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Molina wants Spanish translation for Gold Line. “La Linea de Oro”?

When light rail returns to the Eastside neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles this summer, many Spanish-speaking residents will undoubtedly talk about taking el tren.

But will commuters say they are riding La Linea de Oro? L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina will propose during an MTA board meeting today that the Eastside extension of the Gold Line be officially named La Linea de Oro, Edward R. Roybal.

If the motion is approved, it will be the first time the name of an MTA facility, rail or bus line has been translated from English to Spanish, said MTA spokesman Jose Ubaldo. In her motion, Molina says  that Spanish has been a “cornerstone of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles” and that several community members asked that the rail line be referred to in that language, as well as honor the late Latino congressman, who grew up in Boyle Heights.

Molina could not be reached for comment. Boyle Heights and East L.A. are more than 95% Latino, with a huge Spanish-speaking population.

Lupe Bojorquez, 59, a Neighborhood Watch captain, said she has talked in the past with Molina about naming the Eastside stretch of the lineLa Linea de Oro.“I think it would be a nice gesture if it was named in Spanish,” Bojorquez said.

Although a date has not been set, the Gold Line extension is expected to open as early as June.

--Hector Becerra

Comments () | Archives (81)

Gloria Molina needs to get her head out of the nopales.

why is there so much hate towards the use of spanish in los angeles. english may be the official language but spanish is in this land's blood. not one comment that i saw said anything about the other languages that this city is required to print government materials in. if you go to the city buildings in west hollywood the signs are written in english and russian. i don't hear a peep about that. i don't really get why people are so quick to hate all over latinos/hispanics. check yourself people. the haters are the ones this native angeleno would love to see leave!

Well it looks like MTA approved this retarded idea today. Thanks Gloria. As if the Metro system wasn't user-unfriendly enough, now there are 2 different names for the same rail line. No wonder the rest of the world laughs at our complete joke-of-a-transit system

Learn English goddamit! There are enough English as a Second Language schools out there, you know. They are also FREE!

One reason we cannot overcome discrimination is because we are not united enough. The Hispanic community especially. This is NOT Mexico or any other Hispanic Country. I don't understand why English-only speakers have to bend over backwards in order to accomodate the Mexican immigrants in THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

I don't se why changing it to a spanish name is a big deal. There is such a big population of Spanish speaking people around here that I think that would be nice for them. It is one train and of how many highways that are in English.

I mean the name would be a bit symbolic for the Spanish population and if enough poeople vote for it then let it be. It's not a big deal whether the name is changed from Gold line to la linea de oro. Just like names of stores change sometimes, people will get used to it.

I agree with many of your comments. As an American Latino, I am getting sick of people trying to change everything in Los Angeles to accomodate ILLEGAL Spanish speaking Latinos. It's insane that Los Angeles politicians cater so heavily to people who WILL NOT learn English.
Renaming a train because it will pass thru a Large Latino population in Spanish is completely obsurd. It's gotten so out of control that people like me and my family who didn't grow up bi-lingual are fed up with Spanish recordings, bi-lingual public signs, translations from English to Spanish.
STOP enabling those who are to darn lazy to learn. Why should they change whenthey have top city officials babying them and making it ok for them to NOT LEARN ENGLISH? ENGLISH is this countries language!!! Yes, it irritates me and I think it is wrong and furthers a division in racial groups because it is favorism.

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