Oral History Guide Interview Summaries



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Interview Summaries (L)

Ladar, Samuel (OH W–22)

"Jesse Steinhart, Race Relations and Earl Warren," Earl Warren's Campaigns, Vol. II. (1973).

Ladar was Jesse Steinhart's law partner. He discusses Steinhart's views on race relations as a part of his general concern in civic affairs.

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Lagomarsino, Robert J. (OH 2001–4)

Oral History Interview with Robert J. Lagomarsino. (2000).

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 speakers. He his successful and unsuccessful bids for the United States House of Representatives, and the impact of term limits. Norma Lagomarsino also joins the interview.

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Lancaster, William (OH 95–3)

Oral History Interview with William H. Lancaster. (1994–1995). volume 1 (pdf ~ 5.93 MB, 268 pages), volume 2 (pdf ~ 5.63 MB, 283 pages) Assemblyman, 1972–1992.

Lancaster discusses his family background and early interest in politics. He talks about his experience at the local government level and local government's significance as well as legislation he carried to address its problems. He talks about his approach to aiding his district and changes in campaigning. He reflects on the Republican Caucus and Minority Leaders and discusses the speakership and the need to restructure it. He speaks about his term on the Rules Committee and his view of its proper role. He also analyzes the long–range impact of Proposition 13, which he opposed, and the need to define the financial bases for local and state government.

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Lane, Melvin B. (OH R–41)

"The Role of the Chairman in Setting and Maintaining Goals," The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, 1964–1973. (1984). Chair, 1965–1973.

Lane describes how and why he developed his own style as chairman, how he worked with the large diversely representative board of commissioners, with strong–willed developers and equally strong–willed conservationists, with members of the legislature, and with representatives of Governors Brown and Reagan.

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Lanterman, Frank D. (OH KB–4)

"Crusades of a Republican Legislative Leader, 1951–1978: Water, Mental Health, Education, Ways and Means," California Legislative Leaders, Vol. I. (1977, 1978). Assembly Member, 1951–1978.

Water has always been in short supply in the hills around Los Angeles and Lanterman first went to the legislature to seek amendment of the Metropolitan Water District Act to enable his unincorporated area to have access to Metropolitan Water District water without being annexed into a municipality. He stayed to protest Governor Pat Brown's cost estimates for construction of the California Water Plan and to challenge Bay Area objections to the Peripheral Canal plan to speed northern waters to the thirsty south. He also was a vigorous spokesman for education and mental health, issues, like water, that seem never to be fully resolved due to technical innovations, fiscal implications, and shifting public attitudes. He speaks freely of the problems of the retarded and their families. He mentions briefly the landmark program he authored for regional centers for lifetime care of the developmentally disabled. Having served as vice–chair of the Ways and Means Committee, he comments sharply on the University of California budget and campus unrest in the 1960s.

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Leake, Paul (OH W–7)

"Statement on the Board of Equalization," California State Finance in the 1940s. Journalist.

Leake declined to be interviewed but prepared a statement of his views on liquor regulations.

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Leary, Mary Ellen (OH KB–16)

A Journalist's Perspective: Government and Politics in California and the Bay Area. (1979).

Leary discusses writing for newspapers, Harvard and the Nieman fellowship, the Olson era and its consequences, urban and regional problems, power and influence in California politics, energy and economics, political parties and personalities.

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Lee, Russel VanArsdale (OH W–11)

"Pioneering in Prepaid Group Medicine," Earl Warren and Health Insurance: 1943–1949. (1970).

Lee describes his role in the public health campaign for control of venereal disease, the founding of the American Social Hygiene Association, and the leadership of Lawrence Arnstein. Pointing out that by the 1930s medical care for the first time offered a possibility of benefit to the majority of the population, Lee discusses the major components of medical care in America. He gives a brief history of early medical and hospital plans offered by church groups and employers, and points out the relation of the 1930s depression to the movement for better care. Over the years, his concern has been for improvement in the delivery of medical services. He notes that Warren's proposal for health insurance legislation was but one means of achieving this.

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Lemmon, Maryalice (OH KB–15)

"Working in the Governor's Office, 1950–1959," The Governor's Office Under Goodwin Knight. (1979).

In Governor Earl Warren's office Lemmon assisted Margaret Bryan in handling phone calls and daily appointments. During Goodwin Knight's and Pat Brown's administrations, she was in charge of scheduling appointments and receiving phone calls for the governors. She speaks about how staff members worked together to make the governor's office run smoothly.

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Levine, Meldon (OH 2004–17)

Oral History Interview with Meldon Levine. (2004). California State Assemblyman, 1977–1982; United States Congressman, 1983–1993.

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. He discusses his decision to run for Congress, redistricting, the comparison between Congress and the California State Assembly, and the role of lobbyists.

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Levit, Bert W. (OH KB–21)

"State Finance and Innovations in Government Organization, 1944–1959," Perspectives on Department Administration. (1978). Director of Finance, 1959–1960.

Levit reflects on the immediacy of the task of preparing a budget in a few weeks time that would set the tone of the incoming administration. Levit chaired a major study of state government organization, authorized by the legislature at the governor's request. This study laid the basis for the agency plan of grouping related departments under a single administrator, which has continued to have major implications for state operations into the 1980s.

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Lewis, Jonathan C. (OH 90–30)

Oral History Interview with Jonathan C. Lewis. (1989). Executive Director, California Tax Reform Association, 1978–1979; Legislative Assistant to Senator Nicholas Petris, 1971–1977.

Lewis discusses how he learned legislative processes as a young, inexperienced aide to state Senator Nicholas Petris, especially tax equity issues of 1971–1977, including passage of S.B. 90 (1972), the Gann initiative (1979); activities of the California Tax Reform Association and other reform groups.

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Lincoln, Luther H. (OH KB–5)

"Young Turk to Speaker of the California Assembly, 1948–1958," California Legislative Leaders, Vol. II. (1980). Assembly Member, 1949–1958; Speaker, 1955–1958.

Lincoln discusses issues he confronted, such as the loyalty oath controversy that raged between 1949 and 1952, the early fate of the California Water Plan, and the "Big Switch" of 1958.

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Links, Fred W. (OH W–7)

"An Overview of the Department of Finance," California State Finance in the 1940s. (1971). Assistant Director, 1950–1956; Chief, Division of Budgets and Accounts, 1939–1949.

Links discusses his 35–year career in the State Dept. of Finance, during which he observed and influenced the fiscal policies of governors from Hiram Johnson through Goodwin Knight. Much of the interview concerns efforts to make the budget document more complete, detailed and accurate, starting with a constitutional amendment passed in 1922.

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Livermore, Norman B., Jr. (OH R–27)

Man in the Middle: High Sierra Packer, Timberman, Conservationist, and California Resources Secretary. (1981, 1982).

Livermore reflects on his experiences, showing how he sought a balance between conflicting pressures from within and without during his careers as packer, timberman, and state Resources secretary. He also comments on his experiences on the Reagan transition team in Washington, D.C.

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Livingston, Donald Glenn (OH R–36)

Program and Policy Development in Consumer Affairs and the Governor's Office. (1982–1984). Assistant to the Governor and Director of Programs and Policy, 1972–1974.

Livingston provides interesting comments on a number of major policy issues of 1972–1974, including several that did not turn out well from Reagan's point of view. Among them are the bill creating an energy commission, the tax–limitation initiative of 1973, and the education and local government task forces. The task forces presented the administration with the paradox of suggesting reform efforts to local units of government, when Reagan's philosophy favored not telling cities and counties what to do. The 1973 tax–limitation initiative Livingston and others felt was too complex as written to be understood by voters. And the Energy Commission is termed a disaster because the legislation was implemented by the succeeding governor, Democrat Jerry Brown.

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Lowenstein, Daniel H. (OH 90–29)

Oral History Interview with Daniel H. Lowenstein. (1989). Chair, Fair Political Practices Commission, 1975–1979; Deputy Secretary of State, 1971–1975; .

Lowenstein discusses his family background, youthful years, and formal education through Harvard Law School, work with California Rural Legal Assistance (1968–1971), stint as deputy secretary of state, background of campaign in support of Proposition 9 (Political Reform Act of 1974), and service as first chairman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, a period during which the Commission's powers over disclosure and campaign financing were defined.

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Lowrey, Lloyd W. (OH 88–13)

Oral History Interview with Lloyd W. Lowrey. (1987). Assembly Member, 1940–1962. (pdf ~ 3.89 MB, 150 pages)

Lowrey discusses his service in the legislature, in particular, legislation passed in California concerning Japanese internment during World War II, effort to remove influence of lobbyist Arthur H. Samish from the assembly and legislation concerning agricultural, conservation, educational, and water policy issues.

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Lowry, James V. (OH R–43)

"State Mental Health Services, 1967–1971," Services for Californians: Executive Department Issues in the Reagan Administration, 1967–1974. (1984).

Lowry discusses the interaction of his professional concerns for California's system of services for the mentally ill with the efficiency and economy concepts of Ronald Reagan's gubernatorial administration. He comments on a number of critical issues facing mental health services in the 1960s. Among them were the impact of federal funding, hospital staffing standards, patients rights, substance abuse, and the response to citizen and legislative pressure for expanded services to the mentally retarded.

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Lowry, James V. (OH KB–21)

"California State Department of Mental Hygiene, 1960s," Perspectives on Department Administration. (1978). Director, 1964–1970.

Lowry discusses the major trends and initiatives established during his tenure as director of the Dept. of Mental Hygiene. He tells of efforts to expand local mental health services, the significant treatment shift begun nationally and in California in the 1950s, and the role of volunteer mental health groups in creating legislative support for increased programs and budgets.

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Lucas, Harry J. (OH R–32)

"New Approaches to Vocational Rehabilitation," Organizational and Fiscal Views of the Reagan Administration. (1983). Chief, Job Development Section, Program Development, 1977–1978; Deputy Director, Field Support Services, 1973–1976; Acting Deputy Director, Field Support Services, 1972–1973; Assistant Deputy Director, Field Services, Dept. of Rehabilitation, 1969–1972.

Lucas notes that rehabilitation was the beneficiary of sizable increases in federal funding. In California, this was often directed toward vocational rehabilitation programs to enable handicapped persons to get off welfare rolls. Lucas describes his department's ingenious efforts to coordinate the variety of public and private agencies providing service to the handicapped, including community–based coordinating councils and cooperative efforts with schools, prisons, mental hospitals, and welfare departments.

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Luce, Gordon C. (OH R–13)

"A Banker's View of State Administration and Republican Politics," Governor Reagan and His Cabinet: An Introduction. (1981, 1983). Secretary for Business and Transportation, 1967–1969.

Luce provides an informative picture of the relationship between gaining acceptance for a political philosophy and the practical aspects of putting it into action as experienced by one who worked with Ronald Reagan on his early campaigns and as a member of his gubernatorial cabinet. When he arrived in Sacramento, Luce successfully urged that the reorganization plans under consideration include combining business activities and transportation in one agency in order to consolidate and encourage interaction between their functions. Once the agency was formed, Luce sought to balance the highway–dominated transportation program with a stronger mass–transit program and increased environmental protection, for which he won the governor's support.

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Luevano, Daniel M. (OH 89–8)

Oral History Interview with Daniel M. Luevano. (1988). Chief Deputy Director, Dept. of Finance, 1960–1964; Consultant, Committee on Ways and Means, California State Assembly, 1959–1960; .

Luevano discusses his family background, education, and activities in East Los Angeles and post–secondary education, state service as a consultant to the state assembly Committee on Ways and Means and as deputy director of the Dept. of Finance, and federal service during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. He provides insights into California's three branches of government.

Transcript price: (461 pp.) 2 vols. $60.00



Lunardi, Paul J. (OH 91–6)

Oral History Interview with Paul J. Lunardi. (1989). Senator, 1963–1966; Assembly Member, 1959–1963.

Lunardi discusses his family, early life, education, military service, business experience, election to and service on the Roseville City Council, and the state legislature, his legislative district, and duties as a lobbyist for the California Wine Institute. While in the assembly, He was chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, vice–chair of the Water Committee and served on the Fish and Game, Public Utilities and Corporations, and Transportation and Commerce Committees. He sponsored legislation that became the Williamson Act, preserving farm land in urban areas, and provided exemptions to the Buy–American Act, and authored legislation creating the state park at Bodie. In the senate, he was vice–chair of the Fish and Game Committee and served on the Institutions, Insurance and Financial Institutions, and Natural Resources Committees.

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Lynch, Thomas C. (OH KB–9)

A Career in Politics and the Attorney General's Office. (1978). Attorney General, 1964–1970.

Lynch discusses the San Francisco district attorney's office, campaigns and politics in San Francisco in the 1940s, Pat Brown as attorney general, the early campaigns for governor (1958 and 1962), 1960 and 1968 presidential campaigns, Lynch as attorney general from 1964 to 1970, and 1960 campaign for the attorney general.

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Lynn, Wallace (OH W–28)

"Hunting and Baseball Companion," Hunting and Fishing with Earl Warren. (1972, 1975).

Wallace discusses Earl Warren and national events, their friendship, and his observations on Warren.

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Lyon, LeRoy E., Jr. (OH 89–10)

Oral History Interview with LeRoy E. Lyon, Jr. (1988). Assembly Member, 1953–1955. (pdf ~ 4.68 MB, 201 pages)

Lyon discusses Republican politics in southern California in the 1950s, his service in the assembly, procedures of lobbying, comparison of lobbying on the national and state levels, campaign funds, and changes in lobbying in California after passage of the Fair Political Practices Act in 1974.

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