Elizabeth

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Age: I am 43 years old.

Marital Status: Married.

Occupation: “Homemaker.”

Do you have children? “Yes, 7 children.”

How long have you lived in Pomona? So Cedric and I lived in Pomona when we were first married for about two years. We lived in San Dimas for about fifteen years then we moved back to Pomona in 2014. So in total about six years.

What brought you here? Well, we were brought here really by the affordable housing and the location.To add to the affordable housing it was really easy for us to find a nice old house big enough for our large family.

What is the best thing about living in Pomona? We really love the people we’ve met and how central Pomona is to our family. Also how close  it is to other great cities such as Claremont, La Verne, and Chino Hills. One last thing we really like is the complexity of the city.

Where are your favorite places to be in Pomona? St. Madeleine church, Lincoln Park, the Ganesha park pool, Fairplex, our front yard, Rite Aid for Thrifty’s ice cream, the AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art), and Cal Poly Pomona.

What is the worst thing about living here? The crime, knowing that there are unsavory characters around, and the lack of cleanliness in  places.

Can you talk about one significant event that happened during your time  in Pomona? Well, I’ve thought  of something that’s recent. A couple of weeks ago we and our neighbors held a barbecue in our front yard. Fifteen neighboring families came. We prayed together for the city.  It was a great way to get to know our neighbors better and just spend time with people.

How has living in Pomona changed you? We’ve really become aware of what it’s like to live in a large city. And we have realized that it is still possible to make close ties with and even politicians. For example, Mayor Tim Sandoval and Council Woman Elizabeth Cole are very approachable and are really trying to boost the city. In one sense we became more motivated to be involved, and invested in the city, and just more interested in general.

How have you changed Pomona? Well that’s hard to measure. But perhaps it would be easier to think how we’ve changed our block/immediate neighborhood. one thing that comes to mind is that we recently became stewards of a little free library. We are having a lot of fun with that.

Pomona’s city motto is “Vibrant, Safe and Beautiful”.  What motto would you choose for Pomona? You know what?  I like the motto. The city should live up to the motto. there is a lot of truth in the words ‘Vibrant, Safe, and Beautiful.’ but I think we need to work on enhancing the city so it can live up to the motto.

Any last thoughts you’d like to share? I think that Pomona has a huge amount of  potential and once everyone realizes that, the city can go far.

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