San Diego unveils freeway signs recognizing 'Little Saigon' as a cultural landmark
Assembly members Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez, Shirley Weber, and Senator Toni Atkins crafted a resolution in 2018 to officially recognize City Heights' Little Saigon neighborhood as a cultural landmark. With the unveiling Little Saigon's own freeway sign recognizing the district this week, the city took it's first step in making the resolution a reality—a historic win for City Heights' deep Vietnamese-American population.
“Little Saigon is a vibrant cultural hub in the city of San Diego,” Assemblyman Gloria said. “It’s a place we should take pride in and increase its visibility. These wayfinding signs along I-15 will properly recognize Little Saigon and encourage more folks to visit and support the district.”
Gloria, who has announced his mayoral candidacy earlier this month, attended the unveiling ceremony, along with City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez and Little Saigon Foundation representative Su Nguyen. The 'Little Saigon' freeway signs will go up near the 15 freeway exits for El Cajon Blvd.
“The cultural landmark freeway signs for the Little Saigon District are an exciting opportunity to bring even more visibility to this vibrant area,” Gomez said. “This is an example of strong local and state partnerships to strengthen our communities.”