The City is a full-service municipality operating with a $18 million budget that funds 61 full-time employees assigned to eight operating departments. Government services are primarily funded by property taxes, local taxes, and user fees.
The City of Sierra Madre provides quality, cost-effective public services that preserve the small town character and enhance the health, safety and welfare of the community.
The All-America City of Sierra Madre will be recognized as a thriving, civically engaged community that honors its past, lives in the present and plans for the future.
Core Values (not in order of priority)
The City of Sierra Madre values . . .
- Efficiency and effectiveness
- Honesty and integrity
- Financial accountability
- Community participation
- Small town character
Three-Year Goals (not in order of priority)
2015 - 2018
- Restore high quality water, supply, stability and independence
- Achieve financial stability and sustainability
- Update our outdated infrastructure
Sierra Madre Facts
Year of Founding: 1881
Year of Incorporation: 1907
Land Area: 3.0 1 square miles
Location: Sierra Madre is located in Los Angeles County, California and is situated at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. Sierra Madre borders the cities of Pasadena to the west and Arcadia to the south and east. Angeles National Forest is to the north. The City of Los Angeles is 13 miles to the southwest.
Zip Code: 91024
Telephone Area Code: 626
Latitude: 34.16 N, Longitude: 118.05 W
Elevation: 840 feet above sea level
Local, State and Federal Government
A five-member City Council governs the City. Municipal elections are held every two years. Each member serves a four-year term. The honorary positions of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore rotate among the five elected members of the City Council. The City Council appoints the City Manager and the City Attorney.
City Staff Organization Chart
25th Senate District:Senator Carol Liu (D)
41th Assembly District:Assembly Member Chris Holden (D)
California State Senators:Senator Barbara Boxer (D)and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D)
27th Congressional District: Congresswoman Judy Chu (D)
- Artifacts of the Gabrielino or Tongva Indians have been discovered in the Sierra Madre canyon. The Gabrielino/Tongva were the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles Basin.
- In 1864 Benjamin Wilson established the Mount Wilson Trail with the aid of Chinese and Mexican laborers. Mountain access provided by the trail enabled astronomical use of the peak by Harvard College in 1889.
- In 1904 George Ellery Hale founded the Mount Wilson Observatory.
- The Mount Wilson Trail Race, first run in 1908, is California's second oldest foot race.
- Sierra Madre is home of the world's largest wistaria vine. It purchased by Alice Brugman in April 1894.
- Sierra Madre was the first city police department in Los Angeles County to have a female Police Chief in 2006.
- The Sierra Madre Public Library is the fourth oldest city library in Los Angeles County and the tenth oldest in Southern California. Founded by original settlers of Sierra Madre, the library was incorporated under the laws of the State of California in July 1886. The first library building was completed in the summer of 1887.
- Since 1910 Sierra Madre has been a frequent filming location. Sites around town have turned up in movies such as "The Great Man's Lady", "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", "Family Plot", "The Wedding Singer", "K-Pax", "The Princess Diaries", and "Kicking & Screaming".
- Sierra Madre has an earthquake named for it. The 5.6 temblor struck at 7:43 am on June 28, 1991.
- The Englemann Oak, Quercus Englemanii, is designated as the official tree of the City of Sierra Madre.
- Sierra Madre was named an All-America City by the National Civic League in 2007.
- Meaning of city name: Spanish for "Mother Range" or "Mother Mountain"
City of Sierra Madre Website, 03/10
Internet Movie Database
Mount Wilson Observatory
Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce
United States Geological Survey
California Cities, Towns & Counties, 2008.
Encyclopedia of California second edition, Somerset Publishers, 1994
Dictionary of California Land Names, Automobile Club of Southern California, 1946