November 27, 2000 |
It was amid the bustle of the morning rush hour that the lawn mower man threw his oily wrench into Kary Witt's car-moving machine. The guy was calling from a pay phone, boasting that he had driven his old John Deere clear from Maine like that tractor-riding character in the film "The Straight Story." Now he wanted to rumble his grass-cutter across the Golden Gate Bridge through the teeth of a Friday commute.
September 28, 2000 |
A federal jury convicted a top San Francisco housing official Wednesday of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes as part of a scheme that netted 22 people for falsely obtaining low-income housing. San Francisco Housing Authority Manager Patricia Williams, 57, was convicted on 30 felony counts of conspiracy, bribery and making false statements after an 18-month probe by federal agents into a scheme that involved at least two city officials.
September 2, 2000 |
It's not quite 7 a.m. on a sleepy Saturday--a time when most American mayors are still home in bed--but the people's court, Willie Brown-style, is about to come to order. Arriving at City Hall in his stylish homburg hat and $3,500 Brioni suit, the slightly built man known to most San Franciscans as simply "Da Mayor" will spend the next five hours employing his decisive brand of political problem solving to tackle the concerns, complaints and flights of fancy of some two dozen constituents.
December 22, 1999 |
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.
December 16, 1999 |
Emerging victorious from a bruising reelection campaign, Mayor Willie Brown promised Wednesday to tackle many of the issues challenger Tom Ammiano raised during their hard-fought race. "I want to meet your expectations," Brown told supporters after becoming the first mayor in 16 years to win reelection. "You want and deserve an opportunity for everybody to live in an affordable city, and this administration is going to give you that."
November 29, 1999 |
Nearly a decade after he managed to get off the streets, memories of spending his nights getting high on cocaine and his days sleeping on BART trains are still sharp in George Smith's mind. "I fight every day of my life not to have to return to the street," said Smith, who is Mayor Willie Brown's liaison to the myriad groups in the city that deal with issues of homelessness.