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ACR-276 Harvey L. Hall Memorial Highway.(2017-2018)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  August 24, 2018


Assembly Concurrent Resolution
No. 276

Introduced by Assembly Member Salas Members Salas and Fong
(Principal coauthors: Senators Fuller and Vidak)

August 07, 2018

Relative to the Harvey L. Hall Memorial Interchange. Highway.


ACR 276, as amended, Salas. Harvey L. Hall Memorial Interchange. Highway.
This measure would designate the interchange at State Route 99 State Route 204 between State Route 178 and State Route 58 in the County of Kern as the Harvey L. Hall Memorial Interchange. Highway. The measure would also request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering the cost, to erect those signs.
Fiscal Committee: YES  

WHEREAS, Harvey L. Hall, a pioneer of modern emergency medical services (EMS) in California, who fostered the concept of "Unity in Our Community" and who served as the City of Bakersfield's 25th and longest-serving mayor, passed away at 77 years of age on May 19, 2018, surrounded by his family and with his three dogs at his side; and
WHEREAS, Harvey Hall was born in the City of Los Angeles on January 5, 1941, at the Long Beach Memorial Hospital, and was adopted at birth by Clarence Eugene "Pete" and Cecil Hall; he later attended Lowell and Longfellow elementary schools, Washington and Golden State middle schools, Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield College, and San Francisco City College; and
WHEREAS, Because of a dare to go on a ride-along in an ambulance in 1960, Hall’s interest was piqued in becoming an ambulance driver and sparked what would culminate in a 58-year career of caring for those in need; and
WHEREAS, With a vision to build the best ambulance company in America, Hall, with a $15,000 bank loan, two ambulances, and his residence serving as headquarters, founded the Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. on February 10, 1971, and began answering the call; and
WHEREAS, Harvey Hall worked tirelessly to build relationships within the medical community and with his patients, whom he preferred to call his customers, and gained a reputation for providing a five-star ambulance service that resulted in the surrounding communities approaching him to bring his ambulance service to, ultimately, 88 percent of the County of Kern’s population as their exclusive 9-1-1 paramedic provider; and
WHEREAS, Harvey Hall introduced the first mobile intensive care paramedic program in the County of Kern in May 1975, dramatically elevating the level of medical care that could be provided in the field, while his ambulance service was later selected as one of the top three ambulance service providers in the nation by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) in 1990 and the following year was honored as the U.S. Paramedic EMS Service of the Year; and
WHEREAS, In December 2001, Harvey Hall elevated the care provided by his paramedics to a higher level by launching Hall Air Ambulance, and eight years later he ushered in a new era of specialized medical transportation with the creation of Hall Critical Care Transport, which provides both ground and air, regional, interfacility transport solutions; and
WHEREAS, Harvey Hall was a longtime member of both the California Ambulance Association and the American Ambulance Association, where he was revered as an industry leader dedicated to improving the profession, and throughout his career, Harvey Hall enjoyed developing a personal connection with the communities his ambulance service company served, contributing his time and personal resources to many community service and nonprofit organizations; and
WHEREAS, In 2015, Harvey Hall championed the cause to find solutions to the growing gap between the cost to provide safety net ambulance services to California's most vulnerable residents and the reimbursement for services paid by Medi-Cal by founding the 911 Ambulance Provider's Medi-Cal Alliance; and
WHEREAS, On March 30, 1999, Harvey Hall announced his candidacy for mayor on the steps of Centennial Plaza in the City of Bakersfield with his message of “Unity in Our Community” that was embraced by the voters, resulting in his winning the March 2000 Election with 62 percent of the vote; and
WHEREAS, During his tenure extending for four terms, Mayor Hall was eager to help recognize the accomplishments, celebrations, and pride of Bakersfield’s diverse population, presenting 1,836 proclamations and 10,750 Certificates of Appreciation, as well as performing 958 ribbon cuttings with his custom-made, oversized scissors and leading 91 groundbreakings; Hall also delivered 981 speeches, extended 469 welcomes, hosted 452 foreign visitors, and participated in 64 military events; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Hall started the Mayor Hall Freeway Litter Cleanup Program, where for 13 years he personally lead led residents early on Saturday mornings as they picked up litter along highway onramps and offramps in the city; and
WHEREAS, In 2008, when President George W. Bush called upon Mayor Hall to develop a plan to end homelessness in the Bakersfield community, Mayor Hall introduced Home First: Kern County’s Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, which brought together a coalition of organizations to tackle the challenging issue of homelessness in our communities; and
WHEREAS, On May 19, 2017, California State University at Bakersfield awarded Mayor Hall an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for distinction in his chosen field of endeavor, widely recognized eminence, and demonstrated values consistent with those of higher education, and on his birthday, in January 2018, Mayor Hall was inducted into the City of Bakersfield’s Hall of Fame; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Hall was the longest serving mayor in the history of the City of Bakersfield and served alongside Assembly Member Rudy Salas, Jr., when he was a member of the city council; and
WHEREAS, Outside of his very public life, Mayor Hall cherished the time he spent with his wife of 28 years, Lavonne, their daughter, Amy, and granddaughter, Skyler Blair, and their mother-in-law, Libby Allen, and as a family, they enjoyed spending time on California’s central coast and the cold weather and big sky of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates the interchange at State Route 99 (approximately post mile 23.493) and State Route 204 between State Route 178 and State Route 58 in the County of Kern as the Harvey L. Hall Memorial Interchange; Highway; and be it further
Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested to determine the cost of appropriate signs consistent with the signing requirements for the state highway system showing this special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources sufficient to cover that cost, to erect those signs; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the Director of Transportation and to the author for appropriate distribution.