1 Community Compact files for preliminary injunction to block Cesar Chavez Blvd.

The Fresno City Council is set to move forward with the renaming on Thursday.

A community group seeking to prevent Fresno from renaming California, Ventura and Kings Canyon Avenues to Cesar Chavez Boulevard filed a motion for preliminary injunction in court on Wednesday.  

The group, 1 Community Compact, is seeking to preserve the three street names, which it considers to have historical significance in Fresno. 


The backstory: Last March the Fresno City Council voted 6-1 to rename the stretches of California, Kings Canyon and Ventura Avenues that are within city limits to Cesar Chavez Boulevard to honor the late UFW co-founder. Councilman Garry Bredefeld cast the lone vote in opposition. 

  • Following the move, 1 Community Compact formed, which includes members of Fresno’s Black community, Fresno’s Armenian community, business owners along the three streets in question, and others. 
  • 1 Community Compact filed a lawsuit against the city last July, accusing the city of renaming the streets for ideological and political reasons. 
  • The city has allocated $1 million to make the changes. 

The big picture: The group filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in Fresno County Superior Court on Wednesday. 

  • If a judge grants the preliminary injunction, the city would be blocked from moving forward with the renaming until the issue is resolved in court. 

What we’re watching: 1 Community Compact filed the notice for a preliminary injunction one day before the Fresno City Council is scheduled to award a bid to a contractor to replace the street signs. 

  • Kroeker Inc., the, contractor has 30 days to do the work. 
  • The hearing date in court for the preliminary injunction is scheduled for March 12. 

What they’re saying: “With a successful injunction, 1 Community Compact will be able to provide a pause to the City Council majority’s waste of public funds and defiant choice to rapidly erase Fresno’s history in their pursuit of political popularity,” 1 Community Compact said in a statement. 

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