On June 16, AHMC® was honored to hold a luncheon for a very special guest, without whom Adopt A Highway® would most likely not have come to exist.
Back in the day, when AHMC® was an idea, a discussion and a vision between our company’s owners Peter, Dan and Dennis, there was undoubtedly a need to find the political support within Sacramento to move the Sponsorship idea and vision forward. On that road (no pun intended), AHMC® was fortunate to meet Senator Larry Stirling.
In 1968, Upon release from active military duty, Larry took a job as an administrative analyst for the city manager of the City of San Diego. Four years later he was selected as the finance director for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Four years later, with the help and guidance of Lee Hubbard and Pete Wilson, Larry was elected to the San Diego City Council. In 1980 he was elected to the State Assembly and served four terms. In 1988, he was elected to the State Senate where he served until appointed to the Municipal Court bench by Governor George Deukmejian. Upon unification of the state's trial courts, Larry was elevated to Superior Court judge where he served until 2003, when he retired.
As an elected official, Mr. Stirling understood the needs of the State relative to underfunded maintenance in getting California’s highways clean. Out of that need, Senator Stirling championed AHMC’s® vision and successfully worked to co-sponsor the bill that would allow AHMC® to begin our California efforts and built a program that now has a national footprint, which allowed us to share our vision of what a Corporate Adopt A Highway sponsorship program could provide to the state.
AHMC® began with an idea that flourished through a shared vision of what was possible. 25 years later, it is our great privilege and pleasure to thank and acknowledge Larry for all his efforts to encourage innovate solutions to the Litter problem in CA and get our work started. All these years later he remains a champion for this program, as well as a friend and advocate of public-private partnerships.
We sincerely thank Mr. Stirling for his unyielding support of our efforts over all these years. To us, he will always be “King of the Road”.