The Key to The City

Poletti Way1Lou Poletti was born and raised in Colma and recognized the growth of South San Francisco was unmatched in the Bay Area. While some cities’ growth remained stagnant, South San Francisco was thriving. He recognized this as an opportunity to be part of its future.

When Lou created Poletti Realty in 1956, he was confident he would be successful. The amount of influence he would have on South Francisco over the next 57 years, had to have been unexpected.  Due to his charitable donations and his compassionate professionalism, the mayor, city council, and fellow businessmen have recognized Lou countless times.

While Lou’s career winded down, the mayor decided to bestow the city’s greatest honor to one of its most endearing and supportive men, Poletti Way. At a city council meeting on December 9th, 2009, the council agreed to rename Executive Way to Poletti Way in honor of Lou.  In January of 2010, the street was officially opened as Poletti Way to the admiration of Lou, his colleagues and friends. As the years passed, Lou remained a vibrant and influential supporter of South San Francisco. To show its gratitude, the city council gave Lou his second Key to the City on his 95th birthday in August of 2011.


Through it all, Lou has humbly accepted his awards and given thanks to the countless people he has had the pleasure of working with. Lou’s never ending motivation was to give his family what he was not fortunate enough to have had; but over time, his family came to include all of South San Francisco. Lou remembers South San Francisco when it was all orchards, and oversaw its growth as it became an economic hub, but most of all,  his love for the city never faded.

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