Mayoralty of Dianne Feinstein
|38th Mayor of San Francisco|
December 4, 1978 – January 8, 1988
|Preceded by||George Moscone|
|Succeeded by||Art Agnos|
June 22, 1933 |
San Francisco, California
|Spouse(s)||Judge Jack Berman (div.)
Bertram Feinstein (deceased)
Richard C. Blum (1980 - )
|Children||Katherine Feinstein Mariano|
|Residence||San Francisco, California|
|Alma mater||Stanford University (B.A.)|
|Occupation||United States Senator|
|Website||Senator Dianne Feinstein|
Dianne Feinstein became mayor pro-tem of the City and County of San Francisco, California on December 4, 1978, following the Moscone–Milk assassinations in which her predecessor in office, George Moscone and fellow member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk, were assassinated by former supervisor Dan White. At the age of 45, Feinstein became the first (and, to date, only) female mayor of the municipality, and was formally elected to the position on November 4, 1979 and re-elected in 1983. She was prevented from seeking a third term in office and was succeeded in 1987 by Art Agnos.
Feinstein served out the remainder of Moscone's term. She made no staffing changes to his team during this period.
First full term
Feinstein participated in a tough race against supervisor Quentin Kopp on November 6, 1979, eventually winning against Kopp in the December 11 runoff with 53.96% of the vote. She was sworn into office on New Year's Day 1980.
Revamp of the cable car system
One of the first challenges to face Feinstein as mayor was the state of the San Francisco cable car system. In late 1979, the system had to be shut down for emergency repairs, and an engineering evaluation concluded that it needed comprehensive rebuilding at a cost of $60 million. Feinstein took charge of the effort, and helped win federal funding for the bulk of the rebuilding job. The system closed for rebuilding in 1982 and reopened in 1984 in time for the Democratic National Convention that was held in the city that year. Feinstein also oversaw planning policies to increase the number of high rise buildings in San Francisco.
1980 Democratic campaign participation
In the 1980 presidential election, while a majority of Bay Area Democrats continued to support Senator Ted Kennedy's primary challenge to President Jimmy Carter even after it was clear Kennedy could not win, Feinstein was a strong supporter of the Carter-Mondale ticket. She was given a high profile speaking role on the opening night of the August Democratic National Convention, urging delegates to reject the Kennedy delegates' proposal to "open" the convention, thereby allowing delegates to ignore their states' popular vote, a proposal that was soundly defeated.
Relations with local base
Perhaps because of her statewide ambitions, Feinstein was seen as a relatively moderate Democrat in one of the country's most liberal cities. As a supervisor, she was considered part of the centrist bloc that included Dan White and was generally opposed to Moscone. As mayor, Feinstein angered the city's large gay community by refusing to march in a gay rights parade and by vetoing domestic partner legislation in 1983.
1983 recall election
Feinstein easily won re-election on November 6, 1983 with over 79% of the vote. She was sworn into office on New Year's Day 1984, and finished her second term as mayor on January 8, 1988.
In the run up to the 1984 Democratic National Convention, there was considerable media and public speculation that Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale might pick Feinstein as his running mate. However, he chose Geraldine Ferraro instead.
In 1987, City and State magazine named Feinstein the nation's "Most Effective Mayor." Feinstein served on the Trilateral Commission during the 1980s while mayor of San Francisco.
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