Oral History Guide Interview Summaries



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Interview Summaries (A)

Adams, Earl (OH W–46)

"Financing Richard Nixon's Campaigns from 1946 to 1960," Richard M. Nixon in the Warren Era. (1975). Attorney.

As one who had helped launch Richard Nixon for Congress in the 1946 race, Adams stands as a fund raiser and an important political force in the Earl Warren era; his significance is heightened when one acknowledges his state leadership roles in Nixon's subsequent campaigns. In addition, he has been a member of the executive committee of the Republican State Central Committee; worked for U.S. Senators Thomas Kuchel and William Knowland.

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Adams, Winfred (OH R–1)

"Strategies for Republican Elections, State Government Management, and Water Resources, 1963–1976," Appointments, Cabinet Management, and Policy Research for Governor Ronald Reagan, 1967–1974. (1981, 1982). State Water Resources Control Board, Member, 1970–1978, chair, 1972–1976; Executive Assistant to the Lt. Governor, 1969–1970; Cabinet Secretary, 1968–1969.

Adams provides insights into the workings of the governor's office. He outlines the plan for reorganizing the governor's functions into the tightly–organized system of operations that became a benchmark of the Reagan administration. This concept redefined the agency secretaries as policy advisors to the governor rather than the operating heads of related departments they had been under Governor Pat Brown, and also led to several realignments of department groupings over a period of years. There is a brief commentary on his work as chairman of the California Water Resources Control Board, in the formation of which he had also taken a hand.

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Alarcon, Arthur L. (OH 89–2)

Oral History Interview with Arthur L. Alarcon. (1988). Governor's Executive Secretary, 1962–1964; Governor's Clemency, Pardons, & Extradition Secretary, 1961–1962.

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.

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Albright, Horace (OH W–51)

"Earl Warren Job Hunting at the Legislature," The Warrens: Four Personal Views. (1974).

Albright relates the episode in the life of Warren that marks his crucial entry into a life of public service.

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Allen, Bruce F. (OH KB–5)

"California Oil and Water, and the Politics of Reform, 1953–1960," California Legislative Leaders, Vol. II. (1980). Assembly Member, 1953–1962.

Allen sponsored a bill in 1955 to return to the state certain revenues from oil drilling in tidelands near Long Beach. This bill was the basis for the compromise bill which became law in 1956. Since 1911, when the City of Long Beach had been granted the right to receive these revenues itself, the city has developed its harbors and other areas with the revenues. His sponsorship of this and other natural resources legislation, as well as his membership on several assembly committees (Ways and Means; Conservation, Planning and Public Works; and Manufacturing, Oil and Mining Industry) allowed Allen to gain great insight into the position of the oil industry in California.

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Allen, Don A. (OH KB–18)

"A Los Angeles Assemblyman Recalls the Reapportionment Struggle," One Man–One Vote and Senate Reapportionment, 1964–1966. (1979). Assembly Member 1939–1947, 1957–1966.

Allen was chairman of the Assembly Elections and Reapportionment Committee (1963–1966). He and Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh fought with the rural dominated senate to find an acceptable reapportionment plan to meet federal court deadlines for senate redistricting. To cap his involvement in the reapportionment struggle, he authored, along with his staff, the Legislative Sourcebook, a compendium of legislator records and past reapportionments up to 1965.

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Alquist, Alfred E. (OH 89–20)

Oral History Interview with Alfred E. Alquist. (1987). Senator, 1966–1996; Assembly Member, 1962–1966. (pdf ~ 3.45 MB, 114 pages)

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 Lt. Governor in 1970. He also discusses issues such as campaign spending, reapportionment, economic development, and the budgetary process, as well as personalities such as Governor Edmund G. Brown, Sr., John Vasconcellos, and others. It also includes comments by Administrative Assistant Loretta Riddle on Alquist's San Jose office.

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Alquist, Alfred E. (OH 98–1)

Oral History Interview with Alfred E. Alquist. (1997). Senator, 1966–1996; Assembly Member, 1962–1966. (pdf ~ 4.37 MB, 182 pages)

This second interview of Senator Alquist covers the last ten years of his senate career and focuses on the period 1986–1996. During this period he chaired the Senate’s powerful Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. From that vantage point he was an active participant in the hectic budget formation process of that ten–year period. This was a period of economic recession and economic growth; a period that placed severe strains on the state’s ability to meet its needs and even, at times, to pay its bills.

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Alshuler, Robert E. (OH 92–8)

Oral History Interview with Robert E. Alshuler. (1991). Regent, University of California, 1961–1963.

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 to 1963.

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Amerson, A. Wayne (OH W–40)

Northern California and its Challenges to a Negro in the Mid–1900s. (1972). Supervisor, Dept. of Employment, 1941–1960; Supervisor, [State Relief Administration] Budget Control Section, 1933–1941.

Amerson was the first Black to be employed by the California State Employment Service. Discussion includes the California State Relief Administration, California State Employment Service, California War Manpower Commission, housing, the California Democratic Council, and attitudes on Negros and race.

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Arnstein, Lawrence (OH W–13)

"Public Health Advocates and Issues," Earl Warren and the State Department of Public Health. (1971). Lobbyist.

Arnstein discusses the developments in public health and related advocacy during Warren's years as governor.

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Ash, Robert S. (OH W–33)

"Alameda County Labor Council During the Warren Years," Labor Leaders View the Warren Era. (1970). Secretary, 1943–1967.

Ash comments briefly on the council's history and the major obstacles to organized labor in the early 1940s. An important function of the council was its role in political campaigns. Ash describes his election–time activities in the Truman–Dewey campaign and his lobbying work in Sacramento. He comments on labor's attitudes and his own toward Earl Warren.

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Ashe, Maryann and Ruth Smith Henley (OH W–20)

"Earl Warren's Bakersfield," Earl Warren's Bakersfield. (1969).

Ashe and Henley describe their school days in Bakersfield as Earl Warren's classmates.

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