished Schools" because every school in the Temple City district has been designated a "distinguished school" by the State of California, at some time. This honor indicates that Temple City Schools are in a higher percentile in categories such as academics, deportment and other scholastic activities.
Saint Luke's Parish School, grades K--8, is located on the grounds of Saint Luke the Evangelist Church, at Broadway and Cloverly. Committed to providing aquality Catholic education, it was founded in 1947. Temporary structures, which were formerly army barracks donated from a parish in North Hollywood housed the new school. A permanent school was opened in 1956 and by 1958 sixteen classrooms were completed. 
Cloverly Elementary School · Emperor Elementary School · La Rosa Elementary School · Longden Elementary School
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