Updated: 2:26 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2006 | Posted: 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Trump Loses Battle To Rename Socal Street
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, —
Donald Trump has hit a rough spot in his quest to change the name of Ocean Trails Drive, which leads to his $250 million ocean bluff golf course.
He wants it renamed Trump National Drive.
But some residents are already teed off about the billionaire's impact since The Donald moved in and named his luxury golf retreat Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles.
Some have suggested other names for Ocean Trails Drive, such as "Ego Aisle" or "Narcissism Lane."
"I think Trump is trying to take over everything," Marcos Dela Cruz said. "Ocean Trails is an actual spot. We were hiking there the other day. The name Ocean Trails said it all."
Although Trump's bid would violate city street-naming guidelines, city officials said they were willing to grant the street change if Trump renames his golf course -- substituting Rancho Palos Verdes for Los Angeles.
The 261-acre oceanfront links should be called Trump National Golf Club Rancho Palos Verdes because it's within the city's boundaries, some 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, city officials said.
"As soon as I see a business card that says 'Trump National Golf Club Palos Verdes,' I'll vote for naming it Trump Drive," Councilman Peter Gardiner said.
Trump said Monday that his representatives are still in negotiations with the city over the street name change, and he indicated he doesn't plan on being strong-armed by city officials.
"I'm very hard to extort, if they're looking to do that," Trump said.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.