The Santa Cruz hotel & casino has a reputation for having some of the most ridiculous names in the business.
One of those names, “El Rey”, refers to the popular beer-and-wine bar that opened in the early 1900s.
A different, but equally silly name, “The El Rancho”, is the nickname for the chain of restaurants in the town.
And finally, the hotel’s current name, which has the same spelling as its namesake, has been called “The Santa Cruz Hilton Hotel” since 1927.
So how did this name get in the news?
According to Buzzfeed, a local resident, who goes by “El Reno”, started a petition on Change.org calling for the hotel to be renamed.
El Reno’s petition had garnered more than 100,000 signatures as of Tuesday evening.
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted 5-2 to adopt the name in December, and the hotel is now officially known as the Santa Clara Hotel.
The petition will be on the board of the Santa Clarita Hotel & Marina until January 4, 2019, when it will be presented to the Santa Barbara Board of County Commissioners.
The hotel was founded in 1887 and now occupies the second-largest hotel space in Santa Claritas, and is also home to the Los Angeles County Fair.