Molinari, Jack: Mo Bernstein


Jack Molinari: The night that George Moscone was elected Mayor, we were sitting in a suite in the Whitcomb Hotel on Market Street. Mo Bernstein was there along with others, and as it started to get close, it looked like Barbagelata might win, all of a sudden Mo was gone. We didn’t know what happened? We were watching the television and a little while later who walks into Barbagelata headquarters but Mo Bernstein. Well that really steamed George off. George was really angry. And so Mo of course was one of the three Jewish leaders who always had to be on a commission, so George didn’t put him on a commission. When he first went in Mo literally sat out in front of that outer office for months trying to see George, and finally somebody else put it together and I guess George did appoint him to the fire commission or something at that time. But there was a period there where Mo Bernstein was out.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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