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Guide to the Gary Patton Political Papers, 1975-1994
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gary Patton Political Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1975-1994
    Collection number: MS 81
    Creator: Patton, Gary
    Extent: 220 linear ft.

    165 Cartons
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library.Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This archive contains the political papers of Gary Patton, the Third District Supervisor of Santa Cruz County from 1975-1994.
    Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Gary Patton Political Papers, MS 81, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Gary Patton in 1999.


    Gary Patton was born December 26, 1943, in San Francisco, California. He received a B.A. in 1966 from Stanford University and a J. D. from Stanford Law School in 1969. He has been involved throughout his public service career in the issues of land use planning and decision-making, growth management, conservation of natural resources, protection of the environment, and governmental effectiveness. He has written and spoken extensively on these topics, and served on many governmental and nonprofit groups including the Santa Cruz County Local Agency Formation Commission, the Local Government Commission, the Central Coast Regional Coastal Commission, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District Board, Californians Against Waste, Communities for a Better Environment, California League of Conservation Voters, and others. He has been honored with numerous leadership and outstanding service awards from many organizations and agencies for his contributions to environmental and planning issues.
    Mr. Patton served on the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors from 1975 to 1995 as Third District Supervisor. As a Supervisor, he had extensive experience with virtually all the agencies involved in land use and quality of life issues. He authored several key pieces of Santa Cruz environmental and growth management legislation, including the City of Santa Cruz Initiative Measure to preserve and protect Lighthouse Field, adopted in June, 1974; and Measure J, Santa Cruz County Growth Management Referendum, adopted in June, 1978.
    He also served on Santa Cruz County's Local Agency Formation Commission (which is responsible for critical land use decisions, including annexations and changes in governmental boundaries), the Central Coast Regional Coastal Commission, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments, the Board of the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, and the State Air Resources Board.
    Mr. Patton has also headed the Local Government Commission, a statewide nonprofit association of both city and county elected officials that has specialized in stimulating local actions to create more livable communities.
    From 1995 to 1998 he served as General Counsel for the Planning and Conservation League, the oldest environmental lobbying organization in the state of California. In 1998 Mr. Patton was named as the first Executive Director of LandWatch Monterey County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through land use planning.

    Scope and Content

    This archive includes administrative and general related material from Mr. Patton's terms of office as Third District Supervisor for the County of Santa Cruz, 1975-1994. Material includes correspondence, administrative records, files, commission and agency agendas and meeting minutes, studies and reports, speeches, newspaper clippings, articles, plans, ordinances, agreements and accords, statistics, regulations and legislation, general miscellaneous, campaign disclosure statements, budget files, etc. The material is primarily print, originals and photocopies, with a few other formats (such as videotapes, maps, and photos) included.


    This material is in donor order. Boxes #1-40 are arranged alphabetically and boxes #41-156 are arranged by subject. The Container List has been organized by subject.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Patton, Gary A.
    Cities and towns--Growth
    Land use--Law and legislation--California--Santa Cruz County
    Open spaces--Law and legislation--California--Santa Cruz County
    Sustainable development
    University of California, Santa Cruz--Planning
    Urban policy
    Santa Cruz County (Calif.)--History--Sources

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Lewis, Sherman
    Schiffrin, Andrew


    • AB Assembly Bill
    • AFDC Aid to Families with Dependent Children
    • AFL-CIO American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organization
    • AMBAG Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
    • APCD Air Pollution Control District
    • ARB Air Resources Board
    • BMP Best Management Practices
    • CAL-EPA California Environmental Protection Agency
    • CALAFCO California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions
    • CALCOG California Council of Governments
    • CALPAW California Parks and Wildlife Initiative
    • CAMP Campaign Against Marijuana Production
    • CAW Californians Against Waste
    • CBIA California Building Industry Association
    • CBIAC Chemical and Biological Defense Information Analysis Center
    • CEEB Council for Economic and Environmental Balance
    • CEQA California Environmental Quality Act
    • CFC Chloro-fluorcarbons
    • CNG Compressed Natural Gas
    • CPS Child Protective Services
    • CSA County Service Area
    • CSAC California State Association of Counties
    • CSU California State University
    • DARE Drug Abuse Resistance Education
    • DMS Defense Mapping School
    • DNA Deoxyribonucleic
    • EIR Environmental Impact Report
    • EIS Environmental Impact Statement
    • GA General Assistance
    • GAIN Greater Avenues for Independence
    • HAND Housing Assistance Neighborhood Development
    • HCD Housing and Community Development Department
    • HOPE Help Offenders Pursue Employment
    • HOV High Occupancy Vehicle Lane
    • ISTFA Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act
    • JPA Joint Powers Agreement
    • LAFCO Local Agency Formation Commission
    • LGC Local Government Commission
    • LRDP Long Range Development Plan
    • MBUAPCD Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District
    • MDL Marilyn D. Liddicoat
    • MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • MOU Memorandum of Understanding
    • MRF Materials Recovery Facility
    • NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
    • NCIA National Council on Incarceration Alternatives
    • NPDES National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
    • NRDC Natural Resources Defense Council
    • OCS Outer Continental Shelf
    • OEDP Overall Economic Development Program
    • PAC Political Action Committees
    • PCL Planning and Conservation League
    • PG and E Pacific Gas and Electric
    • PROB Private Revitalization of Downtown
    • PROS Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan
    • PVWMA Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency
    • R and D Research and Development
    • RFP Request For Proposals
    • RTIP Regional Transportation Improvement Program
    • RTP Regional Transportation Plan
    • SB Senate Bill
    • SCCNET Santa Cruz County Narcotics Enforcement Team
    • SEIU Service Employees International Union
    • SENSE Solar Energy National Security and Employment
    • SSI Supplemental Security Income
    • SWAT Special Weapons and Tactics
    • TMA Traffic Management Association
    • TPZ Timber Protection Zone
    • TSM Transportation System Management
    • UC University of California
    • UCSC University of California at Santa Cruz
    • VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars