Fairfax set to change name of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
North Bay town set to change name of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
In Marin County, the Fairfax Town Council has voted to issue a name change to a major street, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The plan is to rename the street the Coast Miwok Trail, though some locals aren't happy about the move.

FAIRFAX, Calif. (KGO) -- Fairfax is a Marin town that is roughly 90% white and, as of the first week of March, 100% polarized.

All of this tension is emerging because of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, a major road which winds 40 miles from San Francisco Bay through the coastal North Bay hills.

This week, the Fairfax Town Council voted for a name change to address Drake's problematic legacy.

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Sir Francis Drake being the first white man to land on nearby shore carries less weight here than his past as a slave trader and his detrimental impact on local Native Americans.

The council wants to call the road the Coastal Miwok Trail, at least within the borders of Fairfax.

Vice-Mayor Stephanie Hellman sees the Town Council as having made a moral decision.

"There are some things in the name of progress that just have to be done," Hellman says.

Fairfax locals have begun signing an initiative against the name change.

"If they want to change the name, let's vote for it," suggested Fred Codoni.

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Marin County's Board of Supervisors will consider the issue on Tuesday.