In early September, state transportation officials placed signs on Interstate 5 identifying exits for the St. Leon Cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Burbank — but without the typical legislative go-ahead.
Identifying significant institutions is nothing new for the California Department of Transportation, but the roadside signs require legislation. Now, three months after the church signs were installed, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) has introduced the necessary resolution.
The resolution, which is expected to be approved, is the finishing touch on a years-long effort by Western Diocese of the Armenian Church officials to post signs pointing out the elaborate cathedral at 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd. The signs came just days before a visit by His Holiness Karekin II, the pontiff of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
"This was a request of ours for several years, ever since the diocese was established," spokesman Harouk Markarian said.
He said the church sought the roadside recognition because of the important role the campus plays in the life of Armenian Americans.