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Eagle Rock Driving Directions: Take the 2 to the Obama and get off at Figueroa

EAGLE ROCK — Could there be no higher honor in Southern California than having a freeway named after you? That’s what some state legislators want to do by naming a section of the 134 Freeway  after soon-to-be-former President Barack Obama.

The L.A. Times reports that state Senator Anthony Portantino with the help of State Assemblyman and Eagle Rock resident Jimmy Gomez introduced a resolution  to declare the section of the 134 Freeway between the 2 and 210 Freeways as the  “President Barack H. Obama Memorial Highway.”

The proposed Obama Freeway would run along the northern edge of Eagle Rock,  where Obama attended Occidental College  between 1979 and 1981.  It was at Occidental where Obama, according to the resolution,  made his first political speech as part of an effort to get the college to divest its investments in South Africa.

Portantino said his resolution was inspired by community activists who suggested the idea after the City of Pasadena installed a comemorative plaque in honor of Obama on the apartment building where he lived while attending Occidental.  The state senator told the Times:

“Everybody said, ‘You know what? Why don’t we take this one step further and memorialize his presence in Southern California — in particular in Eagle Rock — by naming a freeway after him?’ … What a great idea.”

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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8 comments

  1. First, it’s silly to name anything as a “memorial” to somebody still living. Secondly, if you are going to name a freeway for any president, should be the entire freeway, not just a small segment of one adjacent to a landfill. The Ronald Reagan freeway is an apt example of the appropriate way to do this. If it’s going to be half-assed, don’t bother.

    • I agree but will take it further to say it’s silly to name a freeway after one of the very worst presidents this country has ever had and I’m quoting the great Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institute of the University of Stanford. Nearly half the country didn’t want a continuation of his policies so why should we honor a man who set race relations in this country back to the 1960’s since so many people seem to act and feel as though they are oppressed. This is after eight years of his administration that people feel this way!

      • Only half of registered voters bothered to vote for either rotten candidate in 2016, so to say that “half the country” didn’t want Obama’s policies continued is also silly. At best you could say maybe 25% of registered voters felt that way.
        I agree with “bum” who said that it should not be called “memorial” if the person is living.

  2. I support this idea. Miss him already.

  3. I agree with ” bum ” that we shouldn’t use the word memorial for a living person. But other than that, I’d agree it’s a good idea to put President Obama’s name on that stretch of road

  4. Are you people insane??Obama is the biggest fraud in American history!!!

    • “Insane” = “Preemptive Strike”
      “Fraud” = “George W. Bush”

    • Stop being such a sore winner… your team will have plenty of time for that when you finally realize how badly you screwed us all by voting Trump into office. The next four years are gonna be the gilded age of political corruption in this country.

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