Kevin Cody

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El Segundo Mayor Drew Boyles cast an approving eye up toward the new Pacific Coast Highway signs.

by Kevin Cody

In what promises to be one of the best returns on investment ever for a rebranding effort, the City of El Segundo changed the name of Sepulveda Boulevard to Pacific Coast Highway. The cost for the 14 new highway signs was $15,000.

Continental Development CEO Richard Lundquist and former El Segundo Mayor Bill Fisher championed the name change.

“El Segundo has more Fortune 500 Company headquarters in its five square miles than any other city in California, except San Francisco. But during the 2008 recession, when we tried to recruit new businesses, they didn’t know where El Segundo was,” Mayor Drew Boyles disclosed during the unveiling ceremony last June.

“Now they know. We’re on the beach,” he said.

Continental Development CEO  Richard Lundquist said he proposed the name change 25 years ago. But steps to change the name didn’t begin until 2013 when then-Mayor Bill Fisher reactivated the city’s Economic Development Advisory Council.

El Segundo Councilwoman Carol Pirsztuk voted to approve the name change.

Councilman Don Brann noted that Pacific Coast Highway is a “magic name around the world.” He expressed hope that Manhattan Beach would follow El Segundo’s lead. Pacific Coast Highway starts at Dana Point in Orange County and runs north through Hermosa Beach. But in Manhattan Beach, the street name still changes to Sepulveda Boulevard.

“I’m looking forward to no longer having my phone tell me, ‘Turn left on SU PUL VEEDA,’” Brann said.

Al Keahi, chair of the El Segundo Economic Development Advisory Council, Mayor Drew Boyles, Council Members Scott Nichols, Carol Pirsztuk and Don Brann, former mayor Bill Fisher and Councilman Chris Pimentel celebrate the renaming of Sepulveda Boulevard to Pacific Coast Highway. Photo by Kevin Cody

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