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ACR-156 Kumeyaay Highway.(2001-2002)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 156
CHAPTER 90

Relative to the Kumeyaay Highway.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  June 27, 2002. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 156, Vargas. Kumeyaay Highway.
This measure would name Interstate Highway Route 8 from Greenfield Drive on the eastern city boundary of El Cajon to Nimitz Boulevard in Mission Bay in San Diego County as the “Kumeyaay Highway.” The measure also would request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate plaques and markers showing the special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources sufficient to cover the cost, to erect appropriate plaques and markers.

WHEREAS, The people of the Kumeyaay Indian Nation, once referred to as Diegueño by the Spanish, are the original native inhabitants of San Diego County and have lived in that region for more than 10,000 years; and
WHEREAS, Historically, the Kumeyaay greeted the Spanish when they first sailed into San Diego harbor with the Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo expedition of 1542; and
WHEREAS, The boundaries of the Kumeyaay lands changed with the arrival of the Europeans, but once extended from the Pacific Ocean, south to Ensenada in Baja Norte, Mexico, east to the sand dunes of the Colorado River in Imperial Valley and north to Warner Springs Valley; and
WHEREAS, The Kumeyaay had a sophisticated social, political, and religious structure and were wise stewards of the land and natural resources; and
WHEREAS, The original trails through the mountains and connecting desert and the coast and inlands were cleared and used by the Kumeyaay, some of which evolved into current freeways in San Diego and Imperial Counties; and
WHEREAS, Today Kumeyaay tribal governments have jurisdiction over approximately 70,000 acres of federal trust land concentrated in reservations in East County from El Cajon, Lakeside, Poway, and Ramona to the desert; and
WHEREAS, Today the Kumeyaay nation is represented by 13 separate bands, those being the Barona, Campo, Cuyapaipe, Inaja-Cosmit, Jamul, LaPosta, Los Coyotes, Manzanita, Mesa Grande, San Pasqual, Santa Ysabel, Sycuan, and Viejas Bands; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That Interstate Highway Route 8 from Greenfield Drive on the eastern city boundary of El Cajon to Nimitz Boulevard in Mission Bay in San Diego County, be officially named the Kumeyaay Highway; and be it further
Resolved, That the Department of Transportation is requested to determine the cost of appropriate plaques and markers, 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 plaques and markers; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the Department of Transportation and to the author for appropriate distribution.