Even at 90 and with deteriorating eyesight, Willie Brown's political vision remains unmatched

  • 📰 latimes
  • ⏱ Reading Time:
  • 26 sec. here
  • 2 min. at publisher
  • 📊 Quality Score:
  • News: 14%
  • Publisher: 82%

United States Headlines News

United States Latest News,United States Headlines

Former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who just turned 90, has cemented himself as one of the most influential politicians in California history.

The first time I saw Willie Brown he was grinning widely, drawing inquisitive eyes and wearing a fashionable Nehru jacket. “And beads,” he reminded me the other day with a chuckle. That was long ago — 59 years — when Brown first showed up in the state Assembly chamber to be sworn in as a freshman legislator. He was a 30-year-old Black lawyer from San Francisco in a strange sea of white males who were attired in traditional dark business suits with collared shirts and ties.

“He was born into a family of bootleggers and gamblers and they outsmarted and out-hustled everyone,” Brown biographer James Richardson once wrote. “He learned the skills of politics at the feet of masters: a pair of uncles who knew how to work the system before it worked them.” “He has a political mind that I think is unparalleled,” says Democratic consultant Gale Kaufman, a former Brown advisor and longtime friend. “He’s able to see all sides of an issue and to think two or three steps ahead.


Thank you for your comment. Your comment will be published after being reviewed.
Please try again later.
We have summarized this news so that you can read it quickly. If you are interested in the news, you can read the full text here. Read more:

 /  🏆 11. in US

United States Latest News, United States Headlines

Similar News:You can also read news stories similar to this one that we have collected from other news sources.

Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, turning 90, kicks off week of birthday merrymakingWell-wishers packed Chief Sullivan's pub in San Francisco Friday night for a special celebration in honor of former mayor Willie Brown.
Source: KPIXtv - 🏆 443. / 53 Read more »

Willie Brown weighs in on state of SF politicsFormer Mayor Willie Brown spoke with The Examiner about the current race for mayor
Source: sfexaminer - 🏆 236. / 63 Read more »

At 90, California political icon Willie Brown still dominates every room he entersAs Willie Brown turns 90, the California political icon reflects on his career, the state of politics, and the figures he crossed paths with.
Source: CalMatters - 🏆 261. / 63 Read more »

Opinion: California political icon Willie Brown still dominates the roomAs he turns 90, the political giant reflects on politics, his career and his induction into the California Hall of Fame.
Source: mercnews - 🏆 88. / 68 Read more »

‘Friend and foe’ to many, Willie Brown still a forceFriends and foes reflect on “Da Mayor,” who is as relevant as ever
Source: sfexaminer - 🏆 236. / 63 Read more »

San Francisco City Hall hosts 90th birthday celebration for 'Da Mayor,' Willie BrownOn Wednesday, San Francisco City Hall hosted a special celebration as hundreds of former employees gathered to mark the 90th birthday of their one-time boss, legendary former SF mayor Willie Brown.
Source: KPIXtv - 🏆 443. / 53 Read more »