Bill Clinton coming to Richmond, Oct 21 2011


By Lisa Vorderbrueggen 
Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Richmond on Oct. 21 to deliver the keynote speech at the first Blueprint for Healthy Communities Summit sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
It may be the first official visit to Richmond by a former or sitting U.S. president. Longtime resident, air district board member and county Supervisor John Gioia could not recall another one.
But Clinton doesn't come cheap.
The district will have to raise $150,000 for his speaking fee, most likely through corporate sponsorships.
"We are confident we will be able to secure sponsorships to cover President Clinton's speaking fee," wrote air district Executive Officer Jack Broadbent in a Wednesday afternoon email to his board members.
The invitation-only summit at the Craneway Pavilion on the Richmond waterfront will focus on the links between land-use planning and improved public health.
The air district was the among the first in the country to require communities to analyze the effects of development on public health.
The event will feature workshops to help elected officials, public health directors, city staffers and others comply with the new regulations.
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