On Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn took the stage to refute statements made by GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan last week at his party’s convention. That came on the heels of statements by John Burton, the chairman of the Democratic Party of California, referring to the huge, demonstrable lies in Ryan’s speech as “the big lie” and invoking Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Read More
Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow is now officially Hellman Hollow.
The Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously Thursday to rename the portion of the park after 77-year-old billionaire Warren Hellman upon the urging of Supervisor Sean Elsbernd with the support of the Board of Supervisors.
The renaming drew support from San Francisco’s political elite, including Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Willie Brown and John Burton. Read More
After years of perpetual and often-childish bickering at City Hall, interim Mayor Ed Lee has presided over an era of calm that some call progress. Voters knew little about this polite and well-regarded bureaucrat when he was selected to baby-sit the final year of Gavin Newsom’s term. At the time, all most people cared about was that San Francisco’s first Chinese-American mayor wasn’t a politician and had no re-election ambitions. Peace had come to The City. Read More
San Francisco has always been a leader in smart social policy. And having spent the past four decades working to find legislative solutions, I am really proud of that. With the city of St. Francis’ reputation as one that cares about protecting our most vulnerable, you might think that housing programs to help at-risk young adults would be universally praised. But you’d be wrong. Read More
California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, speaking at a San Francisco Democratic Party Unity Luncheon on Monday, had some critical words for Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. Read More
John Burton, the California Democratic Party chairman and former president pro tempore of the state Senate, started the John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes in 2004. He tells us words to live by, about his family, and the best and worst things about leaving elected office. Read More