What's in a name? South Kern road may get a new moniker

Opponents say Cerro Noroeste road is a mouthful

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A South Kern road popular with motorists for stunning scenery isn't a hit with some people -- because of its name.

Cerro Noroeste Road links SR 166 and SR 33 to Mil Portrero Highway.  The road is seen as the "back way" into Pine Mountain Club and the Mt. Pinos area.

But in a request to the County Planning & Community Development Department, the Sneddon family want to change it to Hudson Ranch Road.

They say the name Cerro Noroeste Road is "complex, cumbersome, lengthy, challenging to pronounce, and requires 'spelling out' each time one in requited to verbally provide a physical address."  They also say the name change would help first responders reach emergency calls faster and avoid confusion with dispatchers.

In the request, the applicants said they chose Hudson Ranch Road because the Hudson family, along with the Sneddon family, originally donated the land to create the road in 1935.

There are no postal routes along Cerro Noroeste Road, so no homes or businesses would be required to change addresses.

The County Planning & Community Development Department has recommended the name change.  The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the matter Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

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