Councilman Gives 103-Year-Old Birthday Gift That Screams ‘L.A.’

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For his 100th birthday, the city planted a purple-leaf plum tree in the parkway in front of Leon Saliba’s Toluca Lake home.


In honor of his 103rd birthday, Leon Saliba, left, receives a personalized street sign from Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge. (Credit: Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times/Feb. 20, 2014)

When he turned 101, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge took him to the Cahuenga Pass and photographed him standing near a 101 Freeway sign.

On his 102nd birthday, the councilman photographed Saliba standing outside of city Fire Station 102 on Burbank Boulevard on the edge of Van Nuys.

This year, for the 103rd birthday celebration he invited Saliba for an anniversary photo at the corner of 103rd Street and Success Avenue near Watts.

“After all, reaching age 103 involves having success,” explained the councilman, who represents Saliba’s neighborhood.

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