The Meaning of Hahamongna

The original settlers of the region were sometimes called the Hahamongna Indians. The word means "Flowing Waters, Fruitful Valley" in the native Tongva language.

Hahamongna News

Title:

Wilson on MWD's Arroyo Seco Property

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Date:

2005-03-09

Author:

Larry Wilson

Publication:

Pasaadena Star News

Content:

I love elections, especially when they're over. All politics is really water politics in Southern California. Water is why Pasadena is shaped like it is, and the old boundaries give the reason for La Canada Flintridge pols to be paranoid about their bigger neighbor's designs on surplus Metropolitan Water District property in Hahamongna Watershed Park.

Pasadena's border snakes up the northwest side of the city behind Devil's Gate Dam between LCF and Altadena and well into the San Gabriel Mountains for one reason only: water, which flows year-round in the Upper Arroyo Seco.

Same thing in the northeast. The other night I tried to sort out for our exemplary copy desk how the floor of Eaton Canyon is in Pasadena while the roads above it on the west are in Altadena and the Mount Wilson Toll Road above it on the east is Angeles National Forest. One reason: water.

For decades, the city tried to keep Altadena kids from swimming in that water at the pool beneath Eaton Falls with a massive, pointless fence across the upper canyon mouth. We just scrambled underneath it. Water: You can own it, but you can't keep a parched Altadena kid from taking a dip. Larry Wilson is editor of the Pasadena Star-News. His column appears Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Write him at larry.wilson@sgvn.com .