Finding aid of the Dominic L. Cortese Collection

Trista Raezer
Santa Clara County Archives
1875 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112-2527
Phone: (408) 755-7895
Fax: (408) 755-7897
URL: http://archives.sccgov.org
Email: archives@ceo.sccgov.org
© 2012
Santa Clara County. All rights reserved.

Finding aid of the Dominic L. Cortese Collection

Collection number: 2012-006

Santa Clara County Archives

San Jose, California
Processed by:
Trista Raezer
Date Completed:
2012
Encoded by:
Trista Raezer
© 2012 Santa Clara County. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dominic L. Cortese collection
Dates: 1969-1988
Bulk Dates: 1974-1975
Collection number: 2012-006
Creator: Cortese, Dominic L.
Collection Size: 5 folders
Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
San Jose, CA 95112-2527
Abstract: The Dominic L. Cortese Collection consists of photographs, a press release, newspaper clippings, speeches, and correspondence that document his time as Santa Clara County Supervisor from 1969 to 1980.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult Archives staff.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English Italian

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

The Archives can claim physical ownership only for some collections. Users are responsible for securing permission of the copyright holder for publication or quotation.

Preferred Citation

Dominic L. Cortese collection, 2012-006, Santa Clara County Archives.

Acquisition Information

The collection was transferred by Dominic L. Cortese to the Archives in 2012.

Biography

Dominic L. Cortese, a native of San Jose and son of an Italian immigrant farmer, served on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors from 1969 until 1980. It was his first election attempt during a period of heavy social unrest, and involved an extremely active campaign which led to his defeat of an entrenched sixteen-year incumbent. Cortese won two subsequent re-elections and during his tenure chaired the Board three times. He also chaired the Local Agency Formation District twice, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation District (which he was instrumental in creating) twice, and the Local Criminal Justice Planning Board created by Governor Ronald Reagan. He served as the Board's representative on the Regional Air Quality Board, the Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission, and ABAG. He was the Board's delegate to the local Economic Opportunity Commission (Federal War on Poverty). When the EOC was under threat of takeover by the Federal government, Cortese along with two other local officials founded the Economic and Social Opportunities Commission (ESO).
Cortese was asked to meet with President Jimmy Carter during the 1979 oil crisis after his proposal to nationalize the oil companies was adopted by his Board and other cities and counties throughout the state. He was a founding member of the California Association of LAFCOS and was its President twice. From 1969 through 1980, the Board created the Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism, and the Human Relations Commission. When the Angela Davis trial was assigned there, the County became the focus of international attention. Santa Clara County was one of the first major public entities to establish a smoking ban in restaurants along with one of the first comprehensive recycling programs in the country. The establishment of a central building permit center received national recognition. The Board asked the electorate to establish an extensive countywide rural parks program which allowed for the acquisition of numerous regional type parks. The program is still in existence.
Cortese also served on the California State Assembly from 1980 to 1996. His son, Dave Cortese, has served as County Supervisor of District 3 since 2008.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Dominic L. Cortese Collection consists of photographs, a press release, newspaper clippings, speeches, and correspondence that document his time as Santa Clara County Supervisor from 1969 to 1980.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into five series: Photographs, Press Release, Newspaper Clippings, Speeches, and Correspondence. Each series is arranged chronologically.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Board of Supervisors (Santa Clara County, Calif.)
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Correspondence
Cortese, Dominic L.
Press releases
Speeches, addresses, etc.


Container List

 

Series: I Photographs, circa 1969-1970s

Physical Description: 1 folder
 

Series: II Press Release, 1976

Physical Description: 1 folder
 

Series: III Newspaper Clippings, 1969-1985

Physical Description: 1 folder
 

Series: IV Speeches, 1979-1988

Physical Description: 1 folder
 

Series: V Correspondence, 1975-1979

Physical Description: 1 folder