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That’s Thursday night. We’ll discuss the fallout of the election – local, state, and national. As always, at 7:00 p.m. at 91.1 in Sohum, 88.3 in Nohum, or live-streaming at http://www.kmud.org. Call in with questions and comments.
The Times Standard reports that the decision will be made at the Supervisors’ meeting on December 9 to allow for the testimony of a couple of tribal leaders who couldn’t make yesterday’s meeting.
Some good S.F. Chronicle summaries of the Jonestown massacre and the Moscone/Milk killings by the last conservative to be elected to the City Council (Mayor Frank Jordan did appoint his Republican god-daughter in the early 1990s, and she became the only Republican incumbent in California to be turned out of office in the 1994 election).
Today is the anniversary of the Jonestown killings.
Part 2 (By Rep. Jackie Speier)
I was in the 9th grade attending Half Moon Bay High School during these events. I remember hearing that there was hope that some of the children might have made it into the woods and survived, but their bodies were later discovered under those of the adults. One of my fellow students suggested that Kool-Aid could make an advertisement out of it by having the big smiling pitcher with legs burst through the wall over the bodies. I wasn’t politically engaged at the time and didn’t even recognize Leo Ryan as my congressman when he was reported dead. I wouldn’t become familiar with Jackie Speier until a couple of years later when she was elected to the assembly.
I first heard about the Moscone/Milk killings when someone joked “why should I care about spilt milk?” A lot of black humor in that week.
The Pittsburg Steelers won the Superbowl that year. I had my first serious kiss. I played the clarinet in the school band, enjoyed concerts, hated marching. The next year we moved to Pacifica and I was transferred to a private school in the City named Lick-Wilmerding. Pink Floyd released The Wall and I listened to it over and over again before buying Dark Side of the Moon and Meddle. I still listen to Meddle. Their tour consisted of 10 shows in New York and ten in Los Angeles, so I never got to see them live. I settled for The Cars at the Oakland Coliseum, my first rock concert not including the free Dead concerts I’d attended with my parents at Stern Grove when I was like four or five. I played on the JV soccer team.
A few years later I saw The Times of Harvey Milk (available from Netflix), one of the most powerful documentaries I’ve seen, and read up. It was so weird to me that I was unaware of the full significance of those events as they were happening.
Diane Feinstein became Mayor of SF, district elections were nixed for two decades, and SF went through a bit of a relatively conservative period. Relatively. Dan White made Diane Feinstein. Moscone, as a legislator, made equality of marriage a reality, however brief, decades before its time. However brief his influence, Harvey Milk brought gay rights to the mainstream, through his election and the defeat of Proposition 6, the Briggs Initiative of 1978, just weeks before his death. For extra credit I had debated against the initiative in class, and was harassed as “a faggot” by some of my classmates later. I was glad to leave the place the following year. I started to miss it a couple of years after that.
Just some impressions of the time from an initially apolitical teenager.
Photo of Harvey Milk comes from Photobucket.
This ALL DAY, ALL AGES event will feature 15 bands ranging from Ukiah to McKinleyville. Four Star Bravado, Revocateurs, Skeksis, Deadboldt, This Dying Wish, A Farewell Device, International Trash, Emilia’s Rose, Twice Lightning, Definition Unknown, The Fire Demons, The Zygoats, Anslinger, Montage and 3 Peace will battle it out live on stage to see who will be the next KMUD Battle of the Rock Band’s winner. They’re all looking for your votes! MC for the show is Lisa Luv.
Doors open at 10:30 am, music starts at 11:00 am. Plenty of food and drinks available. In’s and out’s o.k. This show will most likely sell out!
Tickets available at all usual outlets. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, 12 and under $7, under 5 free. For more info call 923.2513.