Title: Business and Transportation Agency Records,
Date (inclusive): 1973-1979
Business and Transportation Agency
California State Archives
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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
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.
||State Transportation Board and State Transportation Board Office established. (Statutes 1969, ch. 1404.)
||Business and Services Consolidated Data Center created by S.B. 1503. (Statutes 1972, ch. 787.) Later renamed the Stephen P.
Teale Consolidated Data Center.
||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.)
||California Job Creation Program Board transferred from the Department of Employment Development to the Business and Transportation
Agency. (Statutes 1974, ch. 1326.)
||Regional transportation plans submitted to the Department of Transportation. (Statutes 1972, ch. 1253.)
||California Housing Finance Agency established.
||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.)
||Office of Business Development created by Executive Order B-25-77. (formerly, California Job Creation Program Board).
||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.)