Haas, Lucien C. (OH 89–22)

Oral History Interview with Lucien C. Haas. (PDF) (1989). Press Secretary and Campaign Specialist, 1961–1964.

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.

Haldeman, H.R. (OH 92–6)

Oral History Interview with H.R. Haldemanvolume 1 (PDF) volume 2 (PDF)(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.

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.

Hardy, Leroy C. (OH 91–15)

Oral History Interview with Leroy C. Hardy (PDF). (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.

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.

Hauck, R. William (2014-103)

Oral History Interview with R. William Hauck (PDF). (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.

Mr. 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.

Hawkins, Augustus F. (OH 95–4)

Oral History Interview with Augustus F. Hawkins (PDF). (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.

Hayes, James A. (OH 91–3)

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

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.

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.

Heilbron, Louis (OH 94–8)

Oral History Interview with Louis H. Heilbron (PDF). (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.

Henson, Burt M. (OH 89–15)

Oral History Interview with Burt M. Henson (PDF). (1988). Assembly Member, 1963–1966.

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.

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.

Higgs, DeWitt A. (OH 92–3)

Oral History Interview with DeWitt A. Higgs (PDF). (1991). Regent, University of California, 1966–1982.

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.

Hill, Elizabeth G. (OH 2016-01)

Oral History Interview with Elizabeth G. Hill (PDF) (2015). Program Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office, 1976-1979; Principal Program Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office, 1979-1986; California Legislative Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office, 1986-2009.

Elizabeth (Liz) Hill discusses her family background and early years, involvement in student government, and her university experiences. She talks about her interest in state government, joining the Legislative Analyst’s Office, and the history and function of the Office. Hill discusses her changing roles within the Legislative Analyst’s Office, its non-partisan environment, facing challenging financial times, and the interaction with other parts of state government. She also reflects on institutional memory and the art of compromise and discusses her activities after her retirement from her post as Legislative Analyst.

Hill, Gladwin (OH 88–6)

Oral History Interview with Gladwin Hill (PDF). (1987). Journalist.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summaries and Subject Index

Interview summaries are arranged alphabetically by surname. Clicking on the letter will take you to the surname page. If a transcript of an interview is available, the summary will have a link to a downloadable PDF file.

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Subject list uses Library of Congress subject headings.

Subject list