Highway 101 memorial for SLOStringer Matthew Frank is one step closer to reality

Matthew Frank, aka SLOStringer.
Matthew Frank, aka SLOStringer.

The California State Assembly on Thursday voted unanimously to name a portion of Highway 101 after Matthew Frank, also known as SLOStringer.

The unanimous vote for the bill sponsored by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham sent it on to the California State Senate.

“We’re almost halfway there,” Cunningham said. “These resolutions don’t tend to be very controversial.”

Cunningham said Frank’s parents sent him a note telling him how much the bill meant to them, and that 99 percent of the feedback he’s heard on the bill has been positive.

“There’s hardly anything that gets that kind of support in politics anymore,” Cunningham said.

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The state Assembly has voted unanimously to designate the stretch of Highway 101 between Avila Beach Drive and Spyglass Drive as Matthew “SLOStringer” Frank Memorial Highway. Joe Johnston jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

If approved, the bill would name the portion of Highway 101 between Avila Beach Drive and Spyglass Drive in San Luis Obispo as the Matthew “SLOStringer” Frank Memorial Highway.

“It’s one of the most beautiful sections of 101 there is, I couldn’t have asked for a better spot,” Cunningham said.

Frank built a reputation for “diligence and accuracy as a premier source of public safety news and reporting up and down the Central Coast,” according to the bill language. He died on March 21 when his vehicle left the road, rolled, struck a tree and caught fire on the Cuesta Grade while he was responding to an incident.

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Matthew Frank, also known as SLO Stringer, was remembered by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham on the floor of the California State Assembly on Monday, April 3, 2017. Here is Cunningham's tribute.

Friends and family of SLOStringer, as well as members of the community, gathered Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Mountainbrook Church in San Luis Obispo to celebrate the life of and to share stories about Matthew Frank. Frank, 30, died in a car crash.

The community gathered at Mountainbrook Church on Calle Joaquin in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, to celebrate the life of SLOStringer Matthew Frank, 30, who died in a car crash on Highway 101 on March 21.

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