Council Delays Renaming "A" Street

<p>Sgt. Jack Pendleton</p>

Sgt. Jack Pendleton

Petitioners to rename a street in Yakima may have to wait a while longer, after the city decides to postpone that decision.

The Yakima City Council was asked to adopt an ordinance to rename "A" Street to Sergeant Pendleton Boulevard, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Jack Pendleton.

However, an issue came up during the city council meeting last night regarding a previous attempt to rename "A" Street in honor of civil rights leader, Cesar Chavez.

That attempt failed, now the city council is asking for more time to look into that case, before moving on with renaming the street -- veterans say they are frustrated at the decision.

"We're all a little bit disappointed," said Vietnam veteran and petition spearheader, Rick Beck, "Everybody who has ever served is a little bit disappointed that they're not renaming the street after him, particularly so, because we're losing so many World War II veterans now. We want to have something done while there's still some World War II veterans around to see it happen."

The city council in 2006 voted 6-1 against renaming "A" Street after Cesar Chavez.