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  Forever the rebel with a cause, Gonzalez exits left at City Hall
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Last EditedPatrick  Jan 04, 2005 01:51pm
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MediaNewspaper - San Francisco Chronicle
News DateTuesday, January 4, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe public will see less of Matt Gonzalez after Tuesday, when he presides over his final meeting as president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. But he leaves his fingerprints throughout the city, from the soon- to-be elephant-free zoo to the scores of businesses that now must pay their workers the highest minimum wage in California.

And, he promises to continue fighting for his Green Party ideals as an attorney in a new law firm, where he expects to be joined by three or four other attorneys handling criminal and civil litigation -- some of it likely to involve the city.

That job, Gonzalez says, will be just as important as his role on the Board of Supervisors.

"I really am disappointed when I run into people who are angry I'm leaving office," he said between sips of coffee with soy milk at a Civic Center cafe. "This idea that once you get into politics ... you are now signed up for lifelong duty being in elective office, makes a fundamental error -- and that is believing that the only way you can hold progressive views and implement them is in elective office."
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