L.A. streets renamed to honor Cesar Chavez

May 4, 1993
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors renamed two streets Tuesday in honor labor leader Cesar Chavez, who died April 23.

The board voted to change Macy Street and Brooklyn Avenue to Avenida Cesar Chavez.

Macy begins at Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles and runs through East Los Angeles, an unincorporated and predominately Hispanic area of Los Angeles County.

Also Tuesday, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre introduced a similar motion extending the Chavez signage to the portion of Macy Street that runs through the city.

Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers, died of natural causes while visiting Yuma, Ariz. As the voice of millions of migrant crop workers since the mid-1960s, Chavez became known for tireless work for poor people.

Many Hispanic elected officials in California credit Chavez with inspiring them to believe they could become leaders.

Supervisor Gloria Molina introduced the motion for renaming the street. The county board unanimously approved it.

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