In a gala ceremony today, the Western Span of the Bay Bridge -- the gorgeous, arching structure that swells to encompass your entire sightline as you exit the Yerba Buena tunnel and lets you know that, now, you're somewhere -- was named after former Mayor Willie Brown.
The most bandied-about reassurance is that no one will call the bridge The Willie Brown Bridge, just as surely as no one refers to Highway 380 as the Quentin Kopp Freeway, or sees fit to refer by name to the myriad thoroughfares named after fallen CHP officers.
Things I would rather they name the Bay Bridge after: 1. Willie Mays 2. Emperor Norton 3. A bread bowl of chowder 4. Head lice 5. Pestilence-- Ed Casey (@edcasey) February 11, 2014