Jobs in Bellflower, California, United States
Location and Population. Bellflower is a city in Los Angeles County with an estimated population of 77,790 in 2016, of which 31 percent foreign-born. The population is predominantly Hispanic (55%), with Non-Hispanic Whites (17%), Non-Hispanic Black/African-Americans (14%) and Non-Hispanic Asians (12%) accounting for almost all of the rest. Median household income is well below the statewide figure and slightly below the US figure, having declined since 2008. Cost of living is below the statewide figure but still relatively high. Although unemployment has declined since 2008 and is not too high, poverty has increased to the statewide level.
Origins. The bellefleur apple was grown in local orchards during the early 1900s, and gave the city its name when it was founded in 1906. Dutch dairy farmers grew apples and produced milk for southern California until the boom in post-WWII real estate values forced them out. White middle-class families, whose breadwinners worked in skilled industrial and service positions, settled in the new housing tracts that sprang up, and Bellflower Boulevard, the city’s main thoroughfare, developed into a thriving commercial strip. Numerous small-scale businesses opened (franchises, Mom and Pop stores, boutiques, arts and crafts shops) alongside larger department stores and banks. The city incorporated in 1957 and experienced a period of growth and prosperity in the 1960s.
Economy. During the 1970s Bellflower’s smaller Boulevard shops could no longer compete with the big shopping malls, the city’s revenues declined, and its lack of a redevelopment plan cut it off from federal funding. In the 1980s and 90s difficult economic conditions in Mexico led to a large influx of illegal immigrants, many of whom settled in Greater Los Angeles, including in Bellflower. Initially they came as seasonal farm workers, but later they switched to working year-round in restaurants, hotels, construction, landscaping, packing, canning and warehousing. Between 1980 and 2000, Bellflower’s population grew from 53,000 to 73,000, with Hispanics becoming the majority. The city survived the earlier economic downturn through fiscal conservatism and adoption of a redevelopment strategy, but was hard hit by the 2008 recession. To support existing businesses and attract new ones the city is improving facades; upgrading infrastructure (roads, medians, sidewalks); shortening the time to obtain a building permit; absorbing all fees for new alcoholic beverage permits for restaurants; and providing free business access to social media tools and resources. Since 2011 these measures have paid off in the form of new business investment worth over $60 million.
Character. Bellflower is a rundown city on the brink of revival. It possesses an unusually large number of apartment blocks, but despite its proximity to downtown LA, many are empty due to high rents. On the other hand, there are many overcrowded public housing blocks, the public school system has deteriorated and drug use is common. Besides a traditional parks and recreation program, Bellflower uses a mobile recreation unit to bring equipment, games, and activities directly to the neighborhoods. It also implements a Strategy Against Gang Environment in which communities and police join forces to create conditions that discourage gang involvement.
What Makes Bellflower Special
Street Fests: Biweekly outdoor family event with live music, games, arts & crafts and food.
Food Trucks and Flicks: Food, games and movies under the stars.
SHOPPING AND FOOD
Watering Holes: New Wave Bar, Bachelor Button, Flux Bar, Spike’s Sports Bar & Grill, Frank’s Place Sports Bar.
Los Angeles County Fire Museum: Collection of historic LA fire engines including from TV show ‘Emergency ‘. Open 1st Saturday each month or by arrangement for guided tours.
SPORTS, RECREATION, OUT-OF-DOORS
Hollywood Sports Paintball & Airsoft: A converted golf complex which uses large scale movie props, vehicles and purpose-built structures to create several scenarios for play combat.
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