At the intersection of Market Street and Third Avenue in downtown San Diego, you might spot an unusual street sign.
Third Avenue where it runs through the Asian Pacific Historic District is now also called Honorary Tom Hom Avenue.
I noticed the sign the other day while driving down Market Street, so I walked through the neighborhood this evening in order to take a few photographs.
I’ve learned the street sign made its first appearance this February during a public ceremony with many dignitaries.
Tom Hom was a civic leader who worked hard to achieve his successes. In 1963, he was the first person of color to be elected to the San Diego City Council. He later would be elected the city’s deputy mayor, and then only the second Asian American elected to the California State Legislature!
As a politician, Tom Hom used his influence to help get San Diego Stadium built. He also supported the gentrification of the run-down but historic Gaslamp Quarter.
This Wikipedia article details his rich life, including how his family came to California in 1909 on the steam liner SS Manchuria, and how his father named him after Thomas Edison!