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Bill Clinton headed to Richmond’s Craneway

on August 31, 2011

Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at a highly anticipated public health summit to be held in Richmond in October.

The event, titled “Blueprint for Healthy Communities,” is set for Oct. 21 at the waterfront event hall in the historic Craneway Pavilion.

“It’s significant,” said Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, who as vice chair of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has been part of the event’s planning. “I’m excited about the positive visibility for Richmond that this will bring.”

The announcement of Clinton’s confirmed visit to Richmond came via an email to air district board members sent at 2:30 p.m. today by BAAQMD Executive Director Jack Broadbent.

In the note, Broadbent emphasized that the summit will be part of an ongoing effort to work with air quality and other public health organizations to coordinate and consider “air quality, public health and climate protection in their land use decision making.”

“We are very pleased to have secured President Clinton as the keynote speaker!” Broadbent wrote. “We have also invited, but not yet confirmed, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius as well as White House Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley.”

The event comes at a time when Bay Area air quality rules have risen to national import. In June 2010, the BAAQMD made headlines by adopting the most stringent local development review guidelines in the country – aimed at reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases.

Clinton’s speaking fee will be $150,000, Gioia confirmed, and the air district plans to “get sponsors from around the Bay Area to pay,” Gioia said.

“Having President Clinton provide the keynote to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Healthy Communities Summit will help highlight the air district’s progressive cutting-edge initiatives to link public health issues with land use planning,” Gioia said.


  1. Ishak Kang on August 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Having President Clinton, Vegan and public health advocate is great for Richmond, indeed. I’d like to help the Richmond schools study both indoor and outdoor air quality with sensors. Maybe, some of those sponsors kicking in for the speaker fee would like to get involved in the project.

  2. Rev. T. Lawrence Shanon on September 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Mr. NAFTA comes to Richmond
    If Clinton had not pushed Congress to pass NAFTA {which his predecessor pres Bush I could not do] there would be more (some?)jobs left here in the U.S. and in Richmond. Clinton served his corporate masters well and betrayed the people spinelessly. The free traders and profeteers will gladly pay his speaking fees. He’ll do them the service of keeping us confused and running in circles not knowing which side is up while they laugh all the way to the (foreign) banks.

  3. Sebastian Flores on September 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Does anyone know how much will the tickets be?

    • itget'sworse on September 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      This is by invitation only. We plebeians are not wanted at this publicly funded boards event.

  4. jones alana on September 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I want tix

  5. Brian on September 3, 2011 at 9:26 am

    $150K is a lot of dough. Maybe the best thing about being President is being an ex-President. No pressure. Easy money. Make your own schedule.

  6. Jim Kay on September 8, 2011 at 1:37 am

    It would have been nice if there was enough time for Pres. Clinton to tour the City’s efficiently operated, wastewater treatment plant, on Canal Blvd. The one that unitizes modern green technology to produce clean power from bio-solids, having a zero discharge of harmful pollutants, like H2S, into the atmosphere……..oh!

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