Despite the fact that he really should have an entire continent named after him, the good people of San Diego have seen fit to name a street after the one and only Luke Skywalker.
With great thanks to our pal Brian Sims, here’s a look at this amazing day.
The January 12th announcement that the NFL Chargers were packing up and moving to Los Angeles set in motion the events that brought us to today’s naming of “Mark Hamill Drive.”Mark Hamill Drive Gallery 11 of 9
Located in Chris Cate’s 6th District is a street named Charger Blvd., a street many believed was named after the NFL team of the same name. As public outrage started to build and the process of “cleaning” San Diego of anything Charger related begun residents of the Clairemont neighborhood came up with the idea of renaming Charger Blvd. to something for the Star Wars actor Mark Hamill who grew up in the same area. Hamill lived on Castleton Drive in Clairemont in the ’60s and attended Hale Junior High and James Madison High.
With support from Councilman Chris Cate the idea took hold and formal plans developed to honor the actor.Mark Hamill Drive Gallery 21 of 9
On June 20th, the City Council voted to honor the actor as part of the city’s honorary street naming program and “Mark Hamill Drive” became official
July 30th 2017 was officially declared Mark Hamill Day by a proclamation from the city council.
City councilman Chris Cate told me today that the process took about five months, ending on the June 20th City Council vote that made it official.
Mark showed up today with his family, his wife Marilou, daughter Chelsea & sons Griffin and Nathan. Even family dogs Millie & Mabel made the trip.
Today’s event was hosted by Lisa Remillard of KUSI News. Also attending were Chris Cate, City of San Diego Council Member for District 6 and Eden Yaege, Clairemont Town Council, President.Mark Hamill Drive Gallery 31 of 9
Helping Mark on the unveiling of the street sign was Lieutenant Grubbs of the San Diego Police Department.Mark Hamill Drive Gallery 41 of 3
After the media Q & A, Mark took to the stage again for a few more pictures and he literally sat down to sign autographs for the fans that were on hand.