SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A new name could be found on the street, the circle and the plaza are directly facing California State Capitol.
The Seanad Resolution calls on the state 914 and 915 Capitol Mall to rename the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Circle and Plaza in honor of former Assembly Speaker and Mayor of San Francisco. It is currently known as Capitol Fountain Plaza and is part of Capitol Park.
According to the Resolution,
"Mr. Brown is widely accepted as one of the most influential politicians at the end of the 20th century, and is at the heart of California politics, government and civic life for four decades."
Brown served in the California Assembly from 1965-1995 and was the first African-American Speaker and was serving longer in California, having held his position since 1980-1995. He was later elected Mayor of San Francisco and presided over the city from January 1996 – January 2004.
The 85-year-old man is the head of Willie L. Brown, Jr. Institute of Politics and Public Service.
In 2013, the ACR Assembly 65 ran to rename the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as “Willie L. Brown, Jr Bridge”. The Speaker's conference room on the second floor of the West Wing Capitol State is also named as Willie L. Brown, Jr. Room.
Willie Brown earned BA from San Francisco State and JD from UC Hastings Law College. He is a father of four.
The Resolution was passed by the Seanad Government Organization to vote 16-0.
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