Lubbock, Texas – The group behind the effort to change the name of Canyon Lakes Drive to Cesar Chavez Drive presented a petition containing 5,000 signatures to the city council in support of the change. Cesar Chavez Commemoration Committee Chair Christi Martinez-Garcia presented each council member with a copy of the petition during today’s citizen comment time.
There were citizens speaking against the name change, not because of who the street would be renamed after, but because of the street it would replace. Much of the opposition centered on the cultural, historical and descriptive significance of Canyon Lakes Drive. Many felt the current name has deep roots in the East Lubbock community and do not want to see that disappear. One citizen likened the street name change to entering a friend’s ranch and branding his cattle with someone else’s brand.
There have been rumors this issue may be on the next city council agenda, but neither Martinez-Garcia or any council member have confirmed it.