Newsom to headline Alameda County Dem dinner

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom — and likely 2010 gubernatorial candidate — will be the keynote speaker at Saturday night’s 38th Annual Alameda County Democratic Unity dinner.

If you’re a Democrat and you have a spare $75, you can attend. Read more for the press release and ticket details.

Oakland, California – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass will headline the 38th Annual Alameda County Democratic Unity Dinner Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Oakland Airport Hilton. California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer will emcee the event.

Gavin Newsom was elected Mayor of San Francisco in 2003 after having served four years on the Board of Supervisors. Shortly after his election, Newsom gained worldwide attention by granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In 2007, he was re-elected Mayor with over 73% of the vote. Mayor Newsom will speak during the reception.

Karen Bass was first elected to represent Los Angeles’ 47th Assembly District in 2004. In May 2008, Bass became the 67th Speaker of the California State Assembly, the first Democratic woman to hold the post in the state’s history. As the first African American woman in the country to serve in that role, her election to the Speakership also made national history. Speaker Bass is will give the keynote address at the dinner.

The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 7:30 p.m. All interested Democrats are invited to attend. Tickets are $75 per person in advance, $125 for patrons; tables are available at $1,000 and up.
Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 510/263-5222. A limited number of door tickets will be available at $85.

The Unity Dinner is open to the media. Please call for press availabilities for Mayor Newsom, Speaker Bass and State Treasurer Lockyer.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen