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Here is some of the history of the City of Hemet

HEMET was founded in 1887 and incorporated on January 20, 1910 with 992 people.  Hemet has 25.97 square miles and is a mean elevation of 1,599 feet.  The highest point in Hemet is 2,052 feet above sea level.  The City's latitude is 33:44:50.464N and longitude is 116:58:4.339W.

HEMET is a Council/Manager form of government with seven elected positions, five Council Members, one City Treasurer and one City Clerk.  The Mayor is elected by the Council Members and serves a one-year term.  All Council Members serve a four-year term.
In outdoor drama, the setting is a key part of the presentation. In many ways, the Ramona Bowl is as important a part of the play as the costumes or the props. It lends a sense of realism to the show, and help to immerse the audience in the story.

It was Garnet Holme who insisted on a natural setting for the play. The original plans had called for staging the production in town, perhaps on the high school athletic fields. Holme looked at the hills surrounding the valley and knew there had to be something better.

Then one of the locals remembered a little canyon southeast of town where he had been out hunting rabbits. Burdette Raynor, then secretary of the chamber of commerce, later recalled:

"We drove our car as far as we could and with much difficulty worked our way through the dense sagebrush and thickets to the exact spot that is now the Ramona Bowl. After trying the acoustic properties of this particular place, Mr. Holme became enthusiastic over its surroundings and possibilities. I confess I could see but little of the beauty and loveliness for which Mr. Holme was so enthused, but Mr. Holme was a great lover of nature and what was commonplace to some would become a thing of beauty to him."

Beginning in 1925, the chamber of commerce, and eventually the Ramona Pageant Association, bought up 160 acres in and around the canyon. They even purchased the land up and over the hills to the south, forever protecting the Bowl from encroachment -- farsighted thinking in the 1920s.

Conditions at the Ramona Bowl were rather primitive in the early days. There was no road up to the top until 1925, and no parking near the entrance until the 1930s. Pioneer playgoers hiked up the canyon, the way the cast comes into today for the procession. Water was available at "Aunt Ri's Spring" along the trail. Longtime performer Elmer Grohs remembered a long-handled metal dipper at the small pool shared by all. "If we¹d had a health department in those days we wouldn't have a pageant today," he liked to say.

In the Bowl, things were no better. Boy Scouts had grubbed out a few trails, and the west hillside had been cleared. The audience found their seats as best they could, on rocks and blankets and cushions carried up with them. During the first intermission, one of the Bowl Supervisors used to come out and announce in a loud voice that if anyone¹s seat was uncomfortable, just call one of the ushers and they would be happy to flip their rock over for them.

The 2004-2005 operating budget plan for Hemet totals $59,692,2240.  The City has a Redevelopment Agency with eight redevelopment project areas.  The City operates it's own police and fire departments.

Population:  As of January 2005, the City of Hemet had a population of 66,455, according to the California Department of Finance.  The median age for Hemet is 41 years and has been dropping since 1980 when it was 64.2 years.  The drop in median age is due in large part to the construction of new, entry-level homes and their sale to young families.

Schools:  There are two school districts which serve Hemet and the greater Hemet area.  They are the Hemet Unified School District (HUSD), serving all but a small portion of the City and San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD).  HUSD provides education for kindergarten through 12th grade and is the predominate district in the City.  For more information regarding schools, please contact HUSD at 951-765-5100 or SJUSD at (951) 951-929-7700

Housing:   The City of Hemet had a total of 32,452 housing units as of January 2005.  Almost 1/3 of the dwelling units are mobile homes, most within mobilehome parks.  There are 8,823 senior restricted mobile homes in parks within the City.  The median sales price of existing single-family homes is $184.425.  Rentals for one and two bedroom apartments are approximately $450- $795 per month.  Rentals for three and four bedroom houses range from $795 to $1295 per month.

Economics:  The largest employers in the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley are the public sector. The Hemet Valley Hospital District is the largest employer followed by the Hemet Unified School District.  The four largest private employers are Hilton Reservations, Deutsch Engineering, Verizon California and Home Depot.  

City Facilities:  The City of Hemet facilities are comprised of City Hall, the new Library, the James Simpson Memorial Center, the City of Hemet Corporation Yard, the Police Department and the Fire Department.  The locations of these facilities are as follows;
City Hall
445 E. Florida Ave, Hemet, CA 92543
Phone:  (951)765-2300
300 E. Latham Ave., Hemet, CA 92543
Phone:  (951)765-2348
Simpson Center
305 E. Devonshire Ave, Hemet, CA 92543
Phone:  (951)765-2390
Corporation Yard
3777 Industrial Wy., Hemet, CA 92545
Phone:  (951)765-3712
Police Department
450 E. Latham Ave, Hemet, CA 92543
Phone:  (951)765-2400
Fire Department
(Main Station/non emergency)
220 N. Juanita St., Hemet, CA 92543
Phone:  (951)765-