Corky Boozé

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Courtland "Corky" Boozé was a controversial and "disruptive" Richmond City Councilman for Richmond, California. Corky Boozé ran for council nine times and lost before being elected finally in 2010.


In the 1960s he was a drag racer. In 1972 he was the first African-American to win the Winternationals in Pomona. In the 1980s he worked as a school teacher. After that he ran gas stations and pestered the city council for twenty years.[1] He then began running for city council of Richmond, losing nine times before being elected in 2010. He was a vocal critic of mayor Irma Anderson during her tenure. Tom Butt has described him as knowing more about the happenings of Richmond specially the African-American community than anyone else. He stated that crime reduction was his number one priority.[2]

In 2014 Boozé and his "cohorts" were noted by the San Francisco Chronicle for making homophobic slurs against lesbian councilwomen Jovanka Beckles.[3] In 2013 he was found to be a supporter of "Men and Woman of Valor" a homophobic organization which is in favor of the Chevron Corporation and its Chevron Richmond Refinery. The group makes inflammatory comments aimed at councilwoman Beckles. They have been observed paying homeless people to disrupt council meetings which have been described as akin to a reality show. Boozé is a close ally of Nat Bates[4] Boozé has worked with the community to discourage gun violence.[5] In 2016 when running for reelection he stated that he would bulldoze downtown and start over with new units.[6] In 2016 drama on the city council was said to be expected to end with the departure of Courtland Boozé as he was not reelected however it reportedly continued without him.[7] During his failed 2016 reelection bid he stated he wanted to continue his tenure on the council to support Richmond BUILD (a construction training program), and Terminal One a port expansion.[8] Also in 2016 a judge ordered him to clean his property on Carlson Boulevard, pay a $1,000 fine, and face jail time if he did not maintain it in a clean condition. The unkempt property was under scrutiny from the authorities since 1984. The Richmond Standard reported in 2014 that he lost reelection due to his disruptive behavior on the council.[9]


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