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          Date of Hearing:   June 11, 2007

                                  Pedro Nava, Chair
               SCR 32 (Hollingsworth) - As Introduced:  March 19, 2007

           SENATE VOTE  :  36-0
          SUBJECT  :  State Route 8

           SUMMARY  :  Designates an overpass on State Route (SR) 8 as the  
          Army Sergeant Brud Joseph Cronkrite Memorial Bridge.   
          Specifically,  this bill :  

          1)Recounts the life and military career of Brud Cronkite.  

          2)Designates the overpass on SR 8 at Buckman Springs Road in  
            Pine Valley as the "Army Sergeant Brud Joseph Cronkrite  
            Memorial Bridge."  

          3)Requests the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to  
            determine the cost of appropriate signs, consistent with the  
            signage requirements for the state highway system, showing  
            this special designation, and, upon receiving donations from  
            nonstate sources covering the cost, to erect those signs.  

           EXISTING LAW  :  Assigns Caltrans the responsibility of operating  
          and maintaining state highways.  This responsibility includes  
          the installation and maintenance of highway signs.  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  Unknown.  This bill was withdrawn from the  
          Senate Appropriations Committee pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.  

           COMMENTS  :   The family of Brud Cronkrite has requested this  
          designation as a memorial to Army Sergeant Cronkrite, who was  
          killed on May 14, 2004 in Iraq while deployed for Operation  
          Iraqi Freedom.  

          Brud Cronkrite was born in June 24, 1981.  He enlisted in the  
          Army as a 19K Armor Crewman on March 1, 2002.  On May 11, 2003,  
          Sergeant Cronkrite deployed with his unit to Kuwait and a year  
          later moved with Task Force 1037 to the City of Karbala in Iraq.  
           His division was scheduled to return home when its assignment  
          was extended.  Sergeant Cronkrite died in Baghdad on May 14,  
          2004, from injuries sustained in Karbala when a rocket-propelled  


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          grenade fired into a building near him during a security patrol.  
           He was 22 years old.  

          Sergeant Cronkrite was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple  
          Heart, and is buried at the Fort Rosencrans Cemetery.  He was  
          the 775th American soldier to be killed in the Iraq War.  


          None received
          None received

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Howard Posner / TRANS. / (916) 319-2093