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.
January 20, 1999 |
Three pie throwers who pelted Mayor Willie Brown in the face were convicted of battery Tuesday by jurors who apparently decided that the offense was not so serious. The jury deliberated for more than a day and asked the judge whether "throwing a pie can be regarded as an act of comedy and not as an act of battery." Ultimately, they convicted the activists of battery, which carries a six-month jail term.
November 29, 1998 |
Willie Brown, San Francisco's high-profile, high-energy mayor, is finding himself in trouble with voters as he gears up for next year's municipal elections. Brown initially enjoyed such widespread popularity that residents greeted him like a movie star when he strolled along San Francisco's streets.
November 27, 1998 |
The passions of a life in politics are much like a love affair. On any given day, your moods swing from elation to depression, often in a heartbeat. And the only reason you keep coming back for more is the belief that life simply can't be lived any other way. This may seem strange in a world where millions of people routinely view politics and elected officials with distrust, if not contempt.