The 1971-72 City Council and 1973 Election

The progressive agenda is developed, and rejected in a bitterly divided City Council, torn by political betrayals.  Government by initiative begins with Rent Control in 1972.  The April Coalition fights its own internal civil war in 1973, and is then defeated by the Berkeley Four, a center right alliance of Democrats and Republicans with a huge spending advantage. Ying Lee Kelley is the only April Coalition candidate to win. There are progressive initiatives, such as the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance.

Photo of Berkeley City Council list of members 1971-72
Campaign flyers for Warren Widener and Ron Dellums
Picture of Ying Lee Kelley
1973 campaign letter from Ying Lee Kelley explaining her platform
Resume of Ying Lee Kelley
Berkeley map with precincts grouped in 5 different colors based on 1973 election
Handwritten 1973 election results showing by map colors how precincts voted

By Bill Roberts

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