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Past Event

Antonio López: Civic Leader, Poet, and Mayor of East Palo Alto

In the early 1990s East Palo Alto was referred to as the “murder capital” of the United States. Thirty years later, the city has its youngest-ever mayor and has undergone a complete transformation, with zero homicides recorded in 2023. Mayor Antonio López believes that civics education and the energy of young people are keys to the continued growth of his city.

Mayor López, in conversation with Commonwealth Club World Affairs’ own Issabella Romo, talks about the role of a mayor, his path into politics, and how being a poet has shaped his leadership style. Mayor López talks to students about upcoming elections, the importance of civic discussion, and why young people matter in a democracy.


This program is part of the Commonwealth Club World Affairs’ civics education initiative, Creating Citizens.

Koret and Creating Citizens

April 18, 2024

The Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Antonio López

Mayor, East Palo Alto

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Issabella Romo

Social Equity through Education Alliance; Commonwealth Club World Affairs