open the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Conference
with a speech by one of California's leading female
politicians, Dianne Feinstein. Her speech, "California
in the 1990s," addresses the complex issues facing the
state as we enter the coming decade.
Currently a candidate for governor, Ms. Feinstein
served as the mayor of San Francisco for ten years, from
1978 to 1988. Swept into office after the death of Mayor
George Moscone, Feinstein was re-elected twice.
During those years Feinstein launched new programs to
retain and attract businesses, rejuvenated the Port of
San Francisco, and implemented strict controls on
commercial development. During her tenure Feinstein
confronted the growing AIDS crisis, the homeless, toxic
clean-up, affordable housing, and crime. By adding 350
officers to the city's police force, response time was
reduced from eight minutes to about two minutes, and
serious crime fell by 21 percent in San Francisco.
In her campaign for governor, Feinstein has focused
on education, drug abuse, and ethics reform. As the
first woman to seriously seek the Democratic nomination for governor, she has stressed her pro-choice stand
and her support for the death penalty.
Feinstein graduated from Stanford University.
There will be a reception at 5:30 followed by dinner at
6:00 (this part of the program is open to CMC only), and
the public speech is at 7:00 in Bridges Auditorium. If
you would like to attend dinner, please return the
attached coupon to the Athenaeum. Everyone is welcome to attend the speech.