‘Jackie Robinson Memorial Freeway’ measure heads to California State Senate.

A measure that would rename a portion of the 210 Freeway in Pasadena the “Jackie Robinson Memorial Freeway” passed the California House of Representatives this week and is now before the state senate.

Robinson grew up in Pasadena before playing baseball for UCLA and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

“Jackie Robinson is not only an inspiring figure to us for his accomplishments in athletics, but also as a civil-rights-era trailblazer who advocated for social change,” said Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), the author of ACR 197. “His contributions to baseball and society have made an everlasting impression on our nation.”

The measure, joint authored by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), would create the Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway” on Interstate 210 between State Route 2 and Orange Grove Blvd.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.