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Haas, Lucien C. (OH 89–22)

Oral History Interview with Lucien C. Haas. (1989). Press Secretary and Campaign Specialist, 1961–1964. (pdf ~ 7.57 MB, 344 pages)

Haas discusses his family and educational background, early journalism career in Los Angeles, brief stint with the Western Beet Sugar Producers in Denver, work with Governor Edmund G. Brown, Sr., as communications director or press secretary in several critical statewide campaigns in the 1960s and 1970s, and continuing work with U.S. Senator Alan Cranston as policy analyst, press secretary, and speechwriter.

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Habecker, Jackie (OH R–15)

"A View from the Reception Desk," The Governor's Office: Access and Outreach, 1967–1974. (1985).

Habecker discusses the relationship the governor had with his constituents, with reference to the personal styles of the individual governors, the character of the request they had to deal with, and the shift in the balance of access versus security against a backdrop of increasing citizen advocacy and social protest.

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Haerle, Paul R. (OH R–1)

"Ronald Reagan and Republican Party Politics in California, 1965–1968," Appointments, Cabinet Management, and Policy Research for Governor Ronald Reagan, 1967–1974. (1982). Appointments Secretary, 1967–1969.

Haerle discusses Reagan's approach to judicial appointments, his own work in selecting delegates for Reagan's informal bid for the presidency at the 1968 Republican national convention. He also discusses his work as secretary for the state central committee between 1969 and 1973 and his chairmanship of the northern California segment of Reagan's re–election campaign in 1970.

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Hagerty, James C. (OH W–17)

"Earl Warren's Appointment to the Supreme Court," Earl Warren: The Chief Justiceship. (1973).

Hagerty was a liaison between President Eisenhower and the press. He was also a member of Eisenhower's staff during the Republican Convention in Chicago in 1952. From the latter vantage point he was aware of the movements within California's Earl Warren delegation and now confirms the swing of that group from steadfastly Warren to mostly Eisenhower. He also attests to the importance of the pre–convention credentials fight between rival delegations from Texas in which the vote of the large Warren delegation played a decisive role in seating the pro–Eisenhower delegations and thereby gave Eisenhower a majority on the first ballot. In addition, Hagerty was press representative during the convention and campaign of 1948 in which Earl Warren was Thomas E. Dewey's running mate.

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Haggerty, Cornelius J. (OH W–33)

"Labor, Los Angeles, and the Legislature," Labor Leaders View the Warren Era. (1971). Secretary–Treasurer, California Labor Federation, 1943–1960.

Haggerty comments on the major labor issues of the Earl Warren period which were the legality of secondary boycott, the jurisdictional strike, the closed shop, and the progressive development of unemployment insurance, workmen's compensation, and protective legislation.

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Haldeman, H.R. (OH 92–6)

Oral History Interview with H.R. Haldeman. volume 1 (pdf ~ 5.91 MB, 264 pages) volume 2 (pdf ~ 5.33 MB, 238 pages)(1991). Regent, University of California, 1965–1967, 1968.

Haldeman discusses his involvement in, then presidency of, the UCLA alumni Association leading to his ex officio regent's appointment to a full term on the Board of Regents, origins and development of the UCLA Foundatiion, and business before the regents during his ex officio regency and during his brief stint on the board in 1969.

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Hale, Mildred (OH W–19)

"Schools, the PTA, and the State Board of Education," Earl Warren: Views and Episodes. (1970).

Hale discusses the problems of education in California in the '40s and '50s. Hale was on the San Diego Board of Education for twenty–five years, was president of the California Congress of Parents and Teachers and served from 1943–55 as a Warren nominee to the State Board of Education.

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Hall, James M. (OH R–45)

Supporting Reagan: From Banks to Prisons. (1978, 1984, 1985). Secretary of Human Relations, 1971–1972; Secretary of Business and Transportation, 1970–1971; Superintendent of Banks, 1967–1970.

Hall's discussion of his experiences in state government provides valuable insights into organizational methods and the nature of staff work. He also explores some frustrations he encountered in dealing with the governor's office and the Dept. of Finance within the agency–cabinet management method developed by the Reagan administration.

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Hall, Kenneth F. (OH R–25)

"'Playing Devil's Advocate': The Governor's Office and the Department of Finance in California, 1966–1974," Legislative Issue Management and Advocacy, 1961–1974. (1982). Assistant Cabinet Secretary, 1968; Special Assistant to the Governor, 1967.

In addition to the duties involving the state's budgets, Hall was the administration's leading expert on public school finance. He presided as Reagan's primary liaison with the legislature during the protracted efforts to pass a major property tax relief and school finance bill, which was enacted as S.B. 90 in 1972. His description of the building of the coalition to support passage of S.B. 90 is critical as it sheds new light on how Robert Moretti and Governor Reagan worked out acceptable compromises regarding the various final provisions of this bill. These provisions included property tax benefits, a renters' tax credit, inventory tax relief, open space reimbursements, new school funds, funding for Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson Riles' Early Childhood Education program, and special urban school assistance.

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Hamlin, Oliver D. (OH W–43)

"Reminiscences About the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in the 1920s and 30s," Perspectives on the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Vol. I. (1970).

Hamlin discusses the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in the 1920s and 1930s, and his friendship with Earl Warren. As a long–time observer of the Alameda County political scene, he comments on the struggle in the board of supervisors over Warren's appointment as district attorney in 1925.

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Hamm, William G. (OH 90–25)

Oral History Interview with William G. Hamm. (1989). California Legislative Analyst, 1977–1986.

Hamm discusses his work at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1969–1977) and as California legislative analyst, including references to Model Cities, other housing programs; sunshine, zero–based, and program planning budget systems; need for long–term strategic fiscal studies as well as current budget analyses; government spending limits and accountability; work with California Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Department of Finance; issues concerning prison facilities, school funding, and long–term care.

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Hannaford, Peter (OH R–16)

"Expanding Political Horizons," The Governor's Office and Public Information, Education, and Planning, 1967–1974. (1982).

Hannaford discusses the smooth–running operation the Reagan team had achieved in their last year in the governor's office. He also provides commentary on some realities and practicalities of local politics and a sense of the camaraderie among the able people close to Reagan in the 1970s, many of whom continued to play key roles in his presidency. In 1973, Hannaford became northern field coordinator for the special election campaign for Reagan's tax–limitation initiative Proposition 1.

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Hansen, Victor (OH W–22)

"West Coast Defense During World War II; The California Gubernatorial Campaign of 1950," Earl Warren's Campaigns, Vol. II. (1975).

Hansen discusses the military and civil defense efforts in World War II California spanning preparations before and after Pearl Harbor, and including the Japanese–American evacuation.

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Hardy, Leroy C. (OH 91–15)

Oral History Interview with Leroy C. Hardy. (1989). Consultant on Reapportionment to California Assembly, 1960–1961; to Governor, 1964–1965; to California Democratic Congressional Delegation, 1965–1967, 1967–1969, 1979–1982.

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. He also discusses his relationship with and the tactics of Phillip Burton and Jesse Unruh.

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Harris, Myron (OH W–47)

"A Defense Attorney Reminisces," The Shipboard Murder Case: Labor, Radicalism, and Earl Warren, 1936–1941. (1973).

In joining the defense, Harris was the only attorney not already associated with the defense of San Francisco's militant labor leaders. He comments insightfully on the other defense attorneys, the prosecution team, and the defendants.

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Hart, Gary K. (OH 2002–1)

Oral History Interview with Gary K. Hart. (2000). Assembly Member, 1974–1982; Senator, 1982–1994.

Hart discusses his early life, family background, and education. He recalls his involvement in the civil rights movement, working with the Stanford in Washington Program, and teaching at the college and high school levels. He discusses his anti–war activism and its impacts on his failed candidacy for Congress and successful candidacy for Assembly. Hart details his committee assignments in the legislature, and relationship with colleagues and governors. He talks about his educational interests and legislation.. He also discusses his run for Senate, his committee service there, his relationship with the UC and CSU campuses, and such issues as school reform and finance. Hart also speaks about his service one–year service as Secretary of Education, leaving public office, and his involvement with the Institute for Education Reform at CSU, Sacramento.

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Hauck, R. William (AC 2014–103)

Oral History Interview with R. William Hauck. (2014). Chief of Staff, Assembly Speaker Bob Moretti, 1971–1974; Chief of Staff, Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, Jr., 1981; Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Pete Wilson, 1992–1993; Member, California State University Board of Trustees, 1993–2014.

Hauck discusses his childhood, youth and education. He reflects on his service as Chief of Staff to Assembly Speaker Bob Moretti and, later, to Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, Jr. Mr. Hauck also discusses the use of information technology in legislative bill tracking, his time with State Net, his service on the Constitution Revision Commission and his role as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Pete Wilson. The interview also covers Mr. Hauck’s time as a member of the California State University Board of Trustees.

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Hawkins, Augustus F. (OH 95–4)

Oral History Interview with Augustus F. Hawkins. (1988). Assembly Member, 1935–1962; Congressman, 1963–1991.

Hawkins discusses his childhood and family background as well as educational experience. He talks about his early political activity in challenging the Los Angeles political machine then moving on to state office during the Depression. He mentions the rarity of African American Republicans at the time and the support of white Democrats. He comments on his long tenure in the California State Assembly where his legislation addressed such areas as child care, old age security, apprenticeship training, civil rights, slum clearance and low–cost housing, and workman's compensation.

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Hawkins, Robert B., Jr. (OH R–33)

Poverty Programs and Other Conservative Policy Strategies, 1970–1984. (1984). State Director, Office of Economic Opportunity, 1972–1973; Chair, Local Government Task Force, 1971–1973.

This combined interview with Chickering and Hawkins describes the period when the state's anti–poverty programs were being challenged by the governor's office, and program negotiations with the federal government were intense. The discussions include Hawkins' later work as chairman of Reagan's local government task force, and policymaking in the governor's office in general.

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Hayes, James A. (OH 91–3)

Oral History Interview with James A. Hayes. (1990). Los Angeles County Supervisor, 1972–1979; Assembly Member, 1967–1972; Vice Mayor, City of Long Beach, 1963–1966. (pdf ~ 4.16 MB, 194 pages)

Hayes discusses his background and early years in Fowler, California, education through law school, early employment in radio broadcasting and subsequent legal practice, and service as a member of the Long Beach City Council, California State Assembly, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. At the time of the interview he was an attorney in private practice and a governmental consultant in Rolling Hills, California.

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Hayes, Thomas W. (OH 96–1)

Oral History Interview with Thomas W. Hayes. (1995). California State Treasurer, 1989–1991.

Hayes discusses his early life and family background, education, and military service. He talks about going to work in the General Accounting Office and for the Legislative Analyst. He then shares his experiences as Auditor General, and State Treasurer and relates his experiences as Finance Director and working with Governor Wilson. He explains the state budget cycle and process and comments on its effectiveness. He also discusses his post–Treasurer position with Orange County in assisting with the finances after their bankruptcy.

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Heckendorf, Percy C. (OH W–31)

"Planning for the Japanese Evacuation: Reforming Regulatory Agency Procedures," Japanese–American Relocation Reviewed, Vol. I: Decision and Exodus. (1972).

In 1941, months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, District Attorney Heckendorf organized state law enforcement district III (Santa Barbara and vicinity) for Attorney General Earl Warren's conference on civil preparedness. Afterwards, Heckendorf assisted in the statewide program to prepare county–by–county maps of the pre–evacuation locations of Japanese Americans.

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Hederman, Albert E., Jr. (OH W–45

"From Office Boy to Assistant District Attorney," Perspectives on the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Vol. III. (1972).

Hederman comments on staff training and criminal procedure in the 1940s and '50s. He notes that although such rulings as Mapp and Cahan had not yet been handed down by the courts on search and seizure, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office was known for its integrity and fairness in gathering evidence and handling suspects. Hederman recalls particularly his work on the Patten case, a large fraud and theft case which took over a year to prepare.

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Heilbron, Louis (OH 94–8)

Oral History Interview with Louis H. Heilbron. (1991–1992). Dept. of Social Welfare, 1932; Dept. of Relief Administration, 1933–1940; Board of Economic Welfare, 1942–1943; State Board of Education, 1959–1961; California Coordinating Council for Higher Education, 1959–1961; California State Colleges, 1960–1969.

Heilbron discusses the problems of providing welfare to the needy during the Depression in the 1930s. He talks about the creation of a state emergency relief office and changes in relief concepts. He also details the formation of the California State College (now University) System and the changes it went through in the 1960s, particularly as related to campus unrest.

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Heide, Paul (OH W–34)

"A Warehouseman's Reminiscences," Labor Looks at Earl Warren. (1969).

Heide helped organize the International Longshoreman's and Warehouseman's Union during the 1934 strike. He discusses the physical effort of "high–piling" 100–pound sugar sacks, and the espionage activities of management's Industrial Association, touching on the complexities of later mechanization and modernization agreements. He stresses the anti–union pattern of Alameda County governmental actions, aided by the Oakland Tribune, in dodging bringing pickets to trial at a time when anti–picketing statutes had become unconstitutional due to a state supreme court victory.

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Heinrichs, Beverly (OH W–44)

"Reminiscences of a Secretary in the District Attorney's Office," Perspectives on the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Vol. II. (1972).

Although only in the district attorney's office for one year, Heinrichs gives a broad picture of the duties of the secretaries and of how the office functioned generally.

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Heine, Carolyn Cooper (OH R–9)

"Building a Basis for Change: California's Commission on the Status of Women," Citizen Advocacy Organizations, 1960–1975. (1984).

Heine discusses her work as executive director of the commission during the administration of Governor Ronald Reagan. It is an important commentary on establishing credibility for the newly formed commission in the early years of the women's movement. She also discusses educating themselves and the legislature about non–controversial issues such as women in the work force, and achieving permanent status for the commission in 1971.

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Henderson, Betty Foot (OH W–51)

"Secretary to Two Warrens," The Warrens: Four Personal Views. (1973).

Henderson became a secretary in Governor Earl Warren's office in 1944; in 1948 she was asked to go to the mansion as Mrs. Warren's personal secretary. Her experiences, therefore, have a value for two contexts: the operations of the governor's office, especially the governor's council meetings; and the more personal tasks as partner–in–correspondence with Mrs. Warren, from which vantage point the dynamics of family life and the outlook of the parents and children were especially brought to bear on Honeybear's poliomyelitis crisis in 1950.

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

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

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

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Henson, Burt M. (OH 89–15)

Oral History Interview with Burt M. Henson. (1988). Assembly Member, 1963–1966. (pdf ~ 2.30 MB, 96 pages)

Henson discusses Democratic party politics in Ventura County and his two election campaigns for the Assembly. He talks about the speakership of Jesse M. Unruh and the activities of lobbyists. During this period Ventura County experienced a flurry of activity in homebuilding, and Henson carried a number of bills dealing with problems with contractors. He discusses other legislation he carried. Various facets of CDC activity is covered.

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Heslop, Alan (OH 94–8A)

Oral History Interview with Alan Heslop. (1994). Senior Consultant on Reapportionment to Republican Party in the State Legislature and Governor's Office; Executive Director, California Republican Party State Central Committee; Director, Rose Institute for State and Local Government Claremont McKenna College.

Heslop discusses his childhood and education. He 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 involvement in the seventies, eighties, and nineties. He also talks of his ideas about needed reform.

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Higgs, DeWitt A. (OH 92–3)

Oral History Interview with DeWitt A. Higgs. (1991). Regent, University of California, 1966–1982. (pdf ~ 8.17 MB, 377 pages)

Higgs discusses his family background, education, entrance into and development of his law practice and firm, and appointment to the University of California Board of Regents, focusing on numerous policy issues that came before the Board during his tenure from 1966–1982: campus expansion, student dissent, administrative leadership, with particular attention to the University of California, San Diego.

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Hill, Gladwin (OH 88–6)

Oral History Interview with Gladwin Hill. (1987). Journalist. (pdf ~ 4.11 MB, 186 pages)

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. He comments on contemporary environmental and development issues in California, and elaborates upon major themes appearing in Dancing Bear and Madman in a Lifeboat.

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Holen, Marvin L. (OH 90–38)

Oral History Interview with Marvin L. Holen. (1990). Consultant and Counsel, California Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, 1959–1961.

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 members as well as Governor Edmund G. Brown, Sr.

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Holton, Karl W. (OH W–14A)

"Development of Juvenile Correctional Practices," Earl Warren and the Youth Authority. (1971). Director, Youth Authority, 1943–1952.

Holton discusses his contributions to the establishment of the California Youth Authority and as its first director. The central portion of this memoir covers the legislative and administrative changes that were required to bring into being a modern human program, begun under Governor Olson but given steady encouragement and generous founding under Governor Warren. Holton's observations continues with Warren's use of his cabinet of department heads to maintain open communication and growing operating effectiveness, some information on services of the Dept. of Mental Hygiene which had operated the few youth facilities prior to 1946.

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Honig, Bill (OH 2001–3)

Oral History Interview with Bill Honig. (2000). Superintendent of Public Instruction and Director, Department of Education, 1983–1993.

Honig speaks of his family background, education, and law practice. He discusses teaching in the San Francisco public schools and his appointment to the State Board of Education by Governor Jerry Brown. He details his relationships with subsequent governors and covers his 1982 campaign for superintendent of public instruction against the incumbent, Wilson Riles. Honig also discusses his wife, Nancy Honig, her parent–involvement Quality Education Program, and conflict of interest charges brought against him by the attorney general. Honig discusses his dismissal from office, his community service, and educational issues: curriculum reform, teaching reading, school financing, charter schools, and assessment.

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Hotchkis, Preston, Sr. (OH KB–19)

One Man's Dynamic Role in California Politics and Water Development, and World Affairs. (1977, 1978, 1979).

In the 1940s and 1950s Hotchkis was deeply involved in several campaigns of Earl Warren both for governor and president, a background which enabled him to provide a candid portrayal of the dynamics of political fund raising. He draws interesting contrasts between Earl Warren and Goodwin Knight, and commented on several aspects of the controversial 1958 gubernatorial campaign in California. In addition, as he examines thoroughly the career of Richard Nixon and his own role in that career, he contrasts Mr. Nixon with Ronald Reagan, a newcomer to the Republican party scene in the 1960s. Hotchkis discusses his long involvement with California water issues and controversies.

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Houghton, Robert A. (OH R–23)

"Law Enforcement Planning in the Reagan Administration, 1971–1974," Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in California, 1966–1976. (1983). Deputy Director, 1971–1972; Director, 1972–1974.

Houghton gives a detailed, inside look at the California Dept. of Justice's Division of Law Enforcement as it operated with Houghton as director and Evelle Younger as attorney general. He discusses the professionalization and modernization of the division and the coordination of different elements within the California law enforcement system, especially as they affected police work in local communities as well as on the statewide level.

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Huerta, John E. (OH 91–1)

Oral History Interview with John E. Huerta. (1990). Executive Director, Southern California Office, Mexican–American Legal Defense and Education Fund, 1980–1985; General Counsel, Californios for Fair Representation, 1981; Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General, 1977–1980.

Huerta discusses his family background and education, employment in Peru, Santa Maria Valley, California; University of California, Davis; and as deputy assistant United States attorney general for civil rights in the James E. Carter administration, as executive director of the Southern California office of the Mexican–American Legal Defense Fund, and as general counsel for Californios for Fair Representation, and comments extensively on reapportionment and Mexican–Americans in the city and county of Los Angeles and in California for assembly, senate, and the U.S. Congress.

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Huff, Martin (OH 89–32)

Oral History Interview with Martin Huff. (1987, 1988). Executive Officer, Franchise Tax Board, 1963–1979; Auditor–controller, City of Oakland, 1958–1963.

Huff 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.

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Hume, Jaquelin (OH R–39)

"Basic Economics and the Body Politic: Views of a Northern California Reagan Loyalist," Republican Philosophy and Party Activism. (1982).

Hume discusses his work with the Reagan 1966 gubernatorial campaign, and the transition period of Reagan's governorship through 1967, and elucidates his philosophy of the party and party adherents in action; and the need for efficiency in state government overall and adequate personnel to insure that efficiency. In his observations on California political campaigns and elections, Hume presents the critical theme of local involvement and volunteer organization to supplement the formal party structure.

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Hume, Portia Bell (OH W–12)

"Mother of Community Mental Health Services," Earl Warren and the State Department of Mental Hygiene. (1970). Deputy Director, Community Services, 1952–1961; Berkeley State Mental Hygiene Clinic, Chief Psychiatrist, 1950–1952; Physician in Charge, 1949.

Bell discusses her meeting Dr. Aaron Rosanoff, while she was a medical student in the 30s, who introduced her to his efforts to broaden the traditional one–to–one model of psychiatric care as an alternative to hospitalization of the mentally ill. She also describes the passage of the National Mental Health Act of 1946, which gave impetus to the long range programs of improving state services undertaken by Governor Warren, first in corrections and public health and then in mental health. She details her appointment by Tallman to the new post of director of community services and several years of work with local communities discovering their needs, establishing extensive personnel training programs, and developing a working advisory group to develop political support. This groundwork culminated in the passage of the Short–Doyle Act in 1957, which authorized state reimbursement to cities and counties which undertook to provide their citizens with mental health information, education, outpatient, inpatient and/or rehabilitation services. She talks of the accomplishments of ten years of the local programs, and comments on later legislative developments which considerably altered the original program.

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Huntington, Emily H. (OH W–8)

A Career in Consumer Economics and Social Insurance. (1969–1970). Program Advisory Committee to the Consumer Counsel, 1961.

Huntington discusses her long fight for sound social insurance policies at the state and federal levels.

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