john's pomonalife

John (right) with a proud graduate and friend.


Age: 44

Marital Status: Married

Occupation: Bi-Vocational.  I am a Youth Director/ Retail Store Manager.

Do you have children? Yes, 3

How long have you lived in Pomona? 9 years

What brought you here? Death in the family and loss of a job

What is the best thing about living in Pomona? Centrally located to many things, cultural diversity, economically affordable, strong sense of community despite stark cultural differences

Where are your favorite places to be in Pomona? Taco shops, church, Fairplex, and other people’s homes

What is the worst thing about living here? Witnessing overwhelming poverty, homelessness, city politics

Can you talk about one significant event that has happened during your time here in Pomona? My third child was born while living here (in Fontana). All three of my children have gone through the PUSD.  Most teachers are committed to holding our kids to high standards.

How has living in Pomona changed you? Politically, I have moved from the right towards slightly left of center. The economic blight of the inner city has motivated me to seek out ways to be a blessing to others who are hurting – especially the youth and their families.

How have you changed Pomona? One person at a time…

Any last thoughts you’d like to share? In Pomona, people mow their own yards, work on their own cars, are hard-working, honest, and resilient.

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