Court Strikes Law on Benefits for Moscone Widow
A state Court of Appeal on Tuesday struck down a San Francisco ordinance that would have provided $2,922 a month to the widow of assassinated Mayor George Moscone.
The Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance in April, 1979, five months after Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were shot and killed by disgruntled former Supervisor Dan White.
However, the city treasurer and controller refused to pay the money, claiming that the ordinance violated the city’s charter. That led to the suit.
Justice John Racanelli, writing for the unanimous three-judge panel, concluded that the ordinance provided benefits that were not allowed by the charter. Moscone’s widow, Gina, has collected other benefits.