SALINAS, Calif. -- The decision to name a brand new Salinas elementary school after a convicted murderer is making headlines once again.
The subheadline for the article in Tuesday's issue of the Los Angeles Times reads: "Generations worth of racial and class tensions have come to the forefront as a defiant young Latino politician takes on the city's power brokers. His hero? A 19th century outlaw."
The article compares and contrasts Salinas Councilman Jose Castaneda and historical figure Tiburcio Vasquez. It says: "Like Vasquez, Castaneda is complicated and divisive. The 36-year-old landscaper is seen in the Alisal as a fierce advocate on issues as varied as bilingual education and allegations of police harassment."
It's a controversial decision Central Coast News has been following since the Alisal Union School District named the elementary school after Vasquez, one of California's first bandits. Some view him as a bandit, convicted and hanged for murder.