City Leaders Host African American Commissioners

By Carla Thomas Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Malia Cohen hosted a private reception this week honoring San Francisco’s current African American commissioners. “This is like a family meeting to stress the importance of our collective responsibilities to move our community forward,” said Supervisor Cohen at the reception on Monday evening, Feb. 27 at 1300 Fillmore Restaurant. “It’s not about the numbers but the quality of the persons, and we are all in positions to help and to cultivate small businesses, grow leadership and new home ownership and re-brand what it is to be African American in San Francisco,” she said. “We are committed to working with the community and encourage the commissioners to work together for the betterment of the community,” said Mayor Lee. Linda Fadeke Richardson, Commissioner of the Treasure Island Development Authority, was impressed by the event. “I think today is a defining moment – we finally have elected officials like Mayor Lee and Supervisor Cohen who are concerned about the empowerment of the African American community,” she said. “This is a great time in San Francisco.” Among those present wee Edna James, President of the Commission on Aging; SF Mass Transit Authority Board Commissioner Leona Bridges; Redevelopment Agency Commissioner London Breed; Dr. Joe Marshall, Vice President of the Police Commission; and Brenda Wright, Commissioner of the San Francisco Employees Retirement System. Guests were welcomed by event coordinator Dwayne Jones, President and CEO of RDJ Enterprises. “In a city with a shrinking population, events like this are critical to ensure a level of inter- connectedness that sets forth a black agenda,” said Jones. “How can we survive if we are disconnected? Hopefully this is a catalyst to affirm that we need to re-establish our connection and the best ways to do business with one another,” he said.
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