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Inventory of the Peter R. (Pete) Chacon Papers
LP132, LP165, LP174, LP179, LP202, LP203, LP212, LP223, LP432  
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Series Descriptions

LP132, LP165, LP174, LP179, LP202, LP203, LP212, LP223, LP432

Series 1 Bill Files 1971-1992

Physical Description: 257 file folders

Arrangement

Bill files are arranged chronologically by legislative session and numerically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bill Files may include bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, editorials and newspaper clippings, correspondence, committee statements, and other information. Chacon both authored and sponsored numerous bills on a variety of topics such as workman's compensation for juveniles (AB876, 1972), landlord-tenant grievance resolution (AB89, 1977-1978), tideland grants (AB47, 1979-1980), residential utility consumers (AB45, 1983-1984), services for the homeless (AB2839, 1985-1986), voter registration reforms (AB1204 and AB 4360, 1987-1988), school district election reform (AB2, 1989-1990), and privacy of postsecondary student information (AB771, 1991-1992). However, his primary interests were bilingual education and affordable housing. Examples of this include: AB1329 (1975-1976) The Chacon-Mascone Bilingual Bicultural Education Act; AB2817 (1973-1974) Bilingual Teacher Training Corps; AB1112 (1991-1992) Language Acquisition Program; and AB1X (1975-1976) creation of the Housing Finance Authority.
1971: AB881-AB3029, ACA82, ACR63 (LP132:28-33)
1972: AB144-AB2293, ACA79, ACR's, AJR's, Resolutions (LP132:34-40)
1973-1974: AB296-AB4416, ACA's, ACR's, AJR's, Resolutions (LP165:188-206)
1975-1976: AB116-AB4512, ACA101, ACR's, AJR's, Resolutiions (LP132:188-206)
1975: AB1x (LP174:254-255)
1977-1978: AB88-AB3749, ACR36-ACR122, AJR1-AJR57 (LP179:79-95)
1979-1980: AB3-AB3433, ACA29, ACR42, ACR74, AJR16, AJR94, JRCR's (LP202:245-253, LP203:1-20)
1981-1982: AB278-AB3737, ACA75, ACR98-ACR119, AJR69-AJR130, HR43-HR48, JRCR's, MR's (LP212:15-31)
1983-1984: AB45-AB3944, ACR38-ACR83, AJR4-AJR99, HR41, JRCR's, MR's (LP223:169-201)
1985-1986: AB541-AB4383, AJR56, ARCR70, JRCR's, MR's (LP165:207-223)
1987-1988: AB91-AB4678, ACA17-ACA35, ACR95-ACR150, AJR74 (LP432: 1-49)
1989-1990: AB2-AB4359, ACR16-ACR168, HR36-HR43 (LP432:50-78)
1991-1992: AB116-AB3749, ACA33, AJR38-AJR85 (LP432:79-91)
LP432:92-108

Series 2 Correspondence 1971-1980

Physical Description: 17 file folders

Arrangement

Correspondence files are arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the recipient's last name, and then in reverse chronological order.

Scope and Content Note

These files are primarily copies of outgoing replies to letters received. Files may also include news clippings, notes, memoranda, original letters, reports, court proceedings, and resolutions. Letters may be personal or professional in nature. Correspondents include constituents, other legislators, lobbyists, media representatives, friends, community and local government leaders, and family. Types of letters include comments and suggestions about legislative language, event reminders, thank-you letters, legislative and constituent concerns, and recommendations for appointments.
The researcher should note that "Mc" precedes "M" in this series; it may be beneficial to request both when searching for any "M" last name. The researcher should also note that there may be overlap between the two Correspondence series.
LP432:109-121

Series 3 Chronological Correspondence Files 1971-1985

Physical Description: 13 file folders

Arrangement

Chronological Correspondence Files are arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Content Note

These files are primarily copies of outgoing replies to letters received. There is only one file for 1978-1981. Files may also include news clippings, notes, memoranda, original letters, reports, court proceedings, resolutions, travel invoices, and invitations. Letters may be personal or professional in nature. Correspondents include constituents, other legislators, lobbyists, media representatives, friends, community and local government leaders, and family. Types of letters include comments and suggestions about legislative language, event reminders, thank-you letters, legislative and constituent concerns, and recommendations for appointments.
The researcher should note that there may be overlap between the two Correspondence series.
LP432:122-142

Series 4 Bilingual Education Files 1975-1987

Physical Description: 21 file folders

Arrangement

Bilingual Eduation Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Bilingual Education Files document Chacon's dedication to the passage of and improvement to Bilingual Education in California's public schools. Files include correspondence, reports, memoranda, court cases, testimony, agendas, mailings, amendments, Legislative Counsel Opinions, public statements and press releases, news clippings, bill analyses, and statistical data. Some files record Chacon's participation on the Subcommittee for Bilingual Bicultural Education, while other files record his efforts to pass bilingual education legislation such as The Chacon-Mascone Bilingual Bicultural Education Act of 1972 (AB2284) and AB1329 (1976), a comprehensive follow-up bill to support the 1972 Act.
LP432:143-149

Series 5 People of Color AIDS Survival Effort (POCASE) Task Force Files 1987-1988

Physical Description: 7 file folders

Arrangement

People of Color AIDS Survival Effort (POCASE) Task Force Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

This series documents the work of the People of Color AIDS Survival Effort (POCASE) Task Force, which operated out of San Diego County. Chacon's Chief of Staff, Irma Munoz, was a member. Files include agendas, correspondence, memoranda, reports, budgets, press releases, grant applications, pamphlets, notes, and news clippings. Most files pertain to either the grant proposal to the Centers for Disease Control or the Conference on AIDS Education and Prevention in San Diego County.
LP432:150-167

Series 6 Task Force on Substance Abuse Files 1989-1990

Physical Description: 18 file folders

Arrangement

Task Force on Substance Abuse Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

This series documents the work of the Task Force on Substance Abuse, which operated out of San Diego County and of which Chacon was a member. Files include news clippings, correspondence, memoranda, amendments, press releases, reports, testimony, agendas, minutes, notes, and pamphlets. The task force sponsored one major conference, titled "Drug Babies x3: Mothers, Babies, and Society," held on January 26 and 27, 1990. Many files concern the meetings of both the entire body as well as the subcommittees. The subcommittees were Drug Babies, Parks and Recreation, Treatment and Facilities, Outreach and Media, and Urban Youth Revitalization. The files also document Chacon's legislation related to substance abuse issues: AB741, AB2684, AB2685, and AB3533 (all 1989-1990).
LP432:168-225

Series 7 Task Force on the Underrepresentation of Hispanics in the State Civil Service System Files 1985-1991

Physical Description: 58 file folders

Arrangement

Task Force on the Underrepresentation of Hispanics in the State Civil Service System Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

The Task Force on the Underrepresentation of Hispanics in the State Civil Service System Files pertain to Chacon's intensive involvement in this statewide legislative task force. ACR145 (Resolution Chapter 144, Statutes of 1988) created the task force in order to assess the efforts of state agencies in achieving work force parity for Hispanics. The task force was required to survey other states and various local government bodies to identify specific policies that may be useful for implementation in California. The task force was also mandated to produce a final report with findings and recommendations. The subcommittees were Legislative and Litigation, Compliance Review, Strategic Plan, and Public Information. The task force held many public hearings and private meetings with state agency representatives between 1989 and 1990. Recurring topics include the Hispanic Legislative Caucus, State Personnel Board, affirmative action, and the Hispanic Employment Link Program (H.E.L.P.).
LP432:226-440

Series 8 Subject Files 1971-1992

Physical Description: 215 file folders

Arrangement

Subject Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading.

Scope and Content Note

Subject Files contain information on a variety of topics of interest to Chacon. The files include correspondence, reports, amendments, articles, pamphlets, newsletters, testimony, agendas, minutes, notes, memoranda, background material, news clippings, speeches, and press releases. In addition to Chacon's primary legislative interest in education, housing, and healthcare, he showed concern for the problems surrounding homelessness and gangs, and advocated for the rights of the elderly, homosexuals, and minorities.
For a list of subject headings see Appendix A at the California State Archives.