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December 12, 1991 | JENIFER WARREN and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Fed up with the liberal leadership of Art Agnos, this troubled city picked as its new mayor a nice-guy career cop who calls Gandhi his hero but who won over voters by promising less official compassion for panhandlers and welfare cheats. It may seem peculiar for San Francisco--city of tolerance and whatever-works lifestyles--to crown former Police Chief Frank Jordan as its white knight.
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November 10, 2011 | By Lee Romney and Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco -- Interim Mayor Ed Lee won a four-year term by a solid margin, a vote tally Wednesday showed, making him the first Chinese American elected to lead a city where a fourth of the voters are of Chinese descent. The results capped a bitter campaign in which a number of Lee's 15 opponents accused him of reneging on a promise not to run. More recently, criminal investigations of alleged money laundering and ballot tampering shadowed Lee's supporters. Lee strongly denounced the purported wrongdoing, and ultimately voters decided that the soft-spoken candidate, who campaigned on job creation and his 10-month record of collaborative governance, deserved a full term.
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July 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
San Francisco's bid to become the largest U.S. city to hold instant runoffs in its major local elections is looking increasingly unlikely to take place this fall after a state panel's rejection of the city's plan for implementing the new system. In March 2002, San Francisco voters approved a ballot initiative that would allow them to rank their top three preferences for the offices of mayor, district attorney and sheriff by the November 2003 general election.
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October 25, 2011 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Seven candidates vying to become this city's next mayor have requested that federal observers and state election monitors be dispatched to San Francisco immediately amid allegations of ballot tampering by interim Mayor Ed Lee's supporters. "Depriving someone of their ability to freely exercise their vote is the most unconscionable crime," Jeff Adachi said during a news conference Monday. The public defender is among those who signed the letter seeking intervention from the U.S. Justice Department and California secretary of state.
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November 22, 2001 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State Bill Jones said Wednesday that a six-month probe of alleged misconduct by voting officials has uncovered "significant and substantial irregularities" in last year's ballot count by the city's beleaguered Department of Elections. The state's top elections official stopped short of calling the discrepancies fraud, but described them as the most serious he has ever seen.
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August 9, 1992 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
George LaFrancis is a street musician with a lot of worries. The main one is money: Despite the herds of summer tourists swarming the city, spare change is not trickling into his guitar case quite like it used to. But on Saturday, LaFrancis nudged thoughts of his personal dilemma aside to ponder a weightier problem: The fate of San Francisco. His hometown had just been told its baseball team was fleeing to Florida.
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March 4, 2002 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They have become perverse collector's items, evidence of what many say are serious problems at City Hall: a dozen ballot box lids found floating in San Francisco Bay and as far north as Point Reyes 30 miles away. One of the red plastic lids sits behind the bar at an area swimming club. Another is kept as a trophy of sorts at a Marin County weekly newspaper. And two local artists have turned the image of a third crumpled lid into a poster that reads: "Cast Your Vote ... Away."
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December 2, 1991 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Matt Carlin, a 33-year-old construction worker, is an enthusiastic supporter of mayoral candidate Frank Jordan. They have much in common: Both were born in San Francisco and both are of Irish descent. Most important to the burly laborer, Carlin believes that the former police chief's campaign has given a new voice to San Francisco's conservatives, especially those who believe bitterly that their town has been overrun by gays, lesbians and minorities.
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November 8, 1990 | KEVIN RODERICK and VICTOR ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
San Francisco's gay community basked Wednesday in its biggest political triumph since the 1970s with enactment of a domestic partners law and the election of two lesbians to the Board of Supervisors and a gay man to the school board. In Oakland, voters elected state Assemblyman Elihu Harris as its new mayor, while Bay Area voters muddied the future of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. And in Riverside, controversial county Coroner Raymond L.
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December 2, 1999 | Associated Press
Former mayoral candidate Clint Reilly endorsed Board of Supervisors President Tom Ammiano on Wednesday. "I may not necessarily agree with Tom Ammiano on every issue," Reilly said, "but I believe on the core issues of integrity and commitment to the long-term public interest, Tom Ammiano is far and away the best choice for mayor of San Francisco." Ammiano faces Mayor Willie Brown in a Dec. 14 runoff. Meanwhile, former Mayor Frank Jordan's endorsement remained a mystery.
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July 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
San Francisco's bid to become the largest U.S. city to hold instant runoffs in its major local elections is looking increasingly unlikely to take place this fall after a state panel's rejection of the city's plan for implementing the new system. In March 2002, San Francisco voters approved a ballot initiative that would allow them to rank their top three preferences for the offices of mayor, district attorney and sheriff by the November 2003 general election.
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September 14, 2002 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's big, the size of a university course guide or a suburban telephone book. It's packed with sometimes off-the-wall convictions, diatribes and political rants, and it's soon to plop on doorsteps across town, just in time for Election Day. That is, if the post office musters enough manpower to deliver it. Officials in this politically crazed city call it the Voter Information Pamphlet and it went to the presses Thursday.
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March 4, 2002 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They have become perverse collector's items, evidence of what many say are serious problems at City Hall: a dozen ballot box lids found floating in San Francisco Bay and as far north as Point Reyes 30 miles away. One of the red plastic lids sits behind the bar at an area swimming club. Another is kept as a trophy of sorts at a Marin County weekly newspaper. And two local artists have turned the image of a third crumpled lid into a poster that reads: "Cast Your Vote ... Away."
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November 22, 2001 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State Bill Jones said Wednesday that a six-month probe of alleged misconduct by voting officials has uncovered "significant and substantial irregularities" in last year's ballot count by the city's beleaguered Department of Elections. The state's top elections official stopped short of calling the discrepancies fraud, but described them as the most serious he has ever seen.
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November 21, 2001 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For many around City Hall, the script for recent election vote counts reads like a cross between a Monty Python skit and an episode of "The Twilight Zone." Like the year wet ballots had to be dried in a microwave before they could be counted, not to mention foul-ups involving duplicate and lost vote cards.
NEWS
November 11, 2000 | From Associated Press
The fate of Proposition L, the city's grass-roots anti-growth measure, remained unclear Friday. It was trailing by seven votes with many absentee and provisional ballots left to count. "It's definitely too close to call," said Christiane Hayashi, communications manager for the city's Department of Elections. There were nearly 30,000 absentee and provisional ballots left to verify and count.
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December 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
San Francisco Dist. Atty. Terence Hallinan's lead over challenger Bill Fazio increased further Tuesday, when the first batch of provisional ballots were counted. As of Tuesday, Hallinan had 103,262 votes to the 102,316 cast for Fazio--a lead of 946 votes with less than 7,200 provisional ballots remaining. A provisional ballot covers a variety of situations. In some cases, the person voting is not on the rolls at the polling place, or votes at the wrong polling place.
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October 28, 1999 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the final week of a tough and nasty reelection campaign, Willie Brown sounds almost plaintive as he pleads with voters to make him the first mayor in 16 years elected to a second term. "No other city has so many things going on," Brown told well-heeled homeowners at a recent campaign appearance--one of nearly two dozen he is making every day this week. "People on the outside think this is almost heaven."
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December 22, 1999 | From Associated Press
San Francisco Dist. Atty. Terence Hallinan's lead over challenger Bill Fazio increased further Tuesday, when the first batch of provisional ballots were counted. As of Tuesday, Hallinan had 103,262 votes to the 102,316 cast for Fazio--a lead of 946 votes with less than 7,200 provisional ballots remaining. A provisional ballot covers a variety of situations. In some cases, the person voting is not on the rolls at the polling place, or votes at the wrong polling place.
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December 15, 1999 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Willie Brown was headed for a resounding victory Tuesday over Supervisor Tom Ammiano, whose grass-roots campaign attracted national attention but failed to topple one of California's most powerful politicians. Brown had 64% of the vote to Ammiano's 36% with nearly two-thirds of the vote counted. In the city's other runoff race, Dist. Atty. Terence Hallinan, one of the state's most liberal district attorneys, trailed challenger Bill Fazio 53% to 47%.
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