Kamala Harris began her political career when she was 29 and she started dating the 60 year old Speaker of the State Assembly.
Even though Brown married in 1958 and remains married to this very day, they were seen all over San Francisco together and people thought that Brown would divorce his wife and marry Harris, but it was not to be.
Willie Brown began improving Harris’s financial status very quickly, appointing her to the State Unemployment Insurance Appeals board at an annual salary of $114,000 a year. He also named her to the California Medical assistance Board that paid $99,000.
Both were part-time jobs.
She also worked for the county at a salary of $100,000 a year. As a bonus, Brown bought her a brand new BMW.
Brown turned her onto his political machine that included the names of all of his donors and his get out the vote contacts. When he ran for mayor, on election night as the news reached him that he won, he was relieved that it was over.
But so was the affair. It was never officially announced but most sources say that Brown dumped Harris who then started dating Montel Williams.
Although Harris and Brown had broken up, Kamala still favored those in Brown’s universe because of their ability to aid her as she climbed up the political ladder. Such is the case of Ricardo Ramirez.
Ramirez was in the cement and concrete business and thanks to his friendship with Willie Brown, he was able to get many lucrative contracts from San Francisco.
The problem was that he was using recycled concrete. The practice is allowed for decorative work but not for anything that had to hold weight because recycled concrete allows water to seep in and it cracks very easily.
But, Ramirez used the recycled material on projects like the Golden Gate parking garage, a half-mile section on the approach to the Bay Bridge and Third Street Light Rail project.
Harris did not charge him with fraud but instead allowed him to plead guilty to illegally storing oil. He did not have to spend one day in prison and he only had to pay $427,000 in restitution, a small amount considering what he was paid for the projects he used recycled concrete on.