SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The CSLEA Political Action Committee attended John Burton’s 80th Birthday Celebration in San Francisco, on Thursday, December 13. John Burton, who became Chairman of the California Democratic Party in 2006, first served in the California State Legislature as an assembly member in 1965, moving on to congress in 1975, then returning to the assembly in 1988. He finished his legislative career representing Senate District 3 (San Francisco) and as President pro tempore of the State Senate in 2004 due to term limits.
Funds raised from Burton’s birthday celebration will benefit the John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes. The Foundation was established in 2004 to help homeless, foster and former foster children receive the education and healthcare needed in order to grow and reach their full potential in life. Many are returning to the Foundation to help support its efforts for other children that are now in the situation that they once found themselves in.
Honorary guests and speakers at the event were former Speaker of the California State Assembly and former San Francisco City Mayor, Willie Brown, Jr., along with the current San Francisco City Mayor, Ed Lee, who presented Burton with a proclamation officially making December 13th John Burton Day for the City of San Francisco.
"It was an honor to attend John Burton's 80th birthday celebration," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "He is a man who has dedicated much of his life to public service and those less fortunate."