CITIES: You Can't Heat City Hall

Sweden's ingratiating young King Carl Gustaf had traveled almost halfway around the world to visit San Francisco, and while he had a blast (see PEOPLE), he was disappointed to find that the city's legendary cable cars were out of service. The buses and trolleys were not running either. All three city museums, the zoo, the municipal swimming pools and golf courses were closed. The King could not even meet Mayor George Moscone, who had been holed up in his office in city hall for two weeks—refusing to cross the picket lines that ringed the building.

Indeed, pickets seemed to be nearly...