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233 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Office (202) 225-2305
Fax (202) 225-7018

District Office

510 East Foothill Boulevard
Suite 201
San Dimas, CA 91773
Office (909) 575-6226
Toll Free (888) 906-2626
Fax (909) 575-6266

About the 26th District

High Resolution Map of California Congressional District 26 (pdf)

Congressman Dreier's District spans the foothill communities at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains just north and east of Los Angeles. The nearly 20 communities stretch across the San Gabriel Valley portion of Los Angeles County and the western portion of San Bernardino County. Although 674,267 residents call the 26th CD home, much of the land area is taken up by the Angeles National Forest which lies in the northern part of the district. The Angeles National Forest is the largest open space in Los Angeles County and is a destination for many Angelenos seeking to enjoy the many recreational opportunities the forest has to offer. These include hiking, fishing, biking, camping, and picnic areas. The higher elevations around Wrightwood and Mt. Baldy are home to some of the most popular ski areas in the LA region.

Most of the communities were founded in the late 1800's as the railroad arrived in Los Angeles from Chicago. Along the railroad right of way numerous small towns sprang up populated by Midwesterners who were delighted to discover warm sunny winters in sharp contrast to the cold, snowy climates they had left behind. With the coming of the railroad and the growth of the citrus industry the area boomed in the early part of the 20th century. Agriculture was the primary industry with oranges and lemons being the principal crops.

After World War II most of the citrus groves gave way to housing developments to provide homes for returning GIs. However, each town maintained its sense of identity and character that differentiates it from the next city over. This sense of character and identity endures today and makes it a sought after area to live in the middle of metropolitan Los Angeles.

Today, the area is a mix of wonderful residential communities and light industry with a growing high tech component. Many of the people living in the San Gabriel Valley also work in the entertainment or service industries. Trade is a growing element of the local economy as well facilitated by the close proximity of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in the southern part of LA County.

The district begins in the west with the communities of La Crescenta and Montrose and proceeds east to La CaƱada Flintridge, home of NASA's world-renown Jet Propulsion Lab. The district takes in a portion of Altadena and the outer edges of Pasadena before heading south to encompass San Marino, home of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. Heading east, the district includes the cities of Sierra Madre which continues to maintain a volunteer fire department, the city of Arcadia home to the LA County Arboretum and horse racing's Santa Anita Park. Continuing east along the Foothill Freeway finds the city of Monrovia with its growing high tech industry, Bradbury with its sprawling ranch homes including many with horses, and the residential communities of Glendora, La Verne, San Dimas and Claremont, home to the Claremont Colleges. To the south is the community of Walnut. Heading into the eastern part of the district, one crosses the county line into San Bernardino County and the residential communities of Upland, Montclair and Rancho Cucamonga. With over 170,000 residents, Rancho Cucamonga is the largest city in the district and is home to a minor league baseball team, the "Quakes," who fittingly play in a stadium known as the Epicenter. In the far northeast corner of the district is the peaceful mountain community of Wrightwood.

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