LONG BEACH - The Long Beach portion of the 710 Freeway could be named for the late Jenny Oropeza.
State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, has introduced a resolution that would name the stretch after Oropeza, who was a state senator when she died of complications from an abdominal blood clot in 2010 at age 53.
In a statement, Lara said Oropeza had deep roots serving the people of the city and surrounding communities.
“From the Long Beach school board to the California state Senate, Sen. Oropeza was a tireless champion for access to education, transportation infrastructure and passed legislation to fight cancer-causing chemicals and air pollution, including a ban on smoking at beaches and state parks,” Lara said.
“This resolution will memorialize her nearly 30 years in public service and celebrates her invaluable contributions to California.”
Oropeza was the first Latina member of the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education when she was elected in 1988.
She served until 1994, when she was elected as the first Latina member of the Long Beach City Council before winning election to the Assembly in 2000, and then the Senate in 2006.
Lara’s legislation is Senate Concurrent Resolution 115.
If successful, the freeway designation would join a list of other local public facilities named after Oropeza, including the Jenny Oropeza Community Center in Cesar E. Chavez Park Anaheim corridor bridge on Pacific Coast Highway.
The bridge runs from Coil Street to the main entrance of the Tesoro refinery in Wilmington.