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Petition calls to change name of Valencia street to honor Paul Walker, Roger Rodas

Posted: December 17, 2013 6:02 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2013 6:02 p.m.

A petition being circulated online asks that Hercules Street in the Rye Canyon Business Park be renamed in honor of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas. Signal file photo

Hundreds of people have signed an online petition circulating over the past week to change the name of a Valencia street to honor Roger Rodas and Paul Walker, both of whom were killed in November after a car crash in the area.

The petition, hosted online at, suggests changing the name of “Hercules Avenue” — actually Hercules Street in the Rye Canyon Business Park area of Valencia — to “Walker/Rodas Memorial Way.”

“With an international outpouring of love and support, this might be a nice way for people to continue remembering two amazing men who died tragically,” reads the description of the petition.

Both Walker and Rodas were killed Nov. 30 when the Porsche Carrera GT they were riding in crashed on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway.

Hercules Street is part of a series of connected thoroughfares in the Rye Canyon Business Park, which also includes Kelly Johnson Parkway and Constellation Road.

Many of the near-800 signatures on the petition come from people who live outside of the Santa Clarita Valley, with signatories hailing from throughout the United States as well as other countries such as Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan and Poland, among others.

Gail Ortiz, spokeswoman for Santa Clarita, said Thursday the city has not received any direct overtures to change the name of the street.

Any change in street name would have to be approved by the Santa Clarita City Council, Ortiz said, and would be subject to a public hearing.

The city has changed street names in the past, most notably when portions of San Fernando Road in Newhall were renamed to Railroad Avenue, Newhall Avenue and Main Street in 2008.

One of the major concerns raised during that shift, Ortiz said, came from businesses who would have to change their letterheads or business cards to reflect the news addresses, as well as have customers get used to the new street names.

But mailing to those businesses turned out to not be a problem, Ortiz said, because the U.S. Postal Service maintains a historical record of addresses and continued to deliver mail even after the street name change.
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