San Marino, California
|San Marino, California|
|City of San Marino|
|Motto: "Quis Dan Volo, Dan Accipio"|
Location of San Marino in Los Angeles County, California
|Country||United States of America|
|Incorporated||April 25, 1913|
|• Total||3.774 sq mi (9.775 km2)|
|• Land||3.767 sq mi (9.757 km2)|
|• Water||0.007 sq mi (0.018 km2) 0.18%|
|Elevation||564 ft (172 m)|
|• Density||3,500/sq mi (1,300/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP codes||91108, 91118|
|GNIS feature ID||1652789|
|San Marino, California|
|Alternative Chinese name|
San Marino is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Incorporated on April 12, 1913, the city was designed by its founders to be uniquely residential, with expansive properties surrounded by beautiful gardens, wide streets, and well maintained parkways. The city is located in the San Rafael Hills. The population was 13,147 at the 2010 census.
In 2010, Forbes magazine ranked the city as the 63rd most expensive area to live in the United States. In 2014, LA Weekly ranked the city as the 3rd most expensive area to live in the Los Angeles County, topping Beverly Hills (7th), Malibu (5th), and more. There are few to no homes priced under US$1,000,000, with the median list price of a single family home at US$2,159,000.
- Origin of name 1.1
- Early history 1.2
- Landmarks 2
- City politics 3
- 2010 4.1
- 2000 4.2
- Median household income 4.3
- Zoning 5
- Private schools 6.1
- City services 7
- Movies 8.1
- Television 8.2
- Newspapers 8.3
- Notable residents 9
- See also 10
- References 11
- External links 12
Origin of name
The city takes its name from the ancient  Marinus took refuge at Monte Titano on the Italian peninsula, where he built a chapel and founded a monastic community in 301 A.D.. The state which grew from the monastery is the world's oldest surviving republic.
The seal of the City of San Marino, California is modeled on that of the republic, depicting 
The city celebrated its centennial in 2013, including publication by the San Marino Historical Society of a 268-page book, San Marino, A Centennial History, by Elizabeth Pomeroy. In September 2014, this book and author Elizabeth Pomeroy received a prestigious Award of Merit for Leadership in History from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).
The site of San Marino was originally occupied by a village of Tongva (Gabrieleño) Indians located approximately where the Huntington School is today. The area was part of the lands of the San Gabriel Mission. (The "Old Mill" was the Mission's grist mill.) Principal portions of San Marino were included in an 1838 Mexican land grant of 128 acres to Victoria Bartolmea Reid, a Gabrieleña Indian. (After her first husband, also a Gabrieleño, died in 1836 of smallpox, she remarried Scotsman Hugo Reid in 1837). She called the property Rancho Huerta de Cuati. After Hugo Reid's death in 1852, Señora Reid sold her rancho in 1854 to Don Benito Wilson, the first Anglo owner of Rancho San Pascual. In 1873, Don Benito conveyed to his son-in-law, James DeBarth Shorb, 500 acres (2.0 km2), including Rancho Huerta de Cuati, which Shorb named "San Marino" after his grandfather's plantation in Maryland, which, in turn, was named after the Republic of San Marino located on the Italian Peninsula in Europe.
In 1903, the Shorb rancho was purchased by 
The first mayor of the city of San Marino was George S. Patton, Junior.
To a prior generation of Southern Californians, San Marino was known for its old-money wealth and as a bastion of the region's WASP gentry. By mid-century, other European ethnic groups had become the majority; in recent decades, immigrants of Chinese and Taiwanese ancestry have come to represent more than half of the population, perhaps due to its close proximity to the San Gabriel Valley, known to be a popular place of residency amongst Asian Americans and Asian immigrants.
San Marino is the location of the Huntington Library and gardens. In 1919 Henry Huntington provided limited access to the art collections, and to the rare books and historical documents, housed in the library and in his large Neoclassical–Palladian mansion, as well as to the surrounding botanical gardens, all collectively known as "The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens", or "The Huntington", to the public.
El Molino Viejo ("The Old Mill"), completed about 1816 as a grist mill for Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, is in San Marino. The original two-story structure measured 53 feet (16 m) by 26 feet (7.9 m). It is the oldest commercial building in Southern California. The town is located on the former lands of the historic Rancho Huerta de Cuati.
The Edwin Hubble House: From 1925 to 1953, this two-story stucco home was the residence of one of America's greatest 20th-century astronomers, Edwin Hubble, who, among other accomplishments, discovered extragalactic nebulae and their separation from each other. It is a National Historic Landmark.
The Michael White Adobe House, is located on the high school campus and houses the San Marino Historical Society archives.
The University of Southern California owns a house in San Marino which is used as the residence of the President of the University. The residence and grounds are often used for University Presidential events.
Across from City Hall is the Centennial Clock, standing at the northeast corner of Huntington Drive and San Marino Avenue, donated to the community in 2005 by the
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- City of San Marino — official website
- San Marino Unified School District website
- The Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical gardens
- San Marino Historical Society
- San Marino High School
- Southwestern Academy
- Henry E Huntington Middle School
- Rotary Club of San Marino
- The San Marino Tribune
- How an Exclusive Los Angeles Suburb Lost Its Whiteness by Merlin Chowkwanyun and Jordan Segall at The Atlantic Cities
- James T. Maher, 1975. The Twilight of Splendor: Chronicles of the Age of American Palaces. - A chapter is on Huntington's San Marino estate.
- "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of
- U.S. Census
- James Thorpe, Henry Edwards Huntington: A Biography (University of California Press, 1994) p291
- Levy, Francesca (2010-09-27). "Most Expensive ZIP Codes". Forbes. Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- "L.A.'s 10 Most Expensive Zip Codes for Real Estate Revealed".
- "San Marino Market Trends". trulia.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "City of San Marino, CA - About Our City". Cityofsanmarino.org. 1917-09-09. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- K.Maskarin. "St. Marino, the founder of the San Marino republic - the legend, island Rab Croatia". Kristofor.hr. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "Blog Archive » Saint Marinus". Saints.SQPN.com. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- Pomeroy, Elizabeth. San Marino, A Centennial History. San Marino Historical Society, 2012.
- http://about.aaslh.org/awards/ American Association for State and Local History Awards
- "Historic Adobes of Los Angeles County". LAOKay.com. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
- "About The Huntington". Huntington.org. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
- "City of San Marino, CA - Employment Opportunities". Cityofsanmarino.org. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- http://www.huntington.org/ access date: 6/2/2010
- "San Marino California City Guide". Pasadenaviews.com. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "The Old Mill ~ El Molino Viejo". Old-mill.org. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- http://www.old-mill.org/ access date: 6/2/2010
- "National Historic Landmarks Program (NHL)". Tps.cr.nps.gov. 1976-12-08. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- http://www.smnet.org/comm_group/historical/ access date: 6/2/2010
- "City of San Marino, CA - Lacy Park". Ci.san-marino.ca.us. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "San Marino". Sanmarinotribune.com. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "City of San Marino, CA - City Council Page". Ci.san-marino.ca.us. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - San Marino city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- "American FactFinder".
- "US Census Bureau, 2000 Census factsheet". Retrieved 2007-06-20.
- "Asian", Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".
- "SMUSD Is Top In State for Eleventh Consecutive Year, According to API". sanmarinotribune.com. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
- Knoll, Corina (2009-09-22). "Piece of San Marino history a victim of the times". latimes.com. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "San Marino High School". Sanmarinohs.org. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "Gold Medal Schools - U.S. News and World Report". Retrieved 2007-12-09.
- "Monrovia Health Center." Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 27, 2010.
- "Filming Locations of The Wedding Singer". Seeing-stars.com. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "Tom R. DeMeester, M.D., Professor, USC Department of Surgery", USC website
- Lee Baca, former Sheriff of Los Angeles County
- Andrew D. Bernstein, Senior Director, NBA Photos
- John Bryson, President of Edison International and former United States Secretary of Commerce
- Henry Bumstead, production designer, winner of two Academy Awards : To Kill a Mockingbird
- Drucilla Cornell, author, Chairman in jurisprudence at the University of Cape Town; S.M.H.S. graduate
- Christine Craft, attorney, KGO radio personality and former television news anchor.
- Mark Cronin, television producer
- Tom Demeester, physician and originator of the field of noninvasive foregut ambulatory monitoring and former surgery Chair, University of Southern California 
- Peter B. Dervan, awarded the National Medal of Science in Chemistry, professor at Caltech
- Darren Dreifort, former MLB pitcher: Los Angeles Dodgers
- Christian Gerhartsreiter, serial imposter and convicted murderer, lived here using the pseudonym "Christopher Chichester"
- James G. Ellis, Dean of the Marshall School of Business at USC
- Jim Gott, former MLB pitcher: Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants
- Pat Haden, Athletic Director of USC and former Pro quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams.
- John Hart, actor, the Masked Man in The Lone Ranger from 1952 to 1954
- Stephen Hillenburg, animator, writer and television producer, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants
- Edwin Hubble, astronomer, changed view of universe per galaxy redshift leading to Big Bang cosmology
- Henry E. Huntington, railroad executive, founder of The Huntington Library
- Jaime Jarrín, Spanish-language broadcaster: Los Angeles Dodgers, sportscaster award Baseball Hall of Fame
- Jane Kaczmarek, actress, Saturday Night Live, Pleasantville, Malcolm in the Middle
- Howard Kazanjian, film producer: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi; former V.P. at Lucasfilm
- Herman Leonard, jazz photographer, photo collection is in the permanent archives in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
- Thomas Mack, former right guard, NFL, Los Angeles Rams
- Elliot Meyerowitz, Chairman, Division of Biology at the California Institute of Technology
- Robert A. Millikan, experimental physicist, awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize in Physics for the electron charge
- Rosy Mischief, Tennis star, Siberian Open champion Tennis Channel
- Adolfo Müller-Ury, Swiss-born American painter, noted for portraits of Popes and Presidents
- Charles A. Nichols, Animation Director, Hannah-Barbara, Walt Disney
- C. L. Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California
- Nancy O'Dell, television personality, Access Hollywood
- Merlin Olsen, former defensive lineman, NFL, Los Angeles Rams, actor (Little House on the Prairie), sportscaster NBC
- Stephan Pastis, comic artist, Pearls Before Swine
- George S. Patton, Army General, World War II
- Michael W. Perry, former chairman and CEO of IndyMac Bank, now OneWest Bank
- Steven B. Sample, former President of the University of Southern California
- Rob Schneider, actor, comedian. Saturday Night Live, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick and Grown Ups.
- Donald Segretti, political operative, involved in Watergate
- Tim Sloan, CFO Wells Fargo Bank
- Joachim Splichal, Chef and founder of the Patina Restaurant Group
- Governor of California, Civil War Union Army General
- Bradley Whitford, actor, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Billy Madison
- Yanis C. Yortsos, Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC
- Joseph Wambaugh, novelist, including The New Centurions, and nonfiction The Onion Field
- Ahmed H. Zewail, awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, femtochemistry, Caltech Chair of Chemistry
The city is served by the San Marino Tribune and the San Marino Outlook.
The city of San Marino played a prominent role in Edward Bunker's 1996 novel Dog Eat Dog. The movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith were filmed in San Marino, as were scenes from many other movies (including Memoirs of a Geisha, The Holiday, Monster-in-Law, Anger Management, The Wedding Singer, The Wedding Planner, Starsky & Hutch, Intolerable Cruelty, Beverly Hills Ninja, One Hour Photo, Legally Blond, American Wedding, Mystery Men, S1m0ne, Enough, Men in Black II, Charlie's Angels, and The Sweetest Thing). In the film Mask, Rocky Dennis (played by Eric Stoltz) has a girlfriend from San Marino.
San Marino may be recognizable to many Americans for the prevalence of movies and television shows filmed in the city. Location scouts turn to San Marino when they wish to make a film in southern California set elsewhere. Certain neighborhoods resemble the Atlantic seaboard because of the atypical housing stock in the city, including Georgian and faux antebellum mansions. Yet the design of many homes is inspired by California Spanish architecture. Television shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and movies such as Father of the Bride and Benson have been filmed in San Marino and Pasadena.
The Crowell Public Library, opened in 2008, is the site of many and varied activities. Lectures, workshops, storytimes, and an assortment of classes, including those on health related issues, are offered at the library. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-9, Fri - Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5 
The city is currently served by the San Marino Police Department. The current police chief is John Incontro.
- Saints Felicitas and Perpetua grammar school, grades K-8. The city took the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to the Supreme Court to block the opening of this school. Saints Felicitas & Perpetua School was completed and dedicated in 1950.
In November 2007, San Marino High School was ranked 82nd on a list of the best high schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
 The two elementary schools offer instruction for grades K-5, the
- Valentine Elementary School
- Carver Elementary School
- Huntington Middle School
- San Marino High School.
There are four public schools in San Marino Unified School District:
The 2013 California Academic Performance Index report named San Marino Unified School District as the top performing unified school district in California for the 11th consecutive year, with a score of 953 points out of 1,000 possible. Each of its public primary schools has also been honored as a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School.
San Marino High School is part of the San Marino Unified School District. Its public funding is supplemented by private donations raised through the San Marino Schools Endowment Foundation. Each year, the Foundation raises funds necessary to balance the District's budget. To date, the San Marino Schools Foundation has contributed $18,268,485 to the schools since its inception in March 1980.
San Marino High School is situated on the former site of Carver Elementary School. In 1996, the high school reconstruction was begun and the school is now equipped with new laboratories, classrooms, and ethernet connections, supported mainly by bond issues and rigorous fund-raising by the San Marino Schools Endowment. The new buildings include a brand new cafeteria, orchestra and band room, dance studio, journalism lab, and renovated auditoriums, as well as a renovated baseball field and a brand new football field/track.
On September 9, 1913, the first San Marino school was opened at the corner of Monterey Road, (then called Calle de Lopez) and Oak Knoll, in what was known as the Old Mayberry Home. There were three teachers and thirty-five pupils, grades kindergarten through the eighth; High School students attended South Pasadena High until 
San Marino is highly restrictive of commercial operations in the city. It is one of the few cities that requires commercial vehicles to have permits to work within the city.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), virtually all land.
San Marino is located at (34.122658, -118.112964).
The city is divided into seven zones, based on minimum lot size. The smallest lot size is about 4,500 square feet (420 m2), with many averaging over 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2). Because of this and other factors, most of the homes in San Marino, built between 1920 and 1950, do not resemble the houses in surrounding Southern California neighborhoods (with the exception, perhaps, of neighboring portions of Pasadena). San Marino has also fostered a sense of historic preservation among its homeowners. With minor exceptions, the city's strict design review and zoning laws have thus far prevented the development of large homes found elsewhere in Los Angeles. No apartment buildings or townhouses exist in the city.
Median household income
These were the ten neighborhoods in Los Angeles County with the largest percentage of Asian residents, according to the 2000 census:
The median income for a household in the city was $147,267, and the median income for a family was $155,708. Males had a median income of $98,928 versus $51,853 for females. The per capita income for the city was $59,150. About 3.7% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over. The vast majority, 69.7% of persons, had a Bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 27.2% at the national average.
In the city the age distribution of the population shows 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 21.5% from 25 to 44, 29.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years (this is older than average age in the U.S.). For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.
There were 4,266 households out of which 42% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.9% were non-families. Of all households 12% were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.29.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,945 people, 4,266 households, and 3,673 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,430.5 per square mile (1,325.8/km²). There were 4,437 housing units at an average density of 1,175.8 per square mile (454.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 51.98% White, 0.15% African American, 0.05% Native American, 47.7% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 2.30% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.25% of the population. More than one-third of the city's population, 33.3%, is Chinese.
According to the 2010 United States Census, San Marino had a median household income of $131,758, with 5.4% of the population living below the federal poverty line.
There were 4,477 housing units at an average density of 1,186.2 per square mile (458.0/km²), of which 3,959 (91.4%) were owner-occupied, and 371 (8.6%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 6.5%; 11,834 people (90.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,232 people (9.4%) lived in rental housing units.
The population was spread out with 3,422 people (26.0%) under the age of 18, 712 people (5.4%) aged 18 to 24, 2,353 people (17.9%) aged 25 to 44, 4,351 people (33.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,309 people (17.6%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.3 years. For every 100 females there were 92.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.
There were 4,330 households, out of which 1,818 (42.0%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 3,220 (74.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 367 (8.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 143 (3.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 42 (1.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 22 (0.5%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. Of all households, 531 (12.3%) were made up of individuals and 359 (8.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02. There were 3,730 families (86.1% of all households); the average family size was 3.28.
The Census reported that 13,066 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 81 (0.6%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
The 2010 United States Census reported that San Marino had a population of 13,147. The population density was 3,483.4 people per square mile (1,345.0/km²). The racial makeup of San Marino was 5,434 (41.3%) White (37.1% Non-Hispanic White), 55 (0.4%) African American, 5 (0.0%) Native American, 7,039 (53.5%) Asian, 2 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 198 (1.5%) from other races, and 414 (3.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 855 persons (6.5%).
This community consists only of single family residences: there are no apartment buildings, condominiums or townhouses in the city. All homes must have a 2-car garage. No fast food or drive-through restaurants are allowed in San Marino.
The San Marino City Council page states: "San Marino was formed to protect your personal rights and to control the growth and activities of the City in such a way that each individual resident will be guaranteed a pleasant place in which to live with a minimum of nuisance, with assurance that his property values will be protected by stringent zoning regulations. It is your City Council's desire to acquaint the old and new residents with the history and background of San Marino, its many advantages and some of your responsibilities as a citizen."
Governing the City of San Marino is a city council of five members, elected by the people for a four-year term, at elections held in March of odd calendar years. These five Council members serve without any financial compensation and elect one of their own members as Mayor.
The city's local newspaper office is located near the city's most prominent street, Huntington Drive. "The San Marino Tribune" has been the official newspaper of the city since 1929. There are two sections of the weekly paper, an "A" section and a "B" section, the distinction being that it covers not only San Marino news but also the Pasadena, San Gabriel, Alhambra, Arcadia and South Pasadena news.
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