Testimonials

Population:
77,122
Year founded:
1872

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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“The City of Napa has been an integral partner with the Chamber of Commerce and business community for years. We are the shining star example of how redevelopment can work and as a result have a vibrant downtown. Through our local flood control project and many other endeavors, the City of Napa has added tremendous value to our legendary wine country destination”. – Debra Dommen, Treasury Wine Estates/Pres. Napa Chamber of Commerce

 

“The department heads and staff currently working for the City of Napa are the best set of people I’ve worked with at the City in my 14 years of doing projects here. They are responsive and professional and help me solve problems when they arise. They are in tune with the City Manager and have the pulse of the Planning Commission and City Council, and are helpful in navigating my projects through the discretionary approval process.” - Ryan Gregory, Vice President, Reichers-Spence & Associates

 

“You really no longer need to go Upvalley to do what you come to Napa Valley to do. There are great hotels to stay in, there’s a selection of great restaurants to eat in, there are excellent wine tasting rooms, wine shops…” – Ken Frank, owner/chef La Toque Restaurant

 

“Locals are probably more excited about what’s going on in downtown Napa than anybody because we live here and we get to take advantage of it all the time. Every time a good restaurant opens it’s the locals that are beating down the door to get there and enjoy the place and the restaurateurs will tell you that their bread and butter comes from the local business. “ – Craig Smith, Exec. Dir., Napa Downtown Association

 

“The growth that downtown Napa has seen… is measurable in many ways. One is just the foot traffic. They’re out, they’re holding hands as they meander down the street….they’re taking time to look at the architecture because care has been taken to incorporate interesting designs, and the older, historic buildings, many of them have been brought back to life.” – Allison Simpson, Napa Valley Destination Council

 

“I recently took a walk from my house behind Copia along our river trail to Kennedy Park and back. The next day, I walked from my house to our new Trancas Park. These wonderful walks caused me to reflect on how much positive change our community has experienced over the past years: new buildings, parks, bridges, restaurants and a host of new businesses. Napa is on the move and in a big way, a really positive big way. We have finally come out of the dark ages that started with the redevelopment of the 1970s. We have accomplished more in the past decade than in the previous 30 years combined…I wanted to thank our city staff, headed by our City Manager, Mike Parness and our Mayor, Jill Techel, with our City Council, our Board of Supervisors and their team, and all the people in our community that continue to step up and make a difference.” – Gordon Huether, artist/owner of Gordon Huether Gallery/Planning Commissioner