About Sierra Madre

The City of Sierra Madre, is a small, quaint, safe, and friendly town in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California. The population is about 11,000. The city encompasses approximately 3.01 square miles. It is in the Foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains below the southern edge of the Angeles National Forest with the cities of Pasadena and Altadena to its west, and Arcadia to its south and east. Sierra Madre is one of the few cities in the region which has fully been able to retain its village quality despite pressures for growth, modernization and diversification. Sierra Madre is home to the world's largest known Wistaria vine, measuring more than an acre in size and weighing 250 tons. The annual Wistaria festival is the one day a year which the 115 year old vine on private property can be viewed. The city has been the backdrop for a number of films, notably the Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and The Wedding Singer (1998). The City of Sierra Madre was awarded All American City in 2007 by the National Civic League.

Most of Sierra Madre consists of residential neighborhoods defined by tree-lined streets, attractive yards, gardens, and a variety of traditional architectural styles, including Victorian, California Bungalow, Mission Revival, and Ranch - style homes. Residential neighborhoods surround the central downtown business district, which is generally located along Sierra Madre Boulevard and North Baldwin Avenue.

Budget & Finance

The City Council is required to adopt an annual budget by June 30, prior to the beginning of the biennial budget cycle. The budgets are adopted on a basis that does not differ materially from Generally Accepted Accounting Priniciples (GAAP). An appropriated annual budget is legally adopted for the General and Special Revenue Governmental Funds. Annual appropriated budgets are not adopted for Debt Service Funds because bond indentures are used as the method for dequate budgetary control.

Capital Projects Funds do not have annual appropriated budgets. Instead, control over projects is maintained by means of a project-length capital improvement budget. This project-length budget authorizes total expenditures over the uration of a construction project, rather than year by year. Additionally, planned expenditures for the capital projects and purchases for the current budget cycle are reflected within the operating budgets of the appropriate fund whose resources are used to fund the project.



10,834 (July 2008)

Ethnic makeup

White Non-Hispanic (79.7%)
Hispanic (10.0%)
two or more races (4.0%)
other race (3.0%)
Chinese (2.1%)
Japanese (1.2%)
Black (1.1%)
American Indian (1.1%)