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In 1992, Chapter 1243 relaxed the specification of the terminus: "...to Route 101 in San Benito County."
This route was LRN 67.
Route 129 was not defined as part of the initial state signage of routes in 1934. It is unclear what (if any) route was signed as Route 129 between 1934 and 1964.
In December 2016, the CTC added the following project to the SHOPP: 5-SCr-129 PM 1.4 | Route 129 Near Watsonville, at Lakeview Road. Construct roundabout and improve street lighting. Allocation: $684K (R/W), $4.481MM (C), Support (PA & ED $782K / PS & E $1.341MM / RW Sup $441K / Con Sup $1.335MM / Total $3.899MM). FY 19/20. The right of way funding was adjusted in December 2017.
The route is named "Riverside Drive".
The portion of Route 129 from Route 1 at Riverside Drive to
Blackburn Street in the City of Watsonville (~ SCR 0.000 to SCR 0.529) is
named the "Oscar
Rios Highway". It was named in honor of Oscar Rios, born in El
Salvador in 1950. In 1960, Rios and his family emigrated to San Francisco,
where he became a United States citizen, later moving to Watsonville in
1985. Oscar Rios became the regional organizer for La Alianza, a nonprofit
agency that provides advocacy referral and citizenship processing, and was
an organizer during the Watsonville cannery strikes that lasted from 1985
to 1987, the longest cannery strikes in United States history, and that
were led primarily by women cannery workers. In 1989, Oscar Rios was
elected to the Watsonville City Council just after the federal Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Watsonville’s discriminatory
at-large election system and implemented district elections in the
landmark federal voting rights case of Gomez v. City of Watsonville. When
Oscar Rios became Watsonville’s mayor in 1992, he became the first
mayor of any United States city of Salvadorean descent, and quickly earned
a reputation as an energetic and accessible leader, and he became a
founding member of the Latino Caucus of the League of California Cities.
Oscar Rios worked to build a successful partnership with
Watsonville’s local school district, resulting in the creation of
more parks and playgrounds, and also worked with Watsonville’s
business community to create hundreds of new jobs. Oscar Rios led voter
registration drives through the Southwest Voter Registration Education
Project and worked on numerous campaigns to get other Latinos elected to
political office, and continues to organize for Latino empowerment locally
and statewide. Oscar Rios served 17 years on the Watsonville City Council
and is the longest serving Latino city councilmember in the history of the
County of Santa Cruz, having retired from the council on December 11,
2012. As of 2014, Oscar Rios continues to be employed as a Teamster Union
Business Agent for Local 890 in Salinas. Named by Assembly Concurrent
Resolution 67, Resolution Chapter 141, on September 2, 2014.
(Image source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, 8/15/2016)
Postscript: Oscar Rios went on to be reelected
to the Watsonville City Council in 2016. A four-time mayor, Rios was first
elected to the council in 1989, benefiting from court-ordered district
elections aimed at giving then politically underrepresented Latinos a shot
at electoral power. When he became Watsonville’s mayor in 1992, Rios
became the first mayor of any U.S. city of Salvadorean descent. He served
on the City Council until 2000, stepped down, returned four years later
and then stepped down again in 2008 to make room for a community activist
and lawyer named Luis Alejo — now Assemblyman Alejo. In 2010, Rios
was appointed to serve a final two years before stepping down in 2012 to
focus on his work as a union representative for the Local 890 Teamsters in
Salinas. When Rio retired from the Teamsters in 2016, people began asking
him to run for City Council again. He was reelected by three votes in
2016, when he became mayor for a fifth term. But then sexual assault
allegations surfaced. One accuser, Liz Bean, recalled one night in a hot
tub in 1988 at the home of Oscar Rios, then a union organizer in
Watsonville. When Rios’ girlfriend stepped into the house, Rios
began scooting close to Bean. As the two of them made small talk, she
says, Rios reached over to her and put his fingers into her vagina. Just
hours after allegations of sexual impropriety came to light, Rios
announced in a statement that he was resigning from his seat on the
Watsonville City Council. As such, Rios joins the small group of
individuals who have had highways named after them, only to bring disgrace
upon that name afterward. See Richard T. Silberman Bridge on I-15.
(Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, 8/15/2016; Pajaronian 2/26/2018; Good Times SC, 2/26/2018)
The portion of Route 129
between Blackburn Street and Murphy Crossing Road, in the County of Santa
Cruz, (~ SCR 0.529 to SCR 4.747) is named the "Ohlone Kallentaruk
Highway". It was named in honor of the Ohlone Kallentaruk people,
who have contributed over 13,000 years of cultural, economic, and
environmental traditions to the history of the Pajaro Valley. The Ohlone
Kallentaruk people settled in the Pajaro Valley, near the Pajaro River,
and in the Watsonville wetlands and sloughs. These areas are rich in
natural resources and contain an abundance of plant and sea life used for
commerce and everyday life. The Ohlone Kallentaruk people have contributed
to the present-day understanding of Native American culture and history
and continue to work diligently to preserve the environment and teach
people how to coexist with Earth. Named by Assembly Concurrent Resolution
100, Resolution Chapter 109, on September 4, 2012.
(Image source: Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Overall statistics for Route 129:
In 1929, Chapter 767 defined the route from “[LRN 4] near Bakersfield to Fresno-General Grant National Park Road” as a state highway. In 1935, this was codified as LRN 129 in the highway code with the definition:
Originally, LRN 129 ran along the Famoso-Porterville Highway and Richgrove Drive (although the portion from the Delano Lateral to Route 65 may have also been LRN 136; the actual allocation of the Famoso-Porterville Highway is unclear). Starting in the 1940s, a new alignment for LRN 129 was constructed from Oildale, and in 1947, the signage of Route 65 was moved from the original LRN 129 to the new routing. The Richgrove portion eventually became County Sign Route J35.
In 1963, Chapter 1698 changed the terminus from "General Grant National Park" to "General Grant Grove Section of Kings Canyon National Park", but this section was overtaken by Chapter 385 and the 1963 renumbering.
This route ran from Route 99 near Bakersfield to Route 180 near General Grant National Park (present-day Kings Canyon National Park). This was signed as Route 65 (along Famosa-Porterville until 1947, and then along the current routing). It is present-day Route 65 between Route 99 and Exeter, and as Route 245, formerly Route 69, from Exeter to Route 180.
Acronyms and Explanations:
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