San Marino's Lacy Park, Old Mill, and Taiwanese Sister City

San Marino is home to one of the world’s greatest cultural, research, and educational centers the Huntington Library. A private, nonprofit institution, The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California. Huntington was also a man of vision – with a special interest in books, art, and gardens.

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Living Healthy, Fire Department Efficiency, and Public Transit Top Successes in City of La Mesa

La Mesa is known as the Jewel of the Hills, with its tree-lined neighborhoods, its quaint downtown village, and its walkable streets set in the rolling hills of east San Diego County. In fact La Mesa has been a Tree City USA for 31 years! La Mesa’s near-perfect climate, its wealth of community assets including 14 parks, a variety of housing, and multiple trade areas, make it a highly desirable community in which to live, work and conduct business. La Mesa is the 80th city to be featured on Strong Cities | Strong State.

La Mesa’s success stories include the following:

• “Ready…Set…Live Well” Initiative Supports a Healthy La Mesa: The work began in 2005 with the La Mesa Wellness Task Force. This partnership of committed community individuals and organizations began formulating plans to address growing concerns of obesity - in our children, and aging population. In 2006 the La Mesa City Council adopted a Community Wellness Program.

• Three City Fire Consolidation Provides Unique Efficiency Model: On January 1, 2010, the Cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove entered into a joint exercise of powers agreement for management and delivery of fire protection and emergency medical services.

• Transit-Oriented Developments Keep La Mesa Vibrant: The City’s planning efforts for infill Transit Oriented Development (TOD) have been on-going since the late 1980's when the trolley first came to La Mesa. There have been housing projects and commercial projects near or at a transit station since then.

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