Krom, Beth

Former member Irvine City Council; former mayor of Irvine





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Title An oral history with Beth Krom
Date 2017-06-21
OH ID OH 5980
Citation Beth Krom interviewed by Natalie Fousekis, June 21, 2017, Fullerton, California, Oral History #5980, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2018-11-29 00:09:03 UTC
Location Fullerton, California
Language English
Subjects Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Parents
Family → Parents → activist parents
Family → Affects of Political Involvement on Family
Family → Role Models
Education → Higher Education
Historic Periods → 1960s
Historic Periods → 1970s
Women in the Workplace
Women in the Workplace → Teacher/Professor
Education → Special education
Family → Courtship
Family → Marriage
Locations → Irvine, California
Historic Periods → 1980s
Democratic Party
Elections → Local Elections
Counties → Orange County
Environmentalism → Park space and development
Environmentalism → Land use
Elected Officials → Mayoral
Politics → Democrats versus Republicans
Historic Periods → 2000s
Historic Periods → 2000-2008
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Ideology → Feminism
Activism → Advice on getting involved
Sexism → Sexism in Politics
People → Clinton, Hillary
Environmentalism → Orange County Great Park
City Council → Irvine City Council
Family → Children → death of a child


An oral history with Beth Krom, a former city councilmember and Mayor of Irvine. This interview was conducted by Natalie Fousekis for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to better understand Krom’s participation in politics in Orange County, California. Specifically, this interview discusses her childhood in Buffalo, New York; recalls being the middle child in a Jewish family; remembers how her involvement in various Jewish organizations led to the development of her leadership skills; talks about her Father, Irv Weinstein, and his role as a newsman on WKBW; speaks about being exposed to public life early on; speaks about her mom being active in the League of Women Voters and the effect this had on her as a child; goes briefly into Buffalo’s history and her memories of the Cold War, air raid drills, the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King assassinations, Watergate; comments on what she sees as the difference between partisanship of West Coast politics compared to the East Coast, and her struggles with the more right wing news outlets, such as the Orange County Register and Irvine World News; describes her experiences at the University of Texas; discusses her move from Waco, Texas, to Orange County, California; mentions a much less developed Irvine when she first arrived; remembers running for Irvine City Council in 2000; talks about her first twelve years in politics; recollects the sudden death of her son and how this changed her view on politics and subsequently led to apathy; goes into depth on Measure W and the fight for the creation of Irvine’s Great Park, despite ever-increasing housing development and pressure; talks about losing the fight against expanding the Musick Jail; discusses her run for Mayor of Irvine in 2004; mentions other women in local politics; recalls her attempt in running for Congress in 2009, and her decision not to run for local re-election in 2016; and finally, comments on what inspired her as a politician, and the way she views women in politics.


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Description> Beth Krom with interviewer, Natalie Fousekis, after the interview, 2017.