Guide to the Senator Ed Davis Collection, 1972-1986

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Senator Ed Davis Collection
Dates: 1972-1986
Identification: URB/ED
Creator: Davis, Edward M., 1916-2006
Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: Ed Davis was appointed Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1969. He was elected State Senator in 1980 for California’s 19th District, and re-elected again in 1984. This small collection of primarily published material contains correspondence, mailings, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, reports, studies, and related documents covering special topics. Of particular significance are the state reports on hazardous waste, and toxic substances and legislative proposals from Senator Davis's office.

Biographical Information:

Ed Davis was appointed Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1969. During his eight years as Chief of Police, he created the now-famous Neighborhood Watch program, was elected President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and served for two years as Chairman of the Police Task Force of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals.
Davis was elected State Senator in 1980 for the 19th District, and re-elected in 1984. In December of 1984, Senator Davis helped form a coalition of concerned political and citizens groups, Californians to Defeat Rose Bird, which actively sought a change in what they saw as a too-lenient State criminal justice system. In 1985, Davis was instrumental in the formation of the California Commission on Crime and Punishment, which studied the criminal justice system from the perspective of law enforcement and victims' rights. Commission hearings resulted in the passage of several bills demanding harsher punishment for criminals.
The senator had campaigned vigorously for environmental issues during his second term in office, specifically in the area of toxic waste. He won numerous awards and honors for his commitment to the community, which include: B'nai B'rith's Man of the Year (1974); Outstanding American, Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation and the Flame of Truth Award, Fund for Higher Education. A native of California, Senator Davis resided in Valencia with his wife, Bobbie. Senator Davis died from pneumonia, on April 22, 2006, aged 89.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records
Photographic material
Publications

Geographic Name:

California -- Politics and government -- 1951

Personal Name:

Bird, Rose Elizabeth
Davis, Edward M., 1916-2006

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Robert G. Marshall and Mary L. Harem

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Senator Ed Davis Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Related Materials:

Scope and Contents

The Senator Ed Davis Collection primarily consists of published material including correspondence, mailings, newspaper clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, reports, studies, and related documents covering special topics. Of particular significance are the state reports on hazardous waste and toxic substances, and legislative proposals from Senator Davis's office. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by subject.

Collection Contents

 

Box 1

Folder 1

Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority: "Economic Benefits Study," Henningson, Durham and Richardson, Santa Barbara, June 1983

Folder 2

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: Booklet, 1986

Folder 3

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: California Journal , September 1986

Folder 4

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: Correspondence, 1985-1986

Folder 5

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: Crime Victims for Court Reform, Announcements and Newsletters, 1986

Folder 6

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: Death Penalty Act, 1986

Folder 7

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: "Justice Denied," Radio Announcements, 1986

Folder 8

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: Mailings, 1986

Folder 9

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: Membership Lists, 1985-1986

Folder 10

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: Newsletters, 1985-1986

Folder 11

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: Research Documents, 1986

Folder 12

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: Reviews of Death Penalty Cases

Folder 13

Californians to Defeat Rose Bird: Statements and Speeches, 1986

Folder 14

Community Development: 1980 Census Ethnic Data for Los Angeles, Community Analysis & Planning Division, Community Development Division, City of Los Angeles, 1980

Folder 15

Education: "A Review of Funding Alternatives for Commission of Teacher Credentialing," Legislative Report, State of California, December 1985

Folder 16

Education: "Serrano v Priest: The Decision, The Implications," California Council on Intergovernmental Relations, September 1972

Folder 17

Emissions Insepction Program: Manual, 1980

 

Box 2

Folder 1

Hazardous Wastes: "A Problem That Cannot Be Buried," Time, October 14

Folder 2

Hazardous Wastes: California Adminstrative Code, Title 22, Social Security, Division 4, Environmental Health, Chapter 30, Minimum Standards for Management of Hazardous and Extremely Hazardous Wastes , Department of Health Services, State of California

Folder 3

Hazardous Wastes: California State Department of Health Services Hazardous Waste Control Law , Excerpt from Health and Safety Code Division 20, 1984

Folder 4

Hazardous Wastes: Financing California's Hazardous Waste Management Programs , Department of Health Services, State of California, 1986

Folder 5

Housing Discrimination: Division in the Midst of Diversity: Continuing Discrimination in Housing , Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, April 1986

Folder 6

International Association of Chiefs of Police: Executive Directors Report, May 1986

Folder 7

International Association of Chiefs of Police: Executive Directors Report, May 1986

Folder 8

Natural Resources: A Rural Development Agenda for California , Senate Office of Research, State of California, January 1986

Folder 9

Natural Resources: Oil and Gas Lease Applications, Los Padres national Forest Evenironmental Assessment , Part IV, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.

Folder 10

Natural Resources: Seaweed and Sagebrush Robbery: State Revenue Losses from Offshore and Onshore Federal Lands , Senate Office of Research, State of California, October 1984

Folder 11

Natural Resrouces: Wilderness Recommendations: Central California Study Area, Final Environmental Impact Statement , United States Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Folder 12

Parks and Recreation: Proposed Budget for Land Acquisition, Department of Parks and Recreation, State of California, April 1986

 

Box 3

Folder 1

Proposition 13: No-Property-Tax Cities after Proposition 13 , Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee, State of California, 1980 November 6

Folder 2

Proposition 13: Overview of State Assistance to Local Governments Since Proposition 13 , Assembly Local Government Committee, State of California, February 1983

Folder 3

San Fernando Valley Basin: Groundwater Quality Management Plan , Department of Power and Water, City of Los Angeles, 1983 July 1

Folder 4

Social Security: Report by the Auditor General of California , P-070, August 1982

Folder 5

Toxic Substances: Background Articles, Documents, and Pamphlets, 1986

Folder 6

Toxic Substances: Health Effects of Toxic Substances: A Dictionary of References and Resources, Department of Health Services , State of California, 1986

Folder 7

Toxic Substances: Legislation, 1979-1986

Folder 8

Toxic Substances: Legislation, 1979-1986

Folder 9

Toxic Substances: Toxic Substances Control Division FY 1985-86 Workplan, Department of Health Services, State of California, 1985 March 1

Folder 10

Transportation, Highways: Correspondence, 1984

Folder 11

Transportation, Highways: San Fernando Valley

Folder 12

Ventura County: Social Service Resource Directory , 1986

Folder 13

Ventura County: Ventura County Government Serving the Citizens, Chief Administrative Office, Ventura, CA, December 1985

 

Box 4

Item 1

Photo: Portrait of Senator Davis and his Wife, Bobbie