Title

Geesman, John: Neighborhood representation

Abstract

John Geesman: Well we haven’t mentioned District Elections, and I think one of the strongest elements of the campaign was George’s identification with the desirability of changing the way the neighborhoods were represented in city government. He had been a member of the Board of Supervisors under the city-wide system at the beginning of his career, but he was a leading force for the decentralization that District Elections represented. And that motivated a pretty significant part of his political constituency. I don’t think it worked out particularly well at the time, but it was a big factor in trying to break down the barriers that were perceived to exist around City Hall. The city was run by a downtown business-oriented elite that I think a large portion and as it turned out a small majority figure it’s time to turn the keys over to somebody else. And George happened to be the guy ready to take the keys.

Type

Interview

Relation

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

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Holt-Atherton Special Collections and Archives, University of the Pacific Library

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