Scope and Content
Title: Robert Cline papers,
Date (inclusive): 1971-1980
Collection number: See series descriptions
6 cubic feet
California State Archives
Abstract: Robert Corde Cline, a Republican, was first elected to the State Assembly in 1970 and served until 1980. Bills introduced
by Cline cover a wide array of subjects including tax cuts, the death penalty, completion of the Simi-San Fernando Valley
Freeway, education standards, and special education.
Physical location: California State Archives
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Robert Cline papers, LP[number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary
of State, Sacramento, California.
The California State Archives acquired the Robert Cline Papers following his Assembly term.
The California State Archives received the Robert Cline Papers over a number of years and archives staff arranged them at
various times. Therefore, the physical arrangement of the records does not necessarily follow the inventory's order.
Robert Corde Cline, a Republican, was first elected to the State Assembly in 1970. He represented the 64th Assembly District
in Los Angeles County. In 1976, the district number changed to the 37th Assembly District and included the Northern San Fernando
Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and eastern Ventura County.
Robert Cline was born in San Francisco in 1933. He received a Bachelor's degree in 1955 from the University of California
at Berkeley and a Master's of Business Administration in Finance from the same institution in 1960. Cline was a veteran of
the United States Army and a Financial and Tax Consultant by profession. He married Betty C. Robison and they had two children,
Bruce and Caren.
Cline was a member of the San Fernando Valley Business and Professional Association, the Kiwanis, the Canoga Park Chamber
of Commerce and the Van Nuys Jaycees. From 1962-1969, he was a member of the Republican County Central Committee, served
on the Republican State Central Committee from 1962-1970, and was active in the West Valley Republicans. Other affiliations
include the Episcopal Church, the San Fernando Valley Boy Scout Council, and the YMCA. Cline was also a trustee of the Los
Angeles City Community College District from 1969 until 1971, serving as the Vice President in 1969 and the President in 1970.
According to the California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks), he served on the following committees:
California State Assembly, 1971-1980
- Constitutional Amendments
- *Vice Chairman, 1971
- Education, 1971-1974
- Energy and Diminishing Materials, 1975
- Finance and Insurance, 1973-1974
- Governmental Organization, 1971-1978
- Human Resources, 1979-1980
- Intergovernmental Relations, 1977
- Public Employees and Retirement, 1979-1980
- Revenue and Taxation, 1972-1976
- Rules, 1980
- Urban Development and Housing, 1971-1972
- Water, 1976-1977
- Water, Parks and Wildlife, 1978
Scope and Content
The Robert Cline Papers consist of 6 cubic feet of records reflecting Cline's activities during his time as an Assembly Member.
The records contain Assembly bill files, 1971-1980; subject files, 1971-1978; and newsletters, 1973-1980.
Bills introduced by Cline cover a wide array of subjects including tax cuts, the death penalty, completion of the Simi-San
Fernando Valley Freeway, education standards, and special education. Subject files include background information for possible
legislation and focus on such topics as community colleges and student code of conduct; Medi-Cal; freeways and highways; and
California's water supply. Newsletters and press releases give a snapshot view of constituents' issues, highlight Cline's
concerns, and document his efforts to address such issues. These files, together with the proposed legislation files, illustrate
the foundations of the legislative process.
The Robert Cline papers are arranged into 3 series: bill files, subject files, and newsletters.
The following terms have been associated with these materials in the Archives'
automated public access system (currently in development, June 2004).
California Community Colleges
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