On Tuesday, both houses of the California legislature passed a resolution that will immortalize former President Barack Obama. A portion of the Ventura Freeway (134), between the Glendale (2) and Foothill (210) freeways will be named the President Barack H. Obama Freeway.
The dedicated portion of the highway is the same stretch Obama drove from his apartment in Pasadena when he attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979 to 1981. He would later move to the East Coast to attend Harvard, become a State Senator in Illinois, then a U.S. Senator, and eventually become the nation’s first African American U.S. president.
"I am so proud to have authored this proposal to forever appreciate and commemorate President Obama’s tremendous legacy, statesmanship and direct connection to Southern California,” Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino said his a statement. His district represents the area of the freeway to be renamed.
And the fact that the resolution was passed on the same day the Trump administration announced its plan to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, did not go unnoticed by Portantino.
"It is also quite appropriate and symbolic that the California Legislature would pass this resolution for a president filled with compassion on the same day we witness another president turn his back on 800,000 children," he said.
Portantino also said the naming of the freeway honors the 44th president's connection to Southern California.
"It is so important that California highlights the dignity of President Obama," he said. "His direct connection to Southern California in general and to the 134 Freeway specifically makes this the appropriate and exciting place to recognize his tremendous accomplishments and the presidential manner in which he led our country."
In Los Angeles, a campaign has been launched to rename a portion of Rodeo Road in honor of the president.