Guide to the Dianne McKenna Papers

SJSU Library Special Collections and Archives
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Guide to the Dianne McKenna Papers

Collection number: MSS-1997-02

SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063


Processed by:
Preliminary processing and guide prepared by Susan Klingberg, 1997. Guide completed by Danelle Moon and Kaye Moore, 2006
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Kaye Moore
© 2006 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dianne McKenna papers
Dates: 1985-1996
Collection number: MSS-1997-02
Creator: McKenna, Dianne (1943-).
Collection Size: 6 record cartons, 2 boxes 10.5 linear feet
Repository: San Jose State University. Library.
San Jose, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The Dianne McKenna papers document a portion of her political career as Mayor and City Council Member of Sunnyvale from 1977-1984, and her work on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (SCCBS), serving from 1985-1996. The collection spans 1980-1996, the bulk of which documents her contributions to the SCCBS from 1985-1996, and particularly herwork in transportation and child advocacy.
Physical location: Vault 1, Range 20B
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

Dianne McKenna papers, MSS-1997-02, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dianne McKenna, 1997.

Processing Information

Preliminary processing and guide prepared by Susan Klingberg, 1997. Guide completed by Danelle Moon and Kaye Moore, 2006. Guide encoded by Kaye Moore, 2006.

Biography / Administrative History

Dianne McKenna, a native of Pennsylvania, moved to the Silicon Valley in the 1960's. In 1977, she received her Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University. In that same year, McKenna was elected to the Sunnyvale City Council, where she served until 1984, with exception of the terms 1980-1981 and 1982-1983, when she was elected as the Mayor of Sunnyvale. In 1985, McKenna became the fifth woman elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, a position that she held until 1996. She led the successful merger of the Congestion Management Agency and the Transit District Board, and served as a guide for regional projects for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. McKenna was a founding member of Kids in Common, a collaborative children's advocacy program, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Children's Shelter, and chair of the Children and Youth Services Joint Conference Committee. She initiated recycling efforts as the Chair of the Solid Waste Commission of Santa Clara County, and in 1994, led the General Plan Review Advisory Committee to complete its work of reviewing and updating land use plans and policies. As of 2006, she serves on the Board of Directors for Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), a San Francisco Bay Area environmental preservation organization.

Scope and Content of Collection

In 1997 Dianne McKenna donated her papers to San Jose State University. This collection documents McKenna's political career as Mayor and City Council Member of Sunnyvale from 1977-1984, and her work on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (SCCBS), serving from 1985-1996. The bulk of the collection documents her contributions to the SCCBS, including her work as chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Committed to improving the lives of children, McKenna helped form the Children's Shelter in 1995, and Kids In Common, a children's advocacy organization.


The collection is arranged in two series: Series I, Speech Files, 1980-1996; Series II, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Administrative Records, 1985-1996.

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


McKenna, Dianne (1943-).
Santa Clara County (Calif.). Board of Supervisors.
Children's Shelter.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center(Santa Clara County, Calif.)
Transportation--California--Santa Clara County--Sources.
Local transit--California--Santa Clara County--Sources.
Children--Institutional care--California--Santa Clara County--Sources.
Supervisors (Local government)--California--Santa Clara County--Archives.
Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Politics and government--Sources.

Index Terms Related to this Collection

San Jose State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives.

Collection Contents

Box 1

Series I:  Speech Files 1985-1996

Physical Description: 22 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents McKenna's political career through her speech files, including speeches to the Teamsters, Women in Business, and the National Organization of Women, among others. She spoke on topics related to prison reform, transportation and advocacy for children, as well as the Commission on the Status of Women. McKenna's commitment to social and environmental advocacy, particularly issues related to protecting children's rights, is presented through her speaking engagements. This series also includes a very brief biographical file.


American Association of Women
American Planning Association
American Women's Medical Association
Board Of Supervisors
Chamber of Commerce
County League Of Women Voters
Executive Women International
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
National Organization for Women
Peninsula Industry And Business Association
Public Relations Society Of America Peninsula Chapter
San Jose
San Jose State University
San Jose Women in Business
Santa Clara County
Santa Clara University
Transit District Board
University of Berkeley
Women in Business


This series is arranged first by subject, then by year. The bulk of this series consists of McKenna's speeches.
Box 1

Biographical File

Folder 1

General circa 1980-1995

Folder 2

Press Clippings 1996-1997, 2000



Folder 3

Sunnyvale City Council circa 1980-1984

Folder 4



ADA Conference Sunnyvale 1980


American Planning Association San Francisco 1980


Santa Clara County Council on Aging 1980


Memorial Services for Francis E. Koblein 1980


Solid Waste Conversion Facility at Lockheed Dedication 1980


Tribute to Larry Stone 1980


Sunnyvale City Council 1980

Folder 5



Sunnyvale Senior Coordinating Council 1981


Second Annual Awareness Banquet 1981


Santa Clara Valley Awareness Committee 1981

Folder 6



Mayor's Speech: "State of the City" 1983

Folder 7



"Sunnyvale" 1984


Independence Day Remarks 1984


Sunnyvale 1984


"Looking to the Future in Santa Clara Valley" Signetics Corporation 1984


Santa Clara County BS Swearing In 1984


History of Industrial Moratorium and Related Issues, Sunnyvale 1984

Folder 8



WB, Campbell 1985


Community Services Agency Speech, Mountain View 1985


Palo Alto Democratic Association, Palo Alto 1985


Teamsters Speech 1985


Mountain View Kiwanis 1985


"Women in Silicon Valley" AAUW 1985

Folder 9



"SCC: The Invisible Layer of Government" SJWB 1986


Bay Area League of Women Voters 1986


WB Cupertino 1986


WB Sunnyvale 1986


Sons in Retirement 1986


Mountain View Kiwanis 1986


WB Los Altos 1986

Folder 10

January-June 1987


Retired Public Employees Association, San Jose 1987


Redevelopment, SJSU Urban Politics Class 1987


Remarks to the BS 1987


"Transportation and the New Children's Shelter" Saratoga Rotary 1987


Democratic Century Club 1987


Regional Planning, Cupertino COC 1987


DeAnza College Graduation Speech, Class of 1991, Cupertino 1987


"Transportation Speech" Mountain View Democratic Club 1987

Folder 11

July-December 1987


Politics and Health Issues, AMWA 1987


Jail Issues, Campbell Rotary 1987


Transportation, Advanced Government Finance Institute, UCB 1987


"San Jose/Santa Clara Valley is Growing Up" EWI 1987


County Government Services, SCC Young Democrats, SJSU 1987


Jail Overcrowding, Mountain View WB 1987

Folder 12



"Transit District Chair Address" TBD SCC 1988


"Golden Triangle Task Force Speech" Mayor McEnery's Class, SCU 1988


Mission City Association of Professional Mortgage Women, San Jose 1988


Transportation Demand Management Seminar 1988


T-2000 Workshop 1988


Saratoga Senior Coordinating Council 1988


Redwood School Founders Day 1988


Public Forum on Hazardous Waste Planning, Los Altos 1988


NOW, SJ 1988


Community Services Agency 1988


"SCC Transit-Linking Present to the Future" Light Rail Conference 1988


Testimony in Support of SB 2581 1988


New Children's Shelter Project, KEZR Radio Taping 1988


"Developing a Game Plan" PRSAPC 1988

Folder 13



Transit District Chair Outgoing Remarks 1989


San Jose Metropolitan COC 1989


Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee Retreat, UCB 1989


Leadership, Cupertino Class 1989


Young Republicans of SCC, Sunnyvale 1989


Remarks on Open Space, CLWV 1989


Remarks...on Public Education and Chemicals, PIBA Seminar 1989


Sunnyvale COC 1989


Los Altos Board of Realtors 1989


Regional Leadership Forum, SJSU Student Union 1989


"Too Much Properity: the Sequel" APA Conference, SJ 1989


Women's Transportation Seminar 1989

Folder 14



"The High Risk Child: Making a Difference" SJ 1990


Proposal for Congestion Management, SCC 1990


Sunnyvale COC 1990


Fourth Annual Real Estate Forum, SJ 1990


Congestion Management Planning Agency Proposition 111, SCC 1990

Folder 15



Chair of the BS, SCC 1991


"Ongoing Efforts on Behalf of Children" 1991


Chair's Speech to BS 1991


GSA Service Awards Ceremony 1991


"Year of the Child Awards" 1991


"The Challenge: Making Children Priority #1" 1991


Sunnyvale WB: Staying Ahead 1991


SCC Manufacturing Group 1991


SJ COC 1991


Occupational Graduation Speech Training Institute, Cupertino 1991


Staying Ahead of the Economy, Sunnyvale Rotary 1991


Strategic Vision Economy, Growth Management 1991


"Year of the Child" 1991

Folder 16



Transit District Chair Speech 1992


Sixth District PTA Spring Luncheon 1992


"Enlightened Self-Interest Speech" 1992


"Kids to Camp, Inc." 1992


Congestion Management Agency, SCC 1992

Folder 17



"The 1993-1994 State Budget Poses a Major Threat to County Health and Human Services" 1993


"A Perspective on County Government Finance" 1993


Testimony Before the Senate Judiciary Committee (SB594) 1993


Junior League of Palo Alto, Stanford 1993

Folder 18



"Introduction for Supervisor Rod Diridon" 1994

Folder 19



Chair's Speech to MTC 1995


"Arts an an Intervention for Social Ills" City Connect Arts Forum 1995


"Remarks for Leadership, Mountain View" 1995


Moving from Awareness to Implementation, SCC 1995


Comments for the Manufacturing Group 1995


Children's Policy Summit, San Mateo and Santa Clara County 1995


"State of Children" 1995

Folder 20



Chair of SCC Transportation Agency Speech 1996


Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Community Leadership 1996


Chair, Testimony, MTC California Transporation Commission Hearing 1996


Remarks for Mountain View and Los Altos Healthy Ventures 1996


"A Commitment to Youth" Sunnyvale 1996


Commission on the Status of Women, SCC 1996


Nova Awards Luncheon, SCC 1996

Folder 21



State of the County Address by Incoming Chair, BOS (Video) 1996



Folder 22

circa 1980-1995


Writings circa 1980-1995


Series II:  Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors 1986-1995

Physical Description: 6 cartons and 11 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series represents McKenna's personal administrative files, which she accumulated during her eleven years of service as a member of the SCCBS. McKenna played a key role in promoting government agency ethics, chartered redevelopment projects, children's programs, health, and transportation issues. This series is particularly rich in documenting her work in transportation and children's advocacy in the Silicon Valley. Some of the highlights include the allowance of bicycles on CalTrain, the Kids in Common collaborative, and the creation of the Children's Shelter in 1995.


Board of Supervisors
Board of Trustees
Children's Shelter
Congestion Management Agency
Department of Corrections
Department of Planning And Development
Golden Triangle Task Force
Kids In Common
Local Transportation Authority
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Open Space
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board
Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County Library District
Transit District
Valley Medical Center


Arranged by subject, this series consists of McKenna's administrative records from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (SCCBS), and includes reports, memoranda, press release materials, board meeting notes, and constituent correspondence. The last box consists of memorabilia related to the Children's Shelter and mounted photographs of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Box 2


Folder 23

Arts Council of SCC undated

Folder 24

Assault Weapons Ban 1989

Folder 25

BS Special Elections undated

Folder 26

DC 1987-1993

Folder 27

DC Public Relations and Press Materials after 1987

Folder 28

DPD, Alternative Futures 1990

Folder 29

BS Code of Ethics 1994

Folder 30

BS Code of Ethics Background Documents 1994

Folder 31

BS Code of Ethics Correspondence 1994

Folder 32

BS Code of Ethics Press Clippings 1994

Folder 33

SCC Ethics Commission undated

Folder 34

Land Development Gift Deed Parcels 1988-1989

Folder 35

OS Preservation 2020 Task Force circa 1987

Folder 36

OS Preservation 2020 Task Force OS Preservation 1987

Folder 37

Park Charter Fund 1992-1995

Folder 38

SCC General Plan 1994

Folder 39

SCC General Plan Background Materials 1994

Folder 40

SCCLD Restructuring 1993-1994

Folder 41

SCCLD Restructuring Benefit Assessment 1993-1994

Folder 42

SCCLD Restructuring Public Relations 1993-1994

Folder 43

SCC Redevelopment 1983-1985

Folder 44

SCC Redevelopment 1986-1994

Folder 45

SCC Redevelopment, Nihonmachi Corporation 1990

Folder 46

SCC Redevelopment Redevelopment Feasibility Report for Cupertino Study Area 1992


Children's Programs

Folder 47

Administrative Practices Improvement Project 1995

Folder 48

Childhood Immunization Partnership for SCC 1995-1996

Folder 49

Children and Youth Joint Conference Committee 1993/1995

Folder 50

Children and Youth Joint Conference Committee Meeting Agendas 1994/1996

Folder 51

Children's Budget March-May 1995

Folder 52

Children's Budget June 1995

Box 3

Children's Programs

Folder 53

Children's Health Issues 1991, 1995-1996

Folder 54

Children's Report Card, SCC 1993

Folder 55

CS General circa 1993-1996

Folder 56

CS BS Commendation 1994

Folder 57

CS BT Meetings 1992-1995

Folder 58

CS BT Meetings with Major Gifts Committee 1990

Folder 59

CS Correspondence 1986-1995

Folder 60

CS Fund circa 1989-1991

Folder 61

CS Plan and Photos 1993-1995

Folder 62

CS Press Relations 1994-1996

Folder 63

Children's Welfare, Literature 1990-1995

Folder 64

Community Youth Initiative 1992

Folder 65

Kids Hotline 1996

Folder 66

KIC 1991-1992

Folder 67

KIC Collaborative 1994

Folder 68

KIC Community Collaboration for Kids Conference 1991

Folder 69

KIC Immunization Project circa 1993-1994

Folder 70

KIC Immunization Project Correspondence 1993

Folder 71

Lesbian and Gay Youth Task Force Report 1994

Folder 72

Roundtable on Families and Children 1992

Folder 73

Safe Place Project 1996

Folder 74

School-Linked Services 1994-1996

Folder 75

School-Linked Services Program Guidelines 1996

Folder 76

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition 1992-1993

Folder 77

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force 1989-1992



Folder 78

VMC General unknown

Folder 79

VMC Capital Construction Projects unknown

Box 4


Folder 80

VMC Capital Construction Projects, Alternatives 1992-1993

Folder 81

VMC Capital Construction Projects, Alternatives 1995

Folder 82

VMC Capital Construction Projects, Constituents Letters 1994

Folder 83

VMC Capital Construction Projects, Financial Analysis Summary 1994

Folder 84

VMC Capital Construction Projects, North Tower 1993-1995

Folder 85

VMC Capital Construction Projects, North Tower, Briefings 1994

Folder 86

VMC Capital Construction Projects, North Tower, Workshop 1994

Folder 87

VMC Health Department and Hospital Consolidation 1994

Folder 88

VMC Market Analysis Reports 1994

Folder 89

VMC Physician Benefits 1994

Folder 90

VMC Press Clippings 1993-1994

Folder 91

VMC Public/Private Partnership circa 1994



Folder 92

Airports, General unknown

Folder 93

Airports, Audits 1988-1990, 1994

Folder 94

Airports, RH Closure Evaluation 1986-1990

Folder 95

Airports, RH Closure Evaluation 1991-1993

Folder 96

Airports, RH Closure Evaluation 1994-1996

Folder 97

Airports, RH Closure Evaluation, Bound Reports 1993

Folder 98

Airports, RH Closure Evaluation, Environmental Impact 1996

Folder 99

Airports, RH Closure Evaluation, Press Clippings 1989-1995

Folder 100

Airports, RH Closure Evaluation, Studies 1986-1991

Box 5


Folder 101

BART, San Francisco Airport Extension 1990-1995

Folder 102

BART, San Francisco Airport Extension, Press Clippings 1992-1995

Folder 103

BART, Warm Springs Extension 1990-1994

Folder 104

CalTrain, General 1987, 1991-1994

Folder 105

CalTrain, Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance 1992-1995

Folder 106

CalTrain, Bicycles 1987-1994

Folder 107

CalTrain, Billboards 1993-1995

Folder 108

CalTrain, California Car 1992-1995

Folder 109

CalTrain, Dumbarton Rail Bridge 1991, 1993

Folder 110

CalTrain, Electrification 1992-1993

Folder 111

CalTrain, Fare Structure 1992-1994

Folder 112

CalTrain, Federal Transit Funds 1993-1994

Folder 113

CalTrain, Gilroy Extension 1990-1993

Folder 114

CalTrain, Gilroy Extension 1994-1995

Folder 115

CalTrain, History circa 1991

Folder 116

CalTrain, Insurance Issues 1992-1994

Folder 117

CalTrain, Marketing 1993

Folder 118

CalTrain, Operators 1992

Folder 119

CalTrain, PBJPB 1991-1995

Folder 120

CalTrain, PBJPB Agreement 1991, 1994

Folder 121

CalTrain, PBJPB Budgets 1992-1995

Folder 122

CalTrain, PBJPB Short Range Transit Plan 1994-2002

Folder 123

CalTrain, Projects and Upgrades 1991-1995

Folder 124

CalTrain, Reports and Studies 1974, 1987-1992

Folder 125

CalTrain, Ridership 1994-1995

Folder 126

CalTrain, San Francisco Downtown Extension 1989-1992

Folder 127

CalTrain, San Francisco Downtown Extension 1993

Folder 128

CalTrain, San Francisco Peninsula Corridor 1994-1995

Folder 129

CalTrain, San Francisco Peninsula Corridor 1990

Folder 130

CalTrain, San Francisco Peninsula Corridor 1991

Folder 131

CalTrain, Schedules 1993

Folder 132

CalTrain, Shuttle Bus Program 1992-1993

Folder 133

CalTrain, Stations 1991-1994

Folder 134

CalTrain, Ticket Vending Machines 1992-1993

Folder 135

CalTrain, Train Crew Guidelines circa 1990-1995

Box 6


Folder 136

CMA, General 1992-1994

Folder 137

CMA, AB 434 Funds 1990-1995

Folder 138

CMA, Budgets 1990-1996

Folder 139

CMA, Congestion Management Program 1990-1995

Folder 140

CMA, Deficiency Plans 1992-1994

Folder 141

CMA, Deficiency Plans, Subregional 1993-1994

Folder 142

CMA, History and Governance 1989-1994

Folder 143

CMA, Joint Powers Agreement 1991

Folder 144

CMA, Land Use 1991-1994

Folder 145

CMA, Legislation 1989-1994

Folder 146

CMA, Monitoring and Conforming Requirements 1994

Folder 147

CMA, Site Design Guidelines circa 1993

Folder 148

CMA, State Transportation Improvement Program circa 1993

Folder 149

CMA, Level of Service 1990-1995

Folder 150

CMA, Transportation Modeling 1992-1995

Folder 151

CMA, Reduction Rule 1992-1994

Folder 152

CMA, Trip Reduction Rule, Delegation 1992-1993

Folder 153

GTTF (blueprints) 1986-1993

Folder 154

GTTF Transportation, Demand Management 1986-1989

Folder 155

GTTF Transportation, Demand Management, Reports 1987-1988

Folder 156

LTA Measure A (1992), General 1992-1995

Folder 157

LTA Measure A (1992), Clippings circa 1993-1994

Folder 158

LTA Measure A (1992), Litigation 1992-1994

Folder 159

LTA Measure A (1992), Litigation 1995

Folder 160

MTC Resolution 1876 1988-1992

Folder 161

TD, General after 1980

Folder 162

TD-CMA Merger 1992-1993

Box 7


Folder 163

TD-CMA Merger 1994-1995

Folder 164

TD-CMA AB 2442 1994

Folder 165

TD-CMA Merger, Press Clippings circa 1993-1994

Folder 166

TD Joint Powers Agreement 1994

Box 8

Memorabilia circa 1990