It’s been a while since I reported on the renaming of Elysian Park Avenue after Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Here’s a quick update.
Like I reported at the time, a Los Angeles city ordinance requires a 30-day wait period for any street name change to officially go into effect. During this period the city’s Bureau of Engineering must collect and prepare responses from “the community” — in this case, the inhabitants of the 20 or so residential structures on the affected block of Elysian Park Avenue.
Gilbert Cedillo, the councilman who authored the original motion to rename the street, told me Jan. 29 that the 30-day period would begin that day. A spokesperson for his office said that the 30-day period actually began Feb. 2; 30 days from that date is March 3. The Bureau of Engineering can’t send its report to the L.A. City Council before that date.
The next step is to prepare a written ordinance, which will then go to the City Attorney for review. The next step is a Public Works Commission hearing. The next step is for the ordinance to go to the full L.A. City Council, which can officially and immediately implement the name change.
So … when will the first new street signs be rolled out?
The spokesperson for Cedillo’s office, Arturo Chavez, said in an e-mail that the process is moving on schedule. He described the first week of April as a “best case scenario.” Realistically, however, the name change will take place “most likely the first week of May.” The Dodgers’ home opener is April 12 against the San Francisco Giants.
Chavez added that the BOE has received “mixed pro and con” responses so far from residents. We’ll find out what the exact objections are soon enough, once the BOE prepares its report.