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Inventory of the Business and Transportation Agency Records, 1973-1979
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Business and Transportation Agency Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1973-1979
    Inventory: F3842
    Creator: Business and Transportation Agency
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Business and Transportation Agency Records, F3842, California State Archives.

    Agency History

    This listing is a continuation of an earlier inventory titled RECORDS OF THE BUSINESS AND TRANSPORTATION AGENCY, 1967-72. It covers a seven-year period from 1973 through 1979. Starting in 1980 the agency was renamed as the Business, Housing and Transportation Agency.
    The record group consists of three subgroups; the Secretary's Administrative Files, the State Transportation Board, and the Office of Transportation Planning and Research. The Secretary's Administration Files, being the largest of the subgroups, is further divided into two categories: subject files and departmental files. Files are set up by department with each project which relates to one department filed behind that department. Any project which relates to more than one department is made a subject file. Communication and coordination with other state agencies and departments outside the Business and Transportation Agency structure may also be found in the subject files.
    The Office of Transportation Planning and Research subgroup is divided into two categories: (a) Planning and Research, and (b) Administration. The Office's role was to collect and analyze transportation data in order to make recommendations to the Secretary of Business and Transportation and the State Transportation Board regarding policies, plans, standards and programs. The duties of this office was succeeded by the Department of Transportation in 1973.
    The State Transportation Board subgroup covers the period in which the board was in existence. the record reflect the board's efforts in defining its role and in formulation policy and procedure in developing the State Transportation Plan. During this period several events dominated the scene. The energy shortage during the Middle East oil embargo forced each department to assess the effect on its operations and develop a plan of action. In addition to the aforementioned series, Energy Correspondence, there are the summary minutes of the Energy Planning Council; the policy issues and recommendations from the Lt. Governor's Energy Workshop; the proposal for a nuclear power plant by San Diego Gas and Electric Company called the Sundesert Project; and the studies and tax credit guidelines in the Solar Energy Task Force and SolarCal Office and SolarCal Council files.
    Another issue was Redlining - the practice of some lending institutions which denied home loans in specific geographical areas regardless of the individuals credit worthiness or the structure's soundness. Steps were taken to oppose Redlining through the passage of the Housing Financial Discrimination Act of 1977 with investigation conducted by the Department of Savings and Loan and the Business and Transportation Fair Lending Boards of Inquiry into unfair lending practices complaints. Other series on the same topic include Office of Fair Lending, Legislators (General) and S.B. 7 Implementation.
    When several corporations relocated outside California, state officials consentrated their attention on finding the cause and remedying the situation (see Business Expansion and Department of Economic Development files). Dialogue between the public and private sectors focused on the Inventory Tax and Unitary Tax laws as a major deterrence in attracting foreign and out-of-state companies to do business in California.
    Forus then turned to the Jarvis/Gann Initiative, better known as Proposition 13. These files concentrated on contingency planning and the impact on the initiative for lower property taxes on governmental operations and services.
    Finally, of special interest is the Olympic's file. The documents support the bid of the City of Los Angeles to host the Games of the XXIII Olympaid in 1984. They include a completed questionnaire for candidate cities applying for the games, public opinion survey, resolutions and letters of support.

    History Outline

    1969 State Transportation Board and State Transportation Board Office established. (Statutes 1969, ch. 1404.)
    1972 Business and Services Consolidated Data Center created by S.B. 1503. (Statutes 1972, ch. 787.) Later renamed the Stephen P. Teale Consolidated Data Center.
    1973 Newly created Department of Transportation succeeded to the duties, etc. of the Department of Aeronautics, Department of Public Works, and the Office of Transportation Planning and Research. (Statutes 1972, ch.1253.)
    1974 California Job Creation Program Board transferred from the Department of Employment Development to the Business and Transportation Agency. (Statutes 1974, ch. 1326.)
    1975 Regional transportation plans submitted to the Department of Transportation. (Statutes 1972, ch. 1253.)
      California Housing Finance Agency established.
    1976 State Transportation Plan transmitted to the State Legislature. (Statutes 1972, ch. 1253.)
      Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control transferred from the Business and Transportation Agency to the Health and Welfare Agency. (Governor's Reorganization Plan #1.)
    1977 Office of Business Development created by Executive Order B-25-77. (formerly, California Job Creation Program Board).
    1978 California Transportation Commission assumed the authority and responsibility of the California Highway Commission, California Toll Bridge Authority, State Aeronautics Board and the State Transportation Board. (Statutes 1977, ch. 1106.)
      SolarCal Office and SolarCal Council created by Executive Order on May 3, 1978.
      Department of Economic and Business Development created by S.B. 28. The Office of Business Development continued in existence under the auspices of the department. (Statutes 1977, ch. 345.)