The city of Oxnard will study changing the name of Garfield Avenue in La Colonia to honor Cesar Chavez, the late farm labor organizer who once lived on the street.
Acting on a motion by Mayor Manuel Lopez, the council agreed Tuesday to delay action on a staff proposal to name one of three streets in the yet-to-be-built Northeast Community after Chavez.
Lopez said Garfield Avenue was a better choice because the Chavez family twice lived in residences on the street when they stayed in Oxnard to work on area farms. Chavez began his career as an activist in Oxnard when he helped start a community group.
City staff did not evaluate Garfield Avenue for the name change because of the difficulty of changing the name of existing streets, Lopez said. But he added that no more than 30 to 40 residents live on Garfield.