Turning 103, Los Angeles man gets city street sign

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Posted on February 23, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 23 at 4:32 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's not every day that someone turns 103, even in a city as big as Los Angeles.

So to recognize the 103rd birthday of Leon Saliba, city officials made an official street sign bearing his name.

The Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1djK2EU ) that Saliba was supposed to travel to 103rd street in the city's Watts neighborhood for a ceremony Thursday, but warm weather and bad traffic gave his daughter pause.

So the city councilman representing Saliba's neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley instead brought the street sign to his home.

The sign has Saliba's name printed in capital letters below "103rd Street."

Saliba was all smiles, quipping "I can't take a sign I shouldn't have."

This is not the first year that his city councilman, Tom LaBonge, has honored Saliba.

Two years ago, LaBonge, an avid photographer, made a picture of Saliba standing near a sign for the U.S. 101 freeway.

Last year, LaBonge photographed him standing outside Los Angeles fire station 102.

"I don't know what I'm going to do for 104," LaBonge said. "But I've got a year to figure it out."

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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