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Fascinating Facts: More Brea Firsts

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The Hon. Cruz Reynoso at the Tomlinson Park street naming ceremony in August 2003.

1.) Brea's Art in Public Places Program, created in 1974, was the first privately funded collection of civic art in California. The first sculpture sponsored by the program was "The Birds", by Lee Zimmerman, located at Lambert Rd and Associated Rd.

2.) Born in Brea, former resident Cruz Reynoso, in 1981, was named to the California Supreme Court by then Governor Jerry Brown. The Hon. Mr.  Reynoso, California's first Hispanic justice to serve on the highest court, was recognized for his contributions at a street naming ceremony at Tomlinson Park in August, 2003.

3.) The Brea Branch Library originally opened in 1921 and was Orange County's first public library. Before it found a permanent home at the Brea Civic and Cultural Center in 1981, the library had been located in a garage, two storefronts, the old City Hall Building at City Hall Park, and the Brea Heights Shopping Center.

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  • Carolyn Campbell

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