CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1987 |
Wealthy Democratic fund-raiser Nancy Pelosi, supported by a solid though undecisive victory in a special election and by a deathbed endorsement from late U.S. Rep. Sala Burton, is the heavy favorite to win Tuesday's runoff for Burton's 5th District seat. "Pelosi Wins," headlines read in April after she drew 36%, the top vote in a field of 14 in the heavily Democratic district. The 5th District is about as close as San Francisco gets to "silk-stocking" status.
February 6, 1987 |
Rep. Sala Burton (D-San Francisco) was remembered in services attended by more than 120 members of Congress Thursday as a fighter for social causes who had "instant clout" when she took the seat held by her late husband, Phillip Burton. "She buttonholed the men in Congress by flicking the lint from their lapels instead of twisting their arms," said Rep. Mary Rose Oakar (D-Ohio). House Speaker Jim Wright of Texas said Mrs.
February 3, 1987 |
A special election in California's 5th Congressional District, which encompasses most of the city of San Francisco, will be scheduled for early June. The seat became vacant Sunday with the death of Democratic Rep. Sala Burton. The precise date of the election will not be known until Gov. George Deukmejian officially "proclaims" the need for one. He has 14 days to do that.
February 2, 1987 |
Rep. Sala Burton (D-San Francisco), who succeeded her late husband, Phillip Burton, in Congress in 1983, died Sunday night in Washington of colon cancer. She was 61. "Mrs. Burton, recently hospitalized for further treatment and recuperation from cancer surgery, experienced a sudden decline this weekend," said her nephew, Tom Schulz.
January 28, 1987 |
Rep. Sala Burton, being treated for cancer in a Washington hospital, plans to decide in six to eight weeks whether to step down before her term ends, her brother-in-law, former Rep. John Burton, said Tuesday. A family spokesman for Sala Burton said last weekend, after her meeting with close friends and advisers, that the congresswoman hoped to finish out her term but would not run for reelection in 1988. But John Burton's statement Tuesday indicated that she has not ruled out resigning.
January 25, 1987 |
It is a delicate situation: Democratic Rep. Sala Burton, whose district encompasses 75% of this city, is battling cancer. And various politicians--some of them her friends--are openly lining up support to go after her seat, should it suddenly come open. Politics are always lively in the city that has produced such powerful operators as Burton's late husband, Phillip, Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy.