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Sep 12, 2013 2:43 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bay Bridge span to be named for Willie Brown


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Legislature has approved naming the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

Brown was the Assembly's first black speaker and the longest-serving one in state history, presiding over the 80-member house from 1980 to 1995.

ACR65, the resolution naming the span the "Willie L. Brown Jr. Bridge," passed the Senate on a 26-7 vote Thursday. It was approved previously in the Assembly and takes effect immediately.

Resolutions do not require the signature of the governor, who opposed the bridge naming.

Three former presidents of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors had asked the Senate to block the move. Their letter to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg called Brown "a very controversial figure."

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