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Bay Bridge naming craziness: Willie Brown or Emperor Norton?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Political cronies of Chronicle columnist Willie Brown in Sacramento behind the push to name the western span of the Bay Bridge after him are proceeding apace, getting a resolution to do so through the state Assembly (that went almost entirely unnoticed) in the run-up to the Labor Day holiday. Three former Board of Supervisors presidents—Aaron Peskin, Matt Gonzalez and Quentin Kopp—have fired off letters of opposition. They note, among other things, that current rules prevent naming roadways after people still living and that there’s no indication of any “community consensus” on giving such an honor to Brown.

Of the furtive effort to ram the Brown bridge naming plot through, the Chronicle notes:

It's the kind of thing that should have made news when it was passed - except it was buried among an avalanche of bills passed in the final weeks of the Legislature. No one will say whether that was intentional.

Meanwhile, petition gatherer John Lumea’s anti-Brown effort, in the guise of naming the span for Emperor Norton, the eccentric 19th-century visionary, has passed the 2,000 mark. More on his petition drive here.

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