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ACR-102 Airborne Memorial Highway.(2007-2008)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 29, 2008

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2007–2008 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Concurrent Resolution
No. 102


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Strickland
(Coauthor(s): Assembly Member DeVore, Mendoza, Sharon Runner, Silva, Tran)
(Coauthor(s): Senator Ackerman, Battin, Hollingsworth, Margett)

February 19, 2008


Relative to the Airborne Memorial Highway.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 102, as amended, Strickland. Airborne Memorial Highway.
This measure would designate State Highway Route 101 from the East Los Angeles interchange to the Oregon border as the Airborne Memorial Highway. The measure would also request the Department of Transportation to determine the cost for appropriate signs showing that special designation and, upon receiving donations from nonstate sources covering that cost and upon receiving information confirming that the board of supervisors of each one of the 14 counties, by which the specified portion of State Highway Route 101 passes through, has passed a resolution supporting the designation in its county, to erect those signs.
Fiscal Committee: YES  

WHEREAS, State Highway Route 101 is a north-south highway spanning most of California, from the Oregon state border south to the East Los Angeles interchange, officially, but historically stretching all the way to the U.S.-Mexican border; and
WHEREAS, This 807-mile principle arterial highway traverses the following counties within the State of California: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte; and
WHEREAS, The numerical designation of this highway has a strong significance with the present and former military personnel of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, their families and descendants, and their friends and supporters; to these people, the numbers “101” mean only one thing, and the symbol evokes pride in those who served and those who stayed behind and supported them, as well as all of those who over the years benefited from the sacrifices of those veterans; and
WHEREAS, The State of California has the largest United States veteran population in the nation, comprised of some 3,300,000 armed services veterans and representing 12.3 percent of the nationwide veteran population of nearly 27,000,000; and
WHEREAS, The 101st Airborne Division was instrumental in the successes of the following military operations: In World War II, the D-Day invasion of Normandy; Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands;, and the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne; in Vietnam, Operation Nevada Eagle and the battles for Hamburger Hill and Fire Support Base Ripcord; in the Middle East, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II; and
WHEREAS, Servicemen and women from California continue to serve their country by volunteering for duty with the 101st Airborne Division, it is fitting and proper that State Highway Route 101 from the East Los Angeles interchange to the Oregon border be designated the “Airborne Memorial Highway;” now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates State Highway Route 101 from the East Los Angeles interchange to the Oregon border as the Airborne Memorial 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 and upon receiving information confirming that the board of supervisors of each one of the 14 counties, by which State Highway Route 101 from the East Los Angeles interchange to the Oregon border passes through, has passed a resolution supporting the designation in its county, to erect those signs; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the Department of Transportation and the author for appropriate distribution.