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Title Oral History of Anne Solem
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, passionate journalist, political campaign manager, consultant, and former Mill Valley mayor and city council member Anne Bardwell Solem recounts the details of
her career and delves deep into the issues and implications of local government action. Anne was born in 1938 in Berkeley, California and was a product of Berkeley public schools, including the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in journalism. After a brief stint with the Associated Press in New York, Anne moved back to the West Coast and took up reporting jobs for the Mill Valley Record and the Marin Independent Journal (IJ). Shortly after her time at the IJ, Anne was approached to manage the California campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Hubert Humphrey. She went on to oversee the regional campaigns for Democratic hopefuls, as well as serve as a regional representative for the Carter
administration. Anne served on the Mill Valley City Council and as mayor of Mill Valley at the turn of the millennium and through the early 2000s. Throughout the interview, Anne sheds light on the processes of local government as well as the specific challenges she faced while in office, particularly the Miller Avenue redevelopment project. Anne offers opinions on how to build and maintain a vibrant community, backed by examples from her ample experience in both local government and local volunteer work and her belief that small town government provides an opportunity for "real citizen involvement" and tangible change.
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Dates of Creation 2011-08-11
Narrator's name Solem, Anne
Interviewer Kleiner, Joyce
Extent and Medium Transcript: 25pp
Recording: 01:45:12
Search Terms Adams, Dick
Bardwell, Lee
Business - Mill Valley
Canepa, Bob
Carter, Jimmy
Cerell, Joe
City council members
City government
City Government; Managers
CIty Managers
City Officials and Employees
City planning
Coleman, Bruce
Coleman, Steve
Donhoff, John
Eisenberg, Phil
Fisco, Dennis
Goldschmidt, Neil
Grant, Joanne
Humphrey, Hubert
Hunter, Don
McGovern, George
Mill Valley Public Library
Miller Avenue
Miller, Joy
Mills, Katherine
Mills, Ned
Montgomery, Anne
Peevey, Michael
Political campaigns
Political candidates
Politics & government
Solem, Don
Solem, Katherine
Solem, Matthew
Sonapa Farms
Swanson, Dick
Transportation industry
Volunteer work
Object ID 2016.028.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2011. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.