Honorary Street Names

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In August 2022, in response to interest in recognizing outstanding individuals who have made a significant impact on their community, the City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a program for the ceremonial naming of streets. The ceremonial street naming program commemorates the services, lives, and achievements of individuals, groups, or landmarks that have made a positive impact on Santa Ana. While these ceremonial names do not change the official names of the streets, those streets are marked with the installation of a ceremonial street sign that uniquely identifies the streets with the entity being honored. To be eligible for a ceremonial street sign, an entity must meet the following requirements: (1) have had a minimum of 10 consecutive years of community involvement by demonstrating extraordinary, consistent, and voluntary commitment; (2) have made significant and clearly defined contributions through cultural, humanitarian, or historic achievements; and (3) have lived in or identified with Santa Ana.


Helen Shipp and Black History Square

Helen Shipp is known for her spirited determination, her role as president and co-founder of the Orange County Black Historical Commission and most notably for founding the Orange County's Black History Parade and Cultural Faire, known today as the Orange County Black History Parade and Unity Festival. Learn more about her extraordinary life.

Lydia Romero-Cruz

Lydia Romero-Cruz was a pioneer in Santa Ana of providing children with access to dual immersion education programs​. She believed that bilingualism is a powerful tool that can open doors for students academically and in their future careers. Her contributions to education and community earned her lasting recognition, including having a school named in her honor.

Warren Bussey

Warren Bussey embodies the essence of a true leader in Santa Ana. inspiring generations with his unwavering dedication to community service. His presence was cherished at the annual Black History Parade, where he captivated audiences with his youthful spirit and infectious enthusiasm, reminding everyone that age is merely a number.

William and Virginia Guzman

William and Virginia Guzman were instrumental in the landmark case against the City of Santa Ana. The case, Mendez v. Westminster unfolded in the mid-1940s and addressed discriminatory practices within the Orange County school system. Specifically, how Mexican children were unfairly separated due to their skin tone and were unjustly labeled as intellectually inferior and unclean.

Josephine "Chepa" Andrade

Josephine "Chepa" Andrade, affectionately known as "La Reina de la Logan" or "The Queen of Logan Barrio," stands as a beacon of community activism and dedication in Santa Ana. Her life's work was devoted to preserving the integrity of the Logan community, one of Orange County's oldest Mexican-American neighborhoods.


Click here for more information on the Ceremonial Sign Topper Program.

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