Talk:Whittier, California

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Notable Residents[edit]

If you are going to add a notable resident please make sure that there is a wiki article on them already. I originally posted residents whose article already linked to Whittier. I added the list out if interest but this article should not be a collection of lists. If there is no article on a person, either create one or they are suspect to Wikipedia's guidelines of non-notability and maybe just vanity. --† Ðy§ep§ion † Speak your mind 01:03, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

Youth Culture[edit]

Despite the name, much of the youth culture in the city refer to the name as "Fwhittier", pronounced as one word and not "F-whittier". Fwhittier is not a derogatory term, rather it is a term to encourage positivity, although the exact meaning is unknown.

The term Fwhittier, is said to be associated with the local underground music, art, and skateboarding community within Whittier. The bands most commonly linked to Fwhittier are said to be the progressive rock bands Repeat Repeat and Tracy. Fwhittier is said to have originated in the circle of friends surrounding these two bands.

Revelation of the Principia Discordia[edit]

Whittier is the site of the revelation of the Principia Discordia. This much is irrefutable. User:Dysepsion, Whittier is not the home town of Richard Nixon -- that's Yorba Linda -- and it is not the site of the world's largest cemetary -- that's Puente Hills. Whittier is, however, the site of the foundation of a religion. That merits mention. I'm going to give it a couple days to hear discussion on the topic, and then I'm reverting the line that you removed without any discussion at all. -- Joshua BishopRoby 20:41, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Considering that during Nixon's presidency, signs were posted in the city indicating that Whittier was his "hometown" your argument is very lacking. He was born in Yorba Linda but raised in Whittier. He went to school there, met his wife there, his family owned a shop in East Whittier, he eventually became congressman of the district in which Whittier was represented etc. Rose Hills is the largest cemetery in the world. Just take a look at their website [1] where it even mentions this. I've corrected the glaring error in the Wiki article stating that Rose Hills was in Puente Hills. Yes, Whittier is where a religion was founded and indeed does merit mention which is why I placed it in a different section in the article. However, to say that this is Whittier's "greatest claim to fame" is EXTREMELY point of view considering many people have not even heard of the Discordian religion. In no way should this be put in the opening paragraph as an introduction to the city. Perhaps you should've discussed this first before asserting such a statement. --† Ðy§ep§ion † Speak your mind 19:53, 22 October 2006 (UTC)
You're basing your argument on political propoganda? Not the strongest foundation. However, I'm fine with where the Principia appears in the article at present. Joshua BishopRoby 16:09, 23 October 2006 (UTC)
"Political proganda"? I had no idea that Nixon's connections with Whittier were political proganda. Whatever you say. --† Ðy§ep§ion † Speak your mind 19:37, 23 October 2006 (UTC)
I've heard of Whittier is a city of great racial and religious diversity. There are large numbers of Jews, Mormons, Catholics and Muslims in a city build by Quakers with a strong emphasis of religious tolerance. The Whittier area has seen large waves of Blacks (1960s/70s), then Asians (esp. Chinese) and Latinos (most are Mexicans) (1980s/90s), and now Arabs and Indians move in a city once nicknamed as "the whiter L.A.". Again, the city's founders are glad to have this reputation, since Quakers are traditionally abolitionist or opposed to racial maltreatment of African Americans back in the Northeast US. The city appearedly is middle-class, with some rich and poor sections around Whittier (look at Friendly Hills where homes cost over $600,000, and many blue-collar immigrants in Los Nietos). I wonder the city is still the most conservative in Southern Cal., a myth concocted by Nixon Republicans proud of their man came from Whittier, and besides are the most diverse communities more likely to vote Democratic? I wanna see the 2004/2006 electoral results from Whittier and add the data to the article. 06:52, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

Perhaps both Whittier and Yorba Linda are Nixon's hometowns. He was born in Yorba Linda but he actually grew up in Whittier. He attended Whittier public schools, graduated Whittier High school and Whittier College. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:31, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Disputed demographics[edit]

I added the {{disputed}} tag to the Demographics section because the numbers weren't matching the US Census data. It looks like (talk · contribs) tried to update to the 2005 estimated statistics, but they didn't change the date, and there are some discrepancies, most notably with Other races, which the US census gives at 30.9% for 2005, but wrote 27.61%.

Also, in general, the Demographics section usually starts off with the data from the full 2000 census, and then some cities include an update for the 2005 estimated census. For the US Census data, see:

BlankVerse 10:54, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Rapidly changing the community has been in Whittier, once a largely Conservative Republican suburb of L.A. facing Orange County, California. It has many wealthy and upper-middle class residents, more live outside the city limits where it is unincorporated. Due to the Quaker emphasis of ethnic and religious tolerance, the city is home to many groups: Quakers, Adventists, Mormons, Orthodox Jews, African-Americans (I think there was a section of Whittier known to be largely black), Indians or south Asians, east Asians esp. Chinese and Korean immigrants, and Latinos (e.g. Mexicans, Cubans, Peruvians and Spanish from Spain) established enclaves and neighborhoods. Whittier had an Anglo majority until 1990, but was known to preserved a "Midwestern American small town" atmosphere for awhile. Mike D 26 (talk) 07:35, 6 February 2011 (UTC)


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Nelles site[edit]

I've included a mention of the federal take over of the Nelles issue. If anyone wants to reword it, it can be verified with a quick google search. I got the information from members of the city council and state representatives. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:34, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Area Code 626[edit]

This article states that the city of Whittier has portions in the 626 area code. This is not true however, in checking the phone numbers for all of the northernmost parts of the city of Whittier, and the 562 area code. There is an area, located within Whittier's post office, that is in area code 626. However that area is not part of the city of Whittier, but is an unincoporated area which is addressed as Whittier. That said I am going to remove the 626 area code from the list, unless anyone has something to say. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gabrielboros100 (talkcontribs) 15:08, 11 April 2009 (UTC)


Orin Jordan House on Comstock

on hold for now DocOfSoc (talk)15:03, 18 November 2010 (UTC)


I think there ought to be a section on Whittier's various neighborhood. I propose that it contain some of the following content, prosified, of course:

  • The area centered around Philadelphia Street and Greenleaf Avenue is known as Uptown Whittier and contains the tradition central business core.
  • Just north of Uptown Whittier are the neighborhoods known as Central Park and Hadley-Greenlef. They have been designated historic districts by the city Historic Resources Commission, and together comprise the area of the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Assn. These districts contain many Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival homes.
  • The area east of College Avenue is often referred to as East Whittier. East Whittier was a seperate agricultural community until the Postwar era. The eastern parts of East Whittier, developed in the 1960s, are known as Friendly Hills, Murphy Ranch and Leffingwell Ranch.

Thoughts? Purplebackpack89 21:05, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

Excellent ideas, esp. Uptown and it's recovery. As the article is getting a bit lengthy, I would suggest, creating a separate one for famous people and some pruning in main article. Drilling in the hills is also a concern. [2] Much of the hills section has been an enclave for the wealthy but environmental concerns are foremost. Good ideas Purple! Namaste...DocOfSoc (talk) 23:00, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

WC as Historic[edit]

I think being around since 1887 and Having Nixon as a grad is historic. Eh? DocOfSoc (talk) 23:56, 22 November 2010 (UTC) Another thought,how about a redirect instead of the " College history" section? DocOfSoc (talk) 00:13, 23 November 2010 (UTC) Nelles too, please don't be so quick with the undo button, pretty please ;-) DocOfSoc (talk) 00:51, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

I understand why you think that, and I concede that it has a long and , but I just kinda got the wrong vibe when reading it. It almost made it sound defunct, and also is a tad POVy. My college was also founded in 1887, but I rarely hear historic associated with it. I agree that the college history section should be merged into the Whittier College article Purplebackpack89 04:34, 23 November 2010 (UTC)
Hmmm, A notorious President of the U.S. alumni being POVy? I don't think so.  :-) Also, when I went to college, back in the 90's American History 1B, was my LIFE, LOL, so our perspectives of "historical" are separated by at least a generation. My sister went to Whittier College back in the 70s, and it had a historical vibe back then. yes, definitely merge or redirect, you decide. DocOfSoc (talk) 04:59, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

With regard to the length thing[edit]

Half this article is lists of information that either belong as separate articles, as cats, or not at all. I think those sections needed to be moved or tossed. Thoughts? Purplebackpack89 04:34, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

Agreed. Many cities have separate articles for their famous people and I think that would be appropriate here.(Nixon again) The filming location is waaaay too long, what ever you want to do with it is fine with me. Top employers has already been discussed and admins said leave it. I am working on the Nelles piece, I will try to condense it. Did some pruning, did I miss anything? BTW it is a pleasure to work with you. :-D DocOfSoc (talk) 05:21, 23 November 2010 (UTC)
The people section has been moved. I think that the filming section needs to focus on maybe 5-10 events, and needs to be prosified. Likewise. Purplebackpack89 06:06, 23 November 2010 (UTC)
Ok, I am impressed, you taught me a new word: prosified. The fact I think you made it up, delights me. If you have time, could you peruse the article for anything else I might need to do ATM Thnx ;-) DocOfSoc (talk) 07:43, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

Distance from Los Angeles[edit]

At what point in Los Angeles is it judged that Whittier is 12 miles from it? LA is so sprawling that 12 miles from it could mean anywhere. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:17, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

Is that 12 miles from the main city of Los Angeles? Is Whittier a suburb of Los Angeles?— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 03:23, 28 March 2014‎

You're correct to question this. Distances between cities are measured point to point from designated spots, which are usually their city halls or something similar. In this case Whittier is actually 18 miles from Los Angeles, point to point. I fixed it in the article. Whittier is in one sense a suburb of LA since a lot of people live there and work in LA, but in another sense, since it's an independent city with a pretty large population, it's not a suburb of LA. That part depends on how one views the issue. Thanks for your input!— alf laylah wa laylah (talk) 03:45, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Never mind about the 18; it's measured as the crow flies rather than by road distance, so 12 is pretty much it, from Whittier City Hall to LA City Hall.— alf laylah wa laylah (talk) 03:48, 28 March 2014 (UTC)