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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.


“For the entire 20 years Families in Transition (FIT) has been assisting Benicia Families facing economic problems. Benicia’s officials and staff have maintained an excellent relationship with us. The City of Benicia is exceptional in its proactive approach to providing for citizens in need. Working through its Human Services Board, Benicia awards biennial grants, which enable non-profits like FIT to provide services to the Benicia community. Families in Transition feels honored to have been a recipient of these City grants. As a small, all-volunteer non-profit, we depend in great part on the City for our financial support. We feel we have been treated with consideration and fairness, and we thank the City for the support given to our organization. The members of the City staff have always been efficient, respectful, and cordial when responding to our questions during the process of the grant application. Their on-going supervision and support has been exemplary and has greatly facilitated our ability to give Benicia families in need the assistance to regain their financial stability.” - Nora Gauger, Families in Transition


“Benicia Community Action Council would like to thank the City of Benicia, the mayor and the council for all their support they have given to the CAC. BCAC is a non-profit safety-net social service agency that provides a variety of services to low-income families, individuals & seniors living in Benicia. The City of Benicia and CAC has teamed up as partners to provide services to families in crisis situations to move to self- sufficiency. We would not have been able to provide these much needed services without the City support.” - Viola Robertson, Benicia Community Action Council


“The Benicia Main Street Program celebrates 25 years in business this year. We thank the City of Benicia for their constant support to the Benicia Main Street Program. The City of Benicia is a true business partner to us. Benicia Main Street has many events and promotions in downtown Benicia and we have found the many departments of the City easy to work with, and reliable with great customer service.” – Nancy Martinez, Benicia Main Street


“From the perspective as a business owner in the City of Benicia and as a member of the City of Benicia Economic Development Board, the city is focusing on building stronger relationships with businesses and committing resources to improving the financial lifeline of the city. Benicia is home to the largest industrial park in Solano County, and as such the revenue that it derives from the park is critical to the city’s well being. The city understands very well the health of business and the health of a city go hand in hand.” - Ron Myska, All-Points Petroleum


“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 ongoing involvement with issues impacting the business community. Partnering with the City helps make Benicia a much desired location to both live and work.” - Stephanie Christiansen, Benicia Chamber of Commerce


“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. We successfully partner in many areas including the use of our school facilities for sports and recreation, School Resource Officers at our secondary schools, and enhanced library programs. Our beautiful new Community Center is a former elementary school that now serves as a hub of the community.” - Janice Adams, Benicia Unified School District


“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 planning meets opportunity! With great community collaboration, Benicia recently developed and adopted a dynamic new strategic plan focused on economic vitality and business retention. The Solano Economic Development Corporation has worked closely with the City of Benicia to not only preserve current businesses and jobs, but also create new opportunities for innovation and investment.” - Sandy Person, Solano Economic Development Corporation


"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, intelligent, and proactive, reflecting a governing body that understands the current cultural, social, and economic wants and needs of the local community while appreciating and treasuring its past. The Benicia Historical Museum is pleased to partner with the City, providing exhibits and education programs housed in a complex of original military structures dating from 1853. Culturally, socially, and economically, Benicia’s ever-evolving story is one of local and national interest and pride. Providing recreational, retail, and business opportunities and activities for everyone, Benicia is an East Bay treasure for the visitor or lifetime resident." - Elizabeth d’Huart, Benicia Historical Museum