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Arroyo Grande's Volunteers Work to Keep Historic Village Clean

“Arroyo Grande distinguishes itself as both a modern community peopled by numerous volunteers who work tirelessly to keep our Historic Village clean and blooming with flowers, as well as an...

City management Extends Courtesy and Cooperation Beyond Expectation

“As president of Arroyo Grande in Bloom (a 501c3 non-profit) and as president and Executive Director of the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association (a 501c6 business association), I have had...

Arroyo Grande a Strong, Dynamic City Government

“The City of Arroyo Grande is a perfect example of how success is achieved if you have a strong, dynamic city government and a growing economic community. As Vice-President of a local community...

Arroyo Grande, Nurturing a Robust and Diverse Business Community

“The City of Arroyo Grande understands the importance of nurturing a robust and diverse business community. They have made a concerted effort to build good relationships by seeking input from the...

Population:
17,252
Year founded:
1911

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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Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande is located on the scenic Central Coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The City is nestled between the Pacific Ocean, beautiful foothills, lakes, and world-class wineries, with fine homes, fine schools, a thriving agricultural and tourism-based economy, and the friendliest people you'll find anywhere. The Historic District and museums capture the history of the City and community. If you like fine dining and antique shopping, you'll enjoy the charm and warmth of our Historic Village. The pleasant year-round climate creates the setting for many community events, including the annual Strawberry Festival, which draws tens of thousands of people each year, and the Harvest Festival, which celebrates the region’s rich agricultural history.

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Population: 
17,252
Year founded: 
1911
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Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande is located on the scenic Central Coast, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The City is nestled between the Pacific Ocean, beautiful foothills, lakes, and world-class wineries, with fine homes, fine schools, a thriving agricultural and tourism-based economy, and the friendliest people you'll find anywhere. The Historic District and museums capture the history of the City and community. If you like fine dining and antique shopping, you'll enjoy the charm and warmth of our Historic Village. The pleasant year-round climate creates the setting for many community events, including the annual Strawberry Festival, which draws tens of thousands of people each year, and the Harvest Festival, which celebrates the region’s rich agricultural history.

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SUCCESS STORIES

Agricultural Conservation
City Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Fire Services Consolidated
New Village Businesses
AGIB Repeats As National Winner
Managing Our Water Resources
Historic Preservation
City Forms Diversity Coalition
Agricultural Conservation

The City has implemented a number of strong policies to protect its prime soils and agricultural heritage. Conservation easements have been established to maintain agricultural land in perpetuity. A “Right-To-Farm” Ordinance is in place.

City Celebrates 100th Anniversary

In 2011, the City celebrated its Centennial Anniversary which featured year-long activities to celebrate the community, including street banners, dedication of Centennial Park, a birthday party to celebrate residents 90 years and older, Century Bike Ride, 5k run, Centennial Gala, Historical Theat

Fire Services Consolidated

The City recently consolidated its fire services with the neighboring jurisdictions of the City of Grover Beach and the Oceano Community Services District. A new agency known as the Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA) was established through a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement.

New Village Businesses

Two new restaurants recently opened in Arroyo Grande’s Historic Village, which are the result of a public-private partnership involving the City’s economic development efforts.

AGIB Repeats As National Winner

The City partners with Arroyo Grande In Bloom (AGIB), a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the beautification of Arroyo Grande. Members can be found almost every weekend performing a wide variety of clean-up, planting, landscaping and improvement projects.

Managing Our Water Resources

As a result of capital projects and conservation efforts, water use has dropped from over 99% to less than 80% in the last three years. The City has developed a comprehensive plan to protect its creek system.

Historic Preservation

The City has created a local Historic Resource Committee and ordinance and partners with the South County Historical Society on a comprehensive program to restore and protect the City’s heritage. A survey and criteria has been prepared to designate and protect local historic resources.

City Forms Diversity Coalition

The City has taken the lead in the formation of the Five Cities Diversity Coalition to promote understanding, respect and appreciation of each others’ differences. The Arroyo Grande City Council formally approved a Resolution proclaiming honor and respect for diversity in the community.

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THE COUNCIL MANAGER RELATIONSHIP

What is a City Manager? Imagine your city government as a football team, with skilled players and keen instincts, ready to lead a drive to the goal line. On the field is the City Council, acting in every way as the city’s coaching staff. The...

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