The city of Bellflower is named after a variety of apple that grew there in the past, right around the beginning of the twentieth century, when the area was largely used to grow fruit – mostly apples – and later to raise dairy cattle. The economy of Paramount, Bellflower’s western neighbor, was also dominated by the production of the same agricultural products. These two locations were the main production centers for these products for the entire southern region of California. In both cases, the agricultural focus of the region would not last. The farmers had to move further southeast when the demand for residential property exploded in the area in the middle of the twentieth century, causing property values to shoot up. Developers parceled out the farms into residential plots to be sold to skilled workers who took skilled technical and industrial jobs in surrounding cities and neighborhoods. The population grew from a handful of immigrant farmers to a current population exceeding seventy-seven thousand residents.
Bellflower’s northern border is defined by Foster Road, across from which lies the city of Downey. Bellflower’s eastern border runs along the San Gabriel River. On the eastern bank of the San Gabriel are Norwalk, Artesia, and Cerritos further south. The southern border of Bellflower runs between Rose Street and Ashworth Street. Lakewood is Bellflower’s neighbor across that border. Like many of the cities and neighborhoods mentioned, Bellflower is part of the Gateway Cities region, formed by a collection of cities south and east of downtown huddled around the border of Orange County.
Bellflower lost its largest employer, a medical center that hired around five hundred thirty workers, when it was shut down in April of 2013 due to a federal and state crackdown on the facility’s parent company for various violations, including the failure to pay employees wages they were owed, writing rubber payroll checks, and for defrauding Medicare and Medi-Cal by recruiting indigent people as “patients” and charging the government agencies for unnecessary treatments. The resulting shutdown left the second-largest employer, another hospital that is part of one of California’s largest healthcare organizations, on top. That facility hires half as many employees as did the hospital that was closed, at around two hundred seventy. The next largest employer is one of the country’s largest providers of cable entertainment and Internet services. This company employs somewhere in the neighborhood of two hundred seventy workers. This company was also the subject of a lawsuit for employment discrimination for terminating a long-term employee who suffered a disability caused by an injury on the job. Rather than accommodate the employee’s disability by providing the necessary time off for recovery and recuperation, or by temporarily rearranging the employee’s duties or workplace to make it possible to work under medically necessary restrictions, the company compelled the employee to go to a clinic and take a drug test, and then terminated the employee when a prescription medication came up in the test. The case was tried in court and the jury found in favor of the employee and the employee a multimillion-dollar. The details of each person’s situation are unique, so contact our office for a free consultation.