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San Marino

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It is behind the times. Stuck in the fifties

— Wanda
July 9, 2012 at 11:23 a.m.

great conservative city. good place to raise a family without having to worry about libs destroying it.

— J.E.
May 15, 2012 at 11:23 a.m.

I lived here from the late 1950's to the mid-1960's. Valentine Elementary was used for the TV show "Courtship of Eddie's Father" in the 70's. The smog was horrible back then; much improved now.

— Phil Beck
July 23, 2011 at 11:05 a.m.

I love the Huntington. And, although I'll never be able to afford to live in the wealthiest city in the San Gabriel Valley, I'd love a mansion in Chan Marino if anyone's handing them out. I also administer the Facebook San Marino page, even though most of the fans seem to think it's for San Marino in Italy:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Marino/114227485261761

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.

I grew up in San Marino and while it is a pretty conservative town with a lot of regulations, it is extremely safe with some of the best schools. It's a lot like the movie Pleasantville if that's what you are looking for.

— Anonymous
March 12, 2011 at 10:49 a.m.

No upscale restaurants (just snack shops), no markets, no bookstores, mostly empty storefronts on Huntington Drive. Primarily banks and realtors with surviving retail in the Mission District. A lone Valero gas station. 10% of the housing here is rented through realtors to families who want to attend SMUSD even though City regs don't allow it. Going downhill fast...

— Tired of it
January 4, 2011 at 11:34 a.m.

Downsides: Nothing open on Sundays, too Republican

— E.O.
December 10, 2010 at 8:41 p.m.

Great city!

— Anonymous
October 15, 2010 at 6:23 p.m.

The trees and landscape maintenance codes make it a beautiful place to live. No downsides I can think of.

— M.W.
June 7, 2010 at 9:02 a.m.

San Marino

is a city in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County.
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San Marino is one of the 272 neighborhoods in Mapping L.A., The Times’ resource for crime, neighborhoods, demographics and schools.
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