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June 1, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles might have overtaken San Francisco as the West Coast's reigning powerhouse, but it didn't have a prayer of being the host city for the visit of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Logistics dictated that a stopover in San Francisco, site of the state's only Soviet consulate, would be easier to pull off. San Franciscans, who pride themselves on their city's cosmopolitan flavor, couldn't resist the chance to lord it over what many here love to call "Smogville."
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June 1, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES and DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles might have overtaken San Francisco as the West Coast's reigning powerhouse, but it didn't have a prayer of being the host city for the visit of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Logistics dictated that a stopover in San Francisco, site of the state's only Soviet consulate, would be easier to pull off. San Franciscans, who pride themselves on their city's cosmopolitan flavor, couldn't resist the chance to lord it over what many here love to call "Smogville."
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