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There's been a lot of talk lately about renaming the Bay Bridge after former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown.
According to the Huffington Post, a resolution to rename the bridge was introduced last week by Assemblyman Isadore Hall at the request of the California NAACP.
Hall told the San Francisco Chronicle, "He is an iconic figure not just for African Americans, but for all people across the state of California."
Brown is largely responsible for the design and location of the modern bridge – a battle with lawmakers that led to years of delays – but, I just don't think the "Brown Bridge" has quite the same ring to it as the Bay Bridge does.
Technically the resolution wouldn't rename the whole bridge after Brown – just the western span connecting San Francisco and Yerba Buena Island – thankfully leaving the possibility for someone from the East Bay to have the honor of having the east span named after them. (I'm rooting for Angela Davis).
I have nothing against "Da Mayor" but I'm just saying that there are a lot cooler and more iconic people that the bridge could be named after.
1. Emperor Joshua Norton
There was actually a proposition to rename the western span of the bridge after the city's first and foremost eccentric in 2004. Unfortunately, the town didn't feel quite the same love for the self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico as the city, and the proposal didn't pass.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Okay, hear me out here. I know it could be considered treason to name a bridge in the world's most liberal city after a Republican Governor of California, but I have good reason. The bridge is made of metal, Schwarzenegger is practically made of metal. You get where I'm going with this ... Also, the former "Governator" did play a huge part in finally finishing the bridge. Even if it did come with Chinese parts and a Chinese receipt.
3. Gavin Newson
The poor Bay Bridge has always lived under the shadow of the flashy Golden Gate Bridge and often been misrepresented as her ugly ducking sister bridge. So why not rename the western span with someone that instantly brings to mind a handsome face?
4. Angela Davis
Hell, why not name the whole damn bridge after the most bad-ass woman the Bay area has ever produced.
I was really hoping for a Google Field when the Niners moved down to Santa Clara, but I guess I'll just have to settle for a bridge. Just kidding. If this ever happens, I'm leaving the bay. Seriously.