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February 5, 1998 | JENIFER WARREN and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
John Burton walks through North Beach, five cappuccinos under his belt, a swing in his step. It's a fine sunny morning in the city. An old buddy lumbers up. "John!" A thump on the back, a hearty embrace. "Congratulations! I can't believe it. I can't believe it!" Who can? Shortly before noon today, John Lowell Burton--recovered drug addict, merry prankster of the state Legislature, high-voltage champion of all things liberal--will take the helm of the stuffy California Senate.
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January 24, 2008 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
The executive director of a foundation created by John Burton filed a $10-million lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the former state Senate president sexually harassed her by making unwanted advances, using suggestive language and commenting on her body.
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NEWS
July 8, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
State Senate leader John L. Burton on Wednesday unilaterally killed a measure to prohibit unsolicited calls from telemarketers. Legislation, SB 988, introduced by Sen. Liz Figueroa (D-Fremont) would have created a "do not call me" list in the attorney general's office and prohibited telemarketers from calling consumers whose phone numbers appeared on the list.
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December 2, 2004 | George Skelton
The invite was irresistible: "Any [bleeping] questions left? Final Burton news conference 10:30 a.m. Tuesday ... " It would be San Francisco Democrat John Burton's last news conference as Senate president pro tem, the second most powerful post in the Capitol. He'd begun his lawmaking career 40 years earlier as an assemblyman, had risen to Congress, resigned to clean up a cocaine habit, returned to the Legislature, and in 1998 was elected by his Senate peers to be their leader.
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September 16, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
State Senate leader John L. Burton (D-San Francisco) underwent emergency treatment for a heart attack Wednesday after he was flown by helicopter to a Sacramento hospital from Lake Tahoe. "His doctor said John had what could be considered a very mild heart attack. There was minimal damage and a full recovery is expected," said Burton spokesman Dave Sebeck.
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December 12, 1987 | JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writer
Former Democratic Rep. John L. Burton said Friday that he is "seriously considering" attempting a political comeback by seeking an Assembly seat to be vacated because of Assemblyman Art Agnos' election as mayor of San Francisco. Burton said in an interview that he expects to announce his decision around the first of the year. Assembly Speaker Willie Brown (D-San Francisco) said Thursday that he hopes Burton, a long-time political ally and a former assemblyman, will run to replace Agnos.
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April 3, 1991 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A leading Assembly proponent of gun control on Tuesday derailed, at least temporarily, a fast-track bill that would give owners of unregistered assault weapons 90 days of amnesty to legally record their firearms or risk criminal prosecution. The Senate-passed "urgency" bill, sponsored by Republican Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, was introduced because thousands of gun owners failed for a variety of reasons to register their assault weapons by the deadline last Jan. 1. But liberal Assemblyman John L.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2003 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
Senate leader John L. Burton's long career in the Legislature is winding down, but his skills as a premier fund-raiser show no sign of letting up. They may even be getting better. In campaign finance documents filed with the secretary of state this week, the veteran Democrat from San Francisco reported raising more than $1.
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February 20, 1996 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the floor of the California Assembly--where conduct runs from informal to rowdy amid fourscore voices slicing and dicing in partisan disunity--volcanic John Burton fits right in. Erupting recently against proposed Republican cuts affecting the poor, the old-time San Francisco liberal presented his own patented production of an Assembly defining moment.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2001 | James Bates
Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco) plans to announce today that he will hold a hearing on the current dispute between the Screen Actors Guild and Hollywood agents over their inability to forge a new agreement governing the relationship between the two groups. Burton will make the announcement at the Screen Actors Guild headquarters, joined by SAG President William Daniels and actor Richard Dreyfuss and actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Valerie Harper.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2004 | Marc Lifsher and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put his Hawaiian vacation behind him and headed to a Costco store in Burbank on Monday to campaign to put a workers' compensation insurance reform initiative on the November ballot. In Sacramento, Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco) and the governor's office hurried to finish drafting a massive workers' comp bill in time to make the initiative unnecessary.
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January 13, 2004 | Evan Halper and Gregg Jones, Times Staff Writers
The powerful Democratic leader of the state Senate on Monday sharply criticized Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget, and began staking out a counterproposal centered around an increase in income taxes on the wealthiest Californians.
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August 2, 2003 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
Senate leader John L. Burton's long career in the Legislature is winding down, but his skills as a premier fund-raiser show no sign of letting up. They may even be getting better. In campaign finance documents filed with the secretary of state this week, the veteran Democrat from San Francisco reported raising more than $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2003 | Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writer
State Senate leader John Burton proposed a sweeping measure Thursday requiring that all California employers offer their workers health insurance or contribute to a fund that would cover the state's approximately 5 million working poor. Burton said the plan would dramatically expand insurance coverage, ensure that Californians stay healthier and make a significant dent in the state budget deficit. He estimated that employer-paid health insurance would produce $1.
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September 23, 2001 | JENIFER WARREN and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
You knew it would come to this. You knew their uneasy union was bound to crack. One politician is pure volcanic emotion, the other a public portrait of cool control. One man is blunt and uncensored, prone to spouting expletives. The other picks his words cautiously, ever wary of political faux pas. They are the oddest of odd couples, united by circumstance and party affiliation but little else. And this month the shaky detente between California's two most powerful leaders--Democrats Gov.
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August 3, 2001 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a strange subplot to the tight race for House minority whip, a powerful position coveted by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), a fellow California Democrat has charged that she is facing threats of political retribution because of her refusal to back Pelosi. Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Alamo), who among California's 32 Democratic House members is the only one to publicly support Pelosi's rival for whip, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2001 | JENIFER WARREN and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
You knew it would come to this. You knew their uneasy union was bound to crack. One politician is pure volcanic emotion, the other a public portrait of cool control. One man is blunt and uncensored, prone to spouting expletives. The other picks his words cautiously, ever wary of political faux pas. They are the oddest of odd couples, united by circumstance and party affiliation but little else. And this month the shaky detente between California's two most powerful leaders--Democrats Gov.
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February 6, 1998 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Democrat John Burton, a San Francisco liberal who conquered drug addiction and alcoholism, was installed Thursday as leader of the state Senate, the most powerful post in the Legislature. "I am going to do my best to bring honor to this body," said Burton, who has been sober since 1982.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2001 | James Bates
Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco) plans to announce today that he will hold a hearing on the current dispute between the Screen Actors Guild and Hollywood agents over their inability to forge a new agreement governing the relationship between the two groups. Burton will make the announcement at the Screen Actors Guild headquarters, joined by SAG President William Daniels and actor Richard Dreyfuss and actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Valerie Harper.
NEWS
September 16, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
State Senate leader John L. Burton (D-San Francisco) underwent emergency treatment for a heart attack Wednesday after he was flown by helicopter to a Sacramento hospital from Lake Tahoe. "His doctor said John had what could be considered a very mild heart attack. There was minimal damage and a full recovery is expected," said Burton spokesman Dave Sebeck.
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