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Richmond Councilman-Elect Gary Bell Dies, 54




Gary Bell, a longtime local community leader who was elected to Richmond’s City Council in November, died at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek early Thursday morning. Bell was 54.

< p>< p>< p>Bell had fallen ill days before the 2012 election and slipped into a coma following a “severe bacterial sinus infection.”

InJanuary, Bell’s family released a statement days before he was scheduled to be sworn in to office to announce his inability to serve. The council later appointed Jael Myrick to fill Bell’s seat.

“As much as Gary and his supporters worked to win election to the council, we know Gary unselfishly wants what is best for the people of Richmond,” Shelley Ross-Bell said in the news release. “On behalf of our entire family, we offer our regrets that my husband is now unable to serve as many had hoped. We thank each of you for your cards, support, love and prayers.”

Prior to Bell first serving on the Richmond City Council in 1999, he was president and CEO of Cooperative Federal Credit Union in Berkeley. In 2006, he ran for mayor, losing in a three-way race between Gayle McLaughlin and incumbent Irma Anderson.

Bell is survived by his wife Shelley Ross-Bell, and two adult sons, Gary Bell Jr. and Germaine Bell.


East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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