City approves Councilmember Huizar’s motion to dedicate Bailey Street, adjacent to Mariachi Plaza, in honor of legendary Mexican performer Lucha Reyes
(LOS ANGELES) Oct. 4, 2013 – The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to support Councilmember José Huizar’s motion to dedicate Bailey Street “Avenida de Lucha Reyes,” in honor of famed Mexican ranchera singer Lucha Reyes, whose statue adorns adjacent Mariachi Plaza.
The Lucha Reyes dedication comes as First Street is in the midst of a $12 million improvement project. As a former Metro Director and as a City Councilmember, Huizar has been instrumental in working with Metro, City departments, community and business leaders on the Eastside Access Improvement Project, which is aimed at improving pedestrian and bicycle access in and around the Metro Eastside Gold Line route in Boyle Heights, as well as support local businesses and the Boyle Heights Arts District.
Councilmember Huizar announced at a First Street groundbreaking ceremony in April that he was introducing the legislation to honor Reyes. Tuesday’s City Council vote solidifies that plan. Street dedications differ from renaming designations. The Street will remain Bailey Street while additional signage will highlight the Lucha Reyes dedication.
“I’m pleased that the City Council recognized Lucha Reyes’ place as the iconic figure she is to the Latino community,” said Huizar. “As we improve First Street with new signage, gardens, decorative sidewalks, street furniture and trees, we will greatly enhance the area. Dedicating a street in honor of Lucha Reyes adjacent to Mariachi Plaza reminds visitors of Boyle Heights’ Mexican culture and regard for musical legends like Lucha Reyes.”
A dedication ceremony will be planned sometime in the near future.
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