The United States Conference of Mayors: Celebrating 75 Years

About the Mayor

An ambitious agenda for Oakland's new Mayor, Jerry Brown, was outlined in a February 17 Washington Post article. A former California Governor, Mayor Brown has been in office for six weeks but is credited by the Post for taking early steps to make the city more friendly to business, induce people to live downtown, reduce crime and create charter schools.

Brown took office January 4.

Brown, now 60, was elected Secretary of State of California in 1970 and then governor in 1974 at the age of 36.

Mayors of two Florida cities have urged their communities to help in the disater relief effort in Central America following the devastation caused by hurricane Mitch.

Sarasota Mayor Jerome Dupree and Venice Mayor Dean Calamaras, both passed proclamations urging residents to contribute to a Disaster Relief Fund to help assist residents of La Lima, Honduras, a community ravished by the hurricane. The relief effort was spurred by a resident of South Venice, Warren Caldwell, who mobilized the relief effort.

New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani spent a day in Washington promoting his city's policies in several appearances. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice February 24, Mayor Giuliani described his policies on crime, education, immigration and welfare as models for big cities. The mayor's appearances included a breakfast with Hispanic Republicans.

The New York Times reported that the mayor received strong support from Republican Congressional leaders to run for the seat being vacated by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Giuliani has said he is seriously considering the race, as has Hillary Rodham Clinton.

London will move to a strong mayor form of government in May, 2000. While legislation still has to pass, the city is preparing for the transition and has sought the help of American expertise.

Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and Norm Rice, former Seattle Mayor, were scheduled to speak on various urban issues March 4 at a conference entitled: "A Mayor for London: American Mayors Speak Out on Metropolitan Government."

Subjects for London's invited business and political leaders include tourism, land use policy, transportation, and inter-governmental relations, among others.