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

Obama Highway sign on the 134 freeway

Photo by Anthony J. Portantino

Eagle Rock — A roadside sign was installed this week declaring a stretch of the 134 Freeway as the President Barack H. Obama Highway.

The installation comes two years after State Sen. Anthony Portantino announced the passage of the legislation he sponsored to name the 134 Freeway between the 2 and 210 freeways in honor of the former president.

Portantino said his resolution was inspired by community activists who suggested the idea after the City of Pasadena installed a commemorative plaque in honor of Obama on the apartment building where he lived while attending Occidental College in Eagle Rock between 1979 and 1981.

“President Obama used this portion of California’s freeway system to travel from his college home in Pasadena to Occidental College,” said the resolution.

The plan had been to place two ground mounted signs saying “President Barack H. Obama Highway” in each direction of the 134 between the 2 Freeway on the west and the 210 Freeway on the east, according to Caltrans officials.

But there were still no signs more than a year after the resolution was adopted. Caltrans told The Eastsider in March that no signs had been installed because private funds had not been raised by to cover the estimated $5,000 needed to create and install the signs.

Earlier in the year, however,  a reception hosted by Portantino, Bob and Faye Davidson and Occidental College generated the the money for the signs, said a press release from the state senator.

A formal unveiling is being planned for next year, Portantino said.

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  1. I think Tommy’s burgers has done more for Eagle Rock than Obama. Did Obama live in Pasadena because Eagle Rock wasn’t good enough for him?

  2. This is fine, but it is also feel-good zero-impact legislation sponsored by a politician who serves commercial interest groups over communities and constituents.

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