Alvarado is still not finished. With only a few days left in office, Alvarado has one last stand in a proposal to rename a part of San Jose’s Capitol Expressway, after one of the world’s most influential civil rights leaders, her friend and fellow activist Cesar Chavez.
Officially on the agenda for the Board of Supervisors meeting to be held Tuesday December 9, 2008,Alvarado encourages the community to come out and give public testimony about the renaming of a portion of Capitol Expressway.
Alvarado says, “Cesar Chavez lived and worked in San Jose and is one of us. He is our local hero. Having a street named after him is to keep his name alive in the minds of people. He exemplifies the best of a humble man who gave his life for others.”
Alvarado has broken barriers that changed the face of local politics. She was the first person elected by the residents of District 5, the first Latina to serve as Vice Mayor of San Jose and the first Latina to serve as Chairperson on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Attributing her political gains to having experience in grassroots organizing Alvarado says, “It’s all about building relationships, a base of support and maintaining connections in the community.”
Having come full circle Alvarado has left indelible marks on this county and leaves a legacy of service saying, “I will miss having the forum to advocate for issues that I believe in but I will not miss all the homework.” She looks forward to rest, relaxation, spending time with her family, travel, and maybe even taking a class or two.