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Guide to the Mayor Ron Gonzales Administrative Papers
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Series I:  Political Records 1989-2006 1998-2006

Physical Description: 11 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series documents the political career of Mayor Ron Gonzales. Gonzales served the city of San José from 1999-2006. The bulk of this collection documents San José city politics, which includes interactions between city, state, and the federal government. The contents include files pertaining to his efforts to extend BART service into San José, the renaming of the San José airport to the Mineta International Airport, creation of new jobs for women and minorities, the opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, education, gang prevention, and other civic related issues, Also included are records of the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to use San José airspace to help alleviate overcrowded approach vectors at San Francisco International Airport. Gonzales and other San José politicians fought the over flight plan on the grounds that it would disturb air traffic at Mineta International Airport and would violate San José's air traffic curfew law.


This series is arranged by subject and chronologically by date range.
Box 1

BART Line to San José, Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, Press Releases, Memos 1989-1998

Box 2

Memos, Press Releases, Budget, Art Groups 1990-2006

Box 3

Getting Families to Work, Coyote Valley Plan, SJ Proposal for Regenerative Stem Cell Research, Cinequest 1995-2006

Box 4

Bond Survey, BART Extention Fact Sheets, Public Relations Material, FAA Overflight Proposal & Response, Tobacco Settlement Fund Allocation 1998-2000

Box 5

Budget 1998-2006

Box 6

Creating Jobs, Woman and Minority Owned Businesses, Employment Training 1998-2006

Box 7

Press Releases, 9/11 Remembrance, Airport Curfew, Santana Row and Moorpark Fires 1998-2006

Box 8

Notes, State of the City, MLK Library Opening, John Kerry Visit, Letters to Mayor, Legislative Priorities: Housing, Transportation, Schools 1999-2006

Box 9

Civic Center, Letters to Mayor: New City Hall Letters of Support, Meeting Notes and Agenda 1999-2006

Box 10

Gang Prevention Task Force 2000-2005

Box 11

School-Related Issues, Gang/Crime Prevention, Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, Affordable Housing 2000-2006


Series II:  VHS Tape Recordings 1992-2006 1999-2006

Physical Description: 16 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The VHS tapes in this series provide a snapshot of some of the local public events that Mayor Gonzales attended or participated in during his tenure as mayor. As Mayor of one the largest cities in the U.S., Gonzales appeared on television to talk about city governance, social issues, and local and national disasters, such as hurricane Katrina disaster relief, as well as speaking to local problems such as homelessness, gang prevention, anti-graffiti initiatives, and state of the city addresses.


This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Box 12

VHS Tapes: Local Events, Helicopter Crash, Gonzales Interview 1992-1999

Box 13

VHS Tapes: State of the city, BART 1999-2002

Box 14

VHS Tapes: News and Local Events, Mineta Airport, Same Sex Marriage 1999-2004

Box 15

VHS Tapes: Homelessness, Gonzales, City Hall 2000

Box 16

VHS Tapes: Federal Aviation Administration, City Council, BART, Democratic National Convention 2000

Box 17

VHS Tapes: Airport Overflight Plan, Ronald Gonzales 2000

Box 18

VHS Tapes: Downtown Development Plan, Energy Issues 2000-2001

Box 19

VHS Tapes: Calpine Agreement, Gonzales Re-Election, National Guard, Airport Overflight 2001-2001

Box 20

VHS Tapes: BART, Calpine, Re-Election 2001-2002

Box 21

VHS Tapes: San José Safety, Various Speeches, Downtown Zoning, Diridon/Arena Re-Development 2001-2003

Box 22

VHS Tapes: Election Night, Santana Row Fire 2002

Box 23

VHS Tapes: Public Info Office Video Library, 9/11 Events, Mineta Airport, Santana Row 2002-2003

Box 24

VHS Tapes: Gangs, Cisco, Anti-Graffiti Initiative, Measure S, Safe Surrender Law 2002-2004

Box 25

VHS Tapes: Stem Cell - Ron Newsome, City Council Meetings, New San José City Hall 2003

Box 26

VHS Tapes: State of the City, Senator, Feinstein, San José Re-Development, Blue Ribbon Task Force 2004-2005

Box 27

VHS Tapes: Katrina Disaster Relief, State of the City 2005-2006