Davis, Belva: Moscone's focus on the city


Belva Davis: George Moscone had concentrated his time and his efforts mostly on what he was supposed to do in the state senate. So people knew he was a nice guy, but they didn’t know if he would know how to run the city. And so there was this excitement by liberals that finally they were getting one of their own, but also this “I wonder what he’s gonna do.” That was difficult in those days because there were so many interests waiting to be served, and he had to find a way to hold them all together in some sense; that they belong to the same city. And that I think George was good at because people liked him. He was a friendly guy. He truly had an interest and could look you in the eye when talking to you. And you didn’t feel he was benevolently looking down on you; he was having a conversation with you. I observed those conversations more than I took part in them, but as a reporter I had to watch him interact with both friend and foe, and appreciated his efforts and ability to keep focus on the whole.


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

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