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May 22, 1993 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.) caused a stir in the Senate on Friday when he told his colleagues that he has a personal reason for supporting the nomination of gay rights activist Roberta Achtenberg to a senior post in the Clinton Administration: His own daughter is a lesbian. "My daughter, Julia, is president of the Rhode Island Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights," he told the Senate. "I would not want to see her barred from a government job merely because of her orientation."
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November 5, 1995 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With two days to go until Tuesday's primary election, the heated contest for mayor has become a tossup as flamboyant Assemblyman Willie Brown tries to fend off ethics charges and Mayor Frank Jordan attempts to rebound from posing nude in his shower with two radio disc jockeys. Brown and Jordan, seeking enough votes Tuesday to qualify for a two-way runoff Dec.
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November 5, 1995 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With two days to go until Tuesday's primary election, the heated contest for mayor has become a tossup as flamboyant Assemblyman Willie Brown tries to fend off ethics charges and Mayor Frank Jordan attempts to rebound from posing nude in his shower with two radio disc jockeys. Brown and Jordan, seeking enough votes Tuesday to qualify for a two-way runoff Dec.
NEWS
November 2, 1995 | GEORGE SKELTON
There is only one certainty about the San Francisco mayor's race: It will be remembered forever as the time the incumbent mayor stripped naked and showered with two strangers--on live radio, in front of a photographer. The strangers--disc jockeys--told the mayor they had polled cyberspace and learned that this stunt would win him another 25,000 votes. They were joking, presumably. "Fine, let's go for it," the mayor said.
NEWS
May 21, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Senate conservatives agreed Thursday to halt their efforts to delay a vote on the nomination of Roberta Achtenberg to a senior post in the Clinton Administration, clearing the way for the San Francisco gay activist's confirmation early next week. After two days of extraordinarily bitter debate in which senators came close to trading personal insults on the floor, Republican conservatives led by Sen.
NEWS
April 17, 1988 | Associated Press
Attorney Roberta Achtenberg says she will not run against newly elected Assemblyman John Burton in the June 7 primary, reversing her pledge to begin a "long fight" against the old-guard Democrat. The civil rights attorney told Burton on Thursday, hours after he was sworn in to represent the Eastside of San Francisco, that she does not want Burton's "energy or the money of the Democratic Party spent on a political battle" over the 16th Assembly District.
NEWS
April 16, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
After two years as the federal government's chief watchdog for fair housing, Roberta Achtenberg resigned from her position as an assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development to run for mayor of San Francisco. "My experience at HUD has given me a national perspective on what works--and what doesn't work in municipal government today," Achtenberg said in announcing her resignation. "It is this knowledge that will help me develop innovative solutions to San Francisco's problems."
NEWS
November 2, 1995 | GEORGE SKELTON
There is only one certainty about the San Francisco mayor's race: It will be remembered forever as the time the incumbent mayor stripped naked and showered with two strangers--on live radio, in front of a photographer. The strangers--disc jockeys--told the mayor they had polled cyberspace and learned that this stunt would win him another 25,000 votes. They were joking, presumably. "Fine, let's go for it," the mayor said.
NEWS
October 29, 1995 | PETER H. KING
Until they published a front-page photograph Friday of Mayor Frank Jordan naked in the shower with two strangers, the general consensus around the city was that the mayoral campaign had been a hopeless bore. For months the three leading candidates had trudged through the neighborhoods, talking up their issues to anybody with a few folding chairs and a few hours to listen. The more the candidates campaigned, the less the electorate seemed prepared to make a choice.
NEWS
January 29, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg, expected to soon be nominated as the highest-ranking openly homosexual person in the federal government, is regarded here as a savvy civil rights lawyer who has been a strong voice for gay and lesbian causes. The selection of Achtenberg, 42, for a top job at the Department of Housing and Urban Development won wide praise from the gay community, which has long struggled for acceptance in mainstream politics.
NEWS
October 29, 1995 | PETER H. KING
Until they published a front-page photograph Friday of Mayor Frank Jordan naked in the shower with two strangers, the general consensus around the city was that the mayoral campaign had been a hopeless bore. For months the three leading candidates had trudged through the neighborhoods, talking up their issues to anybody with a few folding chairs and a few hours to listen. The more the candidates campaigned, the less the electorate seemed prepared to make a choice.
NEWS
April 16, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
After two years as the federal government's chief watchdog for fair housing, Roberta Achtenberg resigned from her position as an assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development to run for mayor of San Francisco. "My experience at HUD has given me a national perspective on what works--and what doesn't work in municipal government today," Achtenberg said in announcing her resignation. "It is this knowledge that will help me develop innovative solutions to San Francisco's problems."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1993
On May 25 you had an item regarding the confirmation of San Francisco Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg as the nation's top fair housing official. You headed the item "Gay Nominee Confirmed." You ignored the fact that she has all the qualifications for the job, and instead appealed to the worst bias levels of the public. You should be a leader in educating people to think higher than this. CECIL PILL Studio City I take exception to your editorial regarding the appointment of Achtenberg to the HUD post ("Raising the Wrong Questions," May 24)
NEWS
May 25, 1993 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Senate confirmed San Francisco gay activist Roberta Achtenberg to be the nation's top fair housing official Monday, rejecting conservative complaints that her sexual politics rendered her unfit for federal office. Winding up an impassioned debate over gay rights, the Senate voted 58 to 31 to confirm Achtenberg as the first openly declared lesbian to serve in high federal office. Both sides agreed it was a milestone.
NEWS
May 22, 1993 | MICHAEL ROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.) caused a stir in the Senate on Friday when he told his colleagues that he has a personal reason for supporting the nomination of gay rights activist Roberta Achtenberg to a senior post in the Clinton Administration: His own daughter is a lesbian. "My daughter, Julia, is president of the Rhode Island Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights," he told the Senate. "I would not want to see her barred from a government job merely because of her orientation."
NEWS
May 21, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Senate conservatives agreed Thursday to halt their efforts to delay a vote on the nomination of Roberta Achtenberg to a senior post in the Clinton Administration, clearing the way for the San Francisco gay activist's confirmation early next week. After two days of extraordinarily bitter debate in which senators came close to trading personal insults on the floor, Republican conservatives led by Sen.
NEWS
April 10, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
On placards and buttons, the name that dominated this city's politics for more than two decades is back. With signs that read, "Burton Democrat," John Burton, the flamboyant and eccentric liberal former congressman and younger brother of the late Rep. Phillip Burton, is making a comeback, running in Tuesday's special election for the Assembly seat that launched him on his career 24 years ago. At 55, he's off the cocaine and alcohol that prompted him to leave Congress in 1983.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1993
On May 25 you had an item regarding the confirmation of San Francisco Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg as the nation's top fair housing official. You headed the item "Gay Nominee Confirmed." You ignored the fact that she has all the qualifications for the job, and instead appealed to the worst bias levels of the public. You should be a leader in educating people to think higher than this. CECIL PILL Studio City I take exception to your editorial regarding the appointment of Achtenberg to the HUD post ("Raising the Wrong Questions," May 24)
NEWS
January 29, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg, expected to soon be nominated as the highest-ranking openly homosexual person in the federal government, is regarded here as a savvy civil rights lawyer who has been a strong voice for gay and lesbian causes. The selection of Achtenberg, 42, for a top job at the Department of Housing and Urban Development won wide praise from the gay community, which has long struggled for acceptance in mainstream politics.
NEWS
April 17, 1988 | Associated Press
Attorney Roberta Achtenberg says she will not run against newly elected Assemblyman John Burton in the June 7 primary, reversing her pledge to begin a "long fight" against the old-guard Democrat. The civil rights attorney told Burton on Thursday, hours after he was sworn in to represent the Eastside of San Francisco, that she does not want Burton's "energy or the money of the Democratic Party spent on a political battle" over the 16th Assembly District.
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