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The Water Cooler – Naming Streets After Celebs & Politicians

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The “Water Cooler” is a feature on Claycord.com where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.


Today’s question:

QUESTION: Many streets, highways and bridges in the Bay Area have been named after celebrities and politicians. Do you think this is a waste of time and tax dollars, or do you think it’s a good thing to do?

Talk about it.


Kauai Mike September 27, 2022 - 12:26 PM

Part of the bread & circuses. Good or bad depends on which side you belong.

Cellophane September 27, 2022 - 12:43 PM

I’ve always been a fan of keeping things simple.

Salt Lake City has the simplest street numbering system I’ve seen.

Or, start with 1st street and go on from one direction and then start with A Street from the other. After a while the letters will run out but those can be doubled up too.

Keep it simple.

Cowellian September 27, 2022 - 1:07 PM

I do not believe that public streets, bridges, or buildings should be named after living people, and I am against renaming public streets, bridges, or buildings.

Bill September 27, 2022 - 1:18 PM

What came first CLAYCORD NEWS & TALK or Claycord Street? Let me guess… I’m sure glad we have C N & T.

WC---Creeker September 27, 2022 - 1:44 PM

No, name them after geographic things like pacific, bay, ocean, el camino, seal, shark, vineyard. Things that are part of the area. Celebrities and politicians are just pass through trends.

Exit 12A September 27, 2022 - 1:45 PM

No for politicians and celebrities.
Yes for sworn police officers, highway patrol officers, firefighters, and EMTs who died in the line of duty.

Pattyb September 27, 2022 - 2:28 PM

Could not agree more. Name after those who give their lives for our safety.

Old Timer September 27, 2022 - 1:46 PM

Absolutely not it’s totally political.No city officials or politicians should have the power to do so.It should be put on a ballot and voted on.It is very racial the way it’s being done now.Letters and number and plenty of other names to use.Take kirker Pass Rd.For example a group of politicians want to change the name.What the hell gives them the right.

Truthseeker September 27, 2022 - 10:22 PM

I’m not for cancel culture at all, but have you looked into what James the scalp hunter Kirker allegedly did?!

nytemuvr September 28, 2022 - 3:10 AM

@Truthseeker….You might seek some truth about how Indians tortured outsiders and their own people, they weren’t all meek and peaceful. It’ll set you free.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 28, 2022 - 7:39 AM

Think less Disney’s “Pocahontas”
And more “Ulzana’s Raid”

Darwin September 28, 2022 - 8:10 AM

@nytmuvr & Dr. Jellyfinger

Dorothy September 27, 2022 - 2:33 PM

There are also lots of birds and animals. Plants and flowers. Maybe even a weed or two.

Dawg September 27, 2022 - 2:34 PM

Old streets should keep the name they already have. New streets, however, can be named after a person that has contributed something positive to the local community, or to the nation, but only after they are dead, and maybe let the citizens of that community vote on it. I don’t think a street should be named after a politician because it would be too controversial.

Ricardoh September 27, 2022 - 2:47 PM

My favorite is Martin Luther King Way, always the most dangerous street in town.. Poor old Martin didn’t deserve that.

Darwin September 27, 2022 - 3:58 PM

I’m surprised MLK hasn’t dug himself up to yell at the woke (Dems).

The Wizard September 27, 2022 - 6:53 PM

I love the street named Obama Way, it seem to fit because it led to the sewer farm.

yoyohop September 27, 2022 - 7:28 PM

This will ultimately be the fate of Kirker Pass, if the name is changed.

In the short term the name will probably change to something innocuous like Pioneer Pass. But without a name rooted in history the next name change will be easier and come with less criticism.

Justaclaycordperson September 27, 2022 - 7:35 PM

The trouble with naming any street or building after a person living or dead is that people are not flawless and anyone can have skeletons in closet that someday could bite them or their offspring, or distant relatives in the behind.
Putting anyone on a pedestal is asking for trouble. People, being human, and subject to error in judgement, can fall off pretty easily.

Better to use inanimate objects, flowers, trees, birds. Anything but people.

Cautiously Informed September 27, 2022 - 9:09 PM

Why stop there? Name cities after the politicians who consider themselves better than and above middle class citizens; and who consider themselves above all laws:
Desourair city

Cautiously Informed September 28, 2022 - 7:39 PM

Oh ya, and the crown jewel of the Bay Area – Oakland!
It could be:LibbyShaftLand!

Danged ineffectual September 27, 2022 - 11:38 PM

Leave it up to surviving Ohlone tribal members.

Ricardoh September 28, 2022 - 9:41 AM

Please. Leave it as is. We don’t need the woke changing anything.

Gittyup September 28, 2022 - 3:10 AM

It’s needlessly costly, confusing, and just plain pointless. Found myself on an street I had never heard of before and I’ve lived in the area since 1949. It was named something else the last time I had driven down it.

Reality September 28, 2022 - 5:27 AM

The one positive quality of Bay Point/shore acres is the street names Alphabetical and nice imagery. Anchor, Bay, Beach, Breaker, Canal, Delta, Harbor, Inlet…..

LocalAntiLib September 28, 2022 - 6:21 AM

I saw several streets at Disneyland California named Dumbo, Goofey, Dopey and other similar that obviously had Newsom in mind.

Perfectly fitting I’d say altho Biden was probably wanting the nod for them but he got the Blinken and Nod signs.

Dr. Jellyfinger September 28, 2022 - 7:53 AM

How about ……….. John “Liver-Eating” Johnson Rd. ?

We already have “Donner Pass” & “Donner Lake” named after the pioneer cannibal party and apparently that isn’t offending anybody.

Ricardoh September 28, 2022 - 9:43 AM

Good one Doc.

Hill September 28, 2022 - 8:52 AM

Waste of time and money. No matter who they are, good chance 10 years down the road someone will be offended and we have to spend a lot of time and money changing it.

To Do List September 28, 2022 - 10:53 AM

Just get rid of all of these names. I already know most of the places I am going and don’t need signs cluttering up my scenery. The names are arbitrary, displaying racism and xenophobia artificially excluding workers from geographically homogenous areas for the benefit of the capitalist class. We only need longitude and latitude.

S September 28, 2022 - 11:04 AM

what ever happened to: go right at the fork, turn left at the elm tree, go straight for a yonder, it’s behind the windmill. ???

nytemuvr September 28, 2022 - 1:11 PM

@S….”….take the Santa Ana south to the fork in the road until you come to the Slawson cutoff, cut off your Slawson and continue…..”-Art Fern

JoJo The Circus Clown September 28, 2022 - 7:02 PM

Here in Vietnam, many streets are named after military veterans and other national heroes … seems most in USA could care less about the military and their veterans other than the obligatory “thanks for your service” … which holds little water imho. Vietnamese actually honor, respect and admire their military veterans, because they know the sacrifice they endure to keep their nation strong. In USa, people would rather spend their mental efforts playing on FB and other toxic social media apps. #iftheshoefits #sigh

FPN September 29, 2022 - 1:17 PM

Name streets after citizens. You have lived here for 70 years your name goes on a list and pick from that. As I have said if the name is offensive why are they changing only half the name. Some one is getting money to change the name.

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