City Can't Give Jimmie His Own Street

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010  |  Updated 8:57 AM PDT
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Jimmie Johnson: He's Our Celebrity

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It turns out NASCAR champion and hometown hero Jimmie Johnson won't have a street in El Cajon named after him.

The El Cajon City Council had tentatively approved naming a section of Johnson Avenue after the NASCAR champ who was born in El Cajon.

But there's a 2004 policy that requires streets and buildings to only be named after deceased U.S. presidents.

According to the Union-Tribune, the city council officially dropped plans Tuesday night to name a street after Johnson. The council is now looking into naming a park after him.

In December, Johnson, who has now driven to a record four straight NASCAR points titles, stopped at Crest Elementary School to announce grants to eleven local schools totalling $500,000.

He was a student at the school 25 years ago and dreamed of racing. He remembered a lot of skateboarding, bike riding, making soap in one of his classes and working in the cafeteria.

ohnson won his fourth consecutive Cup title in November. He was the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in November, becoming the first race car driver to win it in its 78-year history.

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