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ACR-173 Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District.(2017-2018)



Current Version: 09/07/18 - Chaptered        


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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 173
CHAPTER 205

Relative to the Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 07, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 173, Gloria. Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District.
This measure would designate specified exits on State Route 15 in the County of San Diego for reaching the cultural landmark, the “Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District.” The measure would request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost for appropriate cultural landmark signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.
Fiscal Committee: YES  

WHEREAS, The fall of Saigon in 1975 led to the eventual relocation of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese to the United States, many of whom immigrated to San Diego and the City Heights Community, and today over 55,000 Vietnamese Americans reside throughout the San Diego region; and
WHEREAS, City Heights continues to be a hub of substantial Vietnamese American cultural and commercial activity with a recognized concentration along the six-block commercial corridor of El Cajon Boulevard between Euclid and Highland Avenues, where over 70 percent of the businesses are owned by Vietnamese Americans; and
WHEREAS, In November 2008, the local business community and other community leaders established the Little Saigon Foundation of San Diego, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the economy of City Heights through branding a Little Saigon cultural and commercial district along El Cajon Boulevard; and
WHEREAS, In June, 2013, the San Diego City Council approved a resolution designating the six blocks of the El Cajon Boulevard Corridor from Euclid Avenue to Highland Avenue as the “Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District”; and
WHEREAS, The Little Saigon District promotes community revitalization, which is intrinsically tied with economic improvement, especially for the existing small businesses in the district; and
WHEREAS, The Little Saigon District serves as a center of Vietnamese art, music, food, and culture in San Diego, and by becoming a tourist destination, brings money into the community to spur commercial reinvestment; and
WHEREAS, The Little Saigon District highlights the unique cultural character of the district and attracts investment, thereby improving standards of living while decreasing violence, theft, and crime, and creates a safe space for local students to go to and from school, to eat, and to play; and
WHEREAS, The Little Saigon District follows in the footsteps of other designated cultural and business districts to create a sense of space for San Diego’s Vietnamese community; and
WHEREAS, The Little Saigon District is guided by representatives of the San Diego community of business owners, residents, local nonprofits, and government entities; and
WHEREAS, The Little Saigon District is participating in the transformation of El Cajon Boulevard into an attractive center for culture, commerce, and tourism while honoring the hard work and contributions of the members of the Vietnamese community in San Diego who have lived in the area for over four decades; and
WHEREAS, The recognition of the Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District as a cultural destination through the placement of freeway signs will encourage the continued growth and redevelopment of this important component of the cultural diversity of the City of San Diego; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates the El Cajon Boulevard north and south exits on State Route 15, as the defined routes for reaching the cultural landmark, the “Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District”; and be it further
Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested to determine the cost of the appropriate cultural landmark signs, consistent with the signing requirements of the state highway system, showing this designation, and upon receiving donations from nonstate sources sufficient to cover the cost, to erect the cultural landmark signs; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the Director of Transportation and to the author for appropriate distribution.