CITY TESTIMONIALS

Arcadia Values Education

“The future of any civilization is dependent on its children. This is just as true for a city as it is for a nation. And if one was to look at the performance of students who graduate from the...

Strong Business Relationship

“It would be hard to top the special relationship that Santa Anita Park has had with the City of Arcadia over the years. Since 1934, these entities have cooperated fully with the other for not...

Citizen Involvement

“If one were to sit down and dream up a great place to live, it would look much like Arcadia. We have so much to offer the residents- great schools, a mall, a premier race track (most beautiful in...

Encourages Business

“Westfield Santa Anita has valued the support from the City of Arcadia through our investments in redevelopment and expansion as well as on an ongoing operating basis. City staff have been...

Population:
56,364
Year founded:
1903

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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Arcadia

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Arcadia is a thriving family-oriented, suburban community of 56,364 residents. Located just 18 miles from downtown, Arcadia has small-town charm with all the conveniences and amenities of a mid-size city. Known as the “Community of Homes” for its beautiful estates in well landscaped neighborhoods, Arcadia offers mature trees and established homes with a close-knit community feel, a low crime rate, excellent community programs that meet the needs of children, adults and seniors, outstanding municipal services, and one of the highest scoring school districts in the State. Complementing the residential feel of the community, Arcadia has three notable local shopping districts, a variety of restaurants, Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Center (which receives more than 40,000 shoppers a day), and one of the most famous horse racing tracks in the United States, Santa Anita Park. This renowned facility has hosted the Breeders Cup, the “Super Bowl” of horse racing, six times, most recently in November 2012. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden offers guests a relaxing stroll through its numerous gardens, and of course, a sighting of Arcadia’s official bird, the peacock.

Arcadia has a long, colorful history that can trace its roots to the Tongva Native American Indians who established the first settlement in 1771 on what would later become Arcadia land. More than 100 years later, Arcadia’s founding father Elias “Lucky” Baldwin first saw the beautiful mountain landscape and lush greenery and exclaimed “By gads! This must be paradise!” -- a sentiment many Arcadians still feel today.

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Population: 
56,364
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1903
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Arcadia

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Arcadia is a thriving family-oriented, suburban community of 56,364 residents. Located just 18 miles from downtown, Arcadia has small-town charm with all the conveniences and amenities of a mid-size city. Known as the “Community of Homes” for its beautiful estates in well landscaped neighborhoods, Arcadia offers mature trees and established homes with a close-knit community feel, a low crime rate, excellent community programs that meet the needs of children, adults and seniors, outstanding municipal services, and one of the highest scoring school districts in the State. Complementing the residential feel of the community, Arcadia has three notable local shopping districts, a variety of restaurants, Westfield Santa Anita Shopping Center (which receives more than 40,000 shoppers a day), and one of the most famous horse racing tracks in the United States, Santa Anita Park. This renowned facility has hosted the Breeders Cup, the “Super Bowl” of horse racing, six times, most recently in November 2012. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden offers guests a relaxing stroll through its numerous gardens, and of course, a sighting of Arcadia’s official bird, the peacock.

Arcadia has a long, colorful history that can trace its roots to the Tongva Native American Indians who established the first settlement in 1771 on what would later become Arcadia land. More than 100 years later, Arcadia’s founding father Elias “Lucky” Baldwin first saw the beautiful mountain landscape and lush greenery and exclaimed “By gads! This must be paradise!” -- a sentiment many Arcadians still feel today.

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SUCCESS STORIES

Downtown Business Association
Windstorm 2011
ACTION Program
Advanced Energy Leader Status
St. Joseph Water Reservoir
General Plan Update
Downtown Business Association

The City of Arcadia partnered with local business owners and stakeholders in the central business district to coordinate the establishment of the Arcadia Downtown Business Association (ADBA) in 2010.

Windstorm 2011

November 30 through December 1, 2011 brought one of the worst windstorms in decades to the San Gabriel Valley, causing electrical outages, blocked roadways, large amounts of debris, and damage to both private and public property.

ACTION Program

Living in Southern California, we know that earthquakes, wildfires and mud slides are a constant threat to our family and homes.

Advanced Energy Leader Status

The City of Arcadia is one of five cities in the San Gabriel Valley that has been recognized for its proactive efforts in energy efficiency.

St. Joseph Water Reservoir

Arcadia’s Public Works Services Department has been proactive in maintaining and upgrading the municipal water supply and distribution infrastructure. One of the most notable projects was the construction of the 4.85 million gallon St. Joseph Reservoir No. 3. Completed in 2004, the St.

General Plan Update

The General Plan Update was adopted by the Arcadia City Council on November 16, 2010, completing a comprehensive community planning process that was started in 2008.

SCENES OF THE CITY

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THE COUNCIL MANAGER RELATIONSHIP

The City is governed by a five-member City Council, elected by residents to serve four-year terms. The terms are staggered with three members elected during one election cycle, and two members elected during alternate election cycles. This...

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