Schact, Linda: 1970's San Francisco craze


Linda Schact: From a reporter’s point of view, the 70’s were the most amazing time you could possibly imagine. It started with the Zebra killings. It went on through numerous public employee strikes, the Patty Hearst kidnapping, the New World Liberation Front, violence, district elections, the whole craziness of eastern San Francisco versus western San Francisco, unions versus business, Whites versus minorities, Gays versus families, and ultimately John Barbagelata versus George Moscone representing those two configurations. It was sort of a values economics geographic battle between the two sides of the city. District elections was the turning point when there were no longer at large elections. There were eleven districts, and in that election there was Ella Hill Hutch, African American, Gordon Lau, Asian, Bob Gonzalez, a Latino, and of course Harvey Milk. None of those representatives of groups would have been on the Board of Supervisors prior to district elections.


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

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