Monday, December 23, 2013

Petition to rename street after Paul Walker bound for failure: Councilman

A petition to rename the street that actor Paul Walker -- as well as the driver, Roger Rodas -- died on in a fiery crash on Nov. 30, 2013 has thousands of signatures. However, on Monday, a city councilman told TMZ the plan was probably doomed to failure.

The petition can be found here, on GoPetition.com. At the time of this writing, it has reached 1,868 signatures -- hardly Phil Robertson level -- but still notable.

However, most residents are saying nay to the idea of renaming Hercules Avenue to Walker Rojas Memorial Way. Primarily, the report said, it's because Paul did nothing specific for the community itself. There is, of course, also the annoyance and expense for residents and the city changing street signs and those minor thing like contact info.

Thus, we have city councilman TimBen Boydston, who told the celebrity site on Monday that cannoty be renamed without the support of the community. That statement appears to have squashed the hopes of any such change.

Walker and Rodas both died on Nov. 30, 2013. After they left an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT -- which Rodas was driving -- crashed into a light pole and tree on Hercules Avenue, a 45 mph speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, Calif.

The car burst into flames. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department declared both victims dead at the scene.

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