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March 5, 1993 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spring is approaching, and in most big U.S. cities that means the bar and bus stop chatter has turned to baseball and income taxes. Not here. San Francisco, land of political dramas that often seem to belong beneath the Big Top, is aswirl in a riveting civic soap opera--one that has engulfed City Hall and captivated the masses with its story line of sex, betrayal and bloodied careers. The nucleus of this ever-mutating spectacle is a sexual harassment charge against Police Chief Anthony Ribera.
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October 30, 2006 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
To much of the country, Nancy Pelosi is the liberal embodiment of a city as crazy as its near-vertical hills. But here at home, the Democratic House leader is seen as something else: sober, centrist and very much a part of the political establishment, for good or bad.
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March 21, 2001
Robert E. Burton, 72, a member of the state Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Less known than his brothers, state Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco) and the late U.S. Rep. Phillip Burton, Robert was also known for his political activity in California. Together, the three brothers were players in the so-called Burton machine, which dominated San Francisco politics for two decades. Burton was appointed to the workers' compensation post by Gov. Gray Davis two years ago.
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May 10, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire
Michaela Alioto, an heir to the San Francisco-based political dynasty, announced Wednesday that she will make a second attempt to become California's secretary of state next year. Alioto, 33, was the Democratic candidate for the office in 1998 but lost to Republican Bill Jones by less than 90,000 votes of the 8 million votes cast.
NEWS
December 4, 1988 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
John Maher, the founder of a San Francisco-based drug-rehabilitation program called the Delancey Street Foundation, died Saturday at his mother's home in New York City, according to friends. He was 48. A former New York street hoodlum and child heroin addict, Maher had turned his own life around after coming to Los Angeles in the late 1960s and becoming a member of Synanon, one of the nation's pioneering recovery programs for drug addicts.
NEWS
November 21, 1993 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The killings took only a few seconds. Two bullets to the head apiece and five to the bodies. Neither victim had a chance. On a cool November morning in 1978, Dan White strapped on a gun, slipped into City Hall and assassinated Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. It was an act of personal and political vengeance that shocked the nation and plunged San Francisco into a tailspin from which it has taken years to recover.
NEWS
June 25, 1997 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Sunday after winning a bitter electoral battle to build the San Francisco 49ers a new stadium, bad boy political consultant Jack Davis did the last thing his many enemies would expect: He went to church. And as the powerful waves of gospel music washed over him, Davis says, the most feared man in San Francisco politics thought about quitting the bare-knuckles profession he has reveled in for two decades.
NEWS
November 26, 1995 | From Associated Press
When former San Francisco Police Officer Joanne Welsh takes her sexual harassment suit against Police Chief Anthony Ribera to trial Monday, the stakes will be high for Mayor Frank Jordan too. Jordan has staunchly backed Ribera--whom he appointed to the post in 1992--against Welsh's allegations of unwanted sexual advances and a Police Commission investigation that ended with the chief keeping his job. Now the mayor's own job is at risk in a Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2006 | Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writer
To much of the country, Nancy Pelosi is the liberal embodiment of a city as crazy as its near-vertical hills. But here at home, the Democratic House leader is seen as something else: sober, centrist and very much a part of the political establishment, for good or bad.
NEWS
October 5, 1991 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Art Agnos, who won in a landslide and survived an earthquake, is now in deep trouble. San Francisco is a city in decline, many voters believe, and they are blaming the liberal former social worker who promised four years ago to cure the city's ills. Homeless people and panhandlers populate the sidewalks. Litter and graffiti are commonplace. Businesses flee to the suburbs to escape high taxes. Major freeway routes, destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, remain closed.
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March 21, 2001
Robert E. Burton, 72, a member of the state Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Less known than his brothers, state Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco) and the late U.S. Rep. Phillip Burton, Robert was also known for his political activity in California. Together, the three brothers were players in the so-called Burton machine, which dominated San Francisco politics for two decades. Burton was appointed to the workers' compensation post by Gov. Gray Davis two years ago.
NEWS
September 2, 2000 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 5, 2000 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the dim light of North Beach's old Italian Athletic Club, Gino Cimoli chomped on a fat, unlit cigar and got ready to deal a game of cards. But first, Cimoli had to deal with this matter of Joe DiMaggio. "His lawyer wants the Bay Bridge or the airport named after him," fumed Cimoli, a Brooklyn Dodgers outfielder in the 1950s but a San Franciscan to the core. "His lawyer is way out of line. Joe was raised here in North Beach. He should have the playground named after him."
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 26, 1999 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tom Ammiano moved into uncharted territory the day this city's registrar of voters declared that the county supervisor had forced incumbent Mayor Willie Brown into a runoff election. Never had a write-in candidate scored such an upset in any major American city. Never had San Franciscans faced a choice between a liberal candidate and an even more liberal candidate for mayor. Never had a gay man been a serious candidate here for the top job.
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November 26, 1999 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 15, 1999 | GEORGE SKELTON
Like Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire," Willie Brown has always depended on the kindness of strangers. In Brown's case, he has depended on the kindness of Republicans--political strangers. Amazing. Stunning. Jaw-dropping. These were some of the media's reactions last week to the reelection endorsement of Mayor Brown by the San Francisco Republican Central Committee. Brown--the liberal Democrat, flamboyant tormentor of the GOP--endorsed by the archenemy.
NEWS
November 4, 1999 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With thousands of ballots still uncounted, the mayoral race remained a cliffhanger Wednesday as a write-in candidate battled with the city's former mayor for the chance to face Willie Brown in a runoff. Board of Supervisors President Tom Ammiano, who launched his low-budget, write-in candidacy three weeks ago, edged slightly ahead of former Mayor Frank Jordan for second place in a painstaking count slowed by tallying the write-in ballots.
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