Mayor of San Francisco - January 8, 1996 to January 8, 2004
The era of Willie Brown as mayor is nearly over. He came in 8 years ago with high expectations. He was going to fix the MUNI and the the problem of homelessness. Only in his second term did he get serious about improving MUNI. He gave up on the homeless. Some of the highlights of the Willie years ....
Eight years later the Willie legacy does not look bright. The general feeling is disappointment. How did such a successful politician not make better use of the opportunities offered? Times were good with ample budgets. Why are most people in the city glad to see Willie go? Some answers to the evolving Willie legacy ....
"I promise to fix the MUNI in 100 days" - Dec 1995
"The only thing worse than being misquoted is not being talked about at all." - Willie Lewis Brown Jr. [*]
"If it works for Republicans, all you've got to do is raise enough money. I have enough money to have it work for Democrats. And believe me, I think the Democrats will do it" -- San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, threatening a second recall election if Gray Davis falls, August 4, 2003
"I'm trying to get the French to invest in a new quarterback because Elvis
Grbac is an embarrassment to humankind"
San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, speaking from Paris, on the 49ers' 20-17 loss to Dalla -- after which Grbac admitted he'd been distracted because of his infant son's recent spinal operation. Brown later apologized.
“I hope I never get over [segregation]. Because I have not [“made it”]. I am still looked at differently. When I walk out that door, in the eye of the total stranger, I’m the bus driver. Or I’m the potential mugger. Or I’m a dealer. So no, I have not made it.” former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown (Newsweek, December 25, 2003)
"I've got to assume that these people are so misguided that they are actually
aiding the enemy by doing what they are doing," Brown said. "Most
of these people who are being arrested and have been arrested, probably more
than 75 or 80 percent, are not San Franciscans. I just wish they'd stay in their
own communities and protest rather than put the expense on us."
-- Willie Brown, as quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle
"You are full of shit! You don't know me, motherfucker, you don't know what a killer I am!" - Willie Brown to Supervisor Peskin, 2003 *
"The quality of our water is superior to anything else we produce in the
San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, suggesting the city bottle and sell its own water, which comes from the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. (June 98) [Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Best Quotes of 1998]
"Brown is the best politician in the nation. What other politician could crack outrageous jokes about sex, race, drugs, flaunt his affairs, father an illegitimate child while in office and get no criticism at all." - Rob Morse
Courtesy of Dan Siegler - www.dansiegler.com
Born March 20, 1934, in Mineola, Texas. Inaugurated as Mayor of San Francisco on January 8th 1996 after a run as the longest serving Speaker of the Assembly of the state of California.
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