An Upstart Mayor, a Shaky Future

San Francisco's Art Agnos inherits daunting challenges

Early on the day Arthur Christ Agnos was elected the 37th mayor of San Francisco, a violent storm unexpectedly swept across the city, dumping hail, downing power lines, flooding streets. For a brief time chaos reigned. But shortly after the polls closed in last week's runoff election, it was apparent that a bigger gale had been spawned by Agnos himself. The candidate, once a little-known state assemblyman, blew away John Molinari, president of San Francisco's board of supervisors, with an overwhelming 70% of the vote. A voluble former social worker who arrived in San Francisco from Springfield, Mass., in 1966, Agnos,...

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