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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | November 1, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mayor Willie Brown, continuing to get by on a smile and shoeshine, is favored to top 13 challengers tomorrow in his bid for re-election. But if he fails to gain a majority of the vote -- now considered likely -- he will be forced into a runoff against the second-place finisher in December.His chief competition is the popular president of the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, gay activist Tom Ammiano, who entered the race late as a write-in candidate. The other leading candidates are former Mayor Frank Jordan and former political consultant Clint Reilly.
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February 2, 2005
On January 25, 2005, WILLIE BROWN SR., of Baltimore, MD. Funeral service will be held at Village Baptist Church, 100 S. Hilton St., on Thursday February 3, family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 A.M. Interment Garrison Forest Cemetery. Arrangements by ESTEP BROS.
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By George F. Will | November 7, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO From his black snapbrim fedora sporting a red feather in its band, to his mirrorshiny black tassel loafers the solid purple tie complements the shirt of robin'segg blue with white collar and cuffs; there probably was a comma in the price of the doublebreasted suit Willie Brown, a mayor as histrionic as this city's geography, is his usual resplendent self this Election Day as he emerges from the union headquarters.Resplendent, but not altogether chipper, even after a onelegged man, whose flannel shirttails flap as he swings himself across the street on crutches, assures Mr. Brown of 60percent majorities in the housing projects.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2000
"Pistol" took his last ride in a horse-drawn a-rab's cart yesterday, his flag-draped coffin rolling west from stables near the Hollins Street Market, a cavalry of mourners behind it. After holding hands in prayer at the corner of the alleys called South Carlton and Lemmon streets, friends and family moved to a dirge of clip-clops and jingling bells as the horses hit West Lombard Street for a four-mile journey to the March Funeral Home on Wabash Avenue....
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | May 17, 1995
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After 31 years in the California Assembly and 15 years as speaker, and facing forced retirement under new term limits he fought vigorously but unsuccessfully to defeat, 61-year-old Willie Brown is looking for a new political stamping ground.For a while, he toyed with running for the state Senate, figuring that his Assembly colleagues also obliged to move to the Senate would elect him Senate leader. But, he says now, that wouldn't work out; there are too many Republicans in the Senate who don't like him, and some of the Senate Democrats aren't too high on him either.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | November 8, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- As term limits continue to be the rage -- voters in Maine and New York City were the latest to impose them on Tuesday -- some unexpected ramifications are being spelled out here in California.In 1990, when voters here limited the terms of their state legislators, a chief argument was that such a move would clean out deadwood and bring in fresh faces. While that remains the hope when the new law triggers in, it also has set off a game of political musical chairs, with state Assembly members plotting to run for state Senate seats and assemblymen and senators alike considering runs for other public offices.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 10, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mayor Willie Brown runs for re-election cloaked in the trappings of his office -- the black limo, the cluster of worried-looking aides, the invisible bubble that allows him to float serenely past any unpleasantness.King Willie, they call him, or sometimes His Willieness. Which, inevitably, has led to a joke circulating among San Franciscans now that Brown is facing a tough challenge from a candidate who happens to be gay: We already have a king, why would we want a queen?
NEWS
February 2, 2005
On January 25, 2005, WILLIE BROWN SR., of Baltimore, MD. Funeral service will be held at Village Baptist Church, 100 S. Hilton St., on Thursday February 3, family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 A.M. Interment Garrison Forest Cemetery. Arrangements by ESTEP BROS.
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By Jamal E. Watson and Jamal E. Watson,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- When it comes to wielding political power in California politics, San Francisco's Mayor Willie Brown and Oakland's Mayor Jerry Brown are the masters.Their experience spans decades -- Jerry Brown is a former governor and Willie Brown was the wily Svengali of the state Assembly. They schmooze in the same political circles and they know precisely what buttons to push, what phone calls to make to get what they want.So when the two Browns voiced opposition earlier this year to a state agency's proposal to build an elaborate new San Francisco Bay Bridge and demolish the existing one that was damaged in a 1989 earthquake, everyone stopped to listen.
NEWS
November 14, 1999
This is an edited excerpt of an editorial that was published in the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News on Thursday.IN WHAT alternate universe do conservative Republicans endorse liberal Democrat Willie Brown? San Francisco.This past week, GOP leaders came out for Mr. Brown, who's seeking a second term as mayor. Reluctantly. Very reluctantly.The office may be nonpartisan, but Mr. Brown isn't. As speaker of the California assembly, he outsmarted GOP politicians for years before term limits forced him out of the legislature.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | December 10, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mayor Willie Brown runs for re-election cloaked in the trappings of his office -- the black limo, the cluster of worried-looking aides, the invisible bubble that allows him to float serenely past any unpleasantness.King Willie, they call him, or sometimes His Willieness. Which, inevitably, has led to a joke circulating among San Franciscans now that Brown is facing a tough challenge from a candidate who happens to be gay: We already have a king, why would we want a queen?
NEWS
November 14, 1999
This is an edited excerpt of an editorial that was published in the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News on Thursday.IN WHAT alternate universe do conservative Republicans endorse liberal Democrat Willie Brown? San Francisco.This past week, GOP leaders came out for Mr. Brown, who's seeking a second term as mayor. Reluctantly. Very reluctantly.The office may be nonpartisan, but Mr. Brown isn't. As speaker of the California assembly, he outsmarted GOP politicians for years before term limits forced him out of the legislature.
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By George F. Will | November 7, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO From his black snapbrim fedora sporting a red feather in its band, to his mirrorshiny black tassel loafers the solid purple tie complements the shirt of robin'segg blue with white collar and cuffs; there probably was a comma in the price of the doublebreasted suit Willie Brown, a mayor as histrionic as this city's geography, is his usual resplendent self this Election Day as he emerges from the union headquarters.Resplendent, but not altogether chipper, even after a onelegged man, whose flannel shirttails flap as he swings himself across the street on crutches, assures Mr. Brown of 60percent majorities in the housing projects.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | November 1, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mayor Willie Brown, continuing to get by on a smile and shoeshine, is favored to top 13 challengers tomorrow in his bid for re-election. But if he fails to gain a majority of the vote -- now considered likely -- he will be forced into a runoff against the second-place finisher in December.His chief competition is the popular president of the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, gay activist Tom Ammiano, who entered the race late as a write-in candidate. The other leading candidates are former Mayor Frank Jordan and former political consultant Clint Reilly.
NEWS
By Jamal E. Watson and Jamal E. Watson,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- When it comes to wielding political power in California politics, San Francisco's Mayor Willie Brown and Oakland's Mayor Jerry Brown are the masters.Their experience spans decades -- Jerry Brown is a former governor and Willie Brown was the wily Svengali of the state Assembly. They schmooze in the same political circles and they know precisely what buttons to push, what phone calls to make to get what they want.So when the two Browns voiced opposition earlier this year to a state agency's proposal to build an elaborate new San Francisco Bay Bridge and demolish the existing one that was damaged in a 1989 earthquake, everyone stopped to listen.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | May 17, 1995
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After 31 years in the California Assembly and 15 years as speaker, and facing forced retirement under new term limits he fought vigorously but unsuccessfully to defeat, 61-year-old Willie Brown is looking for a new political stamping ground.For a while, he toyed with running for the state Senate, figuring that his Assembly colleagues also obliged to move to the Senate would elect him Senate leader. But, he says now, that wouldn't work out; there are too many Republicans in the Senate who don't like him, and some of the Senate Democrats aren't too high on him either.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | May 9, 1995
LA MIRADA, Calif. -- Voters in the strongly Republican 60th state Assembly District just east of Los Angeles have never cast a ballot for legendary California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, whose own district is way north in San Francisco. But they will have a chance on May 16 to cast one that could oust him from the powerful post he has held for 15 years.The vehicle is a recall election against state Rep. Paul Horcher, who after re-election as a Republican in November declared himself an independent.
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By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | October 11, 1990
LOS ANGELES -- In their televised debate the other night, Republican gubernatorial nominee Sen. Pete Wilson sent sparks flying when he accused Democratic nominee Dianne Feinstein of being the tool of state Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and state Senate President David Roberti.Feinstein has joined Brown and Roberti in opposing two ballot initiatives that would slap term limitations on all members of the state legislature, and they are strongly behind her candidacy. Wilson used the debate to announce his support for the more stringent of the two propositions, one that would also junk the legislature's generous retirement program.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | May 9, 1995
LA MIRADA, Calif. -- Voters in the strongly Republican 60th state Assembly District just east of Los Angeles have never cast a ballot for legendary California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, whose own district is way north in San Francisco. But they will have a chance on May 16 to cast one that could oust him from the powerful post he has held for 15 years.The vehicle is a recall election against state Rep. Paul Horcher, who after re-election as a Republican in November declared himself an independent.
NEWS
By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | November 8, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- As term limits continue to be the rage -- voters in Maine and New York City were the latest to impose them on Tuesday -- some unexpected ramifications are being spelled out here in California.In 1990, when voters here limited the terms of their state legislators, a chief argument was that such a move would clean out deadwood and bring in fresh faces. While that remains the hope when the new law triggers in, it also has set off a game of political musical chairs, with state Assembly members plotting to run for state Senate seats and assemblymen and senators alike considering runs for other public offices.
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