QUESTION: If they want to name a street after boxing champ Manuel Ortiz, explain what he has done for the community.
Paul Rodriguez is one of the largest contributors to the El Centro Police Athletic League youth center. The center keeps kids involved in sports, off the streets and safe. Mr. Rodriguez actively supports it with his time, talent and money. The children who benefit are not political powerhouses. Neither are their parents, Some come from broken homes and desperately need role models. — Street Namer, El Centro
We hope El Centro will not sell the naming of its streets to the highest bidder. If the city changes Fourth Street to Paul Rodriguez, we hope it's not because Rodriguez donated close to $200,000 in time and money in the seven years he's been supporting the youth center. That sounds so sleazy. There's a better reason.
You can't put a price tag on Ortiz's contribution to Hispanics. In the heart of the Depression, he won the world bantamweight championship, giving Hispanic pride — and hope. He was the first Mexican to hold a world boxing title.