Eight days ago, Unfair Park broke the news that the city was looking to rename at least a section of Young Street for César Chávez. What a difference a week makes, as city council member Steve Salazar -- head of the mayor's task force charged with finding a suitable street following last year's catastrophuck involving Industrial Boulevard and then Ross Avenue -- today sent two separate memos to the council and to Theresa O'Donnell, director of Development Services, withdrawing the recommendation and asking for the removal of the notification signs that popped up at the end of last week.
Rather than post more docs today, here's the text of the letter to Mayor Tom Leppert, City Manager Mary Suhm and other city officials:
Dear Council Colleagues: As you all know, the process of finding a way to honor the late Hispanic leader Cesar Chavez has been underway for well over a year now. Unfortunately, one option considering Young Street was released prematurely. In fact, we are continuing to consider and evaluate options.
In order to ensure that we all have an informed conversation on all of the options available to us, I am withdrawing the petition filed last week and requesting that the notification signs be removed from Young Street.
Over the next few weeks, we will continue vetting several options so that we may have a proposal that Dallas can be proud of.
And here's the note to O'Donnell:
Dear Ms. O'Donnell:
I am formally withdrawing the request submitted last week regarding a proposed name change for Young Street.
I request that the notification signs be removed as well.
Thank you for your assistance in this.
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