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Senate adjourns in honor of Richmond’s Livingston

The California State Senate adjourned today in memory of George Livingston, the first elected African-American mayor of Richmond, who died Saturday.

State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, introduced the motion to adjourn in his honor, and said this on the floor:

“I rise today to ask the Senate to adjourn in memory of George Livingston, former Mayor of Richmond, California. He died Saturday morning in Doctor’s Hospital in San Pablo at the age of 78 after a long bout with diabetes.”

George Livingtson“He had the distinction of being Richmond’s first elected African-American mayor and was known throughout the region as a leader and consensus builder, and a person who brought people together to get things done.”

“I particularly honor the work that he and I did together when I was Mayor of Berkeley and he was Mayor of Richmond. We formed a program with Oakland called the East Bay Safety Corridor where our police worked together. We exchanged best practices, we got radios to talk to each other for the first time, and we worked together in recognition of the fact that we are one urban community and our people travel across district lines.”

“It was a great collaboration that lasted for ten years and accomplished many wonderful things. George was there from the beginning, absolutely key and absolutely supportive, and remained so throughout my time in the Legislature.”

“He will be greatly missed. He was a great man and I request that we honor his memory and send our condolences to his wife, Eunice, his son, George, Jr., and his daughter, Grace.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • John W

    No disrespect to the late mayor, but adjourning the state legislature (or the senate half of it) as a way to honor a local official seems a bit much. A nice resolution would have sufficed.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    “The East Bay Safety Corridor…accomplished many wonderful things.” Let’s ask Richmond crime victims about that.

  • steve weir

    I had the honor of knowing and serving with Mayor Livingston. He had no easy task; Richmond plays its politics like cities much larger than itself.

    George was a great guy, easy to talk to, and easily becoming your friend. And his family was there for him as he was there for them.

    I salute and honor George Livingston, the real “bridge” guy in Richmond.

    Mayor Livingston truly held the office of Mayor, during and after this term.