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  • Bay Bridge span to take Willie Brown's name


    Longtime California politician Willie Brown, who made his name as a member then longtime speaker of the California Assembly and furthered his career as mayor of San Francisco, will have the new span of the Bay Bridge named after him. That decision was made by the state Legislature, though it was opposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, among others. Here are pictures from Brown's long political career.
    HECTOR AMEZCUA | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, is reflected in a mirror at Oasis Optometry, as he models a pair of sunglasses for optometrist Michael S. Matthews during a merchant meet-and-greet last Thursday, October 7, 1999 on Mission Street.
    HECTOR AMEZCUA | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Assembly Speaker Willie Brown praised the Rev. Martin Luther King at a Capitol rally in King's honor. January 16, 1981 in Sacramento, California.
    Sacramento Bee / Skip Shuman | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Former mayor Willie Brown walks the red carpet during the annual California Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the last under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 in Sacramento.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Willie Brown, left, SF mayor and former Speaker of the Assembly, administers the oath of office to Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson (D-Culver City) upon Wesson's re-election to the post of Speaker, during the Assembly's 2003-2004 Organizational Session December 2, 2002. Looking on is Wesson's wife, Fabian.
    Dick Schmidt | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Willie Brown with Robert Carlson at CALPERS meeting on March 13, 2000.
    Jay Mather | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Assembly Speaker Willie Brown presides over the debut of a teleconferencing center in the state Capitol in 1995. The teleconference linked Sacramento with Washington, D.C, and other California sites.
    DICK SCHMIDT | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Willie Brown, the former Mayor of San Francisco, carries the Olympic flame as he runs down Marina Boulevard on April 9, 2008. as part of the Olympic torch relay.
    Paul Kitagaki | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • The Honorable Mayor Willie Brown addresses the Board of Supervisors during the Inaugural meeting at City Hall in the legislative chamber in San Francisco on Jan. 9, 2001.
    Sacramento Bee/Michael A. Jones | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • The Honorable Mayor Willie Brown addresses the Board of Supervisors during the Inaugural meeting at City Hall in the legislative chamber in San Francisco on Jan. 9, 2001.
    Michael A. Jones | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Mayor Willie Brown holds a short press conference in front of the City and County of San Francisco Emergency Communications Department on Sept. 11, 2001.
    Michael A. Jones | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Left to right, San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and Baseball Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda get ready to break ground at the new McCovey Point at China Basin Park across from McCovey Cove and then-named Pac Bell Park.
    Jose Luis Villegas | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Gov. Gray Davis "raises the roof" with San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, left and Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, after Davis' speech at an anti-recall rally at the Delancy Street Foundation in San Francisco on July 19, 2003.
    John Decker | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, preparing to leave public office after some 40 years, said at his office on Dec. 20, 2003, and said that he would miss being able to have the power to get things done like fixing a pothole that he just ran over.
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Biba Caggiano and state Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, scanned in from Bee files circa 1989.
    Mitch Toll | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Assembly Member Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, hugs Willie Brown after she was sworn in as the speaker of the Assembly at the Capitol on May 13, 2008. Bass was also the first African American female speaker in the country's history.
    Brian Baer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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    Convention Chairman Willie Brown greets U.S. Senator, Diane Feinstein at the California State Democratic Convention on April 29, 2006.
    Brian Baer | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Gov. Pete Wilson called Assembly Speaker Willie Brown "my pal" when they both emerged smiling from their brief budget talk in the governor's office on July 23, 1992
    Bee file Jose Luis Villegas
  • SCHWARZENEGGER
    Sen. Dennis Holingworth, R-Murrieta, talks with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown after a round table meeting on July 8, 2010, to discuss California's pension crisis and the need for comprehensive reform.
    Hector Amezcua | hector@hectoramezcua.com
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    Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, greets Anne Gust wife of Gov.-elect Jerry Brown, and former Gov. Gray Davis during the annual California Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the last under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Dec. 14, 2010, in Sacramento.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Inauguration of Attorney General Kamala Harris
    Willie Brown, former San Francisco mayor and former speaker of the state Assembly, Darrell Steinberg, Senate President Pro Tem, and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye sing "Oh Happy Day" during the Inauguration of Attorney General Kamala Harris at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts on Jan. 3, 2011, in Sacramento.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    Willie Brown is introduced at the inaugural celebration for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on the Senate chambers on Jan. 10, 2011.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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    Willie Brown observes the inaugural celebration of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the Senate chambers on Jan. 10, 2011.
    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
  • Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, left and Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti, D- Los Angeles, share a toast with Gloria and Gov. George Deukmejian in the Capitol rotunda after the State of the State address on Jan. 7, 1988
    Bee file Owen Brewer
  • Gov. George Deukmejian tells a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 10, 1986, that "common sense" government has helped revive California. At left are Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti.
    Bee File Morgan Ong
  • Gov. George Deukmejian and legislative leaders talked over differences on Sept. 3, 1986, but little was resolved. Counterclockwise from left, Assembly Republican leader Pat Nolan, Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, Deukmejian , Senate Pro Tem David Roberti, Senate GOP leader Jim Nielsen, Deukmejian legislative secretary Michael Frost and Finance Director Jesse Huff.
    Bee File Jay Mather
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    Willie Brown, making a point.
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    Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, who as San Francisco mayor pushed for gay marriage licenses, leads a celebration at City Hall. The crowd includes Willie Brown, right, ex-mayor and Assembly speaker.
    Noah Berger | Associated Press
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    Then-San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, center, talks with then-Gov. Pete Wilson after Wilson signed a bill doubling tolls on Bay Area bridges in August 1997 to fund seismic upgrades. At left is then-Assemblywoman Carole Migden, D-San Francisco.
    Thor Swift | Associated Press file, 1997
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    Willie Brown.
    Skip Shuman | Bee file, 1995
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