October 22, 2020

By City News Service


A vote was delayed today on a proposal to rename a portion of Figueroa Street downtown in honor of late Laker legend Kobe Bryant.

The City Council's Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee had been scheduled to vote on the proposal, but the panel's meeting was canceled due to an extended meeting of the full City Council. A new date for the committee to hear the issue was not immediately set.

“This is a gift to the city of Los Angeles and to all the Kobe Bryant fans around the world,” City Councilman Curren Price said when he co-filed the motion calling for the street renaming in August. “L.A. streets will rise in honor of the ‘King of L.A.’”

Price and Councilman Herb Wesson are proposing to rename the stretch of Figueroa between Olympic and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards “Kobe Bryant Boulevard.” That stretch covers the portion of the street in front of Staples Center and extends to roughly Exposition Park.

“Kobe gave his heart to the city of Los Angeles, the city he loved and the city that loved him right back,” Price said. “The essence of his hard work, all of the blood, sweat, broken bones, heartbreaking losses and triumphant wins lives here and in our hearts forever.”

On Aug. 24, Los Angeles celebrated Kobe Bryant Day, a permanent designation that was approved by the City Council in 2016. The date reflects the number 8 jersey Bryant wore during his first 10 seasons with the Lakers, and the number 24 he wore during his second decade with the team.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Aug. 11 to also declare Aug. 24 as Kobe Bryant Day. Bryant was a resident of Newport Beach.

Bryant played his entire 20-season career with the Lakers, helping them win five NBA championships, and was chosen as the NBA Finals MVP for both of the two most recent championships.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas.


Category: Sports