Amended in Assembly May 11, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 53

Introduced by Assembly Member Dahle

(Coauthors: Senators Gaines and Nielsen)

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O’Donnell, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Wood)

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April 6, 2015

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


ACR 53, as amended, 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.

P2    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,
10which includes the City of Redding, is now in the 1st Assembly
11District; and

12WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson, a former 30-year law enforcement
13officer, brought commonsense experience to the office and became
14a voice for crime victims during his first term as vice chair of the
15Assembly Committee on Public Safety; and

16WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson served as vice chair of the
17Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife during both
18of his terms in the Assembly. In negotiations with the Governor
19during his first term, Dick Dickerson secured $20 million to
20complete studies on aboveground water storage as a major
21concession for the legislative passage of water bond legislation;

23WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson was a staunch supporter of the
24proposed Sites Reservoir in Colusa County and raised awareness
25among the Members of the Legislature that additional storage was
26needed to meet the water supply needs of a growing state. Along
27with the Northern California Water Association, he successfully
28pushed forward the audit of California’s land acquisition policies;

30WHEREAS, While in the Assembly, Dick Dickerson retained
31a seat on the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and
32authored legislation to remove vegetation that had become
33hazardous fuel so it could be used as energy-producing biomass;

35WHEREAS, As a member of the Assembly Committee on
36Budget specializing in the resources area, Dick Dickerson obtained
37$4.58 million for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
38and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, known at
P3    1the time as the Department of Corrections, to pay for the
2reactivation of fire crews composed of nonviolent inmates from
317 conservation camps throughout California. These inmates were
4utilized for assistance with fighting fires, emergency flood work,
5and environmental restoration, with seven of the camps located in
6northern California and five located within Assembly Member
7Dickerson’s district; and

8WHEREAS, During his time in the Assembly, Dick Dickerson
9sat on more committees than any other Republican member. His
10committee assignments throughout his term in office included
11chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, vice chair
12of the Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and member of
13the Committees on Natural Resources, Public Safety, Budget,
14Governmental Organization, Insurance, Health, and Energy Costs
15and Availability; and

16WHEREAS, In the wake of the September 11, 2001, tragedy,
17Dick Dickerson was appointed to the Task Force on Terrorism;

19WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson served on nine select committees,
20including CALFED, Juvenile Justice, Air and Water Quality,
21California Indian Nations, California Wine, Protection of Inland
22Waterways, Rural Economic Development, Department of Motor
23Vehicles, and Gun Violence; and

24WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson authored 20 bills that were enacted
25during his time in the Assembly. During the 2001 legislative year,
26he had seven bills signed into law by Governor Gray Davis,
27including legislation to increase the presence of deputies and
28firefighters on our streets and in our communities, to enhance the
29protection of children from molesters, and to provide assistance
30for olive growers in their battle against the olive fruit fly.
31Legislation authored by Dick Dickerson also established a rice
32industry certification system that allowed California farmers to
33compete globally. Also through legislation authored by Dick
34Dickerson, local transportation dollars were returned to counties
35that incurred savings on their construction projects; and

36WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson was an effective negotiator in the
372001 budget discussions, securing $8 million for the economic
38recovery in the Klamath Basin, a permanent sales tax exemption
39on agriculture and forestry equipment and parts, a permanent tax
40exemption on propane and agricultural diesel, $500,000 of ongoing
P4    1funding for rural county sheriff’s departments, $70 million on tax
2relief for senior citizens, and $40 million in school equalization
3funding; and

4WHEREAS, The numerous awards and commendations Dick
5Dickerson received throughout his tenure in the Assembly attest
6to his stellar record of public service, including Awards of
7Appreciation from the Far West Equipment Dealers Association,
8Klamath Water Users Association, and Rice Producers of
9California; and

10WHEREAS, After serving in the Assembly, Dick Dickerson
11served on the Redding City Council from 2004 to 2012, inclusive,
12serving twice as mayor of the City of Redding; and

13WHEREAS, Dick Dickerson passed away on September 28,
142014, and is survived by his wife of 33 years, Betty, his four
15children, Laurie Steele, Scott Dickerson, Scott Smithson, and
16Karrie Haynes, his niece, Julie McClean, and his eight
17grandchildren; and

18WHEREAS, Through his public service activities, Dick
19Dickerson made a significant impact on the people of the former
202nd Assembly District, the City of Redding, and the State of
21California, and he will be greatly missed by all those individuals
22with whom he was associated; now, therefore, be it

23Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
24thereof concurring,
That the Legislature hereby designates the
25portion of State Route 44 from Airport Road to East Street in the
26City of Redding as the Richard “Dick” Dickerson Memorial
27Highway; and be it further

28Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested
29to determine the cost of appropriate signs consistent with the
30signing requirements for the state highway system showing this
31special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate
32sources sufficient to cover that cost, to erect those signs; and be it

34Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
35of this resolution to the Director of Transportation and to the author
36for appropriate distribution.