Williams, Cecil: San Francisco during Alioto's term


Cecil Williams


Williams: Alioto, with Alioto, it was deep with Alioto, in his personality that he was a business type, he was a businessman. He was one, again, who had things. His is power related to money, of course, and then, of course, of a political organization, namely city hall. And he was really the owner of this city because he had city hall. And, of course, city hall reflected everything else downtown and especially in the district the money, I would say, the money changes work. The important thing about this though was that he understood power and he knew how to make it work. So he went where, in downtown and to build up downtown, to make it a city of buildings, rather than a city of people. And therefore, we suffered, I think, because in a real sense his direction and his power was based on the money, on the economic situation, and the other folks many times got left out. And we felt that being left out was a destructive force in our lives because the man did not really relate to those of us who were in need.


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

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