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Encyclopedia > Bonita, California
View east from Bonita Downs toward Mount Miguel.
View east from Bonita Downs toward Mount Miguel.

Bonita is an unincorporated community in southern San Diego County, California, nestled between the cities of Chula Vista, National City, and San Diego. It is also a Census-designated place defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (970x656, 165 KB)View from hills above Bonita Downs toward Mount Miguel. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (970x656, 165 KB)View from hills above Bonita Downs toward Mount Miguel. ... In United States law, a region of land is unincorporated if it is not a part of any municipality. ... A community usually refers to a sociological group in a large place or collections of plant or animal organisms sharing an environment. ... San Diego County is a county located on the Pacific Ocean in the far southwest of the U.S. state of California, along its border with Mexico. ... Location of Chula Vista within San Diego County, California. ... National City is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. ... Nickname: Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates: Country United States State California County San Diego Founded July 16, 1769 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Mayor Jerry Sanders  - City Attorney Michael Aguirre  - City Council Scott Peters Kevin Faulconer Toni Atkins Tony Young Brian Maienschein Donna Frye Jim Madaffer... A census-designated place (CDP) is an area identified by the United States Census Bureau for statistical reporting. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...

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Geography

Location of Bonita, in red, within San Diego County.

While Bonita is politically designated as an unincorporated community, bounded by the incorporated cities of Chula Vista, San Diego, and National City the community of Bonita is more closely associated with the geography of the Lower Sweetwater Valley. Thus considered, Bonita occupies about a five mile (8 km) stretch of the Sweetwater River, its valley, and surrounding hills on either side, bounded upstream (east) by the Sweetwater Reservoir, and downstream (west) effectively by Interstate 805. The community crosses west of I-805 -- an area less than 160 acres (0.6 km²) -- reaching as far south and west as East H Street and Hilltop Drive. Its northern boundary is California State Route 54 and its southern extent reaches approximately one mile (2 km) south of the river. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1026x792, 28 KB)Map of the census-designated place of Bonita within San Diego County, with County highlighted in California. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1026x792, 28 KB)Map of the census-designated place of Bonita within San Diego County, with County highlighted in California. ... San Diego County is a county located on the Pacific Ocean in the far southwest of the U.S. state of California, along its border with Mexico. ... Location of Chula Vista within San Diego County, California. ... Nickname: Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates: Country United States State California County San Diego Founded July 16, 1769 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Mayor Jerry Sanders  - City Attorney Michael Aguirre  - City Council Scott Peters Kevin Faulconer Toni Atkins Tony Young Brian Maienschein Donna Frye Jim Madaffer... National City is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. ... The Sweetwater River is a river in southern San Diego County, California. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 SD 0. ... This article is about the unit of measure known as the acre. ... State Route 54 is a California State Highway in San Diego that connects Interstate 5 to the city of El Cajon. ...


Large portions of modern Bonita consist of housing tracts built throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including:

  • Bonita Downs
  • Bonita Glen
  • Bonita Highlands
  • Bonita Long Canyon
  • Bonita Woods
  • Emerald Ranch
  • Lynwood Hills

History

In 1888, the Sweetwater Dam was built, creating the Sweetwater Reservoir and forever changing the geography of the region. Soon after, in 1906, the dam broke as a result of extensive rains which overfilled the reservoir, and the Bonita Valley was completely flooded. Year 1888 (MDCCCLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Bonita has experienced minor flooding throughout history, generally as a result of high seasonal rains attributed to El Niño. The floods most affect the Central Avenue river crossing, as no bridge has ever been built, unlike the Bonita Road and Willow Road crossings which are bridges, the former of which was rebuilt in the late 1990s. Chart of ocean surface temperature anomaly [°C] during the last strong El Niño in December 1997 El Niño and La Niña (also written in English as El Nino and La Nina) are major temperature fluctuations in surface waters of the tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean. ...


In the 1990s and 2000s, the development of California State Highway 125 (SR-125, The South Bay Expressway) became a major issue to Bonita residents, much as Interstate 805 and California State Highway 54 did during their development. For many years, residents protested the development, but to no avail. The new highway has plans to be opened in early 2007, and homes in the eastern part of the community have been removed to make way for the highway. Hopes are that the highway will reduce the significant increase in car traffic the community has seen since the 1980s when the eastern Chula Vista communities surrounding Eastlake were developed. California State Highway 125 currently runs from California State Highway 54 in San Diego to California State Highway 52 in Santee. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 SD 0. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 SD 0. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


The Bonita Historical Museum is the principal repository of historical information for the Lower Sweetwater Valley.


Climate

The climate in Bonita is a combination of the coastal and inland valley climates of San Diego County. Warmer (and sunnier during the May Gray and June Gloom periods) than areas directly adjacent to San Diego Bay or the coast, but not as hot as inland valleys such as El Cajon, or even nearby Spring Valley. In summer, Bonita's climate is pleasant. San Diego County is a county located on the Pacific Ocean in the far southwest of California, along the border with Mexico. ... June Gloom (also May Gray) is the news weathermans shorthand for a Southern California weather pattern which results in overcast skies with low to moderate tempatures for most of the months of May and June, before July arrives and summer properly begins. ... June Gloom (also May Gray) is a local term for a Southern California weather pattern that results in overcast skies with low to moderate temperatures during the early summer (sometimes referred to as May Gray when it occurs in late spring). ... San Diego Bay and Coronado Bridge at night San Diego Bay is a natural harbor adjacent to San Diego, California. ... El Cajon (pronounced el ka-HONE) is a city in San Diego County, California, United States. ...


Government

As of July 2005, government representation for Bonita is as follows: 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

San Diego County is a county located on the Pacific Ocean in the far southwest of California, along the border with Mexico. ... The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... Shirley Horton is a Republican politician from the state of California. ... California State Senate chamber The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. ... Denise Moreno Ducheny Denise Moreno Ducheny is a Democratic politician from San Diego, California. ... Dennis Hollingsworth is a Republican politician from the state of California, currently serving in the California State Senate, representing District 36, northwest San Diego County and southwest Riverside County. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... Robert Filner (born September 4, American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 51st District of California. ...

Educational institutions

The following schools serve (or served) the local Bonita community:

Sunnyside Elementary is a public elementary school in Surrey, British Columbia part of School District 36 Surrey. ... Chula Vista is a city located in San Diego County, California. ... Bonita Vista Middle School (BVM), in Chula Vista, California is a middle school for grades 7 and 8. ... Chula Vista is a city located in San Diego County, California. ... Bonita Vista High School (BVH) in Chula Vista, California, was a four-year middle school founded in 1966 then it was converted to a three-year high school in 1968 when Bonita Vista Middle School opened. ... Chula Vista is a city located in San Diego County, California. ... Southwestern College is a community college located in Chula Vista, California. ... Chula Vista is a city located in San Diego County, California. ...

Parks and recreation

View over Sweetwater Reservoir toward Mt. Miguel.
View over Sweetwater Reservoir toward Mt. Miguel.

To visitors and residents alike, one of the most visible features of Bonita recreational life is the walking trail which loops the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course in central Bonita. Hundreds of residents walk, run, and ride this trail every day for pleasure and fitness, and the trail has become a vital component of Bonita life for many residents. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (865x586, 107 KB) Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (865x586, 107 KB) Licensing Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ...


In the late 1990s the Sweetwater Regional Park was expanded and significantly improved, extending the walking and equestrian trails to an even greater number, and introducing a camping area at Summit Meadow Road. Now, virtually the entire valley from the reservoir to I-805 formally serve recreational purposes as either park or golf course.


Equestrianism has long been a part of the Bonita community, and many trails exist throughout the Lower Sweetwater Valley. There are a number of connections to trails external to Bonita as well. In fact many residents still keep their own horses and can be seen riding the trails regularly. The Bonita Valley Trails organization monitors and supports the network of trails throughout the valley.


The following parks serve the Bonita community:

  • Fred H. Rohr Park
  • Sweetwater Regional Park
  • Sweetwater Reservoir Riding and Hiking Trail
  • Bonita Golf Course
  • Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course

Clubs and organizations

  • Bonita Agua Dulce 4-H Club
  • Bonita Business and Professional Association
  • Bonita Kiwanis Club
  • Bonita Optimist Club
  • Bonita Rebels (soccer club)
  • Bonita Road Runners
  • Bonita Valley Garden Club
  • Bonita Valley Trails
  • Las Primeras (charity organization)
  • Sweetwater Valley Civic Association
  • Sweetwater Valley Little League
  • Sweetwater Women's Club
  • Sunnyside Saddle Club

Events

Bonitafest is an annual community event, held in early autumn, highlighted by a parade and street fair along Bonita Road which includes crafts, music, entertainment, and food. The Kiwanis Club hosts a Bonitafest Golf Tournament in conjunction with this event.


Census Data

View south across Bonita Valley.
View south across Bonita Valley.

Bonita is located at 32°39′30″N, 117°2′7″W (32.658420, -117.035336)GR1. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (970x656, 214 KB)View south across Bonita Valley from Bonita Downs. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (970x656, 214 KB)View south across Bonita Valley from Bonita Downs. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, Bonita has a total area of 13.2 km² (5.1 mi²). 12.7 km² (4.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it (3.54%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


As of the 2000 censusGR2, there were 12,401 people, 4,179 households, and 3,397 families residing in Bonita. The population density was 977.2/km² (2,533.3/mi²). There were 4,281 housing units at an average density of 337.3/km² (874.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 71.99% White, 3.11% African American, 0.56% Native American, 8.54% Asian, 0.31% Pacific Islander, 10.64% from other races, and 4.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30.47% of the population. This article is in need of attention. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 4,179 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.4% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.7% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.22. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In Bonita the population is spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.


The median income for a household in the CDP was $70,109, and the median income for a family was $79,333. Males had a median income of $50,495 versus $39,653 for females. The per capita income for Bonita is $31,131. About 2.1% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.2% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


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