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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
DATE: AUGUST 3, 2004
SUBJECT: REQUEST TO RENAME OCEAN TRAILS DRIVE
Consider the request from the Trump Organization to rename Ocean Trails Drive, Trump National Drive.
The City has a request from the Trump Organization to rename Ocean Trails Drive, Trump National Drive. In a May 19, 2004 letter, see attached, the Trump Organization explains that they are underway with a program to have references of Ocean Trails renamed.
On January 7, 2003 the City Council adopted City Council Policy Number 37, regarding the naming of public facilities and placing of monuments and other memorials. Included in that policy are the following policy matters:
Dean E. Allison
Director of Public Works
Les Evans, City Manager
May 19, 2004 Correspondence from Trump National Golf Course
City Council Policy Number 37
CITY COUNCIL POLICY
DATE ADOPTED/AMENDED: 01/07/03
SUBJECT: Naming of Public Facilities and Placing of Monuments and Other Memorials
It shall be the policy of the City Council to name City facilities in the following manner:
The policy of the City is to name facilities in a manner that will provide an easy and recognizable reference to the City’s residents and visitors.
Whenever possible, City facilities will be named for their geographic location. The geographic location may be based on the identification of the facility with a specific place, neighborhood, street, topographic or other natural feature, such as a drainage course, tree or plant species, or historical precedent.
The naming of City facilities in honor of individuals or community organizations will be a rare event, and will be considered under the following conditions: The individual, a family or a community organization has made exceptional contributions to the City, including one or more of the following: a) financial gifts, b) public service as an elected official,
c) public service as a community volunteer, or d) long term sponsorship agreements.
There should be a well-defined connection between the contributions of the individual or community organization and the City facility.
The significance of the contribution from the individual/organizations needs to be evaluated in relation to the impact of the City facility. Individuals and organizations that have made contributions of regional or community-wide significance may be considered for naming of facilities that serve the entire City. Individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to a particular area or neighborhood may be considered for the naming of facilities that serve these areas or neighborhoods within the City, including recreational and other amenities within City parks.
Only a current Mayor or City Councilmember may nominate an individual to have a City facility named in his or her honor, and the determination will be made by the City Council.
City policy does not preclude additional opportunities for recognition that may be created in the future. For instance, the Point Vicente Interpretive
Center is planned to include exhibits that may be funded by individual or corporate donations. Recognition of such donations may include a donor wall within the Interpretive Center, or recognition of a contributor’s sponsorship of a specific exhibit.
It shall be the policy of the City Council to allow the placing of monuments and other memorials on City properties under the following guidelines:
Monuments in honor or in memory of persons may be permitted, in rare cases, on City property with permission of the City Council under the following conditions:
Benches or trees in honor or in memory of deceased persons may be placed in City parks, or other City spaces, at the discretion of the City Manager under the following conditions:
It shall be the policy of the City Council to establish a "Wall of Honor" under the following guidelines:
The Wall of Honor will memorialize the names of distinguished community leaders who have made substantial contributions to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes under the following conditions:
1. Persons nominated for the "Wall of Honor" shall have been dedicated community leaders who have contributed significantly to the quality of life offered by the City and realization of the vision expressed in the original General Plan. The honoree must have had a significant presence in the community throughout a good portion of their life and should have made notable impacts on sustaining the quality of life of the residents of Rancho Palos Verdes.
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has lacked a uniform policy to assist the City Council and to guide staff in the naming of City facilities, including parks and open space areas, buildings, streets and other public amenities. In addition, there have been no formal policies or guidelines for honoring City leaders, nor for memorializing persons whose loved ones simply want to provide a remembrance in the form of a bench or tree.
Although the City has had no formal policy for naming public facilities and sites in honor of persons, there are precedents. Fred Hesse Park and Community Center is named for a City founder, Robert Ryan Park is named for a former Mayor and Councilmember and Vanderlip Park is named for an original Peninsula landowner. There is a GPS monument at Portuguese Point named in honor of Dr. Perry Ehlig. There is a trail below Ocean Terrace Drive known as the McBride Trail in honor of the man who constructed it. There are also three small memorials, one near Ladera Linda Community Center, one at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and the other near Inspiration Point that honor persons who died prematurely. Finally, there have been numerous requests from individuals to install park benches or plant trees in memory of deceased loved ones, many of which have been granted.
The development of a Policy to guide the naming of City facilities, the permitting of monuments, benches and trees is intended to enable these processes to be conducted in an equitable, objective and consistent manner. In addition, the establishment of a "Wall of Honor" will offer a new formal opportunity for honoring community leaders.