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The Civil Service Giants

Having left as San Francisco’s planning director in favor of a teaching and

research role at the University of California, Berkeley, I had a chance, finally, to

say what I thought to be the insanities of what was then the city’s civil service

system; an exposé. Instead of a long, academic research undertaking, I ended

up writing my first short story about that system. Lucky me, Harpers magazine

published it. It follows, only slightly changed from the original.