Street In Hillcrest May Get New Name
Monday, May 7, 2012
Aired 5/7/12 on KPBS News.
The San Diego City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on renaming a city street after Harvey Milk who is recognized as one of the first openly gay politicians to hold public office in the United States.
San Diego would be the first city in the nation to have a street honoring Harvey Milk, the San Francisco County Supervisor who was assassinated in 1979, if the San Diego City Council votes in favor of the change on Tuesday.
A two-block street in Hillcrest, currently called "Blaine Avenue" would be renamed “Harvey Milk Street”.
San Diego City Council member Todd Gloria, who represents District 3 where the street is located, said the LGBT community has a long history in Hillcrest.
“The community members who’ve led this effort have responded to similar efforts on behalf of Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders and I think they’re looking for similar recognition", he said.
Gloria is looking forward to a “yes” vote tomorrow. And he said, he hopes to have street signs in place by Milk’s birthday on May 22nd.
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