Oral History Guide Interview Summaries



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Tallman, Frank F. (OH W–12)

"Dynamics of Change in State Mental Institutions," Earl Warren and the State Department of Mental Hygiene. (1970). Director of Mental Hygiene, 1950–1953.

Tallman describes the process of becoming a member of Warren's cabinet, improvements in the state hospital program and administration based on concepts he had evolved as mental health director for New York State, with discussion of changes in the role of hospital superintendents, upgrading of personnel through training and civil service, and the demonstration of the efficacy of prompt, intensive care of patients. These pages contain considerable practical information on the techniques of public administration and the development of staff, public and legislative support.

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Teale, Stephen P. (OH KB–18)

"The Impact of One Man–One Vote on the Senate: Senator Teale Reviews Reapportionment and Other Issues, 1953–1966," One Man–One Vote and Senate Reapportionment, 1964–1966. (1978). Senator, 1953–1972.

Teale discusses reapportionment based on his authorship of S.B. 6 in 1965, the upper house's design for court ordered redistricting of the senate based on population. Other topics include his personal history, political campaigns, the liquor control controversy of 1954, the problems of legislating the death penalty, lobbyist–legislator relations, and the tideland oil debate.

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Thelin, Howard J. (OH 90–27)

Oral History Interview with Hon. Howard J. Thelin. (1987). Assembly Member, 1957–1966, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, 1976–1988; Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge, 1967–1976.

Thelin discusses the local organization of the Republican Party in the Glendale area, legislative campaigns and organization in the late 1950s, and talks at length about major state legislative issues, especially between 1957 and 1961, and a few of his own personal legislative ideas. He also discusses at length various events that changed the Republican Party and California politics in the 1960s.

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Thomas, Edwin W., Jr. (OH R–14)

"The Governor's Cabinet as Policy Forum," Governor Reagan's Cabinet and Agency Administration. (1983). Administrative Officer to the Cabinet, 1973–1974; Deputy Cabinet Assistant, 1971–1973; Assistant Cabinet Secretary, 1970.

Thomas discusses his work in maintaining the flow of decisionmaking from 1969 to 1974 and at the same time insuring that each agency secretary had time with the governor and on cabinet agendas as needed. He credits his capability for this delicate task to his first experience with the Reagan administration, when he coordinated implementation of over 2,000 recommendations made by the governor's cost control task force. In this spot, Thomas became acquainted with the workings of many state agencies coming to cabinet for decisions. And, before being named cabinet secretary himself in late 1971, he had been assistant to his predecessors, Earl Coke and James Crumpacker, and had observed some of the operation's trouble spots.

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Tieburg, Albert B. (OH KB–21)

"California State Department of Employment, 1945–1966," Perspectives on Department Administration. (1979). Director, 1963–1966; Chief, Division of Public Employment Offices and Benefit Payments, 1960–1963.

Tieburg discusses the influence of the federal government on state programs. The federal government furnished all the money for the administration of Unemployment Insurance and the Employment Service, and in that way managed to induce the state to do things the way the federal government wanted them done, organizationally and operationally. He describes efforts he initiated while in the Los Angeles office to reduce discriminatory practices by employers and comments on interagency efforts in 1965 to respond to the Watts riots.

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Todd, A. Ruric (OH R–38)

"Experience and Advice for the Reagan Administration, 1966–1968," Republican Campaigns and Party Issues, 1964–1976. (1981).

Todd assisted governor–elect Reagan's transition team. He describes briefings he arranged for incoming staffers with key people in the many departments of state government, and the scramble for space and staff to deal with inquiries and information pouring in about working with Reagan.

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Tomlinson, Constance M. (OH 89–26)

Oral History Interview with Stanley T. Tomlinson and Constance M. Tomlinson. (1988). (pdf ~ 2.78 MB, 134 pages)

Tomlinson discusses her family background, migration first to Los Angeles and then to Santa Barbara, marriage to Stanley Tomlinson, and activities in Sacramento, particularly the PALS Club, which was comprised of legislators' wives.

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Tomlinson, Stanley T. (OH 89–26)

Oral History Interview with Stanley T. Tomlinson and Constance Tomlinson. (1988). Assembly Member, 1949–1954. (pdf ~ 2.78 MB, 134 pages)

Tomlinson discusses his family background, migration to California, education, election to the California State Assembly, service on several key committees, and service as city attorney, City of Santa Barbara, California.

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Tooker, John S. (OH R–16)

"Director of the Office of Planning and Research, and Legislative Assistant, 1967–1974," The Governor's Office and Public Information, Education, and Planning, 1967–1974. (1982). Legislative Assistant to the Governor, 1973–1974.

In 1971 Tooker became the first director of the Office of Planning and Research. Two years later he was appointed the governor's legislative secretary, in which post he remained until 1974. During this time, Californians focused major attention on air and water pollution, and on conservation of San Francisco Bay, of the coastline, of wild rivers, of farmlands, and of forests. Regional governance and local boundary revisions were also priority items in debates on environmental protection. Tooker turned his attention to the spate of special legislation requiring guidelines, land–use planning policies, and ultimately, regulations.

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Torres, Art (OH 2004–06)

Oral History Interview with Art Torres. (2003). California State Assemblyman, 1975–1982; California State Senator, 1983–1994; Chairman, Democratic State Central Committee, 1996– .

Torres speaks of his family background and education, political contacts and campaigning. He discusses his work with the California Rural Legal Assistance Program (CRLA) and his time in the State Assembly. He talks of his committee work, other members, and the Latino Caucus. He details education and immigration issues and his own legislation as well as the struggle between Willie Brown and Howard Berman for the position of Assembly Speaker. Torres comments on becoming a senator and his work with the Judiciary Committee. He talks of his relationship with Cesar Chavez, the decision to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and other position and the defeats he suffered after leaving the legislature. He also talks about his position as State Democratic Central Committee Chair and comments on the initiative and recall process.

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Trombley, William H. (OH 95–2)

Oral History Interview with William H. Trombley. (1994). Journalist.

Trombley discusses his background and education, early journalism positions, and career at the Los Angeles Times. He recalls his observations and impressions while covering meetings of the University of California Board of Regents during the Free Speech Movement and beyond. He comments on the people involved and the atmosphere of the time.

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Tuttle, Holmes (OH R–22)

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

One of several California businessmen, impressed with Reagan's public speaking during the 1964 presidential campaign who prevailed upon him to become a candidate for governor. They provided much of the early solicitation of funds and supporters. Gradually expanding during 1966, they composed part of the transition team that advised Reagan on appointments and helped organize his first months in office.

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