In a gala ceremony today
|Mike Koozmin/San Francisco Examiner|
|Read it and weep|
, 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.
There's no shortage of sour grapes consolations for those displeased by the events of this day.
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.
That's undoubtedly true, and Willie Brown is far too smart not to realize this. So it's interesting that he told The Examiner
that his -- again, undoubtedly true
-- reputation as the "Ayatollah of the Assembly" didn't "have anything to do with reality." Instead, a farcical and transparently rule-breaking power play to rename a portion of a bridge after him "is reality."
No. That's, obviously, the very opposite of the truth. Here's reality:
No one is going to call this structure "The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge." But it is.
No one is going to call this city "Willie L. Brown, Jr.'s City." But it is.
And that's the case regardless of whether you put up a sign saying it's so.