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
November of odd calendar years. These five Council members serve
without any financial compensation and elect one of their own
members as Mayor.
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
May we take this opportunity to extend to all San
Marinans a cordial invitation to call on any branch of your City
Government to aid you in any service we can offer you. This is
your City, and the friendly and courteous city employees are
happy to assist YOU in enjoying your own hometown of which we
are all so proud.
The principles upon which the first City Council
established San Marino in 1913 have been followed through the
ensuing 100 years. The founders of this city wished it to be
uniquely residential - single-family homes on large lots
surrounded by beautiful gardens, with wide streets and well
maintained parkways. There were to be no manufacturing
districts, heavy business areas or any apartment houses or
duplexes. To maintain these standards, the City Council has
continued to pass and enforce strict zoning regulations.