At San Marino, life is hardly a ‘dead end’ – but that’s not what our street sign said. Our upscale community sits in a cul-de-sac in a residential area, marked by a street sign that used to say ‘dead end.’ That did not sit well with some of our residents, so they approached Westminster City Council and had language on the sign changed in two days.
Words mean things and 89-year old San Marino resident Mike Belew did not like what the words on the street sign turning into his home in San Marino meant.
“When I turn on Xavier Street to my wife and I’s home in San Marino retirement community, there is a stop sign with another sign attached above it that said ‘Dead End,’” said Belew. “I was talking with my friends in the community over coffee one Saturday morning about how we should change the sign’s wording because we don’t want to be reminded about that every day!”
He went on to say, “We’re literally at a dead end. The majority of us, when we move into a place like this, this is the last place we live.”
Wanting to focus on the positive and enjoy more of every day of retirement, Mike led the quest to have the street sign changed from ‘Dead End’ to ‘No Outlet,’ which he says seemed friendlier. City Council was incredibly responsive and had ‘No Outlet’ signs in stock. Maintenance workers from the city council went out the next day to replace the sign.
Jodie Carrol, Communication and Outreach Coordinator for the Westminster City Council said,
“Belew called me after the new sign was up and was very thankful and excited. He said that he was ‘king of the community’ now and I’m happy I helped make his day.”
At San Marino, we are proud of our residents for enacting change to make their home better. Our residents have a voice in our community and as part of the larger Westminster community. Stop by today and meet some of our incredible residents that make San Marino an incredible place to live!