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Plans To Rename Stretch Of L.A. Freeway For Obama Move Forward
On Monday, the California State Senate voted near unanimously (official count: 35-to-1) to rename a section of the 134 Freeway for former President Obama.
The proposal, which was introduced by State Senator Anthony Portantino back in December, would rename the stretch of the 134 between Interstate 210 in Pasadena and State Route 2 in Glendale for America's 44th president. The stretch of freeway in question passes Eagle Rock, where Obama president attended Occidental College from 1979 to 1981 (he transferred to Columbia in 1981). Having sailed through the Senate, the proposal still has to be approved by the State Assembly before it becomes official.
The idea for an Obama freeway was actually brought to Portantino by community activists, who came up with it during a ceremony held last December during which the city of Pasadena commemorated Obama's college apartment with a plaque. "If someone comes up with a good idea, I'm going to run with it," Portantino told the L.A. Times at the time.
Here in Southern California, where car culture is a way of life, there are few honors grander than being granted one's very own stretch of freeway. There is already a section of State Route 118 in Simi Valley named for former President Ronald Reagan, and a portion of Route 90 in Yorba Linda named in honor of former President Richard Nixon.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.