Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

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Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta
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By an edhat reader

I started noticing these signs popping up around the Westside but I didn't stop to read it until Councilmember Oscar Gutierrez posted about it Nextdoor.

There is a movement to rename San Andres Street, the main thoroughfare of the Westside, to Calle Dolores Huerta. The sign states that San Andres is named after Andre Pico, who fought during the Mexican-American War, "was neither a saint nor a resident of Santa Barbara."

Dolores Huerta is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers.

What do edhatters think about renaming the street?

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SBTownie Jul 15, 2020 03:51 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

This is a waste of time. Imagine living on the street and having to change ALL of your documents, your registration for everything, your property deeds, etc. What a nightmare for residents. Andre Pico may not have been a resident of SB, but nor was Dolores Huerta, and I certainly don't think most of the people living on the westside are agricultural workers, either. So what is the specific significance or urgency here? Of course she is an admirable figure, but this is unnecessary and creates a burden for residents. We should be asking, what does this actually accomplish? The answer is nothing except hassle for residents.

420722 Jul 15, 2020 03:51 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

I think, if you want to name or rename something. Find some land, buy it and then name every street whatever the hell you want to name it. The buck stops here, we’re not “redoing” Santa Barbara. Btw I’m only a small fraction of “white” the rest of me is brown before all you left wing nutballs come quacking at me with your favorite race card.

sacjon Jul 15, 2020 05:57 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

420722 - aw look at you, you're just a "fraction white." So what? You want a cookie? Why the focus on skin color? You comments suggest you are conservative, intolerant and a tad bit racist (or at least have no interest in acknowledging racial disparity) so the color of your skin doesn't give you some magic free pass. You really have not been paying any attention, have you? SMH.

monkeyboy Jul 15, 2020 03:51 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Why is the left so obsessed with activists? Why not name a street after a Latino scientist? Why rename something we all know and will cost the businesses on that street thousands in new paperwork instead of creating something new like a park, a learning center, etc and naming it?

a-1594861761 Jul 15, 2020 06:09 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

GenTree: Worker rights are earned legally; not extorted by violence. Plus there is a huge difference between private industry unions and public sector unions. Know the difference because the public sector unions are the scourge of modern civilization. And they prove it every day. Take a look at the LA teachers union agenda, holding kids hostage while they make their list of illegal demands. Lots to "hate" when public sector unions turn on the very taxpayers who fund their very generous salaries and benefits. We need to get rid of public sector unions.

Roger Jul 15, 2020 05:42 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

All for it but live on the East Side she deserves the Honor I met her years ago My Uncle was on their legal team during the 1960's Grape Strike though I never really got along with my Uncle he let me stay at his house in 1980 and I got to meet Caesar...I met Dolores back in 1990 at Motel Hell they came in for a room the rate was 105 for the night I dropped it to 40.00 for a 2- Room Suite it was well worth the trouble the next day..Back then Out of town white folks did not need a credit card for a room but everyone else did I was the exception to break the rules never liked them anyway. I would love a street named after Dolores on the East Side All people are my people One People, One Planet...

Minibeast Jul 15, 2020 05:57 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

SBTOWNIE. You're so right. Also: think how many times the residents will have to spell out this name when conducting business over the phone. Not to mention having to write it out or type it out. Or constantly hear people unfamiliar with Spanish street names mispronounce it "Cal-ee" instead of Kai-yay, with those double Ls. Truly wonderful to have one's street address be something easy to pronounce and convey. Best to spend the money on something truly needed for the Westside, such as street or sidewalk repair.

a-1594861294 Jul 15, 2020 06:01 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Minibeast - so you think street or sidewalk repair is more important to the predominantly Latinx residents of the Westside than immortalizing a Latina who fought for workers' rights? Ok, got it.

RHS Jul 15, 2020 06:18 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

So we are now in a period of renaming institutions "honoring" white and racist icons. This is not a bad idea. But the lesson to be learned is that using this tool to indoctrinate people is not going to last. Huerta is no more relevant to Santa Barbara than Andres. And it is more than a bit patronizing to select a street with a large Latino or Mexican ancestry population to have this "honor." If this person was so heroic to society I suggest that maybe we select a street such as Stanley Drive in San Roque or Manitou Road in Bel Air Knolls or Olive Street on the Upper East to accept the honor. In the end no street or building or landmark should be named for the hero of the moment. But if you insist, I am certainly more content to live in Huerta, CA than Santa Barbara, CA.

GeneralTree Jul 15, 2020 06:36 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Somebody already tried to change the Indio Muerto street name and failed.
https://www.independent.com/2018/09/26/group-forms-rename-indio-muerto-street/
The street name Indio Muerto, or “Dead Indian,” has long faced scrupulous criticism. ... The name Indio Muerto allegedly stemmed from Captain Salisbury Haley's 1850 survey of the town when a dead Chumash man was found near the street, which runs from Salinas to the 101 and from the 101 to Milpas Street.

REX OF SB Jul 15, 2020 06:39 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

It was suggested on the Nextdoor site that perhaps La Casa de la Raza could be renamed the Dolores Huerta Casa de la Raza, but that suggestion was shot down as being racist by one Spanish-surnamed gentleman, who replied, "So in other words, keep the Mexicans on their side & persons of your ilk on the other side and we're all happy." What puzzles me about this "logic" is that The huge majority of San Andres Street residents are themselves Hispanic. I quite agree with RHS that no street or building should be named in a knee-jerk fashion for the hero of the moment simply because it's the new Social Justice Warrior thing to do. The saint, San Andres, wasn't a Civil War figure, a slave owner or anyone remotely controversial. Leave San Andres Street alone! And I say this is a full-on Democratic-voting liberal.

sbsweetpea Jul 15, 2020 07:07 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

The City of Santa Barbara is looking at a 30 million dollar short fall over the next two years, and that was the prediction in April when we thought things would be getting better by this summer. How much is it going to cost the city to change the name of a street that is 12 blocks long, with thousands of residents living on it? People will have to change their DL's, taxes, credit card bills, voter registration (remember this is an election year so bad timing) SS checks and Unemployment benefits which these days it is beyond a nightmare to try to get a hold of them. Maps will have to be changed, MTD schedules and signs, Google maps, the list just goes on and on. One Nextdoor poster brought up the issue that this name change could delay or cause confusion for 911 calls. So who thinks all the residents on San Andres will be gung ho for this? The businesses will have to change their advertising materials, stationary, logos, business licenses etc.
This request is NOT even coming from residents of the Westside. The petitioners live in Hidden Valley, Mission Canyon and the Eastside. Work on issues in your own neighborhood please.

Minibeast Jul 15, 2020 09:30 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

SBSWEETPEA------Great comment; all so true. This proposal is impractical = ill thought-out, not sensible, not realistic. Poll the residents of San Andres. Are they onboard with this?

Council Member ... Jul 15, 2020 09:49 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Hello, this is Council Member Oscar Gutierrez. I am in no way involved in this proposal. I posted a picture of the flyer on NextDoor to notify the public that this is happening. I suggest everyone to call this number to let them know how you feel 8058960581

a-1594875712 Jul 15, 2020 10:01 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Council member Gutierrez, Please report to Nextdoor your plans to make up the $30 million city budget short fall. That is of much more interest to Next Door members, than posting about this proposed street name change. Agree, fixing our streets is far more important than changing street names. Who would even want their names associated with the extremely poor condition too many of city streets have fallen into.

GrammaSB Jul 15, 2020 10:27 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Thank you for clarifying. Blow up the phone people! You have a right to let them know you don't agree. If they are adult enough to bring up the cause they are adult enough to hear the opinion. Get to the bottom of WHO is behind this movement. Some have said it's someone from the Eastside Neighborhood Council?? Another mentioned someone by the name of Inda?? Start up a petition opposing this movement.

a-1594911564 Jul 16, 2020 07:59 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

SIMPLE... they will raise taxes. Get everyone out of work for months. Then raise taxes to force more people to be government dependent. The way to control the people is by fear and make them think they are doing something to help them.

a-1594980167 Jul 17, 2020 03:02 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

But do you live on San Andres Street? It’s one thing to live in an area it’s another to live on the affected street. This is absurd and will cause headaches forever for those on that street. Look at the street that was changed over in San Roque. I think it’s Dixon. The street sign says “formally Dixon “under the new name. Been that way for years. I’m sure there are plenty of new roads in Santa Maria or Lompoc with new housing that can have her name. But leave existing not offensive street names alone.

wahine805 Aug 05, 2020 12:45 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

San Andreas is a name of a street that degenerates have congregated for far too long and its revamp of the westside is long overdue. As a resident there that experienced it first hand I would rather see it renamed in support of a Farmworkers Activist (pray for them next time you make your salad) than a bunch of degenerate locals!

a-1594865267 Jul 15, 2020 07:07 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

If she lived in Santa Barbara or was born here or even did some work here, it would be a better idea. The only Santa Barbara contact that I know of is that she endorsed Cathy Murillo for council/mayor. I've read she's a wonderful social justice advocate for farm workers, but I don't see the Santa Barbara connection to overcome the history of the city, seen in its street names. Maybe Neal Graffy will weigh in with how it was that San Andres was named?

d8vanilla Jul 15, 2020 07:14 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Hopefully, it will never happen... after reading all the comments from people that seem to know more about it than I do. But, my first thought was.... would need to change so many documents, drivers license, notifying ,friends, family, doctors, new business cards, EVERYTHING ... too much.... pick another street, where people & businesses won't be so horribly impacted....

MountainMan4865 Jul 15, 2020 08:12 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

I'm super over the "YOU'RE A RACIST!" because you used a straw or some sh$t, BUT, there was a movement a few decades ago that resulted in many/most cities with Martin Luther King Blvd, and Calle Ceasar Chavez. I don't remember an upheaval about that. People made a point of wanting to honor those that really strived to make a difference. I don't remember anyone arguing against it. Why should they now? People in general have been embracing those local heroes that have fought for equality, why not honor them?

GrammaSB Jul 15, 2020 10:00 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

I do believe there are bigger issues that need attention. Leave the name as it is. What's next change Chino St b/c it translates to "masculine Chinese person" or it's also referencing hair texture in Spanish meaning curly? In that case let's make life easier on everyone this age we're in and just use the alphabet street ie: A street B street etc and numbered streets ie: 1 Street 2 Street then spell check wouldn't be necessary.
Buy an unincorporated piece of land plot it out develop it to your liking and name it whatever you want I'm sure the people signing your petition will donate to a go fund me acct so it can happen.
Better yet rename Montecito St Calle Dolores Huerta so it's a cross street to Calle Cesar Chavez they fought for the same cause! They should have streets together.

PitMix Jul 16, 2020 07:22 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Just your opinion about the importance of this issue. You can work on the issues that are important to you, but don't minimize the issue for others. I live on the Westside and don't feel any attachment to Saint Andres, whoever he was. At least I know who Dolores is.

k8 Jul 16, 2020 12:03 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

In 1997 part of Salsipuedes St. became Calle Cesar Chavez. It happened quickly, and with little or no push back from anyone in town. Chavez was not from here, but was an activist for civil rights. Dolores Huerta worked side by side with Chavez on everything he did, from the beginning. They confounded the UFW. In fact, SHE was the one who negotiated the historic contract between the Farmworkers and all the grape growers at the end of the grape boycott. And, in fact, SHE was the one who originated the phrase “Si se puede”. Dolores Huerta is a winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and many other honors and continues to fight for change through the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Petitions supporting the honoring of Dolores Huerta have been circulated up and down San Andres and signed by hundreds of residents and business owners. Once the City Council approves a street name change, they notify the U. S. Postal Service and mail is automatically forwarded for free for 18 months. Large corporations get the name change when they automatically update their files to conform with those of the USPS. This is an issue of gender equity. Dolores Huerta is a civil rights icon and deserves the same recognition given to Cesar Chavez.

a-1594913903 Jul 16, 2020 08:38 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

It is a good idea to Honor Dolores Huerta this is just not the time and the place. It is NOT that easy to change addresses. Trump is wanting de-fund the post office how efficient do you think it will be when this is done? I don't think Ms. Huerta would want the 1000+ people inconvenienced. In 1997 when a PORTION of Salsipuedes St. was changed it was not a primarily densely populated residential neighborhood

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