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Calipatria council renames East Elder Street to Emanuel Street

June 06, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — City Council members engaged in a heated discussion Tuesday night in the renaming of East Elder Street to Emanuel Street.

Frank Emanuel was a former chief of police who served the city about 15 to 20 years.

At the meeting, councilman Leonard Vasquez presented a list of petitions totaling more than 100 names of people who wish to see the street named after Francisco Quiroz.

Vasquez said Quiroz was one of the first merchants in the city and used his own money to pave East Elder Street.

"I'm ashamed that we can't have it named after somebody who worked for it. He earned it," said Vasquez during the meeting.

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Councilman Robert Nakadaira said he was concerned naming the street in honor of Quiroz would send a message that Emanuel is not important since the proposed name change was already published in the newspaper.

"No, not at all," Vasquez responded. "Emanuel did a great service to the city, but Quiroz started the whole street."

Vasquez made a motion to table the naming of East Elder Street to Emanuel Street. No one seconded the motion.

Mayor Fred Beltran made a motion to name Elder Street after Emanuel, which was seconded by councilman Royal Sage.

All council members but Vasquez voted in favor of the name change.

Luis Zendejas, owner of Zendejas Hardware here, suggested that the next time the city renames a street, the community should be allowed to choose the name.

Vasquez agreed.

In addition, the council voted to change the name of Bonita Street to Beall Place and Bonita Place to Bonita Street.

The council is scheduled to meet again June 12.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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