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Upon a determination by the commission that it is in the best interests of the state to do so, the commission may, upon terms and conditions approved by it, relinquish to the City of Bakersfield the portion of Route 204 that is located within the city limits of that city if the city agrees to accept it. The following conditions shall apply upon relinquishment: (1) The relinquishment shall become effective on the date following the county recorder's recordation of the relinquishment resolution containing the commission's approval of the terms and conditions of the relinquishment. (2) On and after the effective date of the relinquishment, the relinquished portion of Route 204 shall cease to be a state highway. (3) The portion of Route 204 relinquished under this subdivision shall be ineligible for future adoption under Section 81. Added by AB 1858, Chapter 315, September 18, 2006.
In 1963, this route was defined as "(a) Route 99 to Route 58 near Bakersfield via Brundage Lane and Oak Street. (b) Route 58 northerly to Route 99 near Beardsley School." Later in 1963, Chapter 1698 swapped a portion with Route 99, making this "Route 99 to Route 99 near Bakersfield via Brundage Lane, Union Avenue and Golden State Avenue."
This was part of the original routing of US 99. Before 1964, US 99 ran along Union Ave and Golden State Avenue in Bakersfield. After 1964, Route 99 was shifted westward, and the 1964 definition of Route 204 was applied to the old surface routing. Both were LRN 4, defined in 1909. Portions of this ran on the routing that was LRN 141.
In April 2017, an update was provided on the Hageman Flyover. This
project connects Hageman Road to Golden State Highway/Route 204 with
roadway across Route 99 (~ 204 KER 6.596). The Design Phase is 95 percent
complete; but right-of-way acquisition has not started. Caltrans is
finalizing draft plans. The city is working with San Joaquin Valley
Railroad on a construction and maintenance agreement and a California
Public Utilities Commission permit application. Right-of-way appraisals
and acquisition will not begin until design has progressed to 100 percent.
(Source: Bakersfield.Com, 4/20/2017)
The portion of Rout 204 between Q Street and F Street in the City of Bakersfield (~ KER 4.278 to KER 5.143) is named the "Vernon P. Valenzuela Memorial Highway".
It was named in memory of Vernon P. Valenzuela, who was born in 1949. He
was raised in Bakersfield, California, the youngest of five siblings. In
1966 Mr. Valenzuela quit high school to join the United States Army and
volunteered to serve in Vietnam, serving from October 1967 to May 1968,
when he was wounded in battle. After his honorable discharge in 1969, he
returned to Bakersfield and obtained his high school diploma by attending
night school. The following September, Mr. Valenzuela became the first
member of his family to attend college. Mr. Valenzuela discovered the
large Associated Veterans Students Club at Bakersfield College, and his
association with the organization began his life as a leader and veterans
advocate. Mr. Valenzuela became an active student and held positions as
President of both the Associated Veterans Students Club and the
Bakersfield College Student Body. After graduating with an associate of
arts degree in 1973, Mr. Valenzuela continued his education at California
State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), where he was a charter member of the
first student council and began working in the Veterans Cost of
Instruction Program (VCIP). While still attending CSUB, Mr. Valenzuela was
hired to be Assistant Director of the Bakersfield College VCIP. Mr.
Valenzuela obtained his bachelor’s degree in June 1975 and began
counseling students at Bakersfield College, many of whom were veterans. He
touched so many people’s lives during his college years that for the
rest of his life he would run into people he knew while at college, who
remembered him, who were helped by him, or whose children thanked him. Mr.
Valenzuela received his masters degree in counseling in 1977 and earned
his license in marriage and family therapy in 1979, specializing in
treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mr. Valenzuela began his
private practice shortly after his marriage in 1981, focusing on veterans
with PTSD. He worked as a contract counselor with the Sepulveda Vet Center
from 1981 to 1989, inclusive. During the 1990s, Mr. Valenzuela traveled to
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and joined the Vietnam
Veterans of America (VVA). He became the President of the charter chapter
of Bakersfield VVA and gradually worked through local, state, and national
levels of the organization. Mr. Valenzuela served as VVA’s
California president in 1993, and went on to serve on national committees
for PTSD, substance abuse, and the Veterans Initiative, which involved
several trips to Vietnam to recover MIA remains. Mr. Valenzuela presented
PTSD seminars throughout the nation, and was called on to work with
Oklahoma City bomb survivors and United Auto Workers members in the New
York area after September 11, 2001. During his involvement with VVA, Mr.
Valenzuela became a leading advocate for the Vet Center program, meeting
quarterly in Washington with Readjustment Counseling Services Director Dr.
Alfonso Batres to discuss issues related to the Vet Center program. In
1997, Mr. Valenzuela made a conscious decision to bring his efforts to a
more local level and was welcomed into the Kern County Network for
Children. His efforts over the last decade included advocating for
children and bridging the gap of community services for veterans.
Throughout the late 1990s, he collaborated with the network to raise funds
for graduating seniors and families in need during the holiday season
within Kern County. In April 2008, Mr. Valenzuela was recruited to be the
first Team Leader for the new Bakersfield Vet Center, helping to establish
a much needed counseling resource for combat veterans throughout Kern
County; as Team Leader of Bakersfield Vet Center, Mr. Valenzuela’s
goal was to meet all needs of the veterans, and make the vet center a safe
haven, a place where veterans could come for any help or need. He wanted
the vet center in Bakersfield to be a model for all other vet centers,
knowing that the people of Bakersfield are truly unique in their giving
capacity and collaborative efforts. In addition to providing counseling
and overseeing the operation of the vet center, Mr. Valenzuela was
instrumental in beginning the Veterans Justice Program in Kern County and,
along with other veterans and community resources, created and chaired the
newly formed Kern County Veterans Collaborative. Mr. Valenzuela’s
goal was not just to provide counseling services, but also to provide any
service or answer any question a veteran may have. Mr. Valenzuela passed
away at 63 years of age on Monday, March 26, 2012, overlooking the ocean
and surrounded by his family. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 4,
August 15, 2013. Resolution Chapter 69.
(Image source: Bakersfield Californian; Legacy.Com)
The interchange between Rout 99, Route 204, and Airport Drive in Bakersfield (~ KER 6.431) is named the
"Richard Alan Maxwell Memorial Interchange". State Traffic Officer
Richard Alan Maxwell began his career in law enforcement with his
appointment to the California Highway Patrol on May 15, 1989, and was
killed in the line of duty on July 11, 1994. Named by Senate Concurrent
Resolution 60, Chapter 135, in 1994, and Assembly Concurrent Resolution
No. 119, Chapter 147, in 1994.
(Image source: Find a Grave, Officer Down Memorial Page)
Constructed to freeway standards from North of Bakersfield to Route 99. This is likely a business loop for Route 99. Some of the original routing near PM 6.5 has been submitted for relinquishment in December 2000.
Overall statistics for Route 204:
In 1935, the route defined as “a new route or portion of route from Mecca to [LRN 26] via Avenue 66 and...” was added to the state highway system. In 1937, Chapter 841 repealed that definition, and added the same route ("[LRN 26] to Mecca via Avenue 66") as LRN 204. This routing remained unchanged until the 1963 renumbering.
Acronyms and Explanations:
Route 203 Route 205
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