Hayashi wants part of I-580 named for slain Oakland officer

Castro Valley section would become 'Sgt. Daniel Sakai Memorial Highway'

A resolution was introduced in the California State Assembly Wednesday to designate a portion of Interstate Highway 580 in unincorporated Alameda County as the Sgt. Daniel Sakai Memorial Highway in honor of the Oakland police officer who was slain in March.

ACR 79, authored by Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) would honor Sakai, the Castro Valley resident who was one of four Oakland police officers shot and killed in the line of duty on March 21.

The portion of Highway 580 between East Castro Valley Boulevard and Strobridge Avenue would be designated in honor of Sakai, according to Chris Parman, the director of Hayashi's district office in Hayward.

"Sergeant Daniel Sakai served with valor, and his tragic death was a tremendous loss to the community," Hayashi said in a prepared statement.

"By naming this section of Highway 580 after Sergeant Sakai, we have the opportunity to pay tribute to his courage, and forever be inspired by the heartfelt dedication and strong values he demonstrated throughout his life," Hayashi said.

Sakai, Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans, and Officer John Hege were killed by 26-year-old Oakland resident Lovelle Mixon, an ex-felon who was wanted on a no-bail warrant for allegedly violating his parole by failing to meet with his parole officer, according to police.

The resolution will next be considered by the Assembly Transportation Committee, according to Parman.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm

While I'm sure that all the people that have roads and things named after them deserve them - is this really what we need to be spending time and money on right now in California?

I don't know how much time it takes, nor the costs associated with it (or even where that money comes from), but in a time when the state is bankrupt, budgets are slashed is this the a wise spending of money.

Secondly, even if times were good, shouldn't we take the money spent on naming things and do something good - like college scholarships in these peoples names? Or victims family funds or something other than road signs?

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