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News, The Snitch John Burton Says He Never Used the Word "Nazi" When Talking About the GOP

John Burton Says He Never Used the Word "Nazi" When Talking About the GOP

Has no widow's peak The normally unapologetic John Burton says he's really sorry for hurting any feelings over at the GOP camp after he likened Republicans to a bunch of propaganda-spewing Nazis.Burton, the chairmain of the California Democratic Party, issued…
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Dining, SFoodie Vegan Cheese at Rainbow, Vegan Buns at AT&T Park, and Ian Somerhalder is Out to Save the Youth and the Puppies!

Vegan Cheese at Rainbow, Vegan Buns at AT&T Park, and Ian Somerhalder is Out to Save the Youth and the Puppies!

San Francisco is getting its own vegan store! Pinko's Vegan Mercantile will be opening in the near future Valencia Street, one block south of Market. Damn, I love the name! Say it with me: Pinkos! Reminds me of my commie…
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News, The Snitch <i>The Daily Show</i>: John Burton, Democratic Party Chair, Explains How F**ked Up California Is

The Daily Show: John Burton, Democratic Party Chair, Explains How F**ked Up California Is

It's always a great day to be a reporter when politicians are dropping F-bombs, especially when they are dropping them in reference to California's depressing finances. Of course, it makes even better fodder for The Daily Show, which did a…
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News, The Snitch Randolph Ang, Local Cyclist, Charged with Death of Dionette Cherney -- Finally

Randolph Ang, Local Cyclist, Charged with Death of Dionette Cherney -- Finally

Update: District Attorney's Office responds. Read after jump. Four months after a cyclist blew through a red light on the Embarcadero, killing 68-year-old Dionette Cherney as she walked across the street, the District Attorney's Office has brought charges against the…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Might Pinch

This Might Pinch

Somewhat miraculously, it remains okay, even encouraged, to mass on a bar’s patio and scream at everything on St. Patrick’s Day. For Maxim boys, it’s no different than rush week, March Madness, and their girlfriends’ spa weekend: It’s a beer…
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This Might Pinch

Somewhat miraculously, it remains okay, even encouraged, to mass on a bar’s patio and scream at everything on St. Patrick’s Day. For Maxim boys, it’s no different than rush week, March Madness, and their girlfriends’ spa weekend: It’s a beer…
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News, The Snitch 100 years at John's Grill

100 years at John's Grill

By John Geluardi San Franciscans donned their hats and spats last night to honor the anniversary of John’s Grill, which has been serving up steaks, martinis and literary intrigue for 100 years. Outside the restaurant a jazz band played…
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News, The Snitch John Burton&rsquo;s Murky Role in Perata Probe

John Burton’s Murky Role in Perata Probe

By Will Harper On Monday the Chronicle reported that the FBI was looking into state Sen. Don Perata’s role in steering business to a Washington lobbyist. While Chron reporters Susan Sward and Lance Williams made it read like this…
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News, Sucka Free City The First Step

The First Step

So Gavin Newsom is in rehab. And not just any rehab, but Delancey Street, a tough-love recovery program for hard-core homeless junkies and ex-cons. We were curious how the millionaire mayor would mix with this crowd of semi-reformed ruffians. Fortunately,…
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News, Sucka Free City Slush Daddy

Slush Daddy

Although former California Sen. John Burton has filed papers to run for state schools superintendent in 2010, politicians here and in Sacramento probably hope he isn't serious. That's because the crusty San Francisco Democrat and longtime power broker has become…
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Gutted

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, life at Alta Vista Healthcare, a nursing home in Riverside, started with a break from the usual monotony. That morning, a twentysomething woman in a pantsuit and a young man in shirt sleeves arrived, saying they…
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Vapidity Fair

A month or so ago I found myself in a North Beach eatery sharing drinks with charming and talented Chronicle food columnist GraceAnn Walden and able and affable Supervisor Aaron Peskin when in lurched John Burton, out for dinner with…
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News, Feature The Last of the Burtons?

The Last of the Burtons?

It is a wet Saturday morning in Chinatown a few days before Christmas. Shoppers perch in doorways, ducking the rain, clutching bags full of red- and gold-wrapped merchandise. Inside the Cathay House restaurant, atop a McDonald's, hot tea is served…
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News, Dog Bites Dragon Bites

Dragon Bites

A Beautiful Day to Be Irradiated It was a warm, sunny day with a light breeze, and the view from the high ground there alongside Innes Avenue had me squinting across the bay in pleasure. Way out in the…
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News, Matt Smith Killer, Junkie, Liar, Thief...

Killer, Junkie, Liar, Thief...

Of all the historical figures considered quintessentially San Franciscan -- Herb Caen, Joe Alioto, Scott Newhall, et al. -- the most quintessential of all may have been Howard Luck Gossage. As the 1950s and '60s ad man who created Beethoven…
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Cothran

So, UCSF Stanford Health Care, the offspring of an illegal merger between UCSF and Stanford hospitals in 1997, is bleeding to death. Strange turn of events, that. Didn't the rich folk who supported the merger of the two private Stanford…
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Times Two

While Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco move to combine their hospitals into one health care behemoth, the spin doctors are working at a furious pace to win over a largely skeptical medical staff. The result…
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Temperature Rising

The political temperature around the University of California's plan to merge its UCSF Medical Centers with those of Stanford University (see "Pinstriped Medicine," Jan. 29) is clearly rising. Senate Judiciary Chairman John Burton's hearing on the deal last Friday was…
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Mulch

Second Opinion on UC-Stanford Merger The merger between the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University medical centers (see "Pinstriped Medicine," Jan. 29) just hit what could be a serious obstacle -- S.F.'s Democratic power brokers. As a…
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Exile's Return

Given S.F.'s penchant for small-town politics, it's not surprising that a little-known pamphleteer has caused a minor political crisis in three city departments. The Mayor's Office, the Juvenile Probation Department, and the City Attorney's Office have been thrown into a…
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