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.

"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #49: Big Bear Lake

The City of Big Bear Lake is Southern California’s only four-season resort, and area residents are lucky to have such a beautiful city to play in. Approximately two hours from Los Angeles or Palm Springs, Big Bear Lake offers numerous recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, golf, snowboarding and skiing. Nearly 6 million visitors recreate on the San Bernardino National Forest every year.

Big Bear Lake’s success stories include the following:

• Bridge and Highway Reopening: After a winter storm in Dec. 2010 that closed the primary entry into Big Bear Valley, the City worked with the US Forest Service and the State of California to open the new Big Bear Dam Bridge on June 24, 2011.

• Village Revitalization: The City’s Improvement Agency created a user-friendly and very successful Façade and Sign Improvement Program. Since its inception, a total of twenty (20) small businesses have taken advantage of our 50% matching grant to completely upgrade store fronts without triggering expensive and cost prohibitive building code upgrades.

• Street Reconstruction: Funded by the Improvement Agency, the Agency entered into a competitive and cost-effective major street construction contract with the Matich Corporation to reconstruct twenty-four (24) streets located in the redevelopment project areas.

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