November 13, 2008
As we look forward to the release of the Harvey Milk biopic on November 26, it seems an excellent time to look back at the accomplishments of this amazing man! Courtesy of San Francisco magazine, here is your Harvey Milk fact of the day: He made city government look more like the city.
Tom Ammiano (supervisor): In those days, the elections used to be city-wide, which favored the status quo, so the Board of Supervisors was mostly male and white, very conservative, and business-oriented. The solution was district elections, which was an initiative on the 1976 ballot. Harvey played a huge role in getting it passed, and when it won, there was a political earthquake. The following year, it put all these new people on the board, with a lot of different ideas: the first Asian, the first African American woman, the first gay guy. 
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