1978 Timeline

Daryl Gates becomes the LAPD’s 49th chief; Michael Milken moves to Beverly Hills to head Drexel Burnham Lambert’s high-yield bond department;



Chris Burden’s Money Tree installation on Venice boardwalk; Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit premieres at Mark Taper Forum;

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L.A. Reader publishes first issue; L.A. Weekly publishes first issue;



Zubin Mehta steps down from L.A. Philharmonic after conducting it for 16 years;


City of L.A. offers $140,000 in individual rewards to solve Los Angeles’ Hillside Strangler slayings;

Gloria Allred forms Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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