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Hayashi: Name I-580 for slain Oakland cop

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley, introduced legislation today to designate Interstate 580 through Castro Valley as the Sergeant Daniel Sakai Memorial Highway, in honor of one of the four Oakland Police Department officers slain by a gunman in March.

“Sergeant Daniel Sakai served with valor, and his tragic death was a tremendous loss to the community,” she said in her news release. “By naming this section of Highway 580 after Sergeant Sakai, we have the opportunity to pay tribute to his courage, and forever be inspired by the heartfelt dedication and strong values he demonstrated throughout his life.”

Sakai, 35, lived in Castro Valley and is survived by his wife and their 4-year-old daughter.

Assembly Concurrent Resolution 79 goes first to the Assembly Transportation Committee.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR

    Beau geste!

  • Elwood

    I’m certainly not opposed to honoring Sgt. Sakai, but why him and not the others murdered by the scumbag Mixon?

  • Josh Richman

    I think it’s just because Sakai was a Castro Valley native and resident, Hayashi lives there now, and she’s proposing the name change for the stretch of highway through that community.