Carrillo Drive

A pair of two-block-long streets interrupts the long stretch of Crescent Heights: McCarthy Vista and Carrillo Drive. Both were laid out in 1922 as part of J. Harvey McCarthy’s Carthay Center subdivision. (For more about Carthay Center/Circle, see McCarthy Vista.) Carrillo Drive is named for José Antonio Carrillo (1796-1862), a rancher, militia leader in the Mexican–American War, and three-time alcalde (mayor) of colonial Los Angeles. He was distantly related to Juan José Carrillo (1842-1916), first mayor of Santa Monica, and Juan José’s son Leo Carrillo (1881-1961), an actor and conservationist whose name festoons a state park in Malibu.