It irks the hell out of me that a street in LA was renamed after L. Ron Hubbard. The street I am talking about is Berendo St. In 1996, part of Berendo St. was renamed L. Ron Hubbard Way. With "Going Clear" making the rounds and with all the pending lawsuits, new books on the horizon and the cult of Scientology's shrinking numbers, it's time to bring Berendo St.'s name back. There was a recent article written on this very subject: How Los Angeles Ended Up Geting An 'L. Ron Hubbard Way' The Los Angeles Times dug into the archives to figure out what was going on when the city agreed to rename that short stretch next to the Scientology building in Hollywood. It happened in 1996, and while there was dissent, it sounds like it was pretty muted. The Council President at the time John Ferraro, represented the area and managed to convince seven others to vote in favor of the proposal. One councilman Richard Alatorre defended the church: "The fact of the matter is, this is the leader of this church that has been a long-standing member of the community. They are involved in positive work--they have a lot of members." Some of the council members trumpeted the church's anti-drug and anti-graffiti work, and a reverend from South Los Angeles showed up to talk up the Church's literacy programs in the inner city. Councilman Richard Alarcon, who last year was convicted of fraud and perjury, offered up this tepid defense: "We have, literally, thousands and thousands of streets named for people, most of whom I have no idea who they are." One of the dissenting members at the time was current city attorney Mike Feuer. Neither Feuer nor any of the dissenting members spoke out, though councilwoman Ruth Galanter did later explain why she didn't vote for the name change: "I believe that L. Ron Hubbard was a manipulative [and] dishonest [man]. He's a cult leader. We don't name streets after cult leaders." - snipped - the end of the article: "A representative from then-mayor Richard Riodan reportedly said, "The work on this street and its beauty have been inspired by the Church’s founder, author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. His humanitarian works are contributing greatly to helping eradicate illiteracy, drug abuse and criminality in the city of Los Angeles." Comments are open: http://laist.com/2015/03/31/l_ron_hubbard_way_scientology.php Bring Berendo back. You can write letters and request to change it back and mention "Going Clear", human rights abuses, pending lawsuits etc… Maybe someone who is namefagged can start a petition? Gather names on the street? Make "Bring Back Berendo" t- shirts? Flyers? Write more articles like the one above and get the neighborhood involved. IDK. I just think it's time. Thoughts? Ideas? Game plans? Plan of Action? Go DIAF?