Feb 23, 2015
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Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Jr. is scheduled to speak at a free breakfast and event tomorrow at Craneway Pavilion.

The special event, sponsored by the nonprofit For Richmond in celebration of Black History Month, will begin with a breakfast followed by insights from Brown on community and leadership responsibility in Richmond.

Brown began his career in the California State Assembly where he was one of the longest-serving Speakers in California history. Brown then became a two-term Mayor of San Francisco. Now a civic leader in the Bay Area, Brown is dedicated to helping young people from diverse backgrounds recognize their leadership potential through the Willie Brown Institute.

The event is free and open to the public. Interested participants must RSVP by calling For Richmond, 510-260-0290. To read more about Brown’s visit to Richmond, click here.

Willie Brown For Richmond


  1. The mayor and city council should tap the expert experience of Mr. Willie Brown about the cities out of control salaries in a poor city of 105,000 people , the city employee’s pay with benefits average more then twice the medium income of a Richmond resident. The high salaries of our city manager and certain department heads of the under preforming city are red flags .Specifically the city managers salary and benefits of $ 411,972 , Tim Jones housing authority Executive director of $ 238,996 and Planning Director Richard Mitchell of $ 259,996

    This concern of ever rising salaries of a city combined with a total pension debt of $ 415,441,600 which totals 180 % of revenue , is a prescription for disaster . The average full-career (30 or more years of service before retirement) received $87,453.83 from their pension in 2013 . This ever increasing salaries is a major problem and is a contributing factor to the unfunded pension liability for the city of Richmond . Since pensions are tied to salaries, as salaries rise pensions rise with them. The growing burden has crippled other cities, such as Stockton, CA, which went into bankruptcy. Currently, Richmond’s CalPERS pension has a $214 million unfunded liability. We feel the voters should weigh in on the salary question in a special election.
    Mr. Brown could look at measure U and help determine what if any funds should go to roads Vs. keeping Richmond out of financial danger .
    Let’s tap the experts like Mr. Brown to put our house in order , With the FBI looking at corruption , and just plain misjudgment in leadership , it’s time to tap the experts , we would be lucky to get Mr. Browns time to help solve these issues.

    Richard Poe | Feb 23rd, 2015

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.