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, Business Development in the Face of the Recession, and a New Green Solid Waste Contract Highlighted in City of Benicia

One of the earliest California towns, Benicia was founded in 1849 and in 1852, was the third city in California to incorporate. Also in 1852, Benicia served as the newly minted State of California's third capital. With its thriving industrial park and historic downtown, Benicia has been featured in Money's "Best Places to Live", Nick Jr. Family Magazine's "Most Playful Towns in America", San Francisco Magazine, Dog Fancy, New York Times and a recent spread in Sunset, featuring unique shops and restaurants.

Benicia’s success stories include the following:

• 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.

• Business Development Action Plan: As the Great Recession ravaged local municipalities, Benicia leaders saw a rare opportunity to prepare for future prosperity.

• Green Solid Waste Contract: The City’s new agreement with Allied sets diversion goals of 75% Citywide and 90% for the City itself. It encourages recycling and reduction of waste by rewarding customers who recycle.

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