The 1971-72 City Council and 1973 Election

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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.


By Bill Roberts

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