A side road close to the Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights might be renamed in honor of the past due Mexican singer, Vicente Fernández.
The identify trade of Bailey Boulevard to Vicente Fernandez Boulevard was once proposed by way of Los Angeles Town Councilman Kevin de Leon and was once authorized by way of the council on Tuesday.
“As we all know, Vicente Fernández was once a cultural icon amongst Latinos international,” de Leon mentioned earlier than the council voted Tuesday. “His song impacted generations of Latinos, together with such a lot of right here in Los Angeles. His song was once song that transcended generations. That is what united all Latinos and Latino immigrants. That is intended as a tribute to a singer, an entertainer who contributed such a lot to our tradition and to our heritage.”
Fernández died on December 12 on the age of 81, 5 months after being hospitalized for a fall he suffered in his Guadalajara house.
Native mariachi musicians attended the Tuesday council assembly, talking in strengthen of the road’s identify trade, pronouncing it will supply tourism and uplift the mariachi group this is nonetheless convalescing from loss of paintings all through the pandemic.
“That is going to carry vacationers and paintings to mariachi bands,” Alejandro Cisneros, a consultant for Mariachis Independientes De California, mentioned all through public remark in Tuesday’s town council assembly.
The identify trade was once strongly adversarial by way of the Boyle Heights Group Council, bringing up a debatable 2019 remark made by way of Fernández, the place he refused a liver transplant in concern of it most likely coming from a “gay or drug addict.”
Identical resistance got here from teams in Pico Rivera closing week, when a side road close to the Pico Rivera Sports activities Area was once renamed the Avenida Vicente Fernandez.
“It’s necessary for us to acknowledge our cultural song, but additionally to acknowledge issues that weren’t so nice in our tradition and to assist right kind that,” Pico Rivera Mayor Dr. Monica Sánchez mentioned all through the road signal unveiling.
On Wednesday, Netflix launched an respectable trailer for a biopic on Fernández referred to as “El Rey.”
The 3-time Grammy award winner was once a cultural icon, making a song ballads that become staples of Mexican song over time of his profession that spanned just about 5 many years.
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