L.A. plans to rename street after legendary singer Vicente Fernandez under city motion

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
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On Wednesday, a motion was introduced in the L.A. council meeting to rename a street after Mexican icon Vicente Fernandez.

LOS ANGELES, BOYLE HEIGHTS (KABC) -- On Wednesday, Los Angeles Councilmember Kevin De Leon presented a motion in the council meeting that would honor late Mexican icon and world-renowned singer Vicente Fernandez by renaming a street after the beloved musician.

"I think it's great. A lot for what he's meant so long here to people and the effect he's had on people ... musically, emotionally, especially in Los Angeles," said Chris Reza, a local mariachi singer.

The motion would rename a street next to Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. The proposed plan would change Bailey Street, from First Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, to Vicente Fernandez.

"Personally, I think it's a great idea, especially being next to the Mariachi Plaza. What better way," said Robert Diaz, a local mariachi musician.

Some residents like the idea to rename a street after the King of Ranchera music, but not Bailey Street. Instead, they're suggesting a street a block down closer to where the mariachis gather.

"And right there, I think it would have more relevance because of the hotel that for more than 60 to 70 years has served mariachis. Exactly where Mariachis Unidos is located," said Arturo Ramirez, president of Mariachis Unidos organization.

According to the office of Councilmember De Leon, the public works committee will now review the motion and report back to the council with an analysis to change the street name. A vote on the motion will take place in about a month.

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