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McAlister, Alister (OH 89–13)

Oral History Interview with Alister McAlister. (1988). Assembly Member, 1970–1986. (pdf ~ 7.48 MB, 211 pages)

McAlister discusses Democratic politics, legislative reform, the tax revolt in California in the 1970s, the United Farm Workers Union, activities of the Finance and Insurance Committee, constitutional revision, and leadership in the assembly.

Transcript price: (211 pp.) $27.00



MacBride, Thomas J. (OH 89–5)

Oral History Interview with Thomas J. MacBride. (1987). Assembly Member, 1956–1960. (pdf ~ 4.73 MB, 128 pages)

MacBride covers a wide range of political and governmental topics of his years in the California assembly: 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 other public figures.

Transcript price: (128 pp.) $24.00



McCarthy, Leo T. (OH 97–4)

Oral History Interview with Leo T. McCarthy. (1995–1996). Assembly Member, 1968–1982; Lieutenant Governor, 1983–1995. (pdf ~ 10.9 MB, 237 pages)

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.

Transcript price: (226 pp.) $30.00



McConnell, Geraldine Bowers (OH W–19)

"Governor Warren, the Knowlands, and Columbia State Park," Earl Warren: Views and Episodes. (1970).

McConnell recalls her own childhood in Davis and the San Joaquin Valley, marriage, years in Tuolumne County and Dr. McConnell's part in having Columbia protected and recreated as part of the state park system, their associations with the Knowland family and Earl Warren, and her own work with the Indians of Tuolumne County.

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McCormac, Keith (OH W–23)

"The Conservative Republicans of 1952," Earl Warren's Campaigns, Vol. III. (1972).

McCormac discusses the development of the "Werdel delegation," which contested the Earl Warren delegation in California's 1952 Republican presidential primary, how it polled nearly half as many votes as the Earl Warren delegation received in the primary, and where he and other Republicans put their energies afterwards in the national scene of the mid–fifties.

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McDowell, Jack S. (OH R–38)

"Press Work and Political Campaigns, 1966–1970," Republican Campaigns and Party Issues, 1964–1976. (1983).

McDowell discusses the experiences and observations of a professional journalist working with Ronald Reagan's campaigns in California.

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McGee, Richard Allen (OH W–42)

Participant in the Evolution in American Corrections: 1931–1973. (1971, 1972, 1973). Chair, Board of Corrections, 1945–1966; Administrator, Youth and Adult Corrections Agency, 1962; Director, Dept. of Corrections, 1944–1961.

Although McGee headed the California corrections system from 1944 to 1967, discussion focuses on the years of the Warren administration. McGee discusses his career; issues, problems, and events that he considered most relevant and crucial in corrections administration.

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MacGillivray, Mary E. (OH 90–18)

Oral History Interview with W. Don MacGillivray and Mary E. MacGillivray. (1989). (pdf ~ 5.56 MB, 271 pages)

Mary MacGillivray discusses her background and education, as well as support for her husband, Don MacGillivray, during his political career in Santa Barbara and Sacramento. She also comments on the PALS Club, Sacramento, and her work as a volunteer at the Western White House.

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MacGillivray, W. Don. (OH 90–18)

Oral History Interview with W. Don MacGillivray and Mary E. MacGillivray. (1989). Assembly Member, 1967–1974. (pdf ~ 5.56 MB, 271 pages)

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.

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MacGregor, Helen R. (OH W–9)

A Career in Public Service with Earl Warren. (1969, 1971, 1972). Governor's Private Secretary, 1943–1953; Deputy Attorney General, 1939–1943.

MacGregor discusses her years as administrative secretary to Earl Warren from 1935 through 1953, spanning his career as Alameda County district attorney, attorney general, and governor of California. She herself was particularly interested and involved in prison reform, youth services and the influence of women's organizations. Not only did Warren make her his liaison with the Youth Authority, he also appointed her to its policy board in 1953. She was subsequently appointed by Governor Brown to the Advisory Committee on Children and Youth.

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McKay, Robert E. (OH KB–12)

"Robert McKay and the California Teachers' Association," Education Issues and Planning, 1953–1966. (1979).

McKay discusses his background as lobbyist for the influential California Teachers Association, his advocation of a wide range of public and higher education issues during the 1953–1961 era.

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McMillan, Ernest and Manford Martin (OH W–20)

"On Methias Warren," Earl Warren's Bakersfield. (1970).

McMillan was the business manager for the loan firm of which Warren was president.

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McNitt, Rollin Lee (OH W–21)

"A Democrat for Warren," Earl Warren's Campaigns, Vol. I. (1969).

McNitt was active in the Democratic party from the Roosevelt–Garner campaign to the mid–sixties. He campaigned for Earl Warren in southern California in the 1938 state attorney general race, but could not be on the Warren team for the gubernatorial contest in 1942 because McNitt had accepted an appointment from Governor Olson, the Democratic incumbent.

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McWilliams, Carey (OH W–19)

"California's Olson–Warren Era: Migrants and Social Welfare," Earl Warren: Views and Episodes. (1969, 1973). Chief, Division of Immigration and Housing, 1939–1942.

McWilliams appointment in 1938 to the post of director of California's Division of Immigration and Housing was part of a New Deal election sweep that destroyed the conservative Republican majority in the state legislature and placed a liberal Democrat, Culbert Olson, in the state house for the first time in the twentieth century. The division lay dormant until McWilliams saw its potential in improving the lot of Dust Bowl migrant laborers. He immediately reactivated the division by inspecting farm labor camps and utilizing a long–forgotten division power to hold public hearings. Other division responsibilities included cooperation with the La Follette Committee in investigating conditions of migrant labor in California, assisting the Farm Security Administration in labor camp inspection, and enforcing the modest provisions of the Labor Camp Act.

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Maddy, Kenneth L. (OH 2001–2)

Oral History Interview with Kenneth L. Maddy (1999). volume 1 (pdf ~ 10.6 MB, 371 pages), volume 2 (pdf ~ 9.58 MB, 392 pages), volume 3 (pdf ~ 8.61 MB, 347 pages). Assembly Member, 1971–1978; Senator, 1979–1998.

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 Russo and his assistance in campaigning–particularly during the primary campaign for Governor, and assembly committee work. Maddy also discusses his special senate election, his time as Senate Republican Caucus Chair, fund raising, the "Shrimpscam" scandal, and the "Gang of Five." He also covers budget negotiations, horse racing and related matters, battles over the speakership, and term limits.

Transcript price: (1107 pp.) 3 vols. $90.00



Magyar, Roger (OH R–15)

"Governor Reagan's Task Forces on Tax Reduction and Local Government," The Governor's Office: Access and Outreach, 1967–1974. (1984).

Magyar discusses the content and consequences of these task forces, how the committee functioned, and the role of key members of the groups. He gives a vivid account of how task force members dealt with the ambitious scope of the project––to figure out how to streamline government and eliminate overlap in the 420 cities, 58 counties and 1,000 special districts in the state. The group was expected to deliver a blueprint for action in four months. Magyar describes how the committee and the administration dealt with the conclusions of the task force, which essentially endorsed the status quo. He also comments on the Tax Reduction Task Force and the tax reduction initiative it generated––Proposition 1.

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Mailliard, William S. (OH W–21)

"Earl Warren in the Governor's Office," Earl Warren's Campaigns, Vol. I. (1971).

Mailliard discusses his experiences as secretary to Governor Earl Warren (1949–51). He was also assistant director of the California Youth Authority (1947), assistant to the director of the California Academy of Sciences (1951–52).

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Manolis, Paul (OH KB–23)

"A Friend and Aide Reminisces," Remembering William F. Knowland. (1979).

Manolis discusses the 1952 campaign, the California gubernatorial campaign, the right–to–work issue, state and national politics from 1958 to 1966, relationship with Earl Warren, and major contributions.

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Margolis, Larry (OH 90–35)

Oral History Interview with Larry Margolis. (1989). Chief Assistant to the Speaker of the Assembly, 1961–1965.

Margolis discusses staffing of the Assembly, various legislation such as the Rumford Act; political campaigning, the California Democratic Council, governors and legislative leaders, especially Jesse Unruh.

Transcript price: (378 pp.) $36.00



Marinissen, Jan (OH R–23)

"'To Let the Legislature Know': Prison Advocacy and the American Friends Service Committee in California, 1960–1983," Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in California, 1966–1976. (1983).

Marinissen's views on the California prison system offer a critical counterpoint to the prevailing attitudes regarding prisons and prisoners in California during the 1960s and 1970s. Discussions highlight the AFSC's advocacy of changes in the state's criminal justice system, and Marinissen's own ideas and perspectives on this advocacy.

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Marks, Milton (OH 97–1)

Oral History Interview with Milton Marks. (1996). volume 1 (pdf ~ 5.97 MB, 282 pages), volume 2 (pdf ~ 5.83 MB, 279 pages) Assembly Member, 1958–1966; Senator, 1967–1996.

Marks discusses his family background and family political leanings and participation. He mentions his military service during WWII, law school, and practicing law. He talks about his campaign and election to the assembly and about assembly leaders and colleagues. He covers the creation of the Little Hoover Commission and other important legislation. He also deals with the effects of reapportionment, losing his assembly seat, and his judicial appointment. He details his run for Senate and discusses the difference between the legislative houses. Marks also discusses battles for Senate leadership, his switch to the Democratic party, and his committee work–in particular as Chair of the Elections and Reapportionment Committee during Governor Wilson's administration, and the legislation he sponsored.

Transcript price: (559 pp.) 2 vols. $60.00



Marler, Fred W. Jr. (OH 88–14)

Oral History Interview with Fred W. Marler, Jr. (1987). Senator, 1966–1974. (pdf ~ 4.57 MB, 126 pages)

Marler discusses his tenure in the senate. Topics include senate partisanship; seniority; service on Governmental Efficiency, Education, Judiciary, Fish and Game Committees; committee consultants; comments on contemporary issues: legislative intent, milk–pooling, water project, 1970–71 president pro tem changes, tax revision, budget, bridges and highways, welfare, forestry, agricultural burning; comments on Ronald Reagan, Ed Regan, Hugh Burns, George Miller, Stephen Teale, Joseph Rattigan, Eugene McAteer, Howard Way, Jack Schrade, and James Mills.

Transcript price: (126 pp.) $24.00



Marshall, Greta (OH 91–11)

Oral History Interview with Greta Marshall. (1990). Chief Investment Officer, Public Employees Retirement System, 1985–1988. (pdf ~ 1.58 MB, 47 pages)

Marshall explains her policies in managing the growth of the fund and the changes she effected. She discusses the impact of the fund on financial markets and describes the installation of the high technology database system.

Transcript price: (45 pp.) $21.00



Martin, Jerry C. (OH R–1)

"Information and Policy Research for Ronald Reagan, 1969–1975," Appointments, Cabinet Management, and Policy Research for Governor Ronald Reagan, 1967–1974. (1981, 1982). Assistant to the Governor for Research and Information, 1970–1974.

Martin details his work as special assistant for research and information for Ronald Reagan in the governor's office. He describes the process of assembling this material, of his working with Reagan on speeches and messages, and of the daily responsibilities of the cabinet and other executive staff members. Notable issues which Martin had to deal with were administration's handling of public education finance, welfare reform, and tax reduction. Martin assembled many of the short papers outlining Reagan's position. Subsequent recommendations from the governor's task forces modified the administration's eventual position, which in the case of welfare was embodied in legislation and in the case of taxes became the initiative campaign for tax limitation, Proposition 1, in 1973.

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Martin, Manford and Ernest McMillan (OH W–20)

"On Methias Warren," Earl Warren's Bakersfield. (1970).

Martin had been a postman in the vicinity of the Warren residence for many years.

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Martinez, Richard A. (OH 91–16)

Oral History Interview with Richard A. Martinez. (1990). Executive Director, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, 1988.

Martinez discusses his early life and education in Los Angeles, service in the National Guard during the Watts revolt in 1965, the growing involvement in activist organizations. The interview focuses particularly on Martinez's observations of the 1970 and 1980 California reapportionment efforts among Mexican Americans.

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Mason, Paul (OH KB–15)

"Covering the Legislature for Governor Goodwin J. Knight," The Governor's Office Under Goodwin Knight. (1979). Governor's Legislative Secretary, 1954–1958; Director of Motor Vehicles, 1954–1958; Chief, Division of Driver's Licenses, 1937–1953; Chief Assistant Secretary, California State Senate, 1929–1932.

Unofficially known as senate parliamentarian, his expertise on governmental procedure and organization was actively sought by other state agencies. He served on loan from the senate as auditor to the Board of Equalization in the mid–1930s, and later moved to the Dept. of Motor Vehicles to become chief of the division of drivers' licenses where he streamlined the licensing procedure. His contact with Goodwin Knight began when Knight ran for lieutenant governor in 1946. When Knight assumed the governorship in 1953, he recruited Mason to become acting executive director of the governor's office. Mason soon became Knight's trusted colleague and legislative secretary. His recollections of the gubernatorial campaigns of 1958 and 1962 should provide the researcher with an intriguing profile of Knight and other statewide Republican leaders during that period of turmoil in the party.

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Meade, Kenneth A. (OH 89–6)

Oral History Interview with Kenneth A. Meade. (1987, 1988). Assembly Member, 1971–1976.

Meade's interview covers his 1968 and 1970 campaigns for the state legislature, getting oriented to the legislature, work on the elections and reapportionment committee, 1972–73 reapportionment, criminal justice committee, capital punishment and other criminal justice issues, and relationships between the speaker and the assembly.

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Mellon, Carlotta H. (OH 90–21)

Oral History Interview with Carlotta H. Mellon. (1989). Appointments Assistant to the Governor, 1974–1981.

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 as a resource and advisor 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.

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Mellon, Thomas J. (OH W–22)

"Republican Campaigns of 1950 and 1952," Earl Warren's Campaigns, Vol. II. (1971, 1973).

Mellon was the northern California chairman of Warren's gubernatorial campaign in 1950 and was member in the 1952 Warren delegation to the Republican National Convention.

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Merksamer, Steven A. (OH 94–11)

Oral History Interview with Steven A. Merksamer. (1994). Senior Policy Assistant to Lt. Governor Ed Reinecke, 1969–1979; Deputy Attorney General, 1975–1979; Special Assistant Attorney General, 1979–1989; Chief of Staff to Governor Deukmejian.

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.

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Merrill, Malcolm H. (OH W–13)

"A Director Reminisces," Earl Warren and the State Department of Public Health. (1970). Director, Dept of Public Health, 1955–1965; Deputy Director, 1952–1954; Chief, Division of Laboratories, 1943–1954; Chief, Bureau of Venereal Diseases, 1942.

Merrill discusses the American Public Health Association studies in 1943 and 1946 which provided the basis for extensive upgrading and expansion of California's public health services. That was also the time of generous cooperation and support for the department from the medical profession, the legislature, and federal funding agencies, as well as from Governor Earl Warren, who in his first address to the legislature emphasized the state's responsibility for the health of its people.

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Mesple, Frank (OH KB–14)

"From Clovis to the Capitol: Building a Career as a Legislative Liaison," The Governor's Office Under Edmund G. Brown, Sr. (1978). Legislative Secretary, 1964–1966; Secretary to Governor's Cabinet, 1963–1964; Research Secretary, 1961–1962.

Subjects covered include Mespl 's personal history, the twists and turns of Democratic party politics in the Brown era and the challenge to the rural–dominated senate through court–ordered reapportionment, the decision to terminate the bracero program, the staffing of the governor's office, and the feuding between Governor Brown and Assembly Speaker Jess Unruh.

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Miller, Allen (OH 88–7)

Oral History Interview with Allen Miller. (1987). Assembly Member, 1953–1959. (pdf ~ 4.25 MB, 193 pages)

Miller discusses his family background, migration to California, education, service as State Registrar of Contractors during the Culbert L. Olson administration, his law practice with Julian Beck and Parkes Stillwell, and career in the California State Assembly, including such areas as legislative reform, leadership, partisanship, fundraising, electioneering, and tidelands oil legislation.

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Miller, Anita M. (OH R–9)

"'The Tide of the Times Was With Us': Women's Issues and the California Commission on the Status of Women," Citizen Advocacy Organizations, 1960–1975. (1984). Chair, 1972–1978.

Miller focuses on the coming of age of women's issues. She discusses the establishment of the commission and its careful work with state legislators to ensure that the commission become a permanent governmental entity and that it have an adequate budget. She also comments on the commission's continuing dialogue with Governor Ronald Reagan's office on recruiting and appointment of qualified women.

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Miller, John J. (OH R–25)

"Issues of Criminal Justice and Black Politics in California, 1966–1974," Legislative Issue Management and Advocacy, 1961–1974. (1982). Assembly Member, 1967–1978.

Miller addresses Reagan's bills dealing with campus unrest, challenges to the powers of the Adult Authority in its administration of the indeterminate sentence, and on the deliberations over the death penalty; all critical topics in the late 1960s. Miller notes the consideration of the Medi–Cal and welfare legislation passed in 1971 which he characterized as tightening up loopholes in the administration of these programs. In terms of more strictly political party matters, Miller remembers the development of the black caucus in the assembly, his own election as minority leader there in 1970, and Willie L. Brown, Jr.'s first try for the assembly speakership in 1973.

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Mills, Edward (OH R–22)

"Edward Mills," The "Kitchen Cabinet": Four California Citizen Advisers of Ronald Reagan. (1981).

Together with Henry Salvatori, Holmes Tuttle, and A.C. Rubel, they formed the Friends of Ronald Reagan in 1965. This small group convinced Reagan to consider becoming a candidate for governor and did much of the early fund raising and exploring for political support which made his candidacy possible. He was also active in state right–to–work issues.

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Mills, James R. (OH R–3)

"A Philosophical Approach to Legislative and Election Realities," The Assembly, the State Senate, and the Governor's Office, 1958–1974. (1980, 1981). Senator, 1967–1982; President pro Tem, 1971–1980; Assembly Member, 1961–1966.

Mills, a Democratic young Turk in the California assembly and later president pro tempore of the state senate, gives a succinct account of the legislature's efforts to strengthen its role in shaping state policy in the 1960s and 1970s and of the legislative leadership's interaction with governors Pat Brown and Ronald Reagan.

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Mockler, John Berry (OH 2004–10)

Oral History Interview with John Berry Mockler. (2003). Legislative Assistant, Senator Farr, 1965–1966; Consultant, California State Legislature, 1967–1974; Director, Office of Government Regulations for Department of Education, 1974–1977; Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Speaker Willie Brown, Jr., 1983–1985; Executive Director, State Board of Education, 1999–2000; Secretary of Education, 2000–2001.

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 Secretary of Education.

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Molina, Gloria (OH 92–12)

Oral History Interview with Gloria Molina. (1990). Los Angeles County Supervisor, 1991– ; Los Angeles City Councilwoman, 1987–1991; Assembly Member, 1983–1987.

Molina describes her family background, education, and development as a Chicana activist and feminist. She discusses her successful campaign for a seat in the California State Assembly and her primary legislative interests and activities, and details Chicano politics in Los Angeles. In the interview all stages of her political and public career are covered.

Transcript price: (531 pp.) 2 vols. $60.00



Monagan, Robert T. (OH R–3)

"Increasing Republican Influence in the State Assembly," The Assembly, the State Senate, and the Governor's Office, 1958–1974. (1981). Assembly Member, 1961–1973; Speaker, 1969–1970.

During his early years in the assembly, he and his fellow young Turks were active in the Republicans' California Plan to elect more members of their party to office. The goal was to gain control by 1970 so that Republicans would shape the coming legislative reapportionment. Although they won a majority of assembly seats in 1969 and elected Monagan speaker, he notes that the party was unable to maintain its majority position, the speakership reverted to the Democrats, and the 1970 reapportionment became a struggle that was eventually resolved in the courts.

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Moorhead, Carlos (OH 99–1)

Oral History Interview with Carlos Moorhead. (1997). Assembly, 1967–1972; United States Representative, 1973–1997.

Moorhead discusses his family background and childhood in California and his successful bids for state assembly and House of Representatives. He details serving in the assembly during the Democratic leadership of Jesse M. Unruh and the Republican governorship of Ronald Reagan. He also talks about the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee during the Richard M. Nixon impeachment hearings and various activities while in the state assembly and Congress.

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Moretti, Robert (OH R–24)

"Recollections of an Assembly Speaker," Legislative–Governor Relations in the Reagan Years: Five Views. (1982). Assembly Member, 1965–1974; Speaker, 1971–1974.

His negotiations with the Reagan administration on welfare reform and Medi–Cal reform broke a deadlock between the governor and the legislature. If he could work effectively with Reagan, Moretti could also work against him. He led the campaign against Proposition 1, the governor's tax initiative, in 1973.

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Mosk, Stanley (OH KB–3)

"Attorney General's Office and Political Campaigns, 1958–1966," California Constitutional Officers. (1979). Attorney General, 1959–1964.

Mosk discusses raising public consciousness on civil liberties, and the establishment of new divisions within the attorney general's office for anti–trust, consumer fraud, and constitutional rights actions.

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Mosk, Stanley (OH 98–4)

Oral History Interview with Stanley Mosk. (1998). California Attorney General, 1959–1965; California Supreme Court Justice, 1964–2001. (pdf ~ 2.91 MB, 99 pages)

Mosk covers his childhood, legal education, and years of private law practice in Los Angeles. He talks about his early involvement in the California Democratic Council and Democratic campaigns which led to his work with Governor Culbert Olson in Sacramento. He addresses legal issues which came before him in the Los Angeles Superior Court and California Supreme Court, including independent state grounds theory, civil liberties, and affirmative action. He includes comments on colleagues on the California Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court, governors of California, and Justice Hans Linde of the Oregon Supreme Court.

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Moss, John E. (OH 91–9)

Oral History Interview with John E. Moss. (1989). Assembly Member, 1949–1952.

Moss discusses his family background, education, arrival in California in 1923, pre–legislative employment, Democratic party activities, election to the California Assembly, service in the assembly, election to the U.S. House of Representatives, and Freedom of Information Act.

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Mott, William Penn, Jr. (OH R–43)

"Managing the California State Park System, 1967–1974," Services for Californians: Executive Department Issues in the Reagan Administration, 1967–1974. (1984). Director, Dept. of Parks and Recreation, 1967–1974.

Mott recounts the many innovative and sometimes controversial changes in the park system during his eight–year directorship. With Reagan's support, he reorganized the parks department and united the parks and recreation commissions. He opened up ranger positions for the first time to women and to applicants with people–oriented backgrounds, in addition to wildlife and natural resource managers.

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Mulder, Carel E.H. (OH 90–31)

Oral History Interview with Carel E.H. Mulder. (1990). Director, Dept. of Health Care Services, 1967–1970; Chief, Division of Medical Care, Dept. of Social Welfare, 1957–1965.

Mulder discusses accounting work and the state welfare program in the 1930s, his work for the Bureau of Collections and for the California Dept. of Health Care Services, especially the Medi–Cal program. The interview covers his career from 1936–1970.

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Mulford, David Donald (OH 2000–2)

Oral History Interview with David Donald Mulford. (1988–1989). Assembly Member, 1957–1970. (pdf ~ 3.24 MB, 106 pages)

Mulford begins with a discussion of his family background and business. He talks about the leadership of Assembly Speakers Jesse Unruh, Luther Lincoln, and Ralph Brown, and the evolution to a full–time legislature. He reflects on contributions of Governors Goodwin Knight, Pat Brown, Ronald Reagan, and George Deukmejian. He also comments on the University of California budget and student protests, changes in election campaigns, and working with Democrats on fair housing and health care issues.

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Mull, Archibald M., Jr. (OH W–21)

"Warren Fund–Raiser; Bar Association Leader," Earl Warren's Campaigns, Vol. I. (1969).

Mull discusses his role in the political campaigns of Earl Warren and his efforts to upgrade professional standards and improving the administration of justice through activities of both the state and bar associations.

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Mullins, John F. (OH W–43)

"How Earl Warren Became District Attorney," Perspectives on the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, Vol. I. (1963).

Mullins attempts to document the political milieu in Alameda County at that time, its relation to the bigger trends in state politics, and to sharpen the points of distinction among the political forces at work: the Kelly machine, the Knowlands, the KKK, and the political parties including local Progressives.

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Myer, Dillon S. (OH W–32)

"War Relocation Authority: The Director's Account," Japanese–American Relocation Reviewed, Vol. II: The Internment. (1969).

Myer was director from 1942 until 1946 when the program terminated. He discusses the problems of the War Relocation Authority primarily from the perspective of Washington.

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Myers, Helen Linder (OH 91–12)

Oral History Interview with Helen Linder Myers. (1990). California Democratic Council, Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee, Democratic Party Politics.

Myers reviews her family background, education and life in the Midwest. She describes her volunteer work for the Democratic party in Los Angeles beginning in 1946. She relates experiences while managing Evelyn Johnson's and Helen Rudd Brown's campaigns. In addition she explains the formation of the California Democratic Council.

Transcript price: (247 pp.) $30.00



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