Interesting take on the Cesar Chavez/Ross Avenue renaming process in the Observer’s blog today, as Sam Merten walks through the backstage theatrics of how we arrived at a point where some city street — maybe any street except for Industrial — apparently has to be named to honor Chavez and to save face for the council’s Hispanic politicians. Among the interesting points: Apparently the city’s Trinity River Corridor Project committee got together before the street name vote, decided to link the two votes together (one to rename Industrial, the other to rename Ross) and then essentially traded votes among the group to ensure that everyone supported everyone else’s agenda — as one Observer commenter point out, isn’t there a requirement for open meetings to keep this stuff from happening? Mayor Tom Leppert continues to pull his invisible man routine on this issue, failing to provide some public leadership on a way out of this politically idiotic tradeoff. Maybe he’s in Italy looking for another steel supplier for the bridge…

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