Rename A Portion of "Beverly Boulevard" to "Larry Itliong Boulevard"

Rename A Portion of "Beverly Boulevard" to "Larry Itliong Boulevard"

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Fernandico Gonong started this petition to City of Los Angeles Mitch O’Farrell and

Dear City of LA, Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council and fellow Kababayans,

On August 2, 2002, the area bounded by Hoover Street on the west to Glendale Boulevard on the east, Temple Street on the north and Beverly Boulevard on the south in Echo Park district in Los Angeles was officially designated as "The Historic Filipinotown" through a resolution filed by then 13th District Council member and now Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti.

The “Historic” label was added to recognize the area as a gateway and place where Filipino immigrants settled, created businesses, and conducted community-based activities.

Originally popularly known as Little Manila, the Historic Filipinotown was one of the first areas to be cultivated by Filipino immigrants during the early part of the 20th century.

Historic Filipinotown was created to help preserve the history of this part of the neighborhood and promote economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial and educational interests and common wealth of local residents, business owners and other stakeholders. It was a fitting tribute as Filipino-Americans represent the largest population of Asian- Americans in California and also have one of the oldest communities of Asian-Americans in the United States.

Historic Filipinotown is home to key Filipino organizations, such as the 76-year-old Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), the Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), the Filipino American Service Group Inc. (FASGI), the Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), Lord of Harvest and the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) to name a few.

Since historically, the area now known as Historic Filipinotown served as the launching site for Filipino farm workers for jobs at farms throughout the West Coast, we find it appropriate that one of the two major roads traversing the area be named after one of the greatest leaders of the early farm workers unions.

We propose that a portion of Beverly Boulevard – from the Historic Filipinotown Gateway Arch now being built at the intersection of Glendale Avenue in the east up to Virgil Avenue and Hoover Street in the west – be renamed in honor of Larry Itliong Jr., a Filipino labor leader who led the Great Delano Grape Strike in 1965 and founded, along with the great Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers.

Mr. Itliong was also instrumental in helping organize cannery workers in Alaska, and farm workers in Washington and California.

Mr. Itliong, known as the “father of West Coast Labor Movement” who fought for workers’ rights as early as the 1930s, actually preceded both Chavez and the great Martin Luther King Jr. in the Eight for civil rights in the United States.

Mr. Itliong’s distinguished work as a labor leader was officially recognized by the State of California in July 2015 when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill, authored by then Filipino- American Assemblyman now California Attorney General Rob Bonta, designating October 25 as Larry Itliong Day in California.


It would be a fitting tribute to this great Filipino if a resolution to rename this portion of Beverly Boulevard to Larry Itliong Avenue could be approved before October 25, 2021, when thousands of Filipinos celebrate his contributions to the American labor movements and to the early Filipinos in the United States.

We, therefore, call on the City Council of Los Angeles to pass a resolution renaming the portion of Beverly Boulevard – from Glendale Avenue to Virgil Avenue – to Larry Itliong Avenue, to honor not only a great Filipino leader but also to recognize the many contributions of Filipinos to the City of Los Angeles.

Please help us reach our goal minimum of 1 M signatures by August 2021.

Fernandico Q. Gonong Jr. | Rotary History Filipinotown - President

Contact Information:
E: fqgonong@gmail.com
M: 310-570-0795

 

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