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Richie Ross

In mid 1988, to give her campaign a more aggressive grass roots base, 12th District Congressional Candidate Anna Eshoo recently changed campaign management firms. Following talks with the Democratic Congressional Committee, Eshoo said she realized she could not use the same campaign approach to beat Republican candidate Tom Campbell that she used in her primary race, according to Eshoo's campaign manager Mary Hughes. Eshoo's new management firm — Richie Ross — will now funnel more money to voter contact and field operations. "(The DCCC) want(s) people who will spend money wisely. We want assistance." Ross is replacing Townsend and Co. — a leading California consultant firm whose clients have included Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and 1984 Presidential candidate Walter Mondale. A Sacramento based firm, Ross recently helped San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos gain his post.

Ross has also worked on two winning initiatives in Santa Clara County, the San Jose Arena and the Santa Clara County Jail. Praising Ross as one of the "best organizers in California," Asst. Director of the Row Keith Archuleta said the firm is "definitely a plus" for Eshoo's campaign. Archuleta, who was once an aid to Agnos, said he knew Richie Ross personally while working in Sacramento. "He is good at fundraising and is a good strategist," Archuleta said. Hughes added that Eshoo's campaign has maintained close contacts with the DCCC, a national organization that assists viable candidates. After closely examining Eshoo's campaign records, the DCCC gave Eshoo their financial support once her campaign met "certain criteria," Hughes said. In fact, the DCCC is targeting the 12th district election as one of the five most important races in the country, according to Hughes.[1]

Greeting Chris Hani

Eight hundred people filled the ballroom of the Hyatt regency Embarcadero Hotel, Sunday April 28, 1991 to greet South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani. the crowd contributed more than $12,000 towards the People's Weekly World fund drive and the work of the South African Communist Party.

Hani was greeted with resolutions of support from Assembly speaker Willie Brown, San Francisco mayor Art Agnos, Oakland mayor Elihu Harris, Richmond mayor George Livingston, Berkeley mayor Loni Hancock, and Doris Ward, chair of the San Francisco board of Supervisors.

Co-chairs of the banquet were were Angela Davis and Ignacio de la Fuente of the Moulders Union.

Davis, introducing Hani said he "symbolizes a courageous, unrelenting struggle for freedom".[2]


  1. [The Stanford Daily, Volume 193A, Issue 15, 9 August 1988]
  2. Peoples weekly World, May 4, 1991, page 2