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The Finding Aid of the Lynn Schenk papers

Finding aid prepared by Katie Richardson, September 2010

The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Schenk, Lynn, 1945-
Title
Lynn Schenk papers
Collection no.
0240
Date
1975-1985
Extent
12.38 linear ft., 12 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Lynn Schenk was a representative from California. She served as Deputy Attorney General in the California State Attorney General's Office, Criminal Division for about a year before taking a position with San Diego Gas and Electric as an in-house lawyer. In 1976, she left San Diego Gas and Electric when she was offered a position to be special assistant to Vice Presidents Nelson A. Rockefeller and Walter F. Mondale. From 1977 to 1980, she served as Secretary of California's State Department of Business, Transportation and Housing. In 1992, Schenk ran for Congress from California's 49th congressional district, which covers most of San Diego. Schenk won becoming the first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent the San Diego area and the first Democrat to represent the area in 40 years. After serving in Congress, Schenk held various positions in the California state government during the tenure of California Governor Gray Davis. One of those positions included serving as Chief of Staff from 1998 until Davis was recalled in 2003. The materials in this collection date from 1975-1985. Included in the collection are speeches given by Schenk, press releases, pamphlets, meeting minutes, notes, schedules, briefings, correspondence, reports, financial records, budgets, conference handouts, memos, and copies of assembly bills. Topics covered in the documents pertain primarily to business, transportation, foreign relations, the economy, and housing issues in California.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Lynn Schenk papers, Collection no. 0240, Regional History Collections, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Lynn Alice Schenk was born on January 5, 1945 in New York City, New York. She moved with her family to California at the age of 14 where she attended Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California. Upon graduation, Schenk attended Santa Monica College before transferring to the University of Los Angeles. Schenk graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and entered Law School at the University of San Diego. She graduated in 1970 with her Juris Doctor degree. Schenk went on to study international law at the London School of Economics in London, England from 1970-1971.

In July 1971, Schenk took a job with the State Attorney General Office working as a Deputy Attorney General in the criminal division. In May of 1972 she was offered a position with San Diego Gas and Electric as an in-house lawyer and remained until 1976 when she was appointed a White House Fellow by President Ford. She served as a special assistant to both Vice Presidents Nelson Rockefeller and Walter Mondale. Around the same time that she was appointed to the position of in-house lawyer for San Diego Gas and Electric, she married University of San Diego law professor, C. Hugh Friedman, and subsequently, became step-mother to his three children.

From 1977 to 1983, Schenk served as California's Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing as part of Governor Jerry Brown's cabinet. She was the first women to hold this position and oversaw 14 departments that included 30,000 plus employees and a budget of nearly $2 billion. In addition she also played a large role in California's international trade relations between Mexico, Canada, Japan, Korea, and China.

In 1984, Schenk ran for San Diego County Supervisor against Republican Susan Golding. Schenk lost the election 45% to 55%. Late in the election, Golding's campaign mailed out literature accusing Schenk of financial irregularities and Schenk later sued Golding for slander. The two settled out of court.

In 1992, Schenk ran for Congress from California's 49th congressional district, which covers most of San Diego. Schenk won and became the first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent the San Diego area and the first Democrat to represent the area in 40 years. Schenk sat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its subcommittees on Telecommunications, Finance, Transportation, and Hazardous Materials. She also sat on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. Schenk was recognized as the congressional leader on matters relating to biotechnology and high-speed rail. She was defeated for re-election in 1994 by Brian Bilbray, the Republican mayor of Imperial Beach.

After serving in Congress, Schenk held various positions in the California state government during the tenure of California Governor Gray Davis. One of those positions included serving as Chief- of- Staff from 1998 until Davis was recalled in 2003. As Chief of Staff, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the states' government. She was the Governor's chief executive and top policy advisor.

As of late, Schenk has been practicing corporate law. She sits on the boards of various organizations including the Scripps Research Institute Board of Trustees. She is a member of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, on the Board of the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, a director of Sempra Energy, and a member of the University of San Diego School of Law, Board of Visitors. In 2006, she completed her term as a commissioner of the California Medical Assistance Commission.

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Scope and Content

Included in the subject files are speeches given by Schenk, press releases, pamphlets, meeting minutes, notes, schedules, briefings, correspondence, reports, financial records, budgets, conference handouts, memos, and copies of assembly bills. Topics covered in the documents pertain primarily to business, transportation, the economy, foreign relations, and housing issues in California. In regards to transportation, topics discussed include the prospects of building a high speed rail, the transportation budget, the San Diego Trolley system, Caltrans, Union Station, Century freeway, California Highway Patrol, Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Sacramento light rail. Also discussed are foreign relations with Mexico, Japan, China, and Korea, California’s economy, real estate ventures, savings and loans, business mergers, and technology developments for the future. The materials in this collection date from 1975-1985.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
September 2010
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Acquisition

The collection was given to the University of Southern California by Lynn A. Schenk in 1988.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • California Association of Realtors. -- Archives
  • California Bankers Association. -- Archives
  • California Chamber of Commerce. -- Archives
  • California. Dept. of Transportation. -- Archives
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. -- Archives
  • Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. -- Archives
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. -- Archives
  • Southwest Border Regional Commission. California Office. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Memorandums
  • Minutes
  • Notes
  • Pamphlets
  • Press releases
  • Reports
  • Speeches

Geographic Name(s)

  • California Century Freeway (Calif.)--Archival resources
  • California--Economic conditions--20th century--Archival resources
  • California--Housing--20th century--Archival resources
  • California--Politics and government--20th century--Archival resources
  • China--Foreign relations--20th century--Archival resources
  • Japan--Foreign relations--20th century--Archival resources
  • Korea--Foreign relations--20th century--Archival resources
  • Mexico--Foreign relations--20th century--Archival resources
  • United States--Politics and government--20th century--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Brown, Jerry, 1938- -- Archives
  • Davis, Gray, 1942- -- Archives
  • Madrid Romandia, Roberto de la -- Archives
  • Reagan, Ronald -- Archives
  • Schenk, Lynn, 1945- -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Alcohol--Law and legislation--California--Archival resources
  • Banks and banking, Foreign--Archival resources
  • Interstate banking--Archival resources
  • Savings and loan associations--California--Archival resources
  • Technology and state--California--20th century--Archival resources
  • Transportation--California--20th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Subject Files 1975-1985 

Arrangement

The collection has been kept in original order and original folder titles were used to describe the contents of the Schenk Papers.

Box Folder

 Speeches/Talking Points Given By Lynn A. Schenk, Volume I 1979-1981 

1 1

 Speeches/Talking Points Given By Lynn A. Schenk, Volume II 1981 

1 2

 Speech Material Lynn A. Schenk Presented to California Highway Patrol Graduates 1982 August 5 

1 3

 Speeches/Talking Points Given By Lynn A. Schenk, Volume III 1981-1982 

1 4-5

 Speeches/Talking Points Given by Lynn A. Schenk, Volume IV 1982 

1 6

 Brown Pamphlets 1980-1982 

1 7

 News Releases 1980-1982 

1 8

 Suggested Talking Points/Speeches For Governor Brown 1981 

1 9

 Materials For Op-Ed Pieces/Speeches 1979-1982 

1 10

 Jewish Materials 1975-1982 

1 11

 Dinner With Governor and California Chamber of Commerce 1980 September 11 

1 12

 Governor Brown Meeting With Ambassador of Japan 1980 

1 13

 Governor's Trip to Mexicali 1980 September-October 

1 14

 Governor Host Breakfast With California Chamber of Commerce 1980 

1 15

 Briefing Papers; Meetings of Governor and Industries 1980-1981 

1 16-17

 California Chamber of Commerce 1980 

1 18

 Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce undated 

1 19

 Meeting With California Council For International Trade and Bay Area Council 1980 June 11 

1 20

 California Association of Realtors 1980 April 21 

1 21

 Electronic Industry 1980 April 18 

1 22

 Home Building and Development Industry 1980 April 16 

1 23

 Industrial Loan, Property Brokers, Escrow, Check Sellers and Cashiers 1980 April 17 

1 24

 Clothing Manufacturers 1980 April 20 

1 25

 Southern California Bankers 1980 April 14 

1 26

 Mortgage Brokers and Bankers 1980 April 28 

1 27

 Northern California Bankers 1980 April 18 

1 28

 Savings and Loan 1980 April 11 

1 29

 California Strategy For Economic Growth 1980-1982 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   2 1-2
    Box Folder
Textual materials   1 30

Box Folder

 Governor's Monthly Schedule 1981 

2 3-5

 California Association of Minority American Contractors 1981 

2 6

 Don L. Gevirtz 1981-1982 

2 7

 Sage Associates Incorporated 1979-1982 

2 8

 Los Angeles and State Chamber of Commerce 1980-1982 

2 9

 Meeting With San Francisco Chamber of Commerce 1982 May 4 

2 10

 Pasadena Chamber of Commerce 1981 March 6 

2 11

 Alcoholic Beverage Control undated 

2 12

 Banking 1979-1982 

2 13-14

 Export-Import Banking 1981 

2 15

 Financial Institutions in the 1980's 1978-1981 

2 16

 Interstate Banking 1981-1982 

2 17

 Foreign Banking 1980-1981 

2 18

 Miscellaneous File Notes 1980-1981 

2 19

 Alternative Mortgage Instruments 1978-1981 

2 20-21

 Department of Real Estate Budget 1980-1982 

2 22-23

 Sunny Mac 1981-1982 

2 24

 Second Trust Deed 1981-1982 

2 25

 Savings and Loan - General 1978-1982 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   3 1
    Box Folder
Textual materials   2 26-27

Box Folder

 Transition Documents undated 

3 2-3

 Transition Documents: Business Regulatory Departments 1982 

3 4

 Housing Transition Issues 1981-1984 

3 5

 Transition Documents Re General Council undated 

3 6

 Century Freeway Housing Plan 1981-1982 

3 7

 Transition Book; Personal/Employment Practices Coordinator 1982 

3 8

 Transition Documents Re Boards and Commissions 1981-1982 

3 9

 Report on High Speed Railway Between Los Angeles and San Diego 1982 

3 10

 Agency Transportation Issues, Volumes I and II 1982-1984 

3 11

 SAFE-BIDCO 1981 

3 12-14

 Government's Small Business Advisory Committee 1981 

3 15-16

 Small Business Advisory Council 1979-1981 

3 17

 Small Business Conference 1982 

3 18

 Government's Small Business Advisory Council 1981-1982 

4 1-2

 Small Business Advisory 1978-1981 

4 3

 Southwest Border Regional Conference 1981-1982 

4 4

 Southwest Border Regional Commission 1981 

4 5

 Twin Plants and Industrial Development Committee 1981-9182 

4 6

 Reagan's "New Federalism" Program 1981-1982 

4 7

 Mexico Peso Devaluation 1982 

4 8

 Governor De la Madrid "State of State" 1982 

4 9

 Southwest Border Regional Council 3rd International Meeting 1982 

4 10

 Mexican-Californian Issues 1979-1985 

4 11-12

 Mexican-Californian Issues Reports 1980-1981 

4 13-14

 California/Baja Joint Cabinet Meeting 1980-1981 

4 15-16

 Japan/United States Relation Issues 1981 

4 17-19

 C. Hugh Friedman 1981 

5 1

 Economic Data 1981 November 20 

5 2

 Clippings and Articles Related to Japan 1980-1981 

5 3

 Japan Miscellaneous Brochures 1981 

5 4

 California/Japan: Unitary Japan 1981 

5 5

 Japan Economic Institute Report 1981 

5 6

 High Speed Rail, Los Angeles to San Diego 1981 

5 7

 Insurance - General 1975-1982 

5 8

 Seasoning Requirement 1980 

5 9

 Department of Real Estate - General 1978-1982 

5 10

 Cross Industry Mergers 1980-1982 

5 11-14

 Savings and Loan, Parity Wellenkamp 1982 

5 15

 Great Western Merger 1981 

5 16

 Point Loma Savings and Loan Regency 1981-1982 

5 17

 Fin Fed 1982 

5 18

 Savings and Loan - Reports 1980-1982 

5 19

 Transportation Budget Information 1981-1982 

5 20

 Business and Transportation Budget 1978-1981 

5 21

 Prospectus for the Future: Renewable Resources Investment Fund undated 

5 22

 Investment in Economic Strength, Volume I-III 1981 

5 23

 "Action Outline" for California 1980 

5 24

 Budget and Transportation Related Articles 1982 

5 25

 Early Warning: California's Lagging Industries and Threatened Counties - Office of Policy, Planning, and Research 1982 November 30 

5 26

 Lynn Schenk Personal Information undated 

5 27

 California State Senate Roster 1982 December 

5 28

 California Commission on Industrial Innovation 1981-1982 

6 1-5

 California Transportation Commission 1980-1982 

6 6

 Legislation - General 1980-1982 

6 7-8

 Interim Hearings 1979 

6 9

 Proposed Legislation 1981 

6 10

 Summary of Legislation (Copies of Bills) 1982 

6 11-12

 R&D Task Force 1980-1981 

6 13

 Economic Business Information 1981 

6 14

 High Tech 1981-1982 

6 15

 Business/Finances/Economy - Part II 1980-1981 

6 16

 Office of Economic Policy, Planning, and Research 1980-1982 

6 17-19

 Housing Issues 1980-1981 

6 20-22

 Transportation 1980 

7 1

 Monetary Free Zone 1978 

7 2

 Technology National Conference on Industrial Innovation 1980-1981 

7 3

 Agency Retreat - DEBD 1981 

7 4

 Agency Retreat - Financial 1981 

7 5

 Agency Retreat - Housing 1981-1982 

7 6

 Agency Retreat - Transportation 1981 

7 7

 Agency Retreat - Lynn A. Schenk 1981 

7 8

 Business and Transportation Documents 1981 

7 9

 Mobile Homes 1981-1982 

7 10

 Gilbert Lindsay Village Green 1980-1982 

7 11

 Fred Sands Creative Financing Task Force 1982 

7 12

 Rent Control 1978-1980 

7 13

 Governor Brown's Appointments 1981-1982 May-December 

7 14-15

 Judicial Appointments 1982 

7 16

 National Governor's Association 1981-1982 

7 17

 Governor Brown Press Releases 1981-1982 

7 18

 Rita Saenz 1980-1981 

7 19

 State of the State Address 1982 

7 20

 Memos to/from B.T. Collins 1981-1982 

7 21

 Updates for Governor Brown 1981 

7 22

 Memos to Jacques Barzaghi 1981-1982 

7 23

 Memos to/from Gray Davis 1980-1981 

7 24

 Memos to/from Lu Haas 1981 

7 25

 United States-Mexico Border Governor's Conference 3rd International Meeting 1982 

7 26

 Investment in People 1981-1982 

7 27

 California Technological Future; Economic Opportunities in the 1980's 1982 

7 28

 Telecommunications Subcommittee 1982 

7 29

 High Tech 1981-1982 

7 30-33

 San Diego Trolley 1976-1982 

7 34

 Union Station 1979-1982 

7 35

 Rail/Caltrans 1979-1982 

8 1-2

 Route GS/Caltrans 1980-1982 

8 3-4

 Santa Clara/Caltrans 1981-1982 

8 5

 Town Creek Bridge Replacement and Widening in Mendocino County 1981 

8 6

 Century Freeway Project 1979-1982 

8 7-9

 California Highway Patrol 1979-1982 

8 10

 Advisory Council on Economic Development 1981-1982 

8 11

 Department of Economic and Business Development - General 1981-1982 

8 12

 Memos to Brown 1980-1982 

8 13-14

 Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency 1981-1982 

8 15

 Transportation Accomplishments - Bay Area 1981 

8 16

 Transportation Accomplishments - Los Angeles 1981 

8 17

 KATZ Bill AB 3331 Agency Reorganization 1982 

8 18

 Development Cabinets 1980 

8 19

 Freeze Advisory Committee 1982 

8 20

 Budget 1981-1982 

8 21

 State Budget 1982 

8 22

 Project Status Reports 1980-1981 

8 23-24

 Computer Science Budget and Time 1982 

8 25

 General Telephone Company of California 1982 

8 26

 Government's Executive Fellows Programs 1980-1982 

9 1-2

 Anaheim File 1982 

9 3

 Miscellaneous Issues 1982 

9 4

 Initiatives 1982 

9 5

 Miscellaneous - Agency 1982 

9 6

 Questionnaire from Wayne State University - Comparative State Management Project 1982 

9 7

 Department of Economic and Business Development - Business Week/Fortune 1979 

9 8-9

 Business Climate Study 1981 

9 10-11

 Consumer Price Index 1978-1981 

9 12

 Reaganomics 1981-1982 

9 13

 Western Governor's Roundtable on International Trade 1981-1982 

9 14

 Labor Force Information 1978-1981 

9 15

 Office of International Trade 1979-1982 

9 16

 Office of Economic Policy, Planning, and Research - General Issues 1978-1982 

9 17

 Office of Economic Policy, Planning, and Research 1978-1982 

9 18

 Economic Forecast 1978-1982 

9 19-20

 North American Community Law Review 1980 June 5 

9 21

 Department of Economic and Business Development - Technical Training 1981 September-November 

9 22

 Tourism 1979-1982 

9 23

 Unitary Taxation 1980-1982 

9 24

 Department of Motor Vehicles - General 1978-1982 

9 25

 Department of Housing and Community Development - General 1978-1982 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   9 26-27
    Box Folder
Textual materials   10 1-2

Box Folder

 Governor's Office Correspondence 1978-1980 

10 3-6

 Governor Appointments 1982 

10 7

 Meetings 1980 

10 8-9

 Voyager 1 Dinner Attendees 1980 November 11 

10 10

 News Summary 1982 December 27 

10 11

 California Business; A Future Built on Today's Success 1975-1981 1982 March 

10 12

 California Coastal Commission 1979-1981 

10 13

 California Energy Commission 1980-1982 

10 14

 California Roundtable Meeting 1981 

10 15

 Pat Brown Institute of Government Affairs 1982 

10 16-17

 Briefing Notes for the Governor for the Carpenter Hearing 1982 February 

10 18

 California Housing Finance Agency 1978-1982 

10 19

 Ullman Act - HR 5741 1979-1981 

10 20

 AB 333 and SB 229 Increase Housing 1979 

10 21

 Urban Strategy for California 1978 

10 22

 Christmas Tree Recycling Program 1982 

10 23

 California Transportation Issues 1979-1982 


    Box Folder
Textual materials   10 24-25
    Box Folder
Textual materials   11 1

Box Folder

 Air/Caltrans 1979-1981 

11 2

 Caltrans/Chatauqua Bypass 1981-1982 

11 3

 Cloverdale Bypass 1981 

11 4

 Funding/Caltrans 1980-1982 

11 5

 Adriana Gianturco 1979-1982 

11 6

 Los Angeles Media Coverage of Caltrain 1982 

11 7

 Sacramento Light Rail Project 1982 

11 8

 Legislation 1978-1982 

11 9

 NORCO Reach/Caltrans 1981 

11 10

 Orange County/Caltrans 1981-1982 

11 11

 Otay Mesa Second Border Crossing 1979-1982 

11 12-13

 Governor Brown Lists for Advisory Committee 1981 

11 14

 Governor Brown Correspondence 1982 

11 15-16

 Japan Reading Materials 1981-1982 

11 17-19

 China Trip 1979-1982 

11 20

 Korea Trip 1981 

11 21
Box

 Hearings, Reports, and Public Laws: 94th Congress 1975-1976, 5 of 20, House Committee on Banking Currency and Housing undated 

12

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