Oral Histories

Interview of Stephen Reinhardt

Member of the Democratic National Committee. Advisor to Tom Bradley and Jerry Brown. Nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Series:
The Bradley Years: Los Angeles City Government, 1973-1993
Topic:
Politics and Government
Interviewer:
Parker, Caitlin
Interviewee:
Reinhardt, Stephen
Persons Present:
Reinhardt and Parker.
Place Conducted:
Reinhardt’s office in Los Angeles, 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., U.S. History, UCLA. Parker’s dissertation focuses on urban policy in Los Angeles during Mayor Tom Bradley’s administration. Parker prepared for the interview by reviewing archival records in the Bradley Administrative collection at UCLA and articles from the Los Angeles Times and other print sources.
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. Reinhardt 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:
1.4 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.
Moving to Los Angeles – Anti-Semitism and racism at Los Angeles law firms – Working as a labor lawyer – Involvement in California Democratic Politics and the Democratic National Committee – Racism in Yorty’s 1969 mayoral campaign – Bradley’s loss on election night 1969 – Bradley’s 1973 mayoral campaign – Racial and ethnic integration of the city under Bradley – Election night 1973 – Bradley as a political moderate – Role on the Police Commission, abolishing Community Relations Officers – Role on the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee – Los Angeles’ growing diversity and size – Impact of gun control initiative on Bradley’s gubernatorial election – 1992 civil unrest – Bradley’s relationship with Bill Robertson of the AFL-CIO – Bradley’s personality.