A request to change the name of a short street in northern Poway to honor Chabad of Poway shooting victim Lori Lynn Gilbert-Kaye will be considered by the City Council next week.
Eva Drive would become Lori Lynn Lane under the proposal. The road is off Stone Canyon Road and near where the 60-year-old Gilbert-Kaye lived. Only two homes have driveways off the street, with Stone Canyon addresses, and both have agreed to the name change as has the owner of a 26-acre parcel at the end of the road where future residential development may occur, city officials said.
Eva Drive is in the Green Valley neighborhood of northern Poway, roughly 1 mile south of Chabad of Poway where on April 27, the last day of Passover, a 19-year-old man opened fire killing Gilbert-Kaye and injuring several others. The congregation’s rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, 57, lost a finger in the shooting. Two other people — Almog Peretz, 34, and his 8-year-old niece, Noya Dahan — were also injured.
John T. Earnest is awaiting trial on murder, attempted murder, arson and hate crime allegations.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said people connected to the Chabad approached the city with the name change idea.
“They did all the groundwork and our team got the obstacles out of the way,” Vaus said. “It should have unanimous and enthusiastic support” when it goes before the council for a decision next Tuesday night, he said.
According to a report prepared for the council meeting, the city’s street naming policy does not allow street names to be the given or surnames of people, with the exception of names of pioneer families or historic persons.
“Lori Lynn Lane meets the historic persons criteria for a street name due to Ms. Gilbert-Kaye’s association with the tragic historic event,” the report to the council states.