California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 53

Introduced by Assembly Member Dahle

(Coauthors: Senators Gaines and Nielsen)

April 6, 2015

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 53—Relative to the Richard “Dick” Dickerson Memorial Highway.


ACR 53, as introduced, Dahle. Richard “Dick” Dickerson Memorial Highway.

This measure would designate State Route 44 from Airport Road to East Street in the City of Redding as the Richard “Dick” Dickerson Memorial Highway. The measure would also request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of 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, Richard “Dick” Dickerson had an exemplary career
2in law enforcement and as a government leader with service both
3in the California State Assembly and the Redding City Council;

5WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson served in the Assembly from 1998
6to 2002, inclusive, representing the 2nd Assembly District, which
7included the northern California Counties of Colusa, Glenn, Shasta,
8Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, and parts of the Counties of
9Butte and Yolo. As a result of redistricting, the County of Shasta,
P2    1which includes the City of Redding, is now in the 1st Assembly
2District; and

3WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson, a former 30-year law enforcement
4officer, brought commonsense experience to the office and became
5a voice for crime victims during his first term as vice chair of the
6Assembly Committee on Public Safety; and

7WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson served as vice chair of the
8Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife during both
9of his terms in the Assembly. In negotiations with the Governor
10during his first term, Dick Dickerson secured $20 million to
11complete studies on aboveground water storage as a major
12concession for the legislative passage of water bond legislation;

14WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson was a staunch supporter of the
15proposed Sites Reservoir in Colusa County and raised awareness
16among the Members of the Legislature that additional storage was
17needed to meet the water supply needs of a growing state. Along
18with the Northern California Water Association, he successfully
19pushed forward the audit of California’s land acquisition policies;

21WHEREAS, While in the Assembly, Dick Dickerson retained
22a seat on the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and
23authored legislation to remove vegetation that had become
24hazardous fuel so it could be used as energy-producing biomass;

26WHEREAS, As a member of the Assembly Committee on
27Budget specializing in the resources area, Dick Dickerson obtained
28$4.58 million for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
29and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, known at
30the time as the Department of Corrections, to pay for the
31reactivation of fire crews composed of nonviolent inmates from
3217 conservation camps throughout California. These inmates were
33utilized for assistance with fighting fires, emergency flood work,
34and environmental restoration, with seven of the camps located in
35northern California and five located within Assembly Member
36Dickerson’s district; and

37WHEREAS, During his time in the Assembly, Dick Dickerson
38sat on more committees than any other Republican member. His
39committee assignments throughout his term in office included
40chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, vice chair
P3    1of the Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and member of
2the Committees on Natural Resources, Public Safety, Budget,
3Governmental Organization, Insurance, Health, and Energy Costs
4and Availability; and

5WHEREAS, In the wake of the September 11, 2001, tragedy,
6Dick Dickerson was appointed to the Task Force on Terrorism;

8WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson served on nine select committees,
9including CALFED, Juvenile Justice, Air and Water Quality,
10California Indian Nations, California Wine, Protection of Inland
11Waterways, Rural Economic Development, Department of Motor
12Vehicles, and Gun Violence; and

13WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson authored 20 bills that were enacted
14during his time in the Assembly. During the 2001 legislative year,
15he had seven bills signed into law by Governor Gray Davis,
16including legislation to increase the presence of deputies and
17firefighters on our streets and in our communities, to enhance the
18protection of children from molesters, and to provide assistance
19for olive growers in their battle against the olive fruit fly.
20Legislation authored by Dick Dickerson also established a rice
21industry certification system that allowed California farmers to
22compete globally. Also through legislation authored by Dick
23Dickerson, local transportation dollars were returned to counties
24that incurred savings on their construction projects; and

25WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson was an effective negotiator in the
262001 budget discussions, securing $8 million for the economic
27recovery in the Klamath Basin, a permanent sales tax exemption
28on agriculture and forestry equipment and parts, a permanent tax
29exemption on propane and agricultural diesel, $500,000 of ongoing
30funding for rural county sheriff’s departments, $70 million on tax
31relief for senior citizens, and $40 million in school equalization
32funding; and

33WHEREAS, The numerous awards and commendations Dick
34Dickerson received throughout his tenure in the Assembly attest
35to his stellar record of public service, including Awards of
36Appreciation from the Far West Equipment Dealers Association,
37Klamath Water Users Association, and Rice Producers of
38California; and

P4    1WHEREAS, After serving in the Assembly, Dick Dickerson
2served on the Redding City Council from 2004 to 2012, inclusive,
3serving twice as mayor of the City of Redding; and

4WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson passed away on September 28,
52014, and is survived by his wife of 33 years, Betty, his four
6children, Laurie Steele, Scott Dickerson, Scott Smithson, and
7Karrie Haynes, his niece, Julie McClean, and his eight
8grandchildren; and

9WHEREAS, Through his public service activities, Dick
10Dickerson made a significant impact on the people of the former
112nd Assembly District, the City of Redding, and the State of
12California, and he will be greatly missed by all those individuals
13with whom he was associated; now, therefore, be it

14Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
15thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby designates the
16portion of State Route 44 from Airport Road to East Street in the
17City of Redding as the Richard “Dick” Dickerson Memorial
18Highway; and be it further

19Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested
20to determine the cost of appropriate signs consistent with the
21signing requirements for the state highway system showing this
22special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate
23sources sufficient to cover that cost, to erect those signs; and be it

25Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
26of this resolution to the Director of Transportation and to the author
27for appropriate distribution.