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US city considers renaming street after Barack Obama

US city considers renaming street after Barack Obama

Washington: The Los Angeles City Council has introduced a motion to rename a city street after former US President Barack Obama.

Council chief Herb J. Wesson Jr. announced the initiative on Twitter on Tuesday. He said that he wanted to change Rodeo Road to Obama Boulevard, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Nine years ago I had the honour of introducing then Senator Obama at his first campaign rally held at Rancho Cienega Park on Rodeo Road,” Wesson wrote. “Our council district is home to Washington,” he wrote.

Obama held his first rally on the five km long Rodeo Road after announcing his candidacy for President in 2007.

Los Angeles already has a number of streets named after former Presidents, including Washington Boulevard, Adams Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard.

This was, however, not the first plan to honour Obama in the second largest city of the US.

The California State Senate in May backed a plan to rename a stretch of the 134 Freeway running through the Los Angeles northern suburb after Obama, who attended the Occidental College in the Eagle Rock area nearby in 1979.
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