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Inventory of the Richard Katz Papers
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Series Descriptions

LP392:1-189

Series 1 Bill Files 1981-1996

Physical Description: 189 file folders

Arrangement

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

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.

Scope and Content Note

The files may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, background, and committee statements. Katz's legislative interests included hazardous waste, public health, law enforcement, traffic management, and small business and consumer protection. Some notable legislation introduced by Katz in the Assembly included The Water Marketing Act (AB3491, 1981-1982), The California Small Business Office of Advocacy bill (AB1592, 1983-1984), The Toxic Pits Cleanup Act (AB3566, 1983-1984), Work Time Credits bills (AB499, 1985-1986 and AB113 and AB2716, 1993-1994), The California Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (AB2833, 1987-1988), The Children's Poison Protection Act (AB4160, 1989-1990), The Arson Information Reporting System bill (AB2336, 1993-1994), and Loitering and Solicitation bill (AB1035, 1995-1996).
Audiocassettes and videocassettes have been separated to a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes and separation sheets are in the files to alert the researcher to the existence of these items.
1981-1982: AB13-AB3662; ACR7-ACR138; AJR14-AJR110 (40ff) LP392:1-40
1983-1984: AB7-AB3566; ACR100-ACR147;AJR44-AJR69; AB1XX (32ff) LP392:41-72
1985-1986: AB6-AB4019; ACR11-ACR127; AJR103; HR43 (17ff) LP392:73-89
1987-1988: AB10-AB4162; ACR9-ACR163; AJR13 (24ff) LP392:90-113
1989-1990: AB13-AB4161; ACR4-ACR130 (20ff) LP392:114-133
1991-1992: AB12-AB3798; ACR3-ACR128;AJR90-AJR98; AB28X-AB30X; HR29 (16ff) LP392:134-159
1993-1994: AB52-AB3724; ACR82-ACR111; AJR5;AB6X-AB138X; HR35; SB750 (17ff) LP392:160-176
1995-1996: AB12-AB1868; ACR4-ACR27 (13ff) LP392:177-189
LP392:190-202

Series 2 Chronological Files 1980-1991 1995

Physical Description: 13 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

Chronological files consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence including: requisitions for office supplies, recommendations for filling appointments, event invitations, hearing notices, and constituent letters. Files may also include topical background research and administrative documents such as daily schedules.
LP392:203-325

Series 3 Local Issues Files 1980-1996

Physical Description: 123 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Local Issues Files may include correspondence, photographs, reports, newsclippings, memoranda, press statements, analysis, background materials, constituent support/opposition, and related court cases. The Local Issues Files relate to the events and needs of the communities of the 39th Assembly District. Key subjects include the Lopez Canyon Landfill; the "Save Wilson Canyon" campaign; the 39th Assembly District Democratic Committee; Rockwell Aerospace and/or Santa Susana Laboratory; and the San Fernando Valley Rail Transit Project.
LP392:326-370

Series 4 Native American Remains (Repatriation) Files 1989-1991

Physical Description: 45 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Native American Remains Files may include correspondence, photographs, reports, newsclippings, memoranda, press statements, analysis, background materials, constituent support/opposition, and related court cases. The Native American Remains Files relate to AB2577 (1989-1990, vetoed) and AB12 (1991-1992, Chapter 370). Reflecting Katz's interest in equality, these two bills concern the issue of the repatriation of Native American human remains, the Lowie Museum of Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles Museum of Cultural History. Key subjects include University of California, Nebraska LB340 (1989), Arizona SB1412 (1990), and Federal S978 (1990).
LP392:371-502

Series 5 Toxic Pits Files 1980-1996

Physical Description: 132 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Toxic Pits Files may include correspondence, photographs, reports, newsclippings, memoranda, press statements, bill analyses, background materials, constituent support/opposition, and related court cases. The Toxic Pits Files primarily relate to The Toxic Pits Cleanup Act of 1984 (AB3566, Chapter 1543), which addresses the issue of the toxic contamination of the state's underground water supply caused by leakage from waste-disposal ponds ("toxic pits"). Key subjects include Proposition 65 (1986); Surface Impoundments; and The Toxic Pits Cleanup Act of 1984 (AB3566, Chapter 1543).
LP392:503-536

Series 6 Transportation Files 1981-1991

Physical Description: 33 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Transportation Files may include correspondence, photographs, reports, newsclippings, memoranda, press statements, analysis, background materials, constituent support and opposition, and related court cases. Reflecting Katz's legislative emphasis on vehicle efficiency and traffic management, the Transportation Files contain an assortment of projects that the Assembly Transportation Committee considered during much of Katz's chairmanship (1985-1995) of that committee. Key subjects include the Los Angeles County Transit Commission; the Congestion Management Plan; the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority; Tunnel Closures; and Childcare Facilities at Transit Centers.
LP392:537-604

Series 7 Small Business Files 1981-1984

Physical Description: 68 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.

Scope and Content Note

Small Business Files may include correspondence, photographs, reports, newsclippings, memoranda, press statements, analysis, background materials, constituent support and opposition, and related court cases. As a small businessperson himself, Katz advocated for this community and his actions are reflected in the Small Business Files. These files concern legislation and projects considered by the Assembly Select Small Business Committee under Katz's chairmanship (1981-1984). Key subjects include the Federal Paperwork Reduction Act of 1983, Records Management, Job Development, California SB1499 (1982), and Master Licensing.
Audiocassettes and videocassettes have been separated to a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes and separation sheets are in the files to alert the researcher to the existence of these items.
LP392:605-711

Series 8 Subject Files 1980-1996

Physical Description: 106 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.

Scope and Content Note

Subject Files may include correspondence, photographs, reports, newsclippings, memoranda, press statements, analysis, background materials, constituent support/opposition, and related court cases. The subject files contain 28 subjects, four of which have sub-topics of their own. These four are: "Dolphin Bill," "Dunsmuir Spill," "Finance and Insurance," and "Super Agency Bill."
Audiocassettes and videocassettes have been separated to a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes and separation sheets are in the files to alert the researcher to the existence of these items. Please see Appendix A in Master Finding Aid at the California State Archives for a complete list of subject headings.
LP392:712-726

Series 9 Audio/Visual Material 1980-1996

Physical Description: 1 audiocassette and 14 videocassettes

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Access Information

Access to audiovisual material requires the production of use copies.

Scope and Content Note

These Audio/Visual materials relate to many of the collection's significant topics, such as Native American remains, the insurance industry, solicitation, and graffiti.
Audiocassettes and videocassettes have been put into a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes. Please see Appendix B in Master Finding Aid at the California State Archives for a list of audio/visual items in this series.