The area of the Village to the west of Indian Hill Boulevard was home to Claremont’s citrus industry packing houses. Being located next to the Santa Fe railroad gave them easy access for shipping to markets in the east. The citrus workforce was predominately Mexican-American, and workers lived in a segregated barrio nearby. While men predominated in the groves, women workers formed the backbone of the packing houses. Honoring this legacy, a park just to the west is named after a leading Latina Claremonter Rosa Torrez. Mrs. Torrez was a cherished volunteer and social organizer who left a legacy of inclusion and community service.
Today I think the Village West neighborhood is a shining example of Claremont’s diverse heritage and its bright future. The packing house was repurposed as an attractive and successful center for shopping and dining. Village West is also home to new institutions and communities like the Keck Graduate Institute and the Village Walk condominiums.
As a councilmember, I want to continue to build a new vision for the city that is progressive, sustainable, and inclusive. The Village West neighborhood is an example of how this can be accomplished in other areas of our town, such as Village South.