Former San Pablo Mayor Joe Gomes turns 100

Former San Pablo Mayor Joe Gomes celebrated at his 100th birthday

Former San Pablo Mayor Joe Gomes’ 100th birthday was celebrated Friday at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club in Richmond.

The Contra Costa Times has a great write up about the event and Gomes’ legacy, which includes six full terms on the San Pablo council and seven terms as mayor.

Gomes was also credited for paving the way for what is now known as San Pablo Lytton Casino, which provided “the tax revenue to enable the city to avoid bankruptcy in the early 1990s” the Times reported.

About 150 guests attended the birthday bash, including  Supervisor John Gioia, who posted a selfie with the mayor and remarked at how young he looks at 100.

Gomes graduated from Richmond High in 1936.