Politician wants to rename Waldo Tunnel after Robin Williams

Byby Cornell Bernard via KGO logo
Monday, August 18, 2014
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There is a new push by a North Bay politician to rename the Waldo Tunnel after actor-comedian Robin Williams.

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- One week to the day since Robin William's death in Tiburon, there is a push to rename a landmark he drove on his way to and from San Francisco.

The Waldo Tunnel, is on Highway 101 north of the Golden Gate Bridge as you drive into Marin. Some believe it should bear a new name now.

If one assemblyman gets his way, the tunnel will be renamed after actor-comedian Robin Williams.

The tunnel is currently named after William Waldo, a politician during California Gold Rush.

Now, there's petition drive to change the name to honor someone a bit more famous. So far, more than 4,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org to rename the Waldo in memory of Williams.

"Robin Williams touched so many peoples' lives with his humor," said Assm. Marc Levine, D-San Rafael.

Levine says with the permission of Williams' family, he would introduce a resolution in Sacramento to honor the actor.

The idea is gaining traction in Marin where Williams called home.

"I think it's a great idea. I think Robin Williams touched a lot of people's lives in the Bay Area" Martinez resident Katrina Engstrom said.

"Oh that would be nice, actually. He's a colorful guy and he's a creative guy," Sausalito resident Jenny Wasser said.

The Waldo Tunnel is legendary. It's appeared in many movies like "Dirty Harry."

The rainbows are the stuff of legends too. Some say hippies painted them during the summer of love.

"And of course there are the rainbows over the tunnels, which for so many of us recall the suspenders that Mork wore in 'Mork and Mindy,'" said Marc Levine.

It would be a colorful memorial to a hometown hero.