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.

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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