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City Renames Street: ''L. Ron Hubbard Way'


City Renames Street: ''L. Ron Hubbard Way''  Scientology Founder and Humanitarian Honoured  S
unset Boulevard in Hollywood is one of the world’s best-known thoroughfares.

     And, as of April 5, 1997, it also has a new cross-street—named L. Ron Hubbard Way, after the well known author, humanitarian and Founder of Scientology.

     The street was closed that Saturday for the colourful festivities in honour of the street’s official opening, which began with a parade of heralds, drummers, flag bearers, and an honour guard presentation. More than 7,000 packed the street for the occasion.

     “If a man’s legacy can be measured by the numbers who benefit from his works, then few have contributed as much as L. Ron Hubbard,” said Rev. Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International.

     Rev. Jentzsch noted that Mr. Hubbard has been recognised by scores of governments, officials and societies for his accomplishments in an array of fields. In just the past 12 months, more than 200 official proclamations, letters of commendation and other kudos were received acclaiming Mr. Hubbard and his work.

     Chelsea Cochran, Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan’s representative for Hollywood, took the stage to deliver a message from the Mayor congratulating all concerned. “This street,” she said, “represents a model of community spirit to make Los Angeles a better place to live. It is fitting that it is dedicated to a man who inspired and embodied the spirit of helping others.”

     Next, a representative of the California Governor Pete Wilson said that he had seen the social betterment programmes which employ Mr. Hubbard’s methods in action and their impressive results in Los Angeles. “Best of all, I saw the dedication of competent volunteers, who had the skills to be more than just role models, but teachers and tutors in Mr. Hubbard’s methods. It is because of this that I stand before you today to help dedicate this new street.”

The Street: ''L. Ron Hubbard Way''

     Rev. Jentzsch then introduced veteran Los Angeles City Council member and president John Ferraro, who had supported the street project from the outset. He praised the determination of Church members in making the street a reality, and told the crowd: “Councilman Richard Alatorre and I and many of us on the City Council felt that this had great possibility—working together with the community, working together with this great organisation.”

     Rev. Jentzsch was then joined in cutting the ribbon to officially open the street by Councilman Ferraro, Ms. Cochran, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta. Thousands of balloons rose from the sides of the street, followed by a day filled with entertainment which featured a concert by the Church’s Golden Era Musicians and renowned Australian recording artist Kate Ceberano.

     Extensive streetscape improvements, organised and executed by the Church in cooperation with the city, included repaving the street itself—the first brick street constructed in Los Angeles since the 1930s open to regular traffic.

     Local residents rolled up their sleeves to participate in what was truly a neighbourhood effort. Bill Sturdivant, a building manager, said, “I’ve never seen anything like it. The teamwork, the perseverance. Everyone figured it would take a month longer, but they said they would do it – and they’ve done it.”

     The story of the new street began in the autumn of 1996, when the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance re-naming the street, with a flood of positive letters from citizens and local leaders reaching the City Hall in support.

     During discussions of the re-naming, Councilman Ferraro summarised some of the many favourable comments received in response to the proposed change and stated that the Scientologists “have demonstrated commitment to work for the betterment of the community, involving themselves in anti-crime, community clean-up and beautification.”

     “This street is now one of L.A.’s most beautiful,” said Rev. Jentzsch. “It is an appropriate tribute to a Los Angeles citizen who is respected and admired by millions across the globe.”

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