Oral History Guide Interview Summaries



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Interview Summaries (F)

Faries, McIntyre (OH W–6)

California Republicans, 1934–1953. (1970, 1973).

Faries discusses his leadership of California Republicans throughout the Warren years in the California Republican Assembly, Republican State Committee, Governor Frank Merriam's campaign in Los Angeles County; and the Republican campaign in Southern California. Faries became Republican National Committeeman from 1947 to 1953.

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Farr, Frederick S. (OH 92–5)

Oral History Interview with Frederick S. Farr. (1987). Senator, 1955–1967. (pdf ~ 3.84 MB, 127 pages)

Farr gives a picture of the senate and senators during his service from 1955 to 1967, and discusses early environmental legislation to preserve the mountain lionand sea otter, encourage scenic highways, coordinate state planning, and preserve Monterey Bay and Lake Tahoe; his support for legislation to outlaw the death penalty during the Caryl Chessman case; and legislation to aid agricultural workers and fishermen. He outlines his work as coordinator for highway beautification in the Lyndon Johnson administration and as a member of the State Coastal Commission, 1972–1979.

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Feigenbaum, B. Joseph (OH W–22)

"Legislator, Partner of Jesse Steinhart, Aide to Earl Warren," Earl Warren's Campaigns, Vol. II. (1973). Assembly Member, 1927–1931.

Feigenbaum discusses the years before and after the 1929 Crash. When he became a major architect in revising the tax structure to institute a sales tax and an income tax in 1933. It was also here that he first became acquainted with Alameda County District Attorney Earl Warren. Warren, as the leading advocate of law enforcement legislation promulgated by the peace officers and attorney's associations, appeared before the Assembly Committee on Criminal Procedure, on which Feigenbaum sat. In addition to his presence in Earl Warren's campaigns and on delegations to Republican national conventions, Feigenbaum served as an unpaid budget specialist and legislative liaison for a few months in 1945 when Governor Warren was bedeviled to spend the wartime reserve and raise taxes. At least for that session, Warren won his fight to prevent large scale subsidies to cities and counties, and the legislature authorized interim committees of both houses to study local tax structures with special attention to state income.

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Fenlon, Roberta (OH 90–14)

Oral History Interview with Roberta Fenlon. (1984). President, California Medical Association, 1970–1971. (pdf ~ 100 KB, 47 pages)

Fenlon discusses her training in clinical medicine in the 1940s and her many years of activity in public affairs with the San Francisco Medical Society and CMA. Focus is on development of Medicaid (1965) and Medi–Cal (1966) legislation and regulations on health care for the poor, and subsequent controversies between the medical profession and the California Dept. of Health Care Services.

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Finch, Robert H. (OH R–48)

Views From the Lieutenant Governor's Office. (1981). Lt. Governor, 1967–1969.

Finch discusses how he gave Reagan input on what was happening in the party, politics, and especially in the legislature during their weekly luncheons. They discussed and agreed upon political strategy, and they established a major role for the lieutenant governor in expediting passage of the governor's legislative agenda. In addition, Finch served as a spokesman for Reagan policies in numerous speeches around the state and in his capacity as a member of numerous boards and commissions. It is in this regard that Finch details the origins and implementations of Reagan administration programs on the budget, mental health, welfare reform, health care, minorities, jobs, the environment, and intergovernmental relations. Reagan's approach to educational issues received a lot of attention in the interviews: the budget, tuition, the free speech movement and campus disturbances, and the removal of Chancellor Clark Kerr by the University of California Board of Regents.

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Finkelstein, Louis (OH W–17)

"Earl Warren's Inquiry into Talmudic Law," Earl Warren: The Chief Justiceship. (1975).

Finkelstein had been the one to whom Chief Justice Earl Warren had come for discussions on comparative philosophies of justice and law, especially Talmudic law.

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Finks, Harry (OH KB–13)

"California Labor and Goodwin Knight, the 1950s," Goodwin Knight: Aides, Advisers, and Appointees. (1977–1979).

Finks discusses in detail his role on the legislative committee of the California Labor Federation. He talks about how he and fellow committeemen worked with legislators and Governor Knight to get bills passed that the federation supported. He also comments on Governor Knight's experiences at the 1956 Republican national convention held in San Francisco and the "Big Switch" in 1958 when he ran for U.S. Senator.

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Fischer, Michael L. (OH 94–6)

Oral History Interview with Michael L. Fischer. (1992–1993). Executive Director, North Central Region, Coastal Zone Conservation Commission, 1973–1976; Deputy Director, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, 1976–1978; Executive Director, California Coastal Commission, 1978–1985.

Fischer discusses his personal and educational background and his interest in politics. He speaks of his experience and education in planning and his leadership in the Coastal Zone Conservation Commission, including relations with the regional commissioners and the statewide commission, the coastal planning process, and the permitting process for coastal development, including controversies over Bodega Harbor, Sea Ranch, and Christo's Fence. He talks about his position in the Office of Planning and Research and gives insights into the Jerry Brown administration. He comments on the statewide land–use planning process and the controversy over the proposed Dow Chemical plant in Solano County. Fischer also discusses his role as executive director of the California Coastal Commission, including the declining quality of commission members, budget cuts under Governor Deukmejian, increasing political pressures from Democratic legislators, offshore oil issues, and federal–state relations.

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Fisher, Hugo (OH KB–4)

"State Senator From San Diego, 1958–1962," California Legislative Leaders, Vol. I. (1978). Senator, 1959–1962.

Fisher describes his view of the Democratic party in California in the 1950s and his own role in it. He also gives his personal survey of the Caryl Chessman case of 1960 from the perspective of a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee; of the 1960 senate reapportionment scene as a senator from San Diego; and of, the 1959–1960 chapter of the turmoil surrounding the California Water Plan.

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FitzRandolph, John A. (OH 90–7)

Oral History Interview with John A. FitzRandolph. (1989). Staff Attorney, California Constitution Revision Commission, 1966–1968. (pdf ~ 5.47 MB, 260 pages)

FitzRandolph discusses his experience as staff attorney to the California Constitution Revision Commission and as chief consultant to the California State Assembly Democratic party caucus. He provides detail about his service on the staff of Assembly Speaker Robert Moretti and as a staffer for United States Senator John V. Tunney.

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Fleury, Gordon A. (OH 88–17)

Oral History Interview with Gordon A. Fleury. (1987). Assembly Member, 1949–1956.

Fleury discusses his campaign in 1948 and his role in the legislature. Topics include the speakership, changes in legislative process, responsibilities to constituency, Long Beach tidelands oil issue, unemployment insurance fraud, workers' benefits, and lobbyists.

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Flournoy, Houston I. (OH R–4)

California Assemblyman and Controller. (1981, 1982). Assembly Member, 1961–1966; State Controller, 1967–1974.

Flournoy discusses his background and education, California politics with an emphasis on the Republican Party, his career as a member of the State Assembly, his campaign for State Controller and his eight–year tenure in office, the 1974 gubernatorial campaign in which he was narrowly defeated by Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

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Foran, John F. (OH 2004–13)

Oral History Interview with John F. Foran. (2003). California State Legislator, 1963–1986.

Foran speaks about his youth and education and starting his career on the state attorney general's office staff. He discusses running for the assembly, his committee assignments, and other legislators. He talks about his legislation including the Pure Air Act of 1968 and discusses transportation issues, Bay Area issues, and his relationships with other Bay Area legislators. He talks about the power structure in the legislature and details the issue of tort reform. He also comments on his post–legislative career as an attorney and lobbyist.

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Forbes, William E. (OH 92–20)

Oral History Interview with William E. Forbes. volume 1 (pdf ~ 8.37 MB, 403 pages) volume 2 (pdf ~ 5.52 MB, 270 pages) (1990). Regent, University of California, 1959–1961, 1962–1977.

Forbes discusses his involvement, then presidency, of the UCLA Alumni Association leading to his ex–officio regency, appointment to a full sixteen–year term on the Board of Regents, and numerous policy areas before the board during his tenure, including vigorous campus expansion, student dissent, curriculum development, and systemwide leadership.

Transcript price: (658 pp.) 2 vols. $66.00



Franchetti, Michael (OH 94–7)

Oral History Interview with Michael Franchetti. (1993). Deputy Attorney General, 1969–1978; Chief Deputy Attorney General, 1978–1982; Finance Director, 1982–1984. (pdf ~ 10.6 MB, 462 pages)

Franchetti discusses his family background and early life, education, and military service. He describes working in the Attorney General's office and talks about Evelle Younger's term as attorney general, comparing it to that of George Deukmejian. He speaks of being responsible for the office of Attorney General while the attorney general was campaigning. He focuses on Deukmejian's campaign for governor in 1982 and the budget crisis he inherited. He also talks about, as director of Finance, implementing Governor Deukmejians' policies through numerous budget cuts in 1983. He also discusses his legal, lobbying, and consulting work after leaving the administration when his appointment as Finance director was not confirmed.

Transcript price: (462 pp.) 2 vols. $60.00



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