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State Government Oral History Collection

On September 25, 1985, Governor George Deukmejian signed into law AB2104 (Chapter 965 of the Statutes of 1985). This legislation established, under the administration of the California State Archives, a State Government Oral history Program “to provide through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California’s legislative and executive history.” The program goals are to supplement the often fragmentary historical written record by adding a...



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State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Larson, Steve
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Larson’s interview details his experiences in politics starting as a staff member of Senator Alfred Alquist and continuing in various positions within the legislature regarding energy, including the formation of the California Energy Commission. He also served as a senior staff member in the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; McCarthy, Leo
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McCarthy discusses his family background and education. He talks about Democratic politics in San Francisco and California, with particular mention of legislative leaders. He recalls specific legislation on the environment, the elderly, children and families and assesses the gubernatorial terms of Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian, and Pete Wilson. McCarthy also discusses the management of the California Assembly Committee System.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by Los Angeles Police Department
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The audio recording of the phone call from the Ambassador Hotel operator to the Los Angeles Police Department reporting that “Senator Kennedy has been shot.”
Topics: Ambassador Hotel, LAPD, Senator Robert F. Kennedy
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Kopp, Quentin L.
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Kopp discusses his family, childhood, and early education. He talks about his university and law school experiences, early jobs, and military service. He relates his experiences with several law firms, including his own, and his stints working on democratic campaigns in California. He details his experiences in campaigning for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, his election, conflicts with Dianne Feinstein, and district issues. He discusses Dan White and the assassination of Harvey Milk...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Merksamer, Steven
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Merksamer begins the interview with information about his early family life and education. He discusses Republican politics in California, and comments on the Assembly speakership of Bob Monagan, Ed Reinecke’s time as Lt. Governor, and the governorship of Ronald Reagan. Most of the interview focuses on the career of George Deukmejian as attorney general and as governor until Mr. Merksamer’s resignation as his chief of staff in 1987.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Dymally, Mervyn M.
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Dymally discusses his family background and childhood in Trinidad, his decision to immigrate to the United States, and college education in the States. He talks about his early involvement in Democratic clubs in California, his bids for public office, and legislation and committee activities at the state and congressional levels. He focuses on fund-raising, media coverage and perception of African Americans, and African American political organizations and activism. Dymally describes his...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Bilas, Richard A.
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Richard Bilas discusses his family and early life, education, including graduate school and Fulbright Fellowship, his interest in economics, and teaching at various universities. He talks about becoming Department of Economics Chair at the new CSU Bakersfield and his experiences there. He remarks on his appointment to the California Energy Commission (CEC), CEC's history and function, and other commissioners. Bilas comments on environmental organizations, energy deregulation, and emergency...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Blevins, B.B.
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Blevins discusses his background and developing interests in history, archaeology and the environment. He talks of his first job in the energy field and of moving to California and taking a position with the California Energy Commission (CEC). He comments on petroleum supply in the late 1970s, Energy Commissioners--particularly Charles Imbrecht as Chair, energy planning and conservation, and the background to California's energy deregulation. He talks about his positions with the Department of...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Watson, Diane E.
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Watson discusses her family background and her childhood in Los Angeles. She speaks of her initial unsuccessful bids for a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education and the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors in 1992. She talks about her successful bid for a seat on the Board of Education in 1974 and for the state senate. She outlines the effort to desegregate Los Angeles schools, campaigning, carrying legislation, and chairing the Committee on Health and Human Services.  She also discusses the...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Duffy, Jean Moorhead
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Assemblywoman Duffy discusses her work as a lobbyist for the California Nurses Association, her election to the California State Assembly in 1978, and conflicts she experienced with more conservative Republicans. In 1981 she switched to the Democratic Party and worked with Candy Lightner of Mothers against Drunk Drivers to pass drunk driving legislation. She also reflects on her experience of raising five children while a member of the legislature.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Agnos, Art
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Agnos discusses his background, education, working with Leo McCarthy and accomplishments while serving initially as a California State assemblyman, Mayor of San Francisco and then as a Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Sieroty, Alan
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Sieroty discusses his early life in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California, education and early involvement in local politics, and details many aspects of his tenure in the California state assembly and California state senate before retiring from elective office in 1982.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Gianturco, Adriana
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Gianturco discusses her family background, education, and jobs prior to taking the position as Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). She describes the creation of Caltrans from the Division of Highway, that transition, and ongoing department reorganization. She also discusses controversial issues such as diamond lanes, “bankruptcy” of the state highway fund, her relations with the California Transportation Commission, and her relationship with the press. She...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Petris, Nicholas
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Nick Petris discusses local and state Democratic politics, the California Democratic Council, and key issues on which he has been a leader: environmental protection, mental health services, tax structure and equity, legislative reapportionment, judicial appointments, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and others. Includes observations of Governors Edmund G. Brown, Sr., Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Ronald Reagan, George Deukmejian; comments on Robert Crown, Byron Rumford, James...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Presley, Robert
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Presley discusses his early life and schooling, work in law enforcement, his entry into Riverside politics, and his political experience with the California Peace Officers Association. He talks about his initial failed candidacy for Senate and subsequent victory over the incumbent candidate. He relates information about his committee work experiences and the crime legislation he worked on. Presley also discusses prison design,funding, and growth as well as term limits, and his post-Senate work...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Zelman, Walter A.
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Zelman discusses his youth and early education in New York City, matriculation at the University of Michigan and University of California, Los Angeles, teaching stints at several higher education institutions in southern California, and articulates his position and that of Common Cause on such major issues as politics and government and the public interest, political and governmental reform, and reapportionment.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Behr, Peter H.
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Mr. Behr discusses open space issues on the Marin County Board of Supervisors, election campaigning, lobbying, and the legislative process in the senate, as illustrated by the progress of his Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, 1971-1972; his bill to require roll call votes in committees; protective legislation for tule elk, herring, and striped bass; malpractice and no-fault insurance legislation; and his efforts to pass property tax reform legislation in 1977 and 1978, including the campaign for his...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Lagomarsino, Robert
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Lagomarsino discusses his family background, his childhood in Ventura, his Navy service, and pursuing a law degree. He also talks about his law career, his election and experiences serving on the Ojai City Council. He details his successful bids for the California State Senate, his campaigns, committee assignments, and carrying legislation. He talks about the Republican Caucus, the impact of Proposition 1A and reapportionment on the legislature, and the leadership styles of various assembly...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Bannai, Paul T.
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Bannai relates his family background, early career, and World War II experiences, including his dedication to the reimbursement of interned Japanese-Americans. He discusses his business career, service as an elected official in Gardena, elections to the state assembly, assembly committee service, legislative leadership in the assembly, other Asians in the legislature, and public service after he left the assembly.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Sher, Byron D.
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Sher discusses his family background and education, early involvement in politics and the civil rights movement. Sher also reflects on his time in the Assembly and Senate, legislative accomplishments, the impact of term limits and environmental legislation.
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State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Levine, Meldon E.
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Levine talks about his background and his parents' interests in politics and Israel, his education in political science, and his involvement in student government at UC Berkeley. He discusses working on campaigns, his later education at Princeton and Harvard, and more campaign participation. He speaks of joining a law firm and his own campaign for the Assembly. He talks about his committee assignments and other legislative personalities, his legislation, and the battle over assembly leadership....
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Cory, Kenneth
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Kenneth Cory's oral history discusses tax reform efforts by the governor and the legislature in the late 1960s and 1970s, campaigning and campaign reform, reapportionment, other issues of 1970, the office of controller, audits of Medi-Cal and welfare programs, the Board of Equalization, unitary system of accounting for corporate taxation.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Haldeman, H.R.
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Haldeman discusses his involvement in, then presidency of, the UCLA Alumni Association leading to his ex officio regents' appointment to a full term on the Board of Regents, origins and development of the UCLA Foundation, and business before the regents during his ex officio regency and during his brief stint on the board in 1969.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Walsh, Lawrence
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MacBride's interview covers a wide range of political and governmental topics of his years in the California assembly, 1950-1960: Democratic local, state, and national campaigns; legislative organization, leadership, and negotiations on tidelands oil revenues, state employees, budget and revenues, fish and game concerns, California Water Plan, death penalty, role of lobbyists, Sacramento constituents' concerns; comments on Ralph Brown, Edmund G. Brown, Sr., Jesse Unruh, Caspar Weinberger, and...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Calderon, Hon. Charles
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Charles Calderon talks about his early life and background, early political interest and experiences, education, and campaigns. He discusses his election to the Assembly, the body's leadership, and his committee business. He comments on the impact of propositions, the formation and purpose of the "Gang of Five," the FBI sting, and fundraising and term limits. He talks about being Assembly Majority Whip and, later, the Senate Majority Leader. Calderon speaks of his election to the...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Enter the name of the interviewee here
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Bagley discusses his post-legislative career. From 1975-1979 he served as the first chairman of the federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C., with responsibility for creating a new body regulatory law. His discussion of these years and of his subsequent California state service on the Public Utilities Commission and the California Transportation Commission includes observations on the dangers of combining judicial, legislative, and executive power in regulatory...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Burton, John L.
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Discussion of Burton's years as a California assemblyman, 1965-1974; leadership and politics, Rules Committee, social welfare benefits; observations on Phillip Burton, Jesse Unruh, Robert Monagan, other political figures.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Hill, Gladwin
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Hill discusses his family background, education, early work experiences related to journalism, experiences as an Associated Press correspondent in Europe during World War II, over two decades as the New York Times'  Los Angeles bureau chief covering western states and California politics and government, comments on contemporary environmental and development issues in California, and elaborates upon major themes appearing in "Dancing Bear" and "Madman in a Lifeboat."
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Nielsen, Vigo G.
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Discusses youth and education in southern California and at Yale University, his Coro Foundation fellowship and work on Ed Reinecke's first campaign for Congress; Flournoy's campaign for controller in 1966 and his staff position in controller's office; duties and politics of chief administrative officer for Assembly; work of lieutenant governor's office under Reinecke, Reinecke's reelection campaign, alleged perjury. Discusses emergence of field of political law 1972 - present; legal work for...
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State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Heslop, Alan
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Alan Heslop talks about the founding of the Rose Institute, his interest in redistricting and his activities as an adviser to Republican Party leaders in the Governor's office and the legislature. He discusses California redistricting since 1951 and his activities in the seventies, eighties, and nineties and his ideas about needed reform.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Thelin, Howard J.
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Judge Thelin discusses the local organization of the Republican party in the Glendale area, legislative campaigns and organization in the 1950s, and talks at length about major state legislative issues, especially between 1957 and 1961, and a few of his own personal legislative ideas. He also discusses at length various events that changed the Republican party and California politics in the 1960s.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Mellon, Carlotta H.
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Carlotta Mellon reviews her family background and education. She speaks of her early involvement in Democratic party politics and her eventual participation in the campaign of Edmund G. Brown, Jr. for governor in 1973 as a resource and adviser on women's issues. She relates how she came to be appointed as Appointments Secretary to the Governor and her experiences while she held that position.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Patsey, Richard L.
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Richard L. Patsey was appointed in 1964 as counsel and executive director to the Constitutional Revision Commission. He worked closely with Bruce Sumner, head of the commission, on several articles dealing with the powers of government. In 1966 he left to practice law, and in 1980 he was appointed to the Contra Costa superior court bench.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Van De Kamp, John K.
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Van de Kamp discusses his family background and education, his work with the U.S. Attorney's Office, and running for Congress against Barry Goldwater. He talks about his selection as the first Los Angeles Federal Public Defender and that office. He also relates information about the cases and programs of the Los Angeles District Attorney's office during his time as DA. He speaks of campaigning for the office of California Attorney General and that office's organization, enforcement, and other...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Santillan, Richard
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Santillan discusses his early life and education in Los Angeles and details his activities and advocacy in various organizations, especially Californios for Fair Representation, and his reapportionment-related work as director, Chicano Reapportionment Project, Rose Institute of State and Local Government, Claremont, California.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Roos, Mike
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Roos describes his background growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, working with the Coro Fellows Program and, later, the Carter presidential campaign, and his run for the California State Assembly. He also discusses the tax reform movement, reapportionment, campaign finance reform and firearms legislation. 
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Chappie, Eugene
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Mr. Chappie discusses him family and early life, service on the El Dorado Board of Supervisors, his election to the Assembly, participation in reforms in welfare law, the role of Republicans in the Assembly, reapportionment in 1966 and 1970, and lobbying and development in the Governor Ronald Reagan and Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. administrations.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Heilbron, Louis H.
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Heilbron discusses the problems of providing welfare to the needy during the Depression in the 1930s. He details the formation of the California State College (now University) system and the changes it went through in the 1960s.
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State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Alquist, Alfred E.
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The interview discusses Democratic party politics in Santa Clara County as well as statewide. He speaks about his election campaigns from 1960 through 1984, including his candidacy for lieutenant governor in 1970. He also discusses issues such as campaign spending, reapportionment, economic development, and the budgetary process, as well as personalities such as Edmund G. Brown, Sr., John Vasconcellos, and others. It also includes comments by Administrative Assistant Loretta Riddle on Alquist's...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Hardy, Leroy Clyde
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Hardy discusses the theory, background, and realities of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s redistricting in California, the creation and division of districts, his involvement with California legislators and congressional representatives, and the complex relationship of the congressional and state legislature redistricting. Discusses his relationship with and the tactics of Phillip Burton and Jesse Unruh.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Bouche, Brieuc
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Bouche discusses his family history in Brittany, French education, the French army, and his apprenticeship in wood carving. He speaks about his experience as a immigrant and his decision to become an American citizen. He compares that experience to that of Japanese Americans during World War II. He covers the living and teaching conditions at the Manzanar Relocation Camp, including mentions of Ralph Merritt, the camp director, and Ansel Adams, the official camp photographer.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Bates, Tom
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Tom Bates discusses his family background and early years, college and athletics experiences, and his time in the Army. He talks about his career in real estate and his involvement in campaign management for others' campaigns. Bates details his campaign for Board of Supervisors and discusses local Bay Area issues and land use. He relates information about his campaign for the state legislature and key legislative issues and discusses term limits and challenging them in federal court in the...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Enter the name of the interviewee here
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W. Don MacGillivray discusses his background and education, reflects on his tenure as Santa Barbara city council member and period as mayor, and provides information about issues and specific legislation while serving in the California State Assembly from the Twenty-sixth district. Mary E. Gillivray discusses her background and education, as well as support for her husband during his political career in Santa Barbara and Sacramento. She also comments on the PALS Club, Sacramento, and her work...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Navarro, Armando
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Navarro discusses his early life and education in Cucamonga, California, military service and higher education, and provides information about his role as scholar/community activist in such organizations as La Raza Unida, Californios for Fair Representation as well as organizing regional conferences and meetings to discuss such issues as immigration reform, voter registration and education, police-community relations, church-community relations, and United States-Mexico relations.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Rains, Omer L.
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Omer Rains discusses his early political influences and activities in the Democratic party; political successes and failures; law practice and community activities in Ventura County; structure and leadership style in the state senate and assembly; and reapportionment issues. Discussion stresses his concern for political ethics, civil rights, and environmental issues.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Stiern, Walter W.
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Senator Stiern fleshes out his family background, veterinary career, and service in World War II in the China-Burma-India Theater. He discusses his initial and other election races, especially reapportionment and the 1966 election, the Donahoe Act (Master Plan for Higher Education), the governors in office during his service, particular legislation he carried, members of the state senate and presidents pro tem, lieutenant governors, Ronald Reagan and the University of California, the senate in...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Song, Alfred H.
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Senator Song discusses his early political career in Monterey Park, the philosophy and organization of the Democratic Party and its leadership in the 1960s and 1970s. He spends considerable time on the practices of lobbying and legislating, with particularly detailed accounts of the formulation of consumer protection and legal code revision laws. Evaluations are made of many other office holders during his tenure, as well as on political changes in the legislature in the 1970s.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Cobey, James A.
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This interview deals with James Cobey's three terms in the state senate (1953-1966). He discusses his legal background as a deputy county counsel, chief law clerk to Justice Clement Shinn, and practicing attorney in Merced County. He talks about his first senate term: the power structure, nature of the senate, water legislation, and bills he carried. He speaks about various personalities: Governor Edmund G. Brown, Sr., Lieutenant Governors Powers and Anderson, Hugh Burns, and other senators.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Ryan, Marilyn
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Ryan discusses her family background, marriage, and education. She talks about her involvement with the League of Women Voters and community activism, leading study groups on California issues, and then moving on to involvement in local politics. She comments on the incorporation of Rancho Palos Verdes and running for city council and being mayor. She outlines her campaigns for state office, her committee assignments, and talks about Republican women in politics. Ryan mentions tax reform...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Soto, Philip L.
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Philip L. Soto discusses his family background; service in World War II; securing a vocational education under the G.I. bill; civic affairs and community involvement in La Puente, including service on the city council; supporting the presidential candidacy of John F. Kennedy; running successfully in 1962 and 1964 for an assembly seat; sponsoring numerous bills on education, health, and local government. He shares observations about Governor Edmund G. Brown, Sr.; Jesse M. Unruh and other...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Maddy, Kenneth L.
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Maddy discusses his family and early life, military service and law school. He comments on community affairs in Fresno, practicing law, deciding to run for assembly, and campaigning from a community service rather than local government background. He outlines his education policy, his friendship with Bob Moretti; and redistricting, as well as farm labor issues, and the conservative-moderate split among Republicans. He covers assembly leaders, being a Republican in a Democratic district, Sal...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Alarcon, Arthur L.
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Alarcon discusses his family background, education, experience in the military, post–secondary education, and activities, events, and issues during his tenure in the Edmund G. Brown, Sr., administration from 1961–1964, in particular those relating to narcotics, capital punishment, extradition, clemency, and law enforcement.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Mockler, John Berry
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Mockler speaks of his family background and education, working in San Francisco for Jack Shelley and meeting other political personalities in the Bay Area. He discusses working on civil rights campaigns, traveling outside the United States, and returning to work for Senator Sam Farr. He talks about legislative staff, legislators, committee work, and the differences between Pat Brown and Ronald Reagan. He also comments on education issues and his time with the State Board of Education and as the...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Nichols, Leland J.
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Nichols discusses his family and educational background, working as a reporter for NBC News, especially during the 1960 Democratic convention, working for Edmund G. Brown, Sr. as Radio-Television Press Secretary, and devising and institutionalizing the staff system for the California State Assembly. He also reflects on gay persons in political life.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Beilenson, Anthony C.
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Beilenson talks about his childhood and family background as well as his college career. He discusses his time in a law practice and his developing interest in politics. He outlines his state assembly, state senate, and House of Representatives service and comments on the differences in each organization. Beilenson speaks about his legislation regarding abortion and campaign finance reform, his campaigns, and his committee work. He also comments on the governors and presidents he worked with...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Dolwig, Richard J.
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This interview covers partisanship in the state legislature; leadership in the assembly and the senate; reapportionment; legislation pertaining to water, pharmaceuticals, railroad crossings, freeways, Long Beach tidelands; power politics; Eurovest Trial; Hugh Burns, Edmund G. Brown, Sr.;Randolph Collier; Jesse Unruh, other government officials.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Franchetti, Michael
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Mr. Franchetti discusses Evelle Younger's term as attorney general, comparing it to that of George Deukmejian. He focuses on Mr. Deukmejian's campaign for governor in 1982 and the budget crisis he inherited. As director of finance, Mr. Franchetti implemented Governor Deukmejian's policies through numerous budget cuts in 1983. The interview covers the years 1969 to 1984.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Below, William Campbell
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Below discusses the assembly reapportionment plan for the 1965 redistricting, the creative role of a technician in drawing districts, development and use of computer programs, and direct mail techniques. Discusses relationship with Jesse Unruh, Phillip Burton, and Michael Berman.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Martin, Virginia Strom
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Strom-Martin discusses her early life and background, her education, and her teaching career. She talks about her work with the California Teachers Association (CTA) and her involvement in Democratic Party politics and larger education issues. She speaks of her campaign for an assembly seat, her committee assignments, and her relationships with other legislators as well as her legislation. She comments on standardized testing, her work with the Education Committee, and her involvement with...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Jervis, John V.
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Mr. Jervis discusses political campaigning and press relations for Senate Majority Leader George Moscone and Controller Kenneth Cory, service on several state boards as a representative of the controller, the duties and special concerns of Controller Cory, and the Democratic Caucus of the state senate under Senator John Dunlap.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Fischer, Michael L.
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Mr. Fischer discusses personal and educational background; his leadership of the North Coast Region, Coastal Zone Conservation Commission, including relations with the commissioners and the statewide commission, the region's coastal development, including controversies over Bodega Harbor, Sea Ranch, and Christo's fence. His position in the Office of Planning and Research gives him insights into the Jerry Brown administration; he comments on the statewide land-use planning process and the...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Connelly, John Robert
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Connelly discusses his early life and family background, his travels and military service. He details his legislative staff service on environmental legislation and with finance committees on the state budget. He talks about building a professional legislative staff and changes in California with term limits. Connelly comments on leaders and relationships in the legislature, the executive office under different governors, and the power of the Third House.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Pesonen, David
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MacBride's interview covers a wide range of political and governmental topics of his years in the California assembly, 1950-1960: Democratic local, state, and national campaigns; legislative organization, leadership, and negotiations on tidelands oil revenues, state employees, budget and revenues, fish and game concerns, California Water Plan, death penalty, role of lobbyists, Sacramento constituents' concerns; comments on Ralph Brown, Edmund G. Brown, Sr., Jesse Unruh, Caspar Weinberger, and...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Johnston, Patrick
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Johnston discusses his family background and education, early political interests, and jobs. He covers his years in the Assembly and Senate, and such legislation as the Delta Protection Act and the bill for reparations for Japanese Americans. He comments on legislative leaders and colleagues. He also details his campaign strategy and his opinions on Prop. 13.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Alshuler, Robert E.
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Alshuler discusses his family background, education in Los Angeles and at UCLA, student activities leadership, presidency of the UCLA Alumni Association, and business of the Regents of the University of California during his ex officio regency from 1961-1963.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Holen, Marvin L.
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Holen discusses his family background, education, early involvement in political activities, origin and development of his long friendship with Jesse M. Unruh, working with Unruh on various legislation after accompanying the newly-elected assemblyman to Sacramento in 1959, and comments on many legislative leaders and member as well as Governor Edmund G. Brown, Sr.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Priolo, Paul
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Priolo talks about his family background and growing up in San Francisco, his education, and going into business in Santa Monica. He details his decision to run for assembly, the California Democratic Council, and partisanship problems. He discusses Jesse Unruh and other legislative leaders and comments on legislative reform. He also outlines his committee work and the importance of legislative staff, and talks about his attempt for a state senate seat and his subsequent career as a legislative...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Moore, Gwen
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Moore’s interview describes her experiences serving with the Los Angeles Probation Department, the Economic and Youth Opportunities Agency, the Urban Affairs Institute, the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees and the California State Assembly. She also details legislative efforts relating to women owned and minority owned businesses, deregulation of electricity, and the impact of term limits.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Gregorio, Arlen
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Gregorio discusses his youth, education, family background, and early career before his upset election to the senate in 1970; his interest in the political process in the legislature and his efforts to reform the process with bills on open budget committee meetings, reform of the reapportionment process, limitation of legislator's terms, campaign and election reforms; his work on youth-oriented issues, environmental legislation, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Arts; his efforts to tax...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Huff, Martin
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Martin Huff's oral history discusses the history, organization, and operations of the California Franchise Tax Board during his years as executive officer (1963-1979) including collection of personal income and business taxes, unitary system of corporate taxation, relations with supervisory board, other state and federal fiscal agencies. References to George Miller, Jr., Jesse Unruh, Nicholas Petris, Kenneth Cory, Hale Champion, John Campbell, Dixwell Pierce, Edmund G. Brown, Sr., Ronald...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Debs, Ernest E.
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The interview includes biographical background information: family; education; training as a lawyer; and work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1941-46). The focus is his period of service from the Riverside area in the state assembly (1948-52): elections; committee work; legislation carried. Mr. Babbage discusses his efforts to obtain funding for the Riverside campus of the University of California.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Meade, Ken
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Meade's interview covers his 1968 and 1970 campaigns for the state legislature, role of Berkeley campus politics; experiences in the assembly: as lieutenant to Democratic Speaker Bob Moretti, 1972-73 reapportionment, transportation committee chairman, capital punishment and other criminal justice issues; observations on Robert Crown, Kenneth Cory, George Deukmejian, other government officials.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Waldie, Jerome R.
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The interview discusses politics in Contra Costa County as well as in the California Democratic Council. It covers his career in the Assembly, 1958-66, where he served on the committees for Education, Ways and Means, Judiciary, Rules, and Criminal Reform. He was active in issues concerning retarded children's services, mental health, and water. In Congress, 1966-74, he served on the Post Office, Public Works, and Judiciary committees. After leaving Congress he was appointed to the California...
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Nevins, Richard
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Mr. Nevins discusses family and career background, activities in California Democratic organizations, and profiles the Board of Equalization. He reviews developments in California taxation since 1933, interweaving them with BOE policy and structural change. He emphasizes A.B. 80, Reagan era tax reform, Proposition 13 (1978), property and unitary tax issues, and specialized taxes. He concludes with his elections and the election process.
Topic: Oral history
State Government Oral History Collection
by California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State; Seeley, Raymond T.
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Raymond Seeley reviews his family background and education. He discusses the impact of the Great Depression on his personal life and its effects on his professional career. Mr. Seeley talks about his political career, both on the county level and in the state legislature. He addresses the legislative needs of his district and the necessity of clean government in general. Mr. Seeley also describes the duties of the California Horse Racing Board and his eight years of service on it.
Topic: Oral history