Tuesday, August 08, 2017

L.A. will name street for Archbishop Romero


Msgr. Oscar Romero Street will be located west of the Salvadoran Corridor (outlined in red on the map in the lower part of the illustration). Also pictured: the proclamation for the act.

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Just in time for the Romero Centennial, Los Angeles, California, the largest city in the large, western American state, home to the largest Salvadoran population outside of El Salvador, will have a “Msgr. Oscar Romero Street.” The measure was approved by the City Council in May and will debut its new name after 9:30 a.m. this coming Saturday August 12, when it will be unveiled in a ceremony.

The idea was presented by Councilmember Gil Cedillo, whose district includes “the Salvadoran Corridor,” a commercial district that caters to the Salvadoran community of the nearby Pico-Union district, where many Salvadorans and other Central Americans live. Fredy Ceja, Cedillo's communications director, told Super Martyrio that, “Msgr. Romero Street will solidify the presence and contributions of the Salvadoran community in the First Council District and the City in general.”

According to Ceja, the originator of the proposal was Salvadoran Consul General Maria Mercedes Lopez Pena, and the idea was picked up by Councilmember Cedillo, who admires Romero, with assistance from Carlos Vaquerano, director of the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF).

As the representative for the Salvadoran corridor, the Councilmember is guided by the principles of Archbishop Oscar A. Romero,” says Ceja. “His compassion and steadfast leadership to be the voice for those who need it, is very similar to the councilmember’s daily struggle to represent the voice of the immigrant community in Los Angeles.” Cedillo has supported several tributes to Romero: “We are proud to have the Monseñor Romero Memorial Plaza nearby, the Romero statue at MacArthur Park, and supporting Clínica Monseñor Romero over the years,” his spokesman said.

The street that will bear the name of Romero is a stretch of what is now 15th Street, which runs from east to west, west of the Salvadoran Corridor. The part of 15th Street that will be called “Msgr. Romero Street” runs between Loyola High School, and the Anglican Cathedral of Saint Sophia.  St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, the spiritual home of many Salvadorans, is also just a few steps away.

For Councilmember Cedillo, the new street will be a valuable addition to the neighborhood: “It is part of the cultural richness of our district,” said spokesman Ceja.

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