Writer: Enedina Perez

Driving for Freeway Completion

Freeway construction is under way in the neighboring cities of Upland and Rancho Cucamonga, and completion of Route 30 through La Verne is expected between the years 2000 and 2005.

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Before There Were Houses…

It was called the banana belt because citrus raised here did not freeze. This was the premiere place to grow citrus, recalled old time rancher Floyd Bunnelle in 1977.

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Living on the Edge

The two cities face each other but at different elevations. On one side, there is San Dimas, with dirt brown street signs introducing California suburbia stucco homes mixed with wood ranch-style houses holding cactus garden front yards.

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David A. Castañon: Playing With Fire

Inside the toy chests of American homes is usually a shiny red fire truck – complete with ladders and sound effects. For David A. Castañon, playing with this miniature version was not enough. He wanted to play with the real thing.

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Today’s Barrio: Rolling Through La Verne’s Barrio

Two toddlers joyously run around in their underwear, enjoying the wet grass while trying to escape getting splashed by the water hose. A white leghorn chicken with a vivid red beak struts from the back yard, peeks out through the fenceless area of the bright sky blue house onto the sidewalk and soon does an about face.

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