The Los Angeles City Council has proposed renaming part of 89th Street in Westchester “Howard B. Drollinger Way” to honor the late civic leader.
The City Council unanimously approved a motion presented by Councilman Bill Rosendahl Monday, March 3rd, to rename the stretch of 89th Street between Sepulveda Westway and Sepulveda Eastway after Drollinger, a Westchester business and community leader who passed away in 2006.
“Howard was a giant in Westchester and Playa del Rey,” Rosendahl said. “This is just one small way for the city and the community to keep alive the legacy of a man who gave so much.”
Drollinger, a decorated World War II Army Air Corps pilot and father of two, was the president of the real estate brokerage firm, H.B. Drollinger Co. from its founding in 1947 until his death. In that capacity, he helped shape the face of Westchester’s central business district for generations, Rosendahl said.
Drollinger was a lifelong member of the Westchester Rotary Club, serving as the club’s president for two years. He was also the president of the Westchester/LAX Chamber of Commerce — now the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce —and was named Westchester’s “Honorary Mayor” in 1978.
Drollinger provided financial support to a variety of local organizations, including the Westchester Family YMCA, Daniel Freeman Hospital, Union Rescue Mission, Loyola Marymount University, Alliance for a Regional Solution to Airport Congestion, and his alma-mater, University of Southern California.
The street will be officially renamed during a special ceremony with the Drollinger family and community leaders in June, city officials said.