Renaming street in honor of terror attack victim draws opposition

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Lakiba Nicole Palmer, a San Diego High School graduate, was one of 17 sailors killed in the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. She was 22 years old.

SAN DIEGO — The City Council on Tuesday will consider changing the name of a street to honor a San Diego woman who died in the terrorist attack on the destroyer USS Cole 15 years ago, but the idea has drawn opposition from residents of the affected Encanto roadway.

The proposal is to change the name of Lise Avenue to Lakiba Palmer Avenue in honor of the late sailor. She grew up in a house on Lise Avenue, which is located east of the 805 freeway, south of state Route 94 and north of Market Street, according to city documents.

The San Diego High School graduate was one of 17 sailors killed in the Oct. 12, 2000, attack in Yemen. She was 22 years old.

The Cole was refueling when two men steered a small boat laden with explosives close to the bow and blew themselves up. The crew saved the ship from sinking and it eventually returned to service.

Lise Avenue is a 1,200-foot-long roadway with 34 single-family homes, according to the city.

Nearly 30 residents signed a petition opposing the idea, stating that changing their address would cause undue hardship.

One woman wrote that the Palmer family moved away several years ago. Others suggested naming nearby Gompers Park after the sailor.

The City Council will decide the issue since the residents aren’t 100 percent in favor of the proposal.

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2 comments

  • Penelope Rush

    I do not understand how this causes undue hardships on the residents of this block. This makes no sense to me. Why is there any opposition to having a street renamed for an African American Woman who made the ultimate sacrifice for this Country? I am angered, saddened and surprised by this opposition.

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