California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 65

Introduced by Assembly Member Hall

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bonta, Brown, Holden, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Mitchell, Ting, and Weber)

(Coauthors: Senators Price and Wright)

June 12, 2013

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 65—Relative to the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge.


ACR 65, as introduced, Hall. The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge.

This measure would name the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge. The measure would request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost for erecting appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs.

Fiscal committee: yes.

P1    1WHEREAS, Willie L. Brown, Jr. was born on March 20, 1934,
2in Mineola, Texas, and was the son of Minnie Collins Boyd and
3Willie Lewis Brown, Sr. and grandson of Anna Collins. He married
4the former Blanche Vitero in September 1957. He is the father of
5four children: Susan Elizabeth Brown, Robin Elaine Brown-Friedel,
6Michael Elliot Brown, and Sydney Minetta Brown; and

7WHEREAS, Mr. Brown received a bachelor of arts degree from
8San Francisco State University in 1955 and a juris doctor from the
9University of California, Hastings College of Law, in 1958. He
P2    1was admitted to the practice of law in the State of California and
2to the federal court, including the United States Supreme Court;

4WHEREAS, Mr. Brown was first elected in 1964 and served in
5all of the following capacities: as a Member of the California State
6Assembly from 1965 to 1995, as Speaker of the California State
7Assembly as the longest serving Speaker in California history,
8from 1980 to 1995, and the first African American; and two terms
9as the 41st Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, from
10January 8, 1996, to January 8, 2004; and

11WHEREAS, Mr. Brown served as the Chair of the Assembly
12Ways and Means Committee and the Chair of the Assembly
13Revenue and Taxation Committee; served on the Board of Trustees
14of the California State University system and as a Regent of the
15University of California; and served on the Board of Administration
16of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System; and

17WHEREAS, As mayor of California’s most cosmopolitan city,
18he refurbished and rebuilt one of the nation’s busiest transit
19systems, pioneered the use of bond measures to build affordable
20housing, created a model juvenile justice system, and paved the
21way for creating the expansion campus of the University of
22California, San Francisco, to serve as the anchor of a new
23development that would position the city as a center for the
24burgeoning field of biotechnology; and

25WHEREAS, Mr. Brown is widely regarded as one of the most
26influential politicians of the late 20th century, and has been at the
27center of California politics, government, and civic life for an
28astonishing four decades; and

29WHEREAS, Mr. Brown’s career spans the American presidency
30from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama, and he has worked with
31every California Governor from Edmund Gerald “Pat” Brown, Sr.,
32to Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr., and has left his imprimatur
33on every aspect of politics and public policy in the Golden State,
34including civil rights, education reform, tax policy, economic
35development, health care, international trade, domestic
36partnerships, and affirmative action; and

37WHEREAS, Today, Mr. Brown heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr.
38Institute on Politics and Public Service, where he shares his vast
39political knowledge and skills with a new generation of California
40leaders; now, therefore, be it

P3    1Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
2thereof concurring,
That the California Legislature takes great
3pride in recognizing Willie L. Brown, Jr. for all of his political,
4professional, and personal accomplishments by naming the western
5span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge the Willie L.
6Brown, Jr. Bridge to honor and commemorate his many
7contributions to California; and be it further

8Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested
9to determine the cost of erecting the appropriate signs, consistent
10with the signing requirements for the state highway system,
11showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations
12from nonstate sources covering that cost, to erect those signs; and
13be it further

14Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
15of this resolution to the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly,
16the President pro Tempore of the Senate, the California Legislative
17Black Caucus, the Director of Transportation, and the author for
18appropriate distribution.