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.

San Marcos 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 Council scopes out the challenges ahead, devises the plays, and prepares the team for success, but no matter how exciting the plans are, they can’t be implemented without the quarterback.

City Managers are like that quarterback. They relay the plans from the coach to the team, and organize the city employees to move the ball down the field for a touchdown. They are the vital connection between planning and execution that every city depends on. City Managers oversee the operations and finances of cities to make sure the City Council’s policy direction becomes a reality.

San Marcos City Council

Mayor - Jim Desmond

Vice Mayor - Hal Martin

Council Member - Chris Orlando

Council Member - Rebecca Jones

Council Member - Kristal Jabara



San Marcos, Loud and Proud Champion of CSUSM

“The City of San Marcos is one of the loudest and proudest champions of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). The City and the University have collaborated on a number of initiatives...

San Marcos, Values That Make a Community Strong

“To me, the City of San Marcos has always made a commitment to the things that are important and to the various aspects that make the city strong, along with being a civic role model: education,...

San Marcos' Culture of Entrepreneurship

“The City of San Marcos stands out due to a culture of entrepreneurship. The city has taken private sector business models and molded them into effective public revenue centers. The culture also...

San Marcos Takes The Bull by The Horns

"San Marcos takes the proverbial bull by the horns and makes economic development happen!" - John Seymour, Vice President, Acquisitions, National Community Renaissance