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L.A. County Board of Supervisors Votes to Rename Promenade in Marina del Rey

The promenade will be named for Dr. William Burke.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to rename a promenade in Marina del Rey after California Coastal Commissioner William Burke.

The board voted at Tuesday's meeting to rename the promenade along the water side the “Dr. William A. Burke Marina Walk Promenade.”

Burke, a former Marina del Rey resident, is known as the founder and former president of the Los Angeles Marathon and served as a past chairman of the Southern California Air Quality Management District’s Governing Board.

Local District 4 Supervisor Don Knabe, who made the motion to rename the promenade, said naming it for Burke is only fitting.

"As an avid boater and former resident of the Marina del Rey community, Dr. Burke is committed to wildlife, the environment and increased public access along the coastline,” Knabe said. “In this role as Chairman of the California Fish and Game Commission, he has been an unwavering supporter for creating world-class marinas to serve the next generation of boaters, residents and visitors.  In recognition of his long standing contributions to the residents of Los Angeles County and the State of California, I believe designation of the promenade along the waterside as the "Dr. William A. Burke Marina Walk Promenade" is an appropriate and fitting tribute for his many, many years of dedicated public service."

An official dedication ceremony in honor of the renaming of the promenade will take place in June or July, said Carol Baker, spokeswoman for the Department of Beaches and Harbors.

Fed Up May 31, 2012 at 02:00 PM
This was an award for Bill Burke's lobbying efforts of the California Coastal Commission to pass the LCP Amendment on November 3rd, 2011 that decimated boating resources in Marina del Rey. For the record, Bill Burke hires a captain to take out his boat. Mr. Burke has stated that affordable boating is an oxymoron and then went on to say that he pays $7,000 a month on his boat. He is also a proud member of the California Yacht Club, one of the few parcels where there is no "public" promenade. He and his close personal friend, Frank McCourt, have made a killing off of the backs of the taxpayers. There are a ton more examples of the shady deals, just not enough room here. This is yet another example of politics in Los Angeles and rewarding exploitation.
Saltwater May 31, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Why do we have to "name" public places after extant individuals? It irks me when I see stuff like this. Who do these people think they are? http://www.canyon-news.com/artman2/uploads/3/Holi_Celebration_At_Will_Rogers_State_Beach_2.jpg

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