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December 21, 2003 | Shawn Hubler, Times Staff Writer
The Office of the Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco is two offices really, one for work and one for show. For a month now, a small, dapper man has spent weekends bustling from one to the other, alone but for his security detail. Great heaps of official flotsam surround him -- wooden plaques, grip-and-grin photos, hard hats from ribbon cuttings, gag gifts from famous people, commemorative snow globes.
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December 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Outgoing Mayor Willie Brown has broken ground on the first of 77 renovation projects at Summit Reservoir atop Twin Peaks, more than a year after San Francisco voters approved $1.6 billion in bonds to upgrade the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system. The 14-million-gallon reservoir will be upgraded to meet seismic, building and health codes. Built in 1954, it provides drinking water and fire protection to residents in Twin Peaks. The groundbreaking was Thursday.
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December 11, 2003 | Lee Romney, Rone Tempest and Donna Horowitz, Special to The Times
As he prepares to take office as San Francisco's new mayor, millionaire entrepreneur and Supervisor Gavin Newsom faces a sharply divided city and a Board of Supervisors majority that backed his opponent. A restaurateur and wine shop owner who favors pinstriped suits, Newsom has vowed to end what critics call the patronage politics that earned his mentor -- outgoing Mayor Willie Brown -- so much enmity in recent years.
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October 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Mayor Willie Brown said Friday he interrupted a trade mission to China to "keep things from going to hell in a handbasket" in San Francisco after a city supervisor made two key appointments while serving as acting mayor. Returning home to San Francisco four days ahead of schedule, Brown said he wanted to see firsthand "how much damage" Supervisor Chris Daly had done during his 14-hour mayoral stint Wednesday.
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October 24, 2003 | From Associated Press
An outraged Mayor Willie Brown on Thursday planned to cut short a two-week Asia trip to contend with the political coup by a city supervisor who secretly made two appointments to an important commission while briefly serving as acting mayor. "It's like a father having to return home to deal with unruly children," Brown spokesman P.J. Johnston said of the mayor's decision to book a flight back to San Francisco before his scheduled return Monday.
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August 12, 2003 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
First a preschooler walking with her mother was killed by a red-light runner. Then a college student fell fatal victim to a late-night hit-and-run driver. Finally, a renowned kick-boxing champion was murdered earlier this month in a confrontation that followed another hit-and-run mishap.
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March 10, 2003 | John M. Glionna and Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writers
Mayor Willie Brown said Sunday that the police scandal that has rocked the city has left him upset with everyone from the district attorney and the police chief to the lieutenant who supervised the department's investigation of the matter. But perhaps most of all, Brown said, he is disappointed with himself. In a wide-ranging 90-minute interview at one of his favorite North Beach cafes, Brown predicted that Dist. Atty.
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March 2, 2003 | John M. Glionna and Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writers
The criminal indictment of the police chief and three of his top brass has cast this city into what Mayor Willie Brown warned are "uncharted waters," as he sought to reassure the public and the state's chief law enforcement officer that San Francisco still has a functioning Police Department.
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February 6, 2003 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
County Supervisor Aaron Peskin recently had what he terms a frightening brush on the City Hall steps with a man who spewed obscenities just inches from his face. He left so shaken he later called police. Turns out, authorities knew the fellow well: He's the mayor, Willie Brown. Peskin told police that an enraged Willie Brown, at just 5 feet 8, loomed so close that the brim of his trademark Italian-made Borsalino almost touched Peskin's forehead. "You don't know me!
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July 5, 2002
Excerpts from a Times interview with Mayor James K. Hahn about his reflections on his first year in office: On regrets about his first year: "The frustration, if I had any, is [that] I would have liked to have had the 10% budget growth that [former Mayor] Dick Riordan was experiencing the last few years, and then I could have had a lot of extra money to spend on parks and playgrounds and more street paving."
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