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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.


I think it’s smart to look at where we want to be, not just where we are. It’s easy to get busy fighting alligators when you should be draining the swamp. Local vision is community vision. Listening to what our people want for our City, and then working to make that happen, is what local government is all about.


Taking a look at all sides of an issue is very important to me. Many times the obvious answer isn’t the right one. Finding the right answer, or at least the best answer, for everyone concerned is one of the reasons I’m involved in local government and why I think city government is so important.


I think city level government is important for a lot reasons. One of the most important is that it’s only at the local level that folks have the opportunity to speak up, get involved and become part of the solutions to our problems. As long as we’re good at that we’re going to be successful.


Local control is vital for the future of our cities. City government is close to its citizens, business and critical issues. Clear insight and the ability to act quickly to maximize opportunities are what counts when it comes to realizing our highest business development potential.


Our state is only as strong as its cities. Atascadero strives to maintain financial stability through pro-active economic development strategies, prudent investments, positive labor relations and many passionate and involved citizens. We’re doing our part to keep ourselves, and our state, strong.


“The Redevelopment Agency made the Galaxy Theatres/Colony Square entertainment center possible. City and RDA support were crucial.” – Jim Harrison, Developer/Colony Square


“We wouldn’t have the downtown we have today without the Redevelopment Agency. They’ve made an investment of millions of dollars replacing broken sidewalks, upgrading streetlights, and improving wayfinding signage.” – Larry Wysong, President/Main Street Board of Directors


"I really appreciated all the hands-on help I got. It made it really easy to open a business." - Stephanie Anglim - Punky's Italian Ice


"The whole business license process was very easy. From the City to the Chamber to Main Street, I felt very welcomed here!" - Kris Dillo - Fig Restaurant


"Nothing but great! This is the time to locate in Atascadero. Atascadero is on the rise!" - Jon Kim - KaiLana Restaurant


"When you're opening a business, time is money. They responded really quickly. They were like a partner." - Kitty Arosteguy - Spa Central Coast