Geesman, John: Neighborhood representation


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.


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

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