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Richardson proposes name change for part of 91 freeway

November 29th, 2007 · No Comments · News

Congresswoman Laura Richardson introduced legislation this month to honor her predecessor by designating a portion of California State Route 91 as the “Juanita Millender-McDonald Highway.”
Although Rep. Richardson will introduce several pieces of legislation over the next four weeks, she said it was important for her first piece of legislation to acknowledge the work of the late-Congresswoman to her California constituency.
“During Ms. Millender-McDonald’s term, she was instrumental in securing funding and resources for her district,” said Richardson. “She served on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and worked to ensure the freeways and ports in her district received the federal funding needed, including projects of national significance like the Gerald Desmond Bridge and the Alameda Corridor.”
“It’s for these reasons, legislative accomplishments, and countless others that I want to honor her legacy by dedicating a portion of the 91 Freeway as the ‘Juanita Millender-McDonald Highway.’”
California State Route 91 is a major east-west freeway located within the areas of the 37th Congressional District that Congresswoman McDonald covered during her entire legislative career.
The District includes California State University, Dominguez Hills and Compton Community College, the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton and many more sites in Southern California and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Richardson’s legislation would allow for the stretch of the 91 Freeway from Sante Fe Avenue in Compton to the 710 in Long Beach to be renamed in law and on all other official records of the United States, including maps, documents, papers, and regulations, as the “Juanita Millender-McDonald Highway.”
Congresswoman Laura Richardson represents California’s 37th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Long Beach, Compton, Carson, Watts, Willowbrook, and Signal Hill. She is also a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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