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WillieBrown3.jpgLegislation that would name the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown sailed through the Assembly on a 68-0 vote.

However, the measure, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 65, is facing opposition in the state Senate led by three former presidents of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

On Thursday, the three - Aaron Peskin, Matt Gonzalez and Quentin Kopp - sent a letter to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, asking him to hold ACR 65 in the Senate Rules Committee and thus block a Senate floor vote.

The letter contends that the naming measure, introduced by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, violates legislative rules on the naming of public facilities because it is being carried by someone who does not represent the area where the facility is located, and does not "reflect a community consensus" that the naming is proper.

The same issues were raised in an Assembly staff analysis of the measure. Just before the Assembly vote, San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting was added as a co-author of the bill, along with other legislators, but he doesn't represent the Bay Bridge. San Francisco's other assemblyman, Tom Ammiano, does represent the bridge, but he's not a co-author and, in fact, abstained when ACR 65 went through the Assembly.

"Most importantly," the letter says, "the proposed designation does not, as required by Senate rules, 'reflect a community consensus.' While we respect Mr. Brown's years of public service, Mr. Brown remains a very controversial figure in San Francisco and there exists significant concern in our community that naming the Bay Bridge for him is not appropriate."

All three of the former supervisors clashed with Brown on various occasions - particularly Kopp when Brown was Assembly speaker in the 1980s and 1990s and Kopp was a state senator.

PHOTO: Former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown during a roundtable meeting Thursday, July 8, 2010 at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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