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Guide to the Salvatore (Sal) Cannella Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Salvatore (Sal) Cannella Papers
    Dates: 1990-1996
    Collection number: LP454
    Creator: Cannella, Salvatore
    Collection Size: 5 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: Sal Cannella, a Democrat, was first elected to the Assembly on January 30, 1990 in a special election and served for six years. The Sal Cannella Papers consist of 5 cubic feet of textual records that cover the years 1990-1996.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    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], Sal Cannella Papers, LP454:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.


    Sal Cannella, a Democrat, was first elected to the Assembly on January 30, 1990 in a special election and served for six years. Cannella initially represented the 27th Assembly District, which consisted of Stanislaus County and the northeastern part of Merced County. He was re-elected in the November 1990 general election. He ran again in 1992 and 1994 to represent the 26th Assembly District, which included the southwestern portion of San Joaquin County, part of Stanislaus County, and all of Merced County, until the end of his term in 1996.
    Salvatore (Sal) Cannella was born on September 23, 1942, in Newark, New Jersey, and moved to Stanislaus County in 1953. He attended Ceres High School and, as a senior, carried the Olympic torch through town on its way to the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California.
    Before he became a California Assembly Member, Cannella was involved in local politics. From 1976 to 1980, he served on the Ceres City Council, and he was the Mayor of the City of Ceres from 1980 until 1982 when he was elected to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors. Cannella was also an active participant in United Cerebral Palsy, the Boy Scouts, and the Riverdale Park Tract Community Service District.
    Cannella's family included his wife Donna and three children -- Nicole, Anthony, and Vincent. Anthony followed in his father's footsteps by serving on the Ceres City Council, 2003-2005, and becoming Mayor of the City of Ceres, 2005-2009. In 2010, Anthony Cannella was elected as California State Senator for the 12th District as a Republican.
    During his tenure in the Legislature, Cannella was honored as Legislator of the Year by groups like the Association of the Physically Handicapped, Police Officers Research Association of California Narcotics Officers, and California Trucking Association. He has received awards from the United Cerebral Palsy Association, California Teachers Association, California Firefighters Historical Society, and Military Order of the Purple Heart. Although California state term limits prevented Cannella from seeking reelection in 1996, he did run for the California State Senate 12th District seat against Republican incumbent Dick Monteith in 1998. Cannella lost to Monteith by 53% to 44%.
    After Cannella served in the California State Assembly, he managed his own consulting business for five years, worked in the Senate Office of Research as a consultant, and was a computer operator with an engineering firm before being appointed to the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board in July 2001. In September 2002, at age 59, Sal Cannella was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee and sworn in as the newest Board official with the California Integrated Waste Management Board-the State's primary recycling agency and a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency.
    During his term in the California Legislature, Cannella served on the following committees according to the Assembly Final History, California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks) and the California Blue Book:
    California State Assembly, 1990-1996
    Standing Committees
    Agriculture, 1990-1996
    Appropriations, 1995-1996
    Consumer Protection, Governmental Efficiency, and Economic Development, 1991-1992, 1995-1996
    Governmental Organization, 1995-1996
    Housing and Community Development, 1990-1992, 1995-1996
    Labor and Employment, 1990
    Local Government, 1990-1996
    Natural Resources, 1996
    Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security 1990-1996
    Chair, 1991-1994
    Vice Chair, 1995-1996
    Water, Parks, and Wildlife, 1993-1996
    Select Committees
    California-Africa Affairs, 1996
    California Wine Production and Economy, 1991-1996
    Committee on Construction Issues, 1990
    Waste Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling, 1990
    State's Economy, 1990
    Fairs and Expositions, 1991-1992
    Chair, 1991-1992
    Joint Committees
    Fairs Allocation and Classification, 1995-1996
    Vice Chair, 1995-1996

    Scope and Content

    The Sal Cannella Papers consist of 5 cubic feet of textual records that cover the years 1990-1996. The records are organized into one record series: Bill Files, 1990-1996.
    The bill files document his legislative activity during his term as a member of the California State Legislature. The bills introduced by Sal Cannella include a wide array of subjects such as law enforcement and crime, agriculture, environmental protection, retirement benefits, healthcare, and other state and local matters.


    No further accruals are expected.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Agriculture - California
    Environmental Protection
    Health insurance