Mark Hamill Drive

The inside story of how Mark Hamill got his own street in San Diego

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Dave Maass
Sep 19, 2017

It has always boggled the mind that the Galactic Empire could secretly develop massive, planet-destroying projects without generating a paper trail as long and uncontrollable as the Hoth asteroid belt. The payroll, the vendor invoices, the endless email threads debating what color of kyber crystal to use in the superlaser: you can’t cut through red tape with a lightsaber without creating more red tape.

In government, even something as mundane as renaming a street after a local hero will generate 150 of pages of paperwork. I know, because I recently filed a request under the California Public Records Act with the City of San Diego for all documents related to the renaming of a residential street after Mark Hamill. The whole process, it turns out, took over seven months, and the ceremony took place on July 30, 2017.

We received email chains, permit applications, cost estimates, and even Twitter direct messages between an elected official and Hamill himself. The paper trail revealed a six-month Jedi’s quest into the depths of bureaucracy, politics and budget priorities, presented below.

Zero Bothans died to bring us this information.

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