Remember in the early 1990s when the renaming of Army Street to Cesar Chavez Street caused a huge stir in San Francisco? Now, suggestions to rename San Francisco International after slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk is also causing some controversy.
Closer to home, I got a taste of a similar dispute last week in Union City while covering the New Haven Unified School District board meeting. The board held a public hearing on the possible renaming of Alvarado Middle School and Union City’s large Filipino-American population came out in droves to urge the board to rename the school after Filipino-American farm labor leaders, Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz. The meeting was crowded and contentious. Some people spoke against the name change, but the vast majority of those attending the meeting were there to support honoring the now-deceased labor leaders.
The board is expected to decide the issue at next Tuesday’s meeting (March 19).
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