As many of you have already learned, the group attempting to rename a Portland street into César Chavez Avenue turned in their signatures ahead of us. (Even though they’ve yet to pick a street). While this is disappointing, it may in fact be a blessing in disguise. For months now, we at Rename42nd.org have had to field concerns from citizens that are confused about the street renaming process, and even more unsettling; that we’re attempting to belittle the work Chavez performed during his lifetime. This was never our intention and as I’ve stated time and time again, my own family benefited greatly from the labor movement spearheaded by César Chavez. However, that isn’t the point of this posting.
Rename42nd.org, after a long discussion, will stop all attempts at Douglas Adams Boulevard for the remainder of 2008. There are simply too many complications and mixed messages coming to us. Even though the Chavez renaming group has yet to target one street for their renaming project (as is demanded by City Code), they appear to have the momentum and we wish them all the best.
Know that at 8:00am on January 2, 2009, Rename42nd.org will present a new application to the Department of Transportation and will we begin to process anew. We will start again without the cloud of controversy hanging over our heads. To those that have already sent in funds, we offer two options.
1 – Allow us to keep the funds in a safe and secure vault (yes, under peat in a darkened basement). The funds have not and will not be touched until we turn in the finalized petition
2 – We will refund your monies as soon as possible.
On a personal note, I wish to thank every citizen and business that stood behind us in this insane civil process. We appreciate your support and will see you in 2009.
Stronger. Faster. Better. While 2008 will not end with Douglas Adams Boulevard, know that 2009 will be one Frood of a year!
Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions, I’ll answer as soon as I can.