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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.


"Growing up in Signal Hill was a magical experience. The sense of community - a place where "everybody knows your name" was a good thing. My friends' mothers watched out for us neighbor kids. They were quick to praise us when we were good and even quicker to reprimand us and tell our mothers about our misadventures. Even the City Librarian Mrs. Brady kept her eyes on all us kids. I felt safe, and loved and nurtured by my parents and my community.

Now as a grown woman, who still lives in the same childhood home, I still feel safe, loved and nurtured by my community. Starting my own business in the city was a "no-brainer". Where else would I set up shop?! Having owned the local newspaper for nearly thirteen years, I have learned to love my city even more than before. Dealing with stories about the city council, parks and local businesses has taught me that a city should be more than a place to live and put down roots - it should be a place to thrive. For me, Signal Hill is that City." - Neena Strichart, Publisher, Signal Tribune Newspaper


"In the early 1990s our dealership was located in an area that became severely depressed. Our customers no longer felt comfortable driving to our store, and it was difficult to attract new employees. Our work force was dwindling and it was becoming extremely difficult to remain profitable.

We visited with the City of Signal Hill. They were developing an Auto Center near the 405 freeway. All of our negotiations with them were very positive. They were helpful in assisting us with our move. They knew the increased sales tax dollars generated by our operations would benefit their residences for years to come.

Twenty years later, our retail sales have increased over 300%. We have added 60 employees to our operations. Most of our employees shop in Signal Hill. Costco, Office Depot, Best Buy, and numerous food establishments are almost within walking distance from our store. The Police Department is outstanding to work with.

We know this would not have been possible unless the City of Signal Hill had a vision on how an Auto Center would benefit the entire community, and they took the necessary steps to make it happen." - Bob Davis, President Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep


“My firm, City Ventures, decided to invest in a new residential development in Signal Hill because the quality of the City’s services would be attractive to new homeowners. We discovered that along with great services, the staff and elected leaders in Signal Hill bring a partnership mindset to investments in the community. Together we have successfully worked through a number of challenges that the economy and various State agencies have thrown our way. We’re looking forward to our next development project in the City of Signal Hill." -Ben Besley, Vice President of Development City Ventures


“Given its geographic location, desire to create sustainable jobs and an environmentally aware culture, partnering with the City of Signal Hill has been a strategic success for our organization.” - Erfrain Ramirez, Vice President EDCO Waste and Recycling Services


“The little City that could and did.” -Larry Forester, Mayor City of Signal Hill


"Signal Hill is a city with a vision for growth and ability to follow through. Its efficient government allows the city to move quick and act as a partner with its businesses and residents, creating a prosperous place to live and work. It's a city that understands how the oil and gas industry contributes to our lives and economy and supports new possibilities for the city's future." -Dave Slater, Executive Vice President / COO Signal Hill Petroleum