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.

Climate Action Plan

In 2009, the City of Benicia was an early leader among the increasing number of California communities developing plans to address climate change at the local level, adopting the first Climate Action Plan in Solano County. Benicia partnered with the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo City and Regional Planning program to develop the Climate Action Plan. This partnership was made possible in part by a grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The Benicia Climate Action Plan includes actions to affect:

  • Education and Public Outreach
  • Energy Production
  • Transportation and Land Use
  • Buildings
  • Industrial and Commercial Activities
  • Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Systems
  • Parks and Open Space

In 2010, the City Council appointed a Community Sustainability Commission to educate, advocate and recommend actions for current and future sustainable economic, ecologic and social health. The City has further supported this effort by hiring a consulting Climate Action Plan Coordinator, funded through an agreement between local oil refiner Valero and a group of concerned citizens known as the Good Neighbor Steering Committee. The Coordinator will work with City staff and the Sustainability Commission to implement the Climate Action Plan and report on greenhouse gas reductions.

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

"Benicia serves as an outstanding example of a city with a small town feel combined with big city cultural amenities in a beautiful waterside setting. Benicia City government is informed,...

Strong Partnership and Good Planning

“The City of Benicia is a wonderful example of how good planning and strong partnerships can sustain a strong city and growing economy. Benicia understands that good things happen when strategic...

Partnership for Outstanding Quality of Life

“Leaders in the City of Benicia and the Benicia Unified School District know that great communities have great schools and by working together we enhance the quality of life for all our citizens....

Partnership with Business

“The City of Benicia staff recognizes the significant contributions business makes to our community. This is demonstrated by the city’s commitment to economic development, accessibility and...