Democrats Propose to Rename L.A. Freeway after Barack Obama

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A group of Democratic activists request to rename a Los Angeles freeway after President Barack Obama.

California Senator, Anthony Portantino, has proposed that a portion of the California route 134 Freeway, from Glendale to Eagle Rock, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, be renamed to “President Barack H. Obama Freeway.”

This particular area is the former stomping grounds for President Obama when he attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock in 1979 before transferring to Columbia University in 1981. His 3-year stay in this area was long enough for Portantino to move forward with dedicating the freeway in Obama’s honor, according to his statement:

“California has a long history of designating our freeways as reminders of the accomplishments of important leaders who have shown character, strength and passion.” Portantino added, “President Obama is a laudable person to showcase and for Southern Californians to appreciate.”

The proposal comes shortly after Pasadena pays tribute to Obama with a commemorative plaque on the small apartment he once occupied while attending Occidental College, reports the Los Angeles Times.

After the official plaque ceremony, Portantino met with Pasadena Councilman Steve Madison met, and several community activists who mentioned renaming the highway. Their suggestion was met with approval by Madison, Portantino, and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez.  Earlier this week, Portantino submitted the proposal, SCR 8, to rename a portion of 134 between the 2 and 210 freeways after Obama.

Portantino made this statement about his decision to proceed with the activists’ idea:

“Part of my job is to be approachable. I’m linked to the community and residents of the district, and I want to break down the barriers between representatives and the folks. If someone comes up with a good idea, I’m going to run with it.”

H/T: Los Angeles Times

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