Oral Histories

Interview of Wanda Moore

Chief administrative officer to Tom Bradley from 1971 to 1993. President of WLMoore & Associates.
Series:
The Bradley Years: Los Angeles City Government, 1973-1993
Topic:
Politics and Government
Interviewer:
Parker, Caitlin
Interviewee:
Moore, Wanda
Persons Present:
Moore and Parker.
Place Conducted:
Moore’s home in Carson, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Caitlin Parker, UCLA Center for Oral History Research; B.A., History, Amherst College; M.A., US.. History, UCLA. Parker’s dissertation focuses on urban policy in Los Angeles during Mayor Tom Bradley’s administration. Parker prepared for the interview by conducting research in the Bradley Administrative Collection at UCLA Special Collections, reviewing documents provided by Wanda Moore, and reading Moore’s book, Never, Never, Give Up! From a Woman’s Perspective: South Central Los Angeles to the Seat of Power.
Processing of Interview:
The transcript is a verbatim transcription of the recording. It was transcribed by a professional transcribing agency using a list of proper names and specialized terminology supplied by the interviewer. Moore was then given an opportunity to review the transcript and made a few corrections and additions. Those corrections were entered into the text without further editing or review on the part of the Center for Oral History Research staff.
Length:
3.5 hrs.
Language:
English
Copyright:
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Audio:
Series Statement:
This series includes interviews with key individuals who served in Los Angeles city government during the administration of Mayor Tom Bradley. Bradley served as mayor of Los Angeles from 1973 to 1993. The interviews focus on each individual’s political development, activism, and role in the Bradley administration. Major urban policy issues addressed in the interviews include social services, economic development, urban redevelopment, housing, transit, policing, education, and city finances. This project was generously supported by Arcadia funds.
1973 Election night at the campaign office – Transitioning into mayoral office amidst intense press attention – Major Sam Yorty’s clerical staff shredding documents – Using experience and connections developed while working at the LAPD, Harbor Department, and Councilman Bob Wilkinson’s office – Establishing a filing system in Bradley’s office – Bradley’s vision for the LA’s BEST after-school program – Influence of mother and teachers having high expectations for her and leadership opportunities – Bradley’s executive directive to general managers to explain hiring decisions – Relationship with Chief of Protocol Bee Lavery – Becoming an anchor at the KTLA show “Weekend Gallery” and “Pacesetters” – City Hall’s Economic Development show – Bradley’s Open House Day – Bradley’s pride in bringing the Olympics to Los Angeles – Bradley’s personality – Bradley focus on getting mass transit for the city – Public speaking engagements – City leadership after Bradley in era of term limits.
1973 Election night at the campaign office – Transitioning into mayoral office amidst intense press attention – Major Sam Yorty’s clerical staff shredding documents – Using experience and connections developed while working at the LAPD, Harbor Department, and Councilman Bob Wilkinson’s office – Establishing a filing system in Bradley’s office – Bradley’s vision for the LA’s BEST after-school program – Influence of mother and teachers having high expectations for her and leadership opportunities – Bradley’s executive directive to general managers to explain hiring decisions – Relationship with Chief of Protocol Bee Lavery – Becoming an anchor at the KTLA show “Weekend Gallery” and “Pacesetters” – City Hall’s Economic Development show – Bradley’s Open House Day – Bradley’s pride in bringing the Olympics to Los Angeles – Bradley’s personality – Bradley focus on getting mass transit for the city – Public speaking engagements – City leadership after Bradley in era of term limits.