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?

Photo: Oscar Gutierrez
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a-1596658160 Aug 05, 2020 01:09 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Mr. Graffy has written a letter to the Council re San Andres and the significance of the name in California history. A friend share it with me. Hopefully, it will be published here. In part, Neal Graffy wrote, "...Over the past week, I have been bombarded with questions about how the street was named, who named it and most importantly, who was “San Andrés.”
"To start, San Andrés is one of four streets laid out side by side specifically and purposefully to memorialize two people and two events of the 1846 Mexican American War in California. The other streets being San Pascual, Chino and Gillespie.
Andrés Pico was born November 18, 1810 in San Diego, the third son and ninth of twelve children born to Josef Maria Pico and Maria Eustaquia Gutierrez. Far from the pure Spanish bloodline that most people think constitutes the heritage of California’s early settlers under the Spanish flag, the Pico family’s ethnicity was recorded as mestizo and mulato, a blend of Spanish, Mexican Indian and African.

Andrés’ name can be found throughout the annals of California during the years of rule by Mexico. He was recognized for his aptitude and intelligence and appointed to serve in a number of positions. He also played a part in the various schemes, plots and uprisings
that dominated California politics in the 1830s and 1840s."

It's ironic that he is also a Gutierrez ancestor! And it will be interesting to hear what the BLM movement says about removing the historic street name in favor of that of a Latinx. Neither San Andres Pico nor Dolores Huerta has a connection with Santa Barbara but it would seem that the name San Andres has considerable California history.

imarshell Jul 18, 2020 08:43 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Written by Walter Tompkins, known for writing most of the local histories, and posted by Ray Ford at

"Following California statehood in 1850, Santa Barbara's Common Council authorized the surveying and naming of our city streets. The ten major north-south streets situated exclusively on the Westside derived their history-oriented nomenclature as follows: Chapala, for a lake in Jalisco Province, Mexico. De la Vina, for the vineyards it crossed. Bath, or Banos, led to the public bathing beach. Castillo pointed toward the Castle Rock landmark. Rancheria crossed one of thirteen local Indian rancherias, or villages. San Pascual was the battlefield where the Mexicans whipped the Yankees. San Andres commemorates Gen. Andres Pico, commander of the Mexican forces. Chino was named for Rancho Santa Ana del Chino, another Southern California battlefield. Gillespie, for Lt. Archibald Gillespie, an American hero of the Battle of San Pasqual."

So maybe we should just celebrate this californio history already extant in these street names and name some thing else for Dolores?

a-1594965698 Jul 16, 2020 11:01 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

It's a city street and to change the name of a city street should be done by city residents, not just those who live adjacent to the street, as though it is an island or a private thoroughfare.

PitMix Jul 16, 2020 04:22 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

I guess if the comments by people that say it can cost a lot of money to change legal documents are true, then maybe the street can have the name San Andres but some signs giving it the honorary name for Huerta? Is that a compromise that will make everyone happy or everyone dissatisfied?

PitMix Jul 17, 2020 11:32 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Although I have researched this a little and these street name changes do not require that everyone spend $20K to change all their legal documents the Monday after the change is done. The changes are done over time as your licenses come up for renewal, or you sell your house. So doesn't cost anyone anything right away and the changes are just part of the transaction at the usual cost for everything else. Nice try to get everyone riled up, though.

a-1594966346 Jul 16, 2020 11:12 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Douglas Family Preserve was a private property transaction - honoring the major donation from the Douglas Family, along with many smaller community gifts, which made it possible to put this "Wilcox" property into private conservation ownership for public enjoyment. It was a remarkable community effort and we remain grateful to the significant Douglas family donation that put the long-running fund raising effort over the top, just in time to save this property for future generations.

Je2ry6 Jul 16, 2020 01:58 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Leave it alone! There is nothing wrong with the present name. and there already a Via Huerta. I'm sure the lady is worthy of having something named after her, but changing the name of a long and densely populated street like San Andres is ridiculous. It is way too much trouble and expense for both the city, residents and businesses.

sbsweetpea Jul 16, 2020 11:31 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

I do not feel at all threatened by a Latina or Latino. The timing is bad we are in the middle (or maybe just the beginning) of COVID-19, this will cost the city a lot of money, and impose inconvenience on those who live on/work on this street. If you wanted to change the name to Abraham Lincoln Way I would still feel the same.

MahaloLiving Jul 16, 2020 11:13 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Many constructive suggestions have been made on NextDoor and here as alternatives to renaming a major street in our neighborhood. They should be considered. If there is a need to honor more women, as I was told when asked to sign the petition outside Foodland, I suggest we start with Pearl Chase who was responsible for the integrity of the design of our city. Finally, our city is replete with historic and meaningful street names which are part of its identity and culture. We should be careful to make changes which build on what is already here.

Brooklyn Jul 16, 2020 11:11 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

This was not an overnight process. The group has been working on this for at least six months. It has nothing to do with any other movement, political position, or anything else. It was merely about honoring a woman whose civil rights work impacted the entire country. My guess is that those of you who object to the name change, are doing so because you feel threatened by a Latina. If you so object to changing the street name, petition to change your own street name to something like White Way or NoColoredHere Court

SBWoman Jul 16, 2020 10:57 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Will City pay each resident $10,000 or more? When my street name was changed it cost each resident between $7-$12,000 to change all legal, tax, insurance, registration, wills, titles, inheritance, work and other documents. In the end, the neighbor enacting the change offered each resident $20,000 for the headache, stress, and time required to change.

pkww Jul 16, 2020 10:56 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Let the residents and owners of San Andres property decide whether they value this name change enough to want to update their documents. They don't need triggered internet commenters deciding for them.

Lucky 777 Jul 16, 2020 09:48 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Anyone else get an eye-twitch from the grammar and lie on the bottom of the poster: "Yes!! It only takes one step you to change your address and it is free of charge!" Anyone who prints multiple copies of things that have errors, well, they just aren't paying attention to details. AND as for one step name changes, who are you kidding? ALL of us can so easily imagine the horror of changing every document for the businesses and homes on that long street. It would be a huge inconvenience. Name a building or a park for her and be done with the pandering to the PC mob of the moment.

aragorn Jul 16, 2020 09:12 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

Me, a Latino male born and grew up here in SB, leave San Andres St. alone. So he was not a saint nor born here, but he fought for SB. To me that counts. If it does get changed to Dolores Huerta St., I will always refer the street as San Andreas. ALWAYS!!

a-1594909404 Jul 16, 2020 07:23 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

I agree with K8.
Thousands of place names in the US bear the name of Cesar Chavez - many of then were changed from something else. Dolores Huerte was instrumental in the American farmworkers movement, and yet only a few places acknowledge her contribution. The truth I believe, lies with her gender.
BTW - Leo Carillo never lived in SB, nor did Juan Cabrillo.

PitMix Jul 16, 2020 07:20 AM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

She was co-equal or maybe more important than Cesar Chavez in organizing the farm workers, and he has a street with no local connections that I know of. Why not honor a famous Californian? I know it is unusual to honor someone who isn't rich but that would be a good thing.

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-1595014963 Jul 17, 2020 12:42 PM
Petition to Rename San Andres Street for Dolores Huerta

10:42, we "this isn't the time" as often as we hear the city say "we don't have any money" to make city improvements, while they still have enough money to pay for their raises and benefit increases. Both phrases run neck and neck.

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

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.

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?

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....

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?


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