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Gene Mullin

The South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees approved a resolution at its Nov. 18 meeting to rename the Community Learning Center at 520 Tamarack Lane in honor of former assemblyman Gene Mullin from California and a history teacher at South San Francisco High School.

“Gene was not just a part of our school district, but he was an important part of our town,” Councilwoman Patricia Murray said in a news release. “I think it’s a wonderful tribute, and I’m proud of our board for paying it.”

School board school counselor John Baker agrees.

“It’s hard to go out and talk to old people in South San Francisco [High School] without hearing how Mr Mullin was such a central figure in their upbringing in South City. He was a real staple there,” Baker said.

Board President Daina Lujan thanked South San Francisco Public Library Director Valerie Sommer, who presented the proposal to the school board at its July 15 meeting.

According to Sommer, the proposal had been the subject of four previous public meetings, including a citizens’ advisory committee on Oct. 20, before returning to the school board. Following the council’s decision, Sommer said the South San Francisco City Council would now move forward with the process of identifying a location to post a sign with the CLC’s new name.

CLC is operated by the City of South San Francisco and is owned by SSFUSD. It opened in 2001 after an effort led by Mullin when he was mayor of South San Francisco. In addition to being a hub for extracurricular activities, the CLC offers English as a Second Language (ESL), basic computer and citizenship classes as well as various workshops and support groups.