Santa Clarita Valley Mayors Prayer Breakfast To Host Ex-Mafia Boss -- March 30, 2015

The 11th annual Santa Clarita Valley Mayors Prayer Breakfast is coming up, and this year’s keynote speaker comes from the Colombo crime family of New York.

The annual event has been scheduled to be held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Thursday, May 7 at 7 a.m.

The keynote speaker of the event is planned to be Michael Franzese, the son of the notorious underboss of New York’s violent and feared Colombo crime family, according to the event officials. At his highest point, he made an estimated $5 to $8 million per week from legal and illegal business including tax fraud and business scams.

He was a captain in the Colombo family and was featured on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses,” according to the National Geographic Channel “Inside the American Mob.”

Franzese uses his experiences of his former life to inspire people to beat the odds and make positive changes in their lives, according to the event officials.

Audiences are captivated by stories of his personal experiences in organized crime and genuinely affected by his powerful anti-crime messages and eye-opening revelations, according to the event officials.

Among the Santa Clarita Valley leaders invited to the event are: Congressman Steve Knight, R-Santa Clarita; Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita; county Supervisor Michael Antonovich; Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Calabasas; Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean; and others.

Members of the Santa Clarita City Council, Castaic Town Council, West Ranch Town Council, Acton/Agua Dulce Town Council, College of the Canyons, William S Hart Union High School District, Saugus Union School District, Castaic Union School District, Newhall School District and Sulphur Springs School District were also invited.

The event is open to the public. Tickets cost $28.50 in advance and $32.50 at the door.