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April 15, 1988 | United Press International
Mayor Art Agnos on Thursday named a veteran white firefighter as chief of the racially troubled Fire Department, but he addressed minority concerns by placing a black leader at the helm of a revamped Fire Commission. New Chief Fred Postel, 46, who brought the first women firefighters into the department, will "maintain the superb firefighting department, and open the firehouse doors to women and minorities," Agnos said.
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June 20, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Civic leaders have agreed to pay more than $500,000 to 13 black firefighters to settle claims that they suffered from racist attitudes and abuse during the 1980s. The 13 charged they were the target of physical and verbal harassment by some white firefighters who hassled their black peers with gorilla noises and by posting abusive materials in lockers.
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NEWS
August 3, 1987
Blacks are reacting with shock and anger, calling for greater vigilance by police and schools against racism in the San Francisco Bay Area after a young white supremacist allegedly threatened to lynch a black woman. Kenneth Lamar Allen, 20, of San Jose was booked on felony charges of attempted robbery and false imprisonment. "We used to say racism is here but subtle," said Lurlene Bush, president of the San Jose branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People.
NEWS
September 27, 1989
Contending that his clients want a "level playing field," a lawyer representing seven white San Francisco police officers filed a "reverse discrimination" suit to obtain "a colorblind and sex-blind opportunity to advance." In the Superior Court complaint, attorney Robert E. Gyemant claimed that less-qualified minority officers have been promoted in order to meet "racial quotas" set a decade ago by a court-ordered affirmative action plan.
NEWS
June 20, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Civic leaders have agreed to pay more than $500,000 to 13 black firefighters to settle claims that they suffered from racist attitudes and abuse during the 1980s. The 13 charged they were the target of physical and verbal harassment by some white firefighters who hassled their black peers with gorilla noises and by posting abusive materials in lockers.
NEWS
January 24, 1988 | PETER H. KING, Times Staff Writer
There were no fires for the men of Station 16 to fight Saturday morning. There were no cats to be rescued from trees. If the trucks needed polishing, no one seemed much interested. It was a quiet morning and that was good, for the men of Station 16 were in an unsettled mood.
NEWS
January 16, 1988 | DANA NICHOLS, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Art Agnos on Friday accepted the resignation of Fire Chief Edward J. Phipps amid rising tensions at the racially troubled department. The resignation came a day after U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel questioned Phipps about allegations of racism in the department and declared that the situation among the city's firefighters was "out of control." Patel's investigation was prompted by a Jan.
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June 30, 1993 | From Associated Press
David Jenkins, a powerful leader of the labor movement in San Francisco, has died at 79. Jenkins, a high school dropout who became a labor historian and adviser to five mayors, died Monday. "He was a social conscience of the community and played a major role in stabilizing racial relations in San Francisco," said former Mayor Joseph Alioto. "He was a real champion of working men and working women and the underprivileged generally. . . . We'll miss him."
NEWS
April 15, 1988 | United Press International
Mayor Art Agnos on Thursday named a veteran white firefighter as chief of the racially troubled Fire Department, but he addressed minority concerns by placing a black leader at the helm of a revamped Fire Commission. New Chief Fred Postel, 46, who brought the first women firefighters into the department, will "maintain the superb firefighting department, and open the firehouse doors to women and minorities," Agnos said.
NEWS
January 24, 1988 | PETER H. KING, Times Staff Writer
There were no fires for the men of Station 16 to fight Saturday morning. There were no cats to be rescued from trees. If the trucks needed polishing, no one seemed much interested. It was a quiet morning and that was good, for the men of Station 16 were in an unsettled mood.
NEWS
January 16, 1988 | DANA NICHOLS, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Art Agnos on Friday accepted the resignation of Fire Chief Edward J. Phipps amid rising tensions at the racially troubled department. The resignation came a day after U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel questioned Phipps about allegations of racism in the department and declared that the situation among the city's firefighters was "out of control." Patel's investigation was prompted by a Jan.
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