Inventory of the Bill Craven Papers

Processed by Justin C. Salenik
California State Archives
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Sacramento, California 95814
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Inventory of the Bill Craven Papers

Collection number: LP376

California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Justin C. Salenik
Date Completed:
October 2007
Encoded by:
Jessica Knox
© 2007 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bill Craven Papers
Dates: 1974-1998
Collection number: LP376
Creator: Bill Craven, California Legislator
Collection Size: 12 cubic feet
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Abstract: Bill Craven, Republican, was a California State Assembly Member from 1974-1978, representing the 80th Assembly District from 1974-1975 then the 76th Assembly District. The Bill Craven Papers consist of 12 cubic feet of records reflecting Craven's activities during his Assembly and Senate career. The collection contains Bill Files, 1974-1998.
Physical location: California State Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bill Craven Papers, LP376:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

Acquisition and Custodial History

The California State Archives acquired the Bill Craven Papers following his final term in the State Legislature.


Bill Craven, Republican, was a California State Assembly Member from 1974-1978, representing the 80th Assembly District from 1974-1975 then the 76th Assembly District. The 76th Assembly District included the cities of La Jolla, Carlsbad, Escondido, and Poway. In 1979, Craven was elected to the California State Senate, representing the 38th Senate District. This district included the cities of Laguna Nigiel, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido.
Bill Craven was born on June 30, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Villanova University in Philadelphia with a Bachelors of Science degree. He later received an honorary LL.B.Degree from National University.
Craven enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and was commissioned eighteen months later. He was attached to the battalion that raised the flag atop Mt. Surabachi on Iwo Jima. Separated from service in 1946, he was recalled in 1950 for three more years and finished his military career with the rank of major.
After completing his military career, Craven took a post as general manager of a concessions firm in Los Angeles. His earlier work in radio and television led him to become a copywriter for an advertising firm. He later went on to become City Manager for the City of San Marcos.
In 1970, he became the first San Diego County employee to be elected to the County Board of Supervisors. In 1973, he won a special election for the 80th Assembly District seat after Assemblymember John Stull moved to the California State Senate. In 1976, Craven won the 76th Assembly District seat.
As an Assembly Member and Senator, Craven's interests were local government, tax reform, coastal protection, campaign advertising, and mobile home regulations. One of his most notable accomplishments was the creation of California Sate University, San Marcos.
Aside from being a senator, Craven was active in the U.S. Jaycees. He served as their National Director and was honored with their Distinguished Service Award. Senator Craven died in 1999 at the age of 78. He was survived by Marion, his wife of 55 years and his children, John, William Jr. and Tricia.
According to the California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks) and the California Blue Book, Craven served on the following committees:

State Assembly, 1974-1978

  • Standing and Interim Committees
  • Labor Relations, 1975
  • Local Government, 1975-1978
  • *Chair, 1976-1978
  • Public Employment and Retirement, 1975-1978
  • Education, 1978
  • Subcommittees
  • Industrial Safety, 1975-1976
  • Retirement, 1977-1978
  • Select Committees
  • Select Committee on Coastal Zone Resources, 1975

State Senate, 1990-1996

  • Standing and Interim Committees
  • Local Government, 1979-1998
  • *Chair, 1995-1998
  • Agriculture and Water Resources, 1979-1998
  • *Vice Chair, 1979
  • Business and Professions, 1979-1998
  • Elections and Reapportionment, 1979-1998
  • *Vice Chair, 1980-1998
  • Rules, 1981-1994
  • *Vice Chair, 1985-1994
  • Subcommittees
  • Mobile Home Problems, 1979-1982
  • *Chair, 1979-1982
  • Infrastructure and Public Works, 1983-1986
  • Redevelopment of Antiquated Subdivisions, 1985-1989
  • Agricultural Lands, 1989-1995
  • Dairy Practices and Marketing, 1983-1995
  • Economic Problems Facing Agriculture, 1983-1995
  • Agricultural Lands, 1985-1988
  • Water Marketing, 1985-1995
  • Sports, 1987-1995
  • Prescription Drugs, 1989
  • Census, 1989
  • Select Committees
  • Political Reform Act of 1974, 1980
  • Mobile Homes, 1983-1998
  • *Chair, 1983
  • Licensed and Designated Sports, 1983-1986
  • Business Development, 1984-1996
  • Citizen Participation in Government, 1984-1998
  • Substance Abuse, 1987
  • Health Hazards of the Workplace, 1989-1990
  • Maritime Industry, 1989-1998
  • Economic Development and Technology, 1993-1998
  • Redevelopment, 1996
  • Voting Practices and Procedure, 1994-1996
  • *Vice Chair, 1994
  • Taxation on Oil and Minerals, 1983
  • Joint Committees
  • Arts, 1984-1998
  • Quincentennial of the Voyage of Columbus, 1989-1992
  • Fire, Police, Emergency and Disaster Services, 1989
  • Committee on Legislative Ethics, 1991-1995
  • *Vice Chair, 1991-1992
  • Legislative Retirement, 1983-1989
  • *Chair, 1989
  • Refugee Resettlement and International Migration, 1983-1989
  • Courthouse Financing and Construction, 1990
  • Additional Committees
  • Research Committee on Neighborhood Violence, 1989
  • Special Committee on Border Issues, 1991-1992
  • *Chair, 1991-1992
  • Commission on the Californias, 1979-1986
  • Commission for Economic Development, 1984-1988

Scope and Content

The Bill Craven Papers consist of 12 cubic feet of records reflecting Craven's activities during his Assembly and Senate career. The collection contains Bill Files, 1974-1998.
The bill files document Craven's legislative activity during his term as a member of the California State Legislature. While the bills introduced by Bill Craven include a wide array of subjects, his primary concerns included mobile home regulation, local government, and coastal land protection. Noteworthy bills include SB1309 of 1994 which created the crime of aggravated arson, SB1585 of 1995 that eased regulations on mobile home parks that want to become senior citizen only, SB310 of 1995 that aides the conversion of mobile home parks to resident owned parks, and SB360 of 1988 that created a California State University campus in San Marcos.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Craven, William A.
Local government
Mobile homes Law and legislation

Series Descriptions


Series 1 Bill Files 1974-1998

Physical Description: 294 file folders


Bill files are arranged chronologically by legislative session and then numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill files were created by Bill Craven while he served as Assembly Member and State Senator, 1974-1998. The files may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, newspaper clippings and correspondence. Topics covered in these files include mobile homes, local government, campaign reform, and coastal land protection.
1974: AB2751-AB3904 (8ff) LP376: 1-8
1975-1976: AB208-AB4515, ACA15, AJR15, AJR81 (28ff) LP376: 9-36
1977-1978: AB34-AB3708 (25ff) LP376: 37-61
1979-1980: SB141-SB1941, SCA26, SCR29, SJR15-SJR25 (30ff) LP376: 62-91
1981-1982: SB13-SB1901, SCR54, SJR30-SJR34 (24ff) LP376: 92-115
1983-1984: SB75-SB2250, SCA54 (23ff) LP376: 116-138
1985-1986: SB52-SB2590, SCR45 (45ff) LP376: 139-173
1987-1988: SB21-SB2722, SCR60 (25ff) LP376: 174-198
1989-1990: SB42-SB2881, SCR40-SCR68, SJR1, SJR25 (29ff) LP376: 199-227
1991-1992: SB132-SB1975, SJR21 (22ff) LP376: 228-249
1993-1994: SB6-SB1664 (13ff) LP376: 250-262
1995-1996: SB53-SB1945, SJR45, SB10X, SB12XX-SB18XX (25ff) LP376: 263-287
1997-1998: SB104-SB2101, SCR38 (7ff) LP376: 288-294