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Busy, busy lawmakers to rename 85 the "Norman Y. Mineta Highway"

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  • 2/27 Bay City News
    Published Tuesday, February 27, 2007, by Bay City News Service Leglislators pitch new name for highway The first name most air travelers see upon arriving in
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27, 2007
      Published Tuesday, February 27, 2007, by Bay City News Service

      Leglislators pitch new name for highway

      The first name most air travelers see upon arriving in the South Bay
      is Norm Mineta's, San Jose's airport is named after him, and now a
      group of local legislators want motorists to see it too by naming
      most of a major highway after him.

      Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View, has authored a
      resolution that proposes renaming almost all of state Highway 85
      the "Norman Y. Mineta Highway." All of the state Assembly and Senate
      members representing Santa Clara County have signed on as co-authors
      of the resolution.

      Lieber called Mineta the "pride of Silicon Valley" because of his
      long and distinguished career in public service.

      Mineta's 40-year career in politics stretched from the San Jose City
      County all the way to the cabinet in the Clinton and George W. Bush
      administrations. He served as Secretary of Commerce during President
      Bill Clinton's final year in office and as Bush's Secretary of
      Transportation from 2001-2006. Mineta, 74, began his career as a San
      Jose city councilman in the late 1960s and was elected mayor of San
      Jose in 1971, the first Asian-American mayor of a major U.S. city. He
      spent 20 years representing much of Santa Clara County in the House
      of Representatives before becoming an executive with Lockheed Martin
      in 1995. He returned to public service in 2000 when he joined the
      Clinton cabinet, becoming the first Asian-American to serve in a
      presidential cabinet. He was the only Democrat to serve in the Bush
      cabinet.

      "We decided this was an appropriate way to honor his service," Lieber
      said.

      The legislators surprised Mineta by announcing the proposal at a
      retirement dinner held in his honor last week.

      "He looked pretty surprised. He's not a flashy person, a very modest
      person but he looked pleased," Lieber said.

      Lieber expects the Legislature to pass the resolution in "the
      next month or so." The portion of Highway 85 in Los Gatos that is
      currently named for fallen CHP Officer Scott Greenley will remain
      unchanged.

      "Many people still remember his service," Lieber said of Greenley,
      who was killed by a reckless driver in 1998 while issuing a citation
      on Highway 85 near Saratoga Avenue.


      [BATN: See also:

      Column: Hwy 85 may be renamed the Norman Y. Mineta Highway
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