It was after that vote that Assemblyman Pete Chacon (D-San Diego) and state Sen. Wadie P. Deddeh (D-Chula Vista) introduced a resolution asking the Legislature to rename California 94. The Legislature approved the request in September, specifying, however, that private donations be used to pay for the new signs.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway Committee was formed to raise the money. Its chairman is Bishop George McKinney, pastor of St. Stephen's Church of God in Christ on Imperial Avenue. Sharing the leadership of the group are Gordon C. Luce, chairman of Great American Bank; Kim Fletcher, chairman of HomeFed Bank, and Deddeh.
KING TRIBUTE: A 10-mile stretch of California 94 was christened Martin Luther King Jr. Highway. The naming of the highway comes after an often bitter two-year struggle to find a suitable tribute for the slain civil rights leader in San Diego.; Newly installed sign on California 94 proclaims that it is now the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway. / DON BARTLETTI / Los Angeles Times