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Proposed Street Name Change Would Recognize Pastor who Stood Up for Change

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Father Luis Olivares, who was the presiding pastor at La Placita across from Olvera Street in the 1980s, may be soon recognized with a street named after him for social contributions. Councilmember Jose Huizar, who is pushing for a short street north of the church to be renamed to "Paseo Luis Olivares," says the religious leader was an active participant with Cesar Chavez' United Farm Workers before going on to found two organizations. United Neighborhood Organization's goal was to empower Latino neighborhoods through grass-roots leadership so they could address neighborhood and social issues. The Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) aims to "advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles," among other goals.

Olivares also declared the church as a "Sanctuary for refugees who were fleeing from the political turmoil and bloodshed in EI Salvador," says Huizar, whose motion will be discussed at city council committee today. His full reasoning for the street name change is below, via the motion: