The small gray sign points out at passing cars on Newland Street, bearing a name and a few dates that imperfectly summarize a life of service.
For future generations, the text will provide the basics: Bauer Park, named after Ralph H. Bauer, mayor in 1997 and a councilman from 1992 to 2002.
A historian may be needed, years from now, to add that Bauer helped to create Huntington Central Park and half a dozen schools, that he helped to unify the city's religious leaders, and that his work on behalf of human rights led humanist authors from around the world to visit Surf City.
If nothing remains in the public mindset except the sign, it at least ensures that Bauer's name will be branded on Huntington Beach. As well it should be.
Friday morning, I met with Bauer at the park the city recently dedicated to him at 21401 Newland St. It's a handsome piece of property, squared off by black gates and featuring shaded picnic tables, a basketball court, a large play area for kids and plenty of green space.