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LA City Council Delays Vote On Renaming Downtown Street After Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – City Council members Wednesday delayed a vote on a proposal to rename a downtown Los Angeles street which runs alongside the Staples Center in honor of late Laker legend Kobe Bryant.

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A man holds a Kobe Bryant Bl. sign as fellow fans celebrate of the Lakers 106 - 93 championship win over the Miami Heat on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Back on Aug. 24, which is Kobe Bryant Day, two council members introducing a motion to rename a stretch of Figueroa Street to Kobe Bryant Boulevard.

The motion calls for renaming an approximately 3-mile stretch of Figueroa, between Olympic Boulevard near Staples Center, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Exposition Park.

Staples Center is often given the moniker the "House that Kobe built" because it opened in 1999, just a few years into Bryant's career.

The City Council's Public Works and Gang Reduction Committee had been scheduled to vote on the proposal, but the panel's meeting was canceled due to an extended meeting of the full City Council.

A new date for the committee to hear the issue was not immediately set.

On the morning of Jan. 26, Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were killed when the helicopter they were riding in crashed in the Calabasas hills amid heavy fog.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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