The Buzz: Name the Bay Bridge for Willie Brown? Not so fast, say SF ex-supervisors

08/31/2013 12:00 AM

09/03/2013 6:13 AM

Legislation that would name the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown sailed through the Assembly on a 68-0 vote.

But Assembly Concurrent Resolution 65 is facing opposition in the Senate led by three former presidents of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Aaron Peskin, Matt Gonzalez and Quentin Kopp sent a letter Thursday to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, asking him to hold ACR 65 in the Senate Rules Committee and thus block a floor vote.

The letter contends the measure, by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, violates legislative rules on naming public facilities because it is authored by someone outside the area where the facility is located, and does not "reflect a community consensus" that the naming is proper.

"While we respect Mr. Brown's years of public service, Mr. Brown remains a very controversial figure in San Francisco and there exists significant concern in our community that naming the Bay Bridge for him is not appropriate," the letter reads.

All three clashed with Brown when he was Assembly speaker in the 1980s and 1990s.

– Dan Walters


The Assembly on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make it easier for women in California to get abortions. Assembly Bill 154 by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would expand the type of medical providers who can offer abortions by allowing nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants to perform abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy.

– Bee Capitol Bureau


"It will drive down the number of charter schools that are created in a given year, and it will further prevent parents from pursuing education options."

ASSEMBLYWOMAN KRISTIN OLSEN, a Modesto Republican, in opposition to Assembly Bill 917, which would require a majority of teachers and school staff to approve the conversion of a public school to a charter school

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