Skip to comments.Willie Brown Bridge Is Falling Down
Posted on 09/10/2013 10:19:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
Will the California Legislature point a giant middle finger at Bay Area commuters by naming the western span of the Bay Bridge after San Francisco Chronicle columnist Willie Brown even though, as San Francisco's mayor, Brown unconscionably delayed reconstruction of the seismically challenged eastern span and helped drive the project's cost from $1.5 billion to $6.4 billion?
Will Sacramento name a bridge after a politician whose antics risked the public safety of his constituents?
In June, Assemblyman Isadore Hall III introduced a resolution to name the western span the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge "to honor and commemorate his many contributions to California."
Hall may have meant well, but he broke two Sacramento rules. He tried to rename a bridge not in his district. And because he didn't know the political lay of this land, Hall broke a bigger rule by picking a name that angered the locals. As an Assembly analysis warned, "the proposed designation arguably lacks community consensus, as demonstrated via critical media editorials." The Chronicle editorialized against naming the span after Brown -- to nearly universal applause from letter writers.
Assemblyman Phil Ting helped Hall get around the first rule by becoming a co-author; the measure sailed through the Assembly 68-0. Not one lawmaker opposed the resolution during the floor vote. Not a single Republican voted no. A GOP aide explained that "the measure had strong support from a coalition of statewide civil rights groups, and there are no state costs associated with its passage."
Hall, you see, was acting at the behest of state NAACP President Alice Huffman, who thought it would be nice for California to honor its first African-American Assembly speaker by naming a postcard landmark after him.
Hall and the NAACP screwed up; they picked the wrong edifice. They picked the bridge against which Brown had built roadblocks. And Brown, I surmise, never warned them away from this reckless act of tribute.
It appears that Sacramento is wising up to the fact that Bay Area voters are looking toward the Capitol with darts in their eyes. It's bad enough that residents have to pay much higher tolls for a new span held together by dubious bolts. But voters get really angry at the prospect of Sacramento's naming half the bridge after one of its biggest cost drivers.
Having served on the committee that approved the single-anchored suspension design, state Senate Transportation and Housing Committee Chairman Mark DeSaulnier likes to portray himself as an injured party in the bridge debacle. DeSaulnier has lamented that if he knew in 1998 what he knows now, he would not have approved the project as it is.
There are signs the Senate leadership has figured out that naming an inch of the Bay Bridge after Brown would be a singular mistake. Nonetheless, DeSaulnier voted Monday to waive the rules to allow Hall's bill to proceed.
Hall's bill doesn't need the governor's signature, so it's up to the Senate to decide. Already the new span is a monument to the dysfunction of local politics. As the Willie Brown Bridge, the old span could serve as a testament to state politicians' arrogance.
Yeah but he is still pimping those threads dude is on
Makes no sense to name the Oakland end of the bridge after a San Francisco Mayor.
Ahhh, the CA gangsta who began the destruction of CA back 20 years ago.
Even Pelosi bows to this monster.
I quickly scanned an article the other day about some scam Richmond, CA is pulling. Willie Brown is a founding partner of the firm that’s benefiting.
Perhaps we can wrangle the renaming of the OLD SPAN.....?
...thus get the opportunity to watch wrecking crews Tear Down WIllie Brown?
think eastbound end of a westbound Mule..../s
simple answer is....yes without hesitation
BS on naming public projects after lefties. No name change is needed.
I dunno. We went over the new span for the first time Sunday, and it seems like it is an apt paean to Willie Brown. The middle part where the cables and towers are look real flashy, but otherwise, it’s just 3 miles of bland highway that just so happens to rise a couple hundred feet above the water. A real nothing, if you ask me.
What Debra doesn’t say is many are no doubt PO’d at this “tribute” because its well known that Willie Brown is as corrupt as the day is long. He always has been.
Have to get the language right:
"Acting boldly in a time of economic crisis, Brown redirected $5 billion of critically needed funds from California's most well-off citizens to at-risk union bosses." :)
Is this the same bridge that is $4 billion over budget and 10 years behind schedule? The bridge where 1/3 of the NEW steel rods cracked when they were tightened down? The bridge that REAL mettalurists said Caltrans engineers were ignorant to the threat of hydrogen embrittlement?” The bridge about which Gov. Brown said “Shit Happens?” The bridge that Cal Trans opened ANYWAY? The bridge where the bike lane only goes 1/2 way and then stops?? That bridge??
Then I’d say naming it after Willi Brown is entirely appropriate.