Skip to comments.Judge blocks naming San Antonio street for Cesar Chavez
Posted on 05/23/2011 5:40:41 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
SAN ANTONIO A judge on Monday blocked the city of San Antonio from renaming a street after the late labor activist Cesar Chavez.
The temporary restraining order from State District Judge Antonia Arteaga came just days after the City Council voted along ethnic lines to approve the name change.
The proposal to rename Durango Street, one of the city's main streets, has divided a city where 61 percent of residents are Hispanic.
"It is very important that we protect the integrity of our history, and that includes objecting to changing street names," said Bill Oliver, who represents the San Antonio Conservation Society, which sued to oppose the name change.
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Here in St. Paul they renamed a part of Concord Boulevard to Cezar Chavez Street. It is in an area we call Little Mexico.
When travelling in unfamiliar cities, I am always on the lookout for Martin Luther King Blvd or Ceaser Chavez Ave. If I know where these streets are, I know to stay away from the area.
Name it Tortilla Street if its an ethnic thing.
Why name it after a crazy community organizer?
Most of those supporting efforts to put Mr. Chavez' name on everything see him as a champion of Hispanic immigrants. This is not necessarily true. Yes, farmworkers in California were largely Hispanic; but they were also largely legal US residents. These were the people for whom Cesar Chavez was working.
Not the "Reconquista's"
Not the illegals.
For a judge to intervene in what is clearly a perfectly legal decision by the city is an outrageous exercise of raw judicial power. I may or may not like the decision, but there is nothing illegal about the city changing the name of a street to anything they want to. The right way to fight this is through the ballot box, and if you don’t get enough votes to change the decision, then tough cookies.
A couple of years ago the Hispanic activists in Dallas pushed to have a major street renamed Cesar Chavez.
The road, Industrial Blvd., ran N-S along the Western edge of downtown Dallas and was several miles long. There are hundreds of businesses on that road.
All advertising, letterheads, business cards and telephone listings would have had to be changed and would have caused the businesses to expend a lot of money to effect the changes.
The effort to oppose the name change succeeded. Finally, a much shorter street North of downtown and in an old warehouse area with significantly fewer resident businesses was renamed Cesar Chavez.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
Thanks Free ThinkerNY.
The city of San Antonio requires a multi-step process to name/re-name a street. This process is in writing, and has been enforced for years. San Antonio requires it of the county(Bexar), of private roads, and of real estate developers.
In this case, the process was ignored.
If that’s the case, then I understand why the courts are involved.
It’s not ridiculous...it’s folks opposing naming streets in America after fantasy latino “heroes” who were of views anathema to what we were founded on
purge Chavez and move on to others...and some “snort” holidays too whilst we are at it