State Assembly Signs Off on Robin Williams Tunnel

The California State Assembly has approved a bill that would rename the so-called Waldo or Rainbow Tunnel in Marin County after the late actor, Robin Williams. Thursday’s vote was 77-0, with the bill now headed to the Senate’s Transportation Committee.

The beloved comedian spent most of his life in Marin County. His family re-located to the area when he was just a teenager and he called the town of Tiburon home until his suicide last summer. Williams sometimes joked about Marin on stage as well, poking fun at its affluence and reputation for aloofness. He even mentioned the tunnel during a stand-up skit in the 1980s, in which he mocked the county for a lack of diversity.

"People going into Marin County say, 'My God, look at that little rainbow. Isn’t that cute’ ” Williams said, speaking of the tunnel’s entrance. “They lied. They lied to you. It's an ethnic detector.”

The tunnel connects the Golden Gate Bridge to greater Marin County. The legislation to rename it was introduced by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) following a petition drive which gathered more than 61,000 signatures.

Read more about Thursday’s vote here.