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Change name of 405 Freeway? Some politicians want to rename it after one of their own

May 10, 2010 |  3:51 pm



If some in Sacramento have their way, the 405 Freeway in L.A. and Orange County -- known since its construction as the "San Diego Freeway" -- will be renamed. And this being Sacramento, it would be renamed for a former legislator.

Assemblyman Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) wants to rename a section of the 405 Freeway after former legislator Kevin Murray, who served in the Assembly and state Senate from 1994 to 2006, according to Times Sacramento blogger Anthony York.

The measure passed the Assembly Transportation Committee on a 13-0 vote last month. But some are laughing at the idea, including Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters, who remembers an unfortunate incident in a Corvette:

"Murray's hopes of extending his career vanished on a December afternoon in 1998, just days after his being sworn in as a state senator, when a Los Angeles County park police officer found him with a prostitute in Murray's state-leased black Corvette, parked outside John Anson Ford Theater."

Read more on the story here at PolitiCal, The Times' California politics blog.

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