The intersection of Temple and Alvarado Street in Historic Filipinotown is probably best known for the retr0 McDonalds complete with golden arches. But, if neighborhood leaders get their way, the busy crossroads will be named Remedios ‘Remy’ V. Geaga Square. Remy Square would honor the memory of a Filipino American activist who helped establish and run several organizations in a neighborhood that has served as a gateway for Filipino immigrants over the decades. Geaga, who died in 1997, was also the mother of Jocelyn Geaga-Rosenthal, a former board member of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council. The council has come out in support of naming the intersection in honor of Geaga and, in a letter, notes that Councilman Eric Garcetti is expected to introduce a City Council motion to make it official. The letter in part reads:
“Ms. Geaga’s accomplishments and legacy continues to this day in the countless lives she has touched with her work. Many people have benefited and continue to benefit today from all her efforts and leadership at community building.”
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* Update: A motion to rename the intersection in honor of Geaga has been placed on Friday’s City Council agenda.
Correction: A previous version of this story said that Jocelyn Geaga-Rosenthal is a member of the neighborhood council. That’s not right. She is a former member.