The state Legislature's resolution Thursday to name the western span of the Bay Bridge after former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown conflicts with written policies for such an action, a key committee analysis notes.

The state Senate's Transportation and Housing Committee review of the "Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge" resolution lays out the four conflicts as follows:

"The person being honored must be deceased. Willie L. Brown, Jr. is alive.

The author or co-author of the measure must represent the district in which the facility is located. Senator [Mark] Leno and Assemblymember [Tom] Ammiano represent the Senate District and Assembly District, respectively, in which the western span of the Bay Bridge is located. Neither Senator Leno nor Mr. Ammiano appears as an author or a coauthor of this resolution

The proposed designation must reflect a community consensus and be without local opposition. There appears to be significant local opposition to naming this bridge after Willie L. Brown, Jr.

The proposed designation may not supersede an existing designation unless the sponsor can document that a good faith effort has uncovered no opposition to rescinding the prior designation. Caltrans records show that the entire San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was unofficially named for San Francisco Mayor James "Sunny Jim" Rolph, the longest serving mayor of San Francisco, who went on to become governor of California. There is no record of any legislative action to assign this name to the bridge, and it never entered the common lexicon. Rather, Rolph's dedication appears to have been assigned to the bridge in 1986 during the 50th anniversary celebration."

The other three naming policies are:

The person being honored must have provided extraordinary public service or some exemplary contribution to the public good and have a connection to the community where the highway is located.

The naming must be done without cost to the state. Costs for signs and plaques must be paid by local or private sources.

A segment of highway being named for a specific individual or individuals must not exceed five miles in length.