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AM Alert: Sharon Runner Memorial Highway proposed

Late Assemblywoman Sharon Runner listens during a join session of the California Assembly and Senate in 2008.
Late Assemblywoman Sharon Runner listens during a join session of the California Assembly and Senate in 2008. Sacramento Bee

The Legislature lost one of its own last month with the passing of Sen. Sharon Runner, who died from respiratory complications.

Now Runner’s fellow Republican, Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, is pushing a resolution to dub a portion of Route 14 in Lancaster as the Senator Sharon Runner Memorial Highway.

A lifelong Lancaster resident, Runner served in the Assembly from 2002 to 2008 and was elected to the Senate in 2011. She took a brief hiatus from the Legislature to have a double lung transplant, before returning to the Senate last year.

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 138 started as an effort to name a portion of Route 38 in Los Angeles after Larry Chimbole, a veteran of World War II, former mayor of Palmdale and member of the Assembly. The resolution was reintroduced this week with amendments to include Runner. The author’s office believes it will move to the floor sometime next week.

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Editor's note: This story was updated at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 4, 2016 to specify that the joint hearing is on the Grove oil spill in Ventura County.

Jim Miller of the The Bee Capitol Bureau contributed to this report.

Taryn Luna: 916-326-5545, @TarynLuna

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