New Strong Cities, Strong State Profiles: Carson and Baldwin Park Join the Ranks

The City of Carson was incorporated on February 20, 1968. In just 43 years, Carson has evolved from its humble beginning as a community identified with landfills and auto junkyards into a quiet bedroom community, and now into a flourishing city of opportunities, and known first-hand by many Fortune 1000 companies as a “great place to do business.” Approximately 92,000 people of diverse cultural backgrounds call Carson their home. The thriving journey of this young city and its people is a testament to its motto: Future Unlimited. Carson’s success stories include the following:

  • Construction of the Boulevards at South Bay: This former CalCompact landfill site has been undergoing remediation for the past two years to give way to the biggest mixed-use development in the region – the Boulevards at South Bay.
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program: In 2010, the City of Carson has implemented $2.24 in grant funds as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) in which the City purchases some of the most distressed properties that negatively impact the property value of the properties around them, and turn them into assets with positive property value.
  • Prescription Drug Plan Program: The City of Carson partnered with the National League of Cities (NLC) to provide up to 23% discount on prescription drugs to Carson residents – whether or not they have insurance. This program will help residents with some relief from the high cost of prescription medications.

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Baldwin Park is a family-oriented, safe community of 75,390 best known as the “Hub of the San Gabriel Valley” for providing businesses interconnectivity with four International Airports, the port cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach and direct access to major freeway and rail transportation systems. Baldwin Park dates back 142 years to 1860 when it was a part of the cattle grazing land belonging to the San Gabriel Mission; later, Baldwin Park was part of Rancho Azusa de Dalton and the Rancho La Puente. Today, the City of Baldwin Park is the 25th largest City in Los Angeles County. Baldwin Park’s success stories include the following:

  • Healthy Baldwin Park: In July 2011, the City of Baldwin Park was represented at the White House in Washington, D.C., as First Lady, Michelle Obama announced commitments to expand access to healthy, affordable food.
  • Achieving Sustainability: A few examples of Baldwin Park’s sustainability efforts include: adoption of a tree preservation ordinance; completion of a Solar Photovoltaic project; energy conservation street-name sign delamping project; and a street light LED conversion project.
  • Hub of the San Gabriel Valley: The City of Baldwin Park is in the center of it all with close proximity to major universities, international airports, rail transportation systems, entertainment venues and recreational opportunities.

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