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Thursday, October 28, 2010
A night with Willie Brown

A salon-style dinner and candid conversation with one of California’s most experienced and outspoken politicians, Willie Brown, is set for October 28 at the Ramekins Event Center.
It’s a night of intellectual, social and culinary stimulation with a man whose tongue is as smooth as his designer silk suits.

The native Texan spent more than 30 years in the California State Assembly, serving as Speaker for 15 of those years, before being elected the mayor of San Francisco. The dinner will feature meals based on keystone events in his career, prepared by Executive Chef Joe Vitale. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $125. Reserve your seat at

Free verse Willie
A few gems from the ever-quotable Willie Brown

• “A mayor should serve one term, and that term should be ten years.”

• “In politics, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours.”

• “I moved freely in black and white worlds. Indeed, it was not surprising to find myself being chauffeured by white folks, even white Republicans.”

• “I sat down with (S.F. gang leaders) and told them, ‘You want to do your killings? Do it in Oakland. Do it in Richmond. Do it elsewhere. But don’t do killing in San Francisco. It reflects badly on a black mayor.’”

• “Dressing is a matter of taste, and I’ve met very few Republicans with good taste.””

• “You really shouldn’t try to get through a public day wearing just one thing. … Sometimes, I change clothes four times a day.”

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