Nolte, Carl: Lack of diversity in San Francisco politics before Moscone


Carl Nolte: The political environment was complex and simple at the same time. The complex part of it was that various forces played off against each other. It helped – to be a politician in San Francisco you could be Jewish, that was okay. There wasn’t much anti-Semitism in San Francisco – but it helped a hell of a lot if you were Catholic, Irish, or Italian. There were no Chinese members of the Board of Supervisors until about 1974-75 when one guy was appointed. Let’s say 20% of the city was Chinese or some other Asian. There were no Latino members either. So it was straight White males. And you know, they all knew each other and scratched each other’s backs, and took care of stuff until 1975 when George Moscone was elected.


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

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