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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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"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #59: Del Mar

Del Mar has always been a popular beach community but over the years the village has grown to be a permanent home to approximately 4,200 residents. This small town of just two square miles includes winding tree-lined residential streets, 2.2 miles of beach fronted by bluffs, homes and beautiful parks, and a business area that straddles Camino del Mar. With a year-round average annual temperature of 72-degrees, residents consider Del Mar the perfect place to live.

Del Mar’s success stories include the following:

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"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #58: Patterson

Patterson, located in Stanislaus County just 45 miles southest of Livermore, is known as the “Apricot Capital of the World.” Patterson is a rural, small town surrounded by agricultural land and has grown immensely during the past decade. Agriculture is its primary economic base with orchards of apricots, almonds and walnuts, as well as row crops of dry beans, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, peas and melons, all playing an important role in Patterson’s history.

Patterson’s success stories include the following:

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"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #57: Concord

Concord, located in the San Francisco East Bay within an hour of Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Napa, and San Francisco, balances early California heritage with thoughtful development for its more than 122,000 proud residents. Concord is proud to be home to a world champion drum and bugle corps, a high school football team ranked nationally in the top three, a celebrated 12,500-seat open-air concert venue, a state-of-the-art cardiovascular institute, and a California State University campus.

Concord’s success stories include the following:

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"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #56: San José

San José is the first of California’s biggest cities to join the ranks of “Strong Cities | Strong State” and we are proud to have them. Located in Silicon Valley, San José has a world-renowned quality of life, offering a wide variety of exciting cultural, recreational, educational and entertainment opportunities. From its founding in 1777 as one of California's first incorporated cities, San José has been a leader, driven by its spirit of innovation. It was also the site of the first state capital.

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"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #55: Los Banos

Known as the Crossroads of California, Los Banos is located on Highway 152 just four miles from Interstate 5. This small rural city has grown over the past 20 years from a dairy, tomato, cotton and apricot/almond producing community of around 10,000 to more than 35,000 residents comprised of the “old” and the “new”; commuters from San Jose, Gilroy, Hollister and other east bay communities looking for a slower-paced family-way of life.

Los Banos’s success stories include the following:

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"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #54: Fountain Valley

The City of Fountain Valley is located in the heart of Orange County just minutes from points of interest such as Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, the beach, and world class shopping. Since its incorporation in 1957 and throughout its rich history, the City of Fountain Valley has been known as "A Nice Place to Live."

Fountain Valley’s success stories include the following:

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"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #53: Redding

This rural Northern California city embodies what some might think is impossible. It is a modern, progressive city of 90,000 that boasts culture, commerce and an excellent quality of life, with a “small-town feel” in the heart of unsurpassed recreational paradise. Founded in 1887, Redding is rooted in the booming timber and mining trades of yesteryear. Although Redding’s small-town feel is steeped in history, it is on the cutting edge in the services it provides to its citizens.

Redding’s success stories include the following:

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"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #52: Signal Hill

Signal Hill, surrounded by the City of Long Beach in Southern California, is a town rich with history and stories of its “oil town” past. In 1924, in order to avoid Long Beach's per-barrel tax on oil, Signal Hill's founding fathers voted for incorporation. Right from the beginning, Signal Hill proved to be a progressive city, electing Mrs. Jessie Nelson as the City’s first mayor. Today, Signal Hill is a well-balanced, financially sound and economically diverse community of over 11,072 people.

Signal Hill’s success stories include the following:

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"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #51: Laguna Hills

Orange County’s Laguna Hills is today’s newest city on “Strong Cities | Strong State.” This city of only 6.6 square miles is home to 30,344 proud residents. Most of the areas in the City have a distinctive residential character, yet the City has a very strong commercial base as well. In September of 2000, the City grew by another 150 acres as a result of the successful annexation of residential neighborhoods identified as the Westside Area.

Laguna Hills’s success stories include the following:

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"Strong Cities | Strong State" City #50: Gilroy

Gilroy, sitting at the very southern tip of the San Francisco Bay Area in Santa Clara County, is one of the newest cities featured on “Strong Cities | Strong State.” The City enjoys a beautiful and unique location within its valley setting. Despite its growth, Gilroy continues to harbor a rural and historic character, especially in the older neighborhoods where buildings dating back to the mid-1800s can be found. Today, Gilroy’s growth is closely linked with economic activity in the Bay Area as a whole, and with Silicon Valley in particular.

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