Durango name change OK'd, but at what cost to taxpayers

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by KENS 5 staff

kens5.com

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 2:57 PM

SAN ANTONIO - By denying the San Antonio Conservation Society a temporary injunction, a state district judge gave the city of San Antonio the okay to move forward on changing the name of Durango Boulevard to Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

Thursday, Jaime Martinez, founder of the Cesar Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation, declared it a “victory”. 
 
“For many years we have been trying to get proper recognition on a street, and this is a great victory for our community,” he said.
 
However, Nancy Avellar of the San Antonio Conservation Society warned the city not to go forward with replacing the street signs just yet.
 
“I emphasize that this issue has not been settled yet,” she explained.
 
A lawsuit filed by the Conservation Society is still pending.
 
The lawsuit claims the city did not follow proper procedures when deciding to change the street’s name.
 
As for Pedro Moncada, who has lived on Durango Blvd. for 27 years, he says he has nothing against Cesar Chavez, but would like the city to spend his tax dollars not on new signs along the street, but new sidewalks.
 

“For years and years and years we have been trying to get the city to fix it,” he said – adding whether it’s Durango or Cesar Chavez who can read the signs, if you are always having to watch your step.

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