As a state senator, Kevin Murray was perhaps best known for getting caught with a prostitute in the parking lot of the John Anson Ford Theater.

Now the Legislature is trying to burnish that reputation a bit by plastering his name on a segment of the 405 freeway.

As detailed by Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters, ACR 149 would rechristen the 405 from the 10 to the 90 as the “Kevin Murray Highway.”

There's at least one problem with this, aside from the bit about the prostitute: a chunk of the freeway is already named for Nathan Shapell, a former chair of the Little Hoover Commission. (Who knew?)

The bill, by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, passed unanimously out of the Assembly Transportation Committee last month. But Walters has another suggestion:

Here's a thought: If Hall wants to emblazon Murray's name on something public, why not make it the off-ramp leading to the Ford Theater? It's on Highway 101, a few miles east of I-405.

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