by Allison Moore
Editor in Chief
Ahh La Verne. Living, working, and going to school in La Verne has its advantages and disadvantages. Among one of its gratifying features it that it is a small, intimate city. A city where neighbors personally know one another, street vending fairs still exist and waitresses have meals prepared for their regulars as they walk through the door, slide into a booth and place a napkin on their lap. All this said, one of its hindrances it also that it is a small, intimate city. It’s boundaries scarcely reach far beyond a close resemblance of Mayberry, and certainly does not extend into a world of entertainment. La Verne is home to 43,009 residents, 1,518 businesses and 10 schools, including the University of La Verne. These characteristics are what the residents love and cherish about the grand city of La Verne.
For the past eight years La Verne Magazine has developed its story topics around a theme; “Defining Family,” “Transportation: Steering Toward Alternatives,” “Finding Your Life’s Work: Profiles on Professions” and “Tradition and Change,” to name a few. Once a theme was decided, the stories would then be told, within the La Verne boundaries, about subjects relating to the chosen theme. Prior to the magazines “themed” editions, like any other magazine, La Verne Magazine journalists wrote stories, free of a topic, about interesting people, places or events. Let’s just call this edition a reflection of the past. The small, intimate city of La Verne has gotten too small and intimate for the benefit of an atypical theme for La Verne Magazine.
This edition hopes to modify the La Verne Magazine in such a way to prevent it from becoming mundane, while still embracing the city of La Verne as its story topic boundaries. It will abandon one of La Verne Magazines short-lived traditions; excluding themes from its framework, but one thing will remain the same; its story subject boundaries faithfully remain within the La Verne zip code. So, take some time to stroll through restaurants, shops and the airport of the small, intimate city of La Verne and get to know the people behind this year’s edition. Stop by Heroes, La Verne’s newest restaurant, with your friends for a plentiful meal and a cold beer off the tap, or join Master Bae at the Sunrise Tae Kwon Do studio for an exercise in self discipline and a dose of refined mental development.