City of Strength and Innovation: Carson

Carson is an often overlooked part of my district with top-notch educational institutions, a world class sporting arena, industry leading corporate headquarters, a destination mall, active populace, and is home, of course, to the Goodyear Blimp.

I love Carson.

Key to Carson’s success is that it is home to one of California’s strongest academic centers; California State University, Dominguez Hills. 

CalState Dominguez Hills was recently rated in the top 100 Western Regional Schools by US News and World Report.  The report notes that:

Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab due to open later this year. The state-of-the-art crime lab will house the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the California State University, Los Angeles School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics. Also included in the facility will be the California Forensic Science Institute and California Criminalistics Institute.

Any student would be lucky to attend CalState Dominquez Hills and I pledge my support to do what I can to make sure that it has the resources it needs to continue to grow and offer its pupils what they need to succeed in today’s world; a great education.

While Carson is known for its industrial center, schools and the Blimp, many don’t know that the city has over 120 parks.


I’m not the only one to recognize how important Carson is to our region, they were recently profiled in the “Strong Cities- Strong Safe” ( is a project of the League of California Cities and the California City Management Foundation (CCMF)) campaign which highlighted Carson’s: 

  • Carson Street Corridor Transformation

  • Construction of the Boulevards at South Bay

  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program

  • Refurbishment of the Community Center

It is always important to note that before our time here, the proud Suangna village called the Carson area its home.The Spanish called them the Gabrielino Indians (named after the Mission San Gabriel).  They primarily gathered shellfish, hunted wild game, and made a flour-like meal out of acorns from the oak trees which grew in the area. They lived peacefully by trading with their neighbors, and made tools, weapons and grinding implements from stone and other natural materials.

The last bit of Carson history I want to highlight is still important to our region. Carson was home to the first ever air show in this nation.  They called it an Aviation Meet and it sent a trend for Carson being one day know for its hosting of the Goodyear Blimp which we all see while driving down the 405 freeway.

The blimp still flies and with good governance, smart planning and involved citizenry, Carson will too.


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  • bob cat
    commented 2013-11-24 06:21:08 -0800
    TY :)