As part of closing public comment at the Sept. 8 Blythe City Council meeting, resident Larry Williams returned to iterate hope for change to officials.
“I’m here again, gentlemen. I’m a little disappointed I’m not on the agenda – that nobody told me that I wouldn’t be on the agenda. I came in and asked to be on it; and it’s regarding Blythe, ‘city of serenity.’ Like before, I believe that the town should be recognized. I believe that when somebody says ‘Blythe’ – they know what Blythe means and what it represents,” noted Williams. “Somebody said that we already had one – talking about ‘the first sunrise’ or something. But I guarantee, if I gave you a dollar for everyone that knows that – nobody knows that; nobody. I’ve asked so many people, nobody knows. So we need to – well, I don’t need go back over all that. But we need to recognize Blythe as what it is.”
The Sept. 8 public comments followed Williams’ original pitch to change the city’s name from Blythe to Serenity on Aug. 11.
Williams would later be told of the cost – “thousands of dollars” – to change a city name. Instead, he suggested an add-on of: “Blythe, California – The city (or the place) of serenity.”
Currently, the mantra – noted on the City of Blythe’s official website – is: Blythe(, the f)irst sunrise in California.
“I just want to know one thing: am I wasting my time? With the council, am I really wasting my time? Because I really want to push. I want to do all I can to let people know what Blythe is and so forth. And do all I can to make it better. And I was hoping each one of you on the council would just come with me, and help me – so I can help you and we can all help each other,” said Williams. “It’s not about my thing; I just want Blythe – I love this town, I love this city, and I love the people in this city. So I’m just asking you all to just help me out. Lets let people know what Blythe is all about. I’ve asked at least 200 people in this town – and they agree, ‘that is fabulous; I love this, I love this.’ I’m still waiting for somebody to say ‘I don’t like it, I don’t love it.’ So, I don’t have much to say but I’m just a little disappointed. I was hoping that if I wasn’t going to be on the agenda, that somebody would at least let me know.”