1975: Moonbeam lives in the CA Governor's Mansion & Onwards

11:21 AM PST, August 26th, 1975

CA State Treasurer's Office, Sacramento, CA.

CA State Treasurer Jesse Marvin Unruh (D) was making the CA State Treasurer's Office more efficient & responsive to all Californians & the taxpayers. He also was one of the most influential & powerful politicos across the entire Golden State based on his long political experience. Born on September 30th, 1922 in Newton, KS., he served in the United States Navy during World War II; once World War II ended, Unruh later enrolled to the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Political Science & Journalism in 1948. It was during his military service in the United States Navy, where Unruh married Virginia June Lemon in 1943, where they would have 5 kids.

Unruh began his political career as an unsuccessful candidate for the CA State Assembly in 1950 & 1952. On the third attempt, he was successful in winning a seat on the CA State Assembly in 1954, where he served 16 consecutive years until 1971: winning reelection in 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966 & again in 1968. During 1959, he wrote CA's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination by businesses that offer services to the public & was a model for later reforms enacted nationally during the 1960s & 1970s. Unruh served as the 54th CA State Assembly Speaker from September 1961 to January 1969 & was a delegate to the DNC Convention from CA in 1960 & again in 1968. Becoming a national official of the Dems, he often feuded with then-CA Governor Pat Brown (D), & was the case study of James Q. Wilson's treatsie on machine politics, The Amateur Dem.

He was the CA campaign manager for United States Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA)'s successful 1960 Presidential campaign & was a close Kennedy associate throughout his Presidency. He also helped convince the late President's young brother, United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY St) to enter the 1968 Presidential contest & managed his CA campaign. Kennedy won the CA Primary on June 5th, 1968, but was assassinated shortly after his victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of this heinous crime. After meeting with President Lyndon Baines Johnson on Sunday, February 4th, 1968, Johnson described Unruh as "probably one of the most selfish men he had met in politics." After an unsuccessful effort, managed by Unruh & Chicago, IL Mayor Richard J. Daley (D) to enticing United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), as Chair of CA's delegation committed to the deceased Kennedy, he released CA delegates to vote their conscience & announced he would support United States Senator Eugene McCarthy (D-MN) at the 1968 DNC Convention in Chicago, IL.

In 1970, Unruh was the Dem nominee for CA Governor, running against the popular incumbent Governor Ronald Reagan (R), where Reagan emerged victorious garnering 3,439,174 votes (52.83%) to Unruh's 2,938,607 votes (45.14%); Unruh only carried 12 out of 58 Counties. In 1973, he ran into another roadblock, losing his campaign for Los Angeles, CA Mayor, where then-Los Angeles City Councilman Thomas Bradley (D) won the Mayoralty & would hold the office for 20 consecutive years.

By 1974, Unruh made a political comeback..... running for the insignificant post of CA State Treasurer. Unruh's radio advertisements assured voters, "Make no mistake about it, I really want this job." On November 5th, 1974, he emerged victorious garnering 3,144,124 votes (52.48%) to John T. Kehoe (R)'s 2,565,124 votes (42.82%) & took office on January 6th, 1975. He was reelected in 1978 defeating Donald J. French (R), garnering 3,819,563 votes (58.69%) to French's 2,298,605 votes (35.32%); again in 1982 defeating French in their rematch, garnering 4,436,759 votes (59.28%) to French's 2,649,914 votes (35.41%) & again in 1986 defeating Ray Cullen (LIB), garnering 5,589,633 votes (82.73%) to Cullen's 569,280 votes (8.43%), where Unruh swept all 58 Counties securing his 4th & final term in office.

Once in office, Unruh aggressively politicized the CA State Treasurer's Office. The Wall Street Journal noted he became "the most politically powerful public finance officer outside the US Treasury." CA pension funds were a major source of revenue for Wall Street underwriting companies, & Unruh secured campaign contributions in exchange for doing business with them. The New York Times said he had gained control of "an obscure post whose duties had long emphasized bookkeeping. In characteristic fashion, he soon transformed the job into a source of financial & political power that reached from CA to Wall Street." Because as State Treasurer, he was ex officio member of many CA boards & commissions, Unruh supervised "the raising & expenditure of virtually all the state's money & consolidated his influence over billions of dollars in public investments & pension bonds."
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12:42 PM PST, August 29th, 1975

CA Department of Education, Sacramento, CA.

CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Wilson Camanza Riles (D) was another trailblazing, history-making person in the Golden State, when in 1970, he made history becoming the first African American to win statewide office in the Golden State. Born on July 27th, 1917 in Alexandria, LA., Riles graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1940, receiving a Bachelor's Degree & Master's Degree in 1947 & served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II from 1940 to 1945. From 1940 to 1954, he worked as a teacher & administrator in AZ public schools. His first teaching job was in a one-room schoolhouse for African American children of sawmill workers on an Apache Indian reservation near Pistol Creek, AZ. In 1941, he married the former Louise Phillips, a Phoenix schoolteacher, who later taught with her husband at another school for African American children on the reservation. They would have 3 sons: Michael Riles, Phillip Riles, Wilson Riles, Jr., & 1 daughter, Narvia Riles Bostick.

In 1954, Riles moved to Los Angeles, where he became executive secretary of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a Quaker organization, for 4 years. He then went to work for the CA Department of Education, where he focused on programs benefiting disadvantaged students. Over the years, he worked his way up to become a deputy superintendent under then-CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Max Rafferty (R)---with oversight on programs & legislation. He held that deputy's post when---as a political unknown--- he announced he would run against his controversial boss for the Golden State's top education job in 1970. The size of his ballot victory---3,254,365 votes (54.13%) for Riles & 2,757,616 votes (45.87%) for Rafferty---surprised political veterans because he was new to politics & because no African American had ever held statewide office in CA. He took office on January 4th, 1971 as CA's 23rd Superintendent of Public Instruction & was reelected in 1974 garnering 2,997,884 votes (67.72%) to Warren Linville (NP)'s 362,136 votes (8.18%) & again in 1978 garnering 2,818,393 votes (52.26%) to Richard Mudgett (NP)'s 656,439 votes (12.17%). During his 12 years, Riles succeeded in pushing through legislation establishing school site councils that formalized the process of bringing teachers & parents together to evaluate school programs. He also sponsored legislation that emphasized early childhood education. That program focused on establishing individual goals & objectives for students in the elementary grades. Riles was also an early advocate of computers in the classroom.
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Casa de Los Gobernadores
7:00 PM PST, Friday, August 29th, 1975
Carmichael, CA
Carmichael Mansion.jpg

It was getting dark on the night of August 29th & CA First Girlfriend Linda Ronstadt had been overworked with the daily duties all day long, pretty much for the last 3 months. Tired & closed to being stressed out, she needed to get away, so after eating dinner at the Historic CA Governor's Mansion in Sacramento, Linda got into the small blue Plymouth vehicle & drove all the way to Carmichael (without any security just as she strongly preferred to be left alone for a couple of days or weeks) as she was heading to the Carmichael Mansion (which was built during the last half of then-Governor Reagan's administration, which Jerry snubbed due to budgetary concerns & saving the taxpayers money), but Linda was determined to make this place a nice, quiet residence for herself.
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Meanwhile in Sacramento

Lynette Fromme, who was nicknamed "Squeaky" by George Spahn, was one of the followers of cultist Charles Manson, who & his other followers participated in the violent murders of actress Sharon Tate & 6 other people in Los Angeles, CA in 1969. She was one of the earliest followers of Manson, & had a reputation of being one of the most devoted. Over the years, Fromme assumed a leadership role in keeping the cult members in communication with each other after most of them had been imprisoned. By April of 1971, she served 90 days in jail for attempting to feed a hamburger laced with LSD to Barbara Hoyt, who was one of the witnesses of the Tate murder, in an attempt to prevent Hoyt from testifying for the prosecution in the murder trial. Fromme lived at 1725 P Street in Sacramento in an attic apartment with Sandra Good, a close friend of Fromme's. Fast forward to 1975, Fromme made the decision to kill President Gerald Rudolph Ford in setting an example for those refusing to halt environmental pollution & its effects on ATWA.
CA State Capitol Grounds
1:58 AM PST, Saturday, August 30th, 1975

CA State Capitol, Sacramento, CA.
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Squeaky drove to the CA State Capitol Grounds in Sacramento in the early morning HRS of Saturday, August 30th. She was still angry & obsessed with wanting to make a particular point in becoming famous. "That no good idiot in the White House thinks he can win CA in the next election when he's never been elected to anything ? I'll show his ass very quick. I need to do this. It's my duty!" It became clear that Squeaky was walking the grounds, trying to find out where the Presidential motorcade would arrive on the Capitol Grounds.
Over in Palo Alto

Katrina was reading the newspaper about the upcoming Presidential trip to Sacramento, "I wonder what this is all about, but anyway I still need to see Linda. Oh Baby, I want you so bad." Working as a massage masseuse, she was determined to get very close to the First Girlfriend of CA by any means necessary. Then she got a phone call from the First Girlfriend's office staff, telling her to head to Carmichael to do a special duty assignment, it wasn't specified what it meant but Katrina was interested by the prospect of meeting CA's First Girlfriend face-to-face.
2:16 PM PST, Sunday, August 31st, 1975

Fair Oaks, CA.

Projecting a more aggressive, intense & controlling personality seemed to drive employees crazy & nervous, many of whom weren't thrilled with the likes of Joseph Graham Davis, Jr., nicknamed "Gray". He was the executive secretary & Gubernatorial Chief of Staff to Governor Brown. He wasn't as liberal as Brown, preferring moderate-to-conservative approach in getting things done on how state government should be run. His story was an intriguing one....

Born in the Bronx, NYC, NY St on December 26th, 1942, the son of Doris (Meyer) Morell & Joseph G. Davis. The Davis family moved to CA in 1954. He was the oldest of five kids: 3 sons & 2 daughters; raised as a Roman Catholic. Davis & his family were one of the millions of Americans to migrate to the Southwest & CA as part of the post-World War II Sun Belt Migration.

His diverse educational experiences at public, private & Catholic schools allowed him an opportunity to compare all three systems as a lawmaker. Davis graduated from a North Hollywood military academy, the Harvard School for Boys (later Harvard-Westlake School). His family was upper middle class & was led by his demanding mother, he was nicknamed "Gray" by his mother. His father, was an advertising manager at Time, Inc., & also an alcoholic, was the son of businessman William Rhodes Davis.

The strong academic accomplishments earned him acceptance to Stanford University, where Davis played on the Stanford Men's Golf Team with a two handicap. After entering Stanford, his father left the family, which forced Davis to joint the ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) in order to stay in school. The deal included a promise to enter the United States Army upon graduation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in History from Stanford University in 1964, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi Fraternity, graduating with distinction. He later returned to NYC to attend Columbia Law School where he won the Moot Court Award. During law school, Davis had a romantic encounter with actress Cybill Shepherd. He received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Columbia in 1967 & then clerked at the law firm of Beekman & Bogue in NYC, NY St.

After completing the program, Davis entered active duty in the United States Army in 1967, serving in the Vietnam War during its height until 1969. Davis saw time on the battlefield during his time in Vietnam. He returned home as a commissioned officer with the rank of Captain along with the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service. Friends, who knew him at the time, said Davis---like many Vietnam Veterans---came back a changed man, interested in politics & more intense. He returned from Vietnam "more serious & directed". He was also surprised to discover that many of those serving in Vietnam were Latinos, African Americans & Southern Anglos with very few from schools like Stanford & Columbia; Davis believed the burden of the war should be felt equally & he resolved early on to go about changing America so that would change. Davis became a life member of the American Legion & Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He volunteered for the successful campaign of John V. Tunney for the United States Senate in 1970. He started a statewide neighborhood crime watch program while serving as chairman of the CA Council on Criminal Justice. His initial political experience included working to help Thomas Bradley get elected as Los Angeles' first African American Mayor in 1973. The historical significance of Bradley's victory further inspired Davis to pursue a career in politics. In 1974, Davis was an unsuccessful candidate for the Dem Primary nomination for CA State Treasurer, losing to the more popular former CA State Assembly Speaker Jesse Unruh, who filed to run on the deadline date.

Not to be deterred by this setback, Davis then joined the administration of CA Governor Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr., (D), who took office as the Golden State's 34th Governor on January 6th, 1975. Davis served as the Governor's Executive Secretary & Gubernatorial Chief of Staff from 1975 to 1976; later served as Brown's White House Chief of Staff from 1977 to 1981. As Brown was campaigning for the Presidency, Davis ran the Golden State in the Governor's absence. During this time, he met his future wife, Sharon Ryer, while on an airplane tending to official business in 1978. Ryer, who was working as a flight attendant for Pacific Southwest Airlines, was annoyed when Davis was holding up the entire departure flight from Sacramento to Los Angeles. Wanting to make amends, Davis apologized & asked Ryer out. They later got married in 1983, with CA Supreme Court Chief Justice Rose Bird officiating.

Davis would later win election to a seat in the CA State Assembly representing the 43rd District (representing parts of Los Angeles County including West Los Angeles & Beverly Hills) in 1982 & was reelected in 1984. He championed a popular campaign to help find missing children by placing their pictures on the milk cartons & grocery bags. Ambitious & determined to make more of a difference, Davis successfully ran for statewide office as CA's 28th State Controller in 1986 succeeding the retiring Kenneth Cory (D), who stepped down after 12 years in office. He defeated State Senator Bill Campbell (R-Hacienda Heights); garnering 3,673,432 votes (51.48%) to Campbell's 3,149,359 votes (44.14%). Davis was reelected in 1990 defeating Matthew Fong (R), garnering 4,153,534 votes (56.12%) to Fong's 2,700,696 votes (36.49%) & during his tenure as CA's chief fiscal officer, he saved taxpayers more than half a billion dollars by cracking down on Med-Cal fraud, rooting out government waste & inefficiency & exposing the misuse of public funds. He was the first Controller to withhold paychecks from all statewide elected officeholders, including himself, until the Governor & the Legislature passed an overdue budget. He also found & returned more than $1.8 billion in unclaimed property to CA citizens, including forgotten bank accounts, insurance settlements & stocks.

In 1994, Davis would go on to win the Lieutenant Governorship, garnering 4.441,129 votes (52.42%) to State Senator Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley)'s 3,412,777 votes (40.28%) & took office as CA's 44th Lieutenant Governor on January 2nd, 1995, Davis focused on efforts on the CA economy & worked to encourage new industries to locate & expand in the Golden State. He also worked to keep college education affordable for CA's middle-class families & oversaw the largest student-fee reduction in CA history. As the state's 2nd most powerful & highest-elected statewide officeholder, he served as President of the CA State Senate, Chairman of the Commission for Economic Development, Chairman of the State Lands Commission, Regent of the University of California & Trustee of the California State University. He also tacitly engineered the successful recall election against then-CA Governor Pete Wilson (R), who was recalled from office in the Spring of 1996, who ended up being replaced by former President Jerry Brown, who was elected in the Recall Election by a landslide securing his 2nd term as Governor (more on that later in the TL): Brown's reelection in the Recall Election effectively ended 13 years of GOP control of the CA Governor's Mansion in Sacramento.

In 1998, Davis would win the Governorship in a massive landslide victory. He defeated CA State AG Dan Lungren (R) garnering 4,860,702 votes (57.97%) to Lungren's 3,128,030 votes (38.38%).

More on Davis later....

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Over in Sacramento

Squeaky was getting nervous, she got her pistol handy & practiced shooting at animals in an undisclosed park area. "This President must be stopped. He has to be stopped. He's a liability."
4:42 PM EST, Saturday, August 31st, 1975

White House, Washington, DC.

In July of 1975, CA Governor Jerry Brown (D) refused to speak at the 49th annual Sacramento Host Breakfast, an annual gathering of wealthy CA business leaders to be held in Sacramento to be held at the Sacramento Convention Center on the morning of September 5th, 1975. Furious & wanted to retaliate on the 1st-term CA Governor, for what he would describe more than 30 years later as a "dilatory response" to the invitation, the politically powerful group invited President Ford, a GOPer, to make the September 5th, 1975 morning speech instead which he accepted. The President also saw CA's 45 Electoral Votes as critical to his success in the upcoming 1976 Presidential Election & accepted the invitation to speak at the Host Breakfast.

In early August of 1975, the New York Times reported the United States Environmental Protection Agency had released a study entitled "A Spectroscopic Study of CA Smog", showing the smog was widespread in rural areas. The NYT article also noted how President Ford had just asked the US Congress to relax provisions of the 1963 Clean Air Act beyond the 1970 Clean Air Act amendments & provided details on Ford's upcoming trip to CA. After learning of Ford's upcoming visit, ex-convict Thomas Elbert was arrested on August 18th in response to Elbert phoning the United States Secret Service & threatening to kill Ford when he visited Sacramento.

Little did Ford know that his Presidency would end tragically....
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Meanwhile in Carmichael

Katrina arrived at the Casa de Los Gobernadores residence at 7:30 PM on a Saturday night. Knocking on the door, Linda Ronstadt opened the door & welcomed Katrina "Hello Katrina. I'm Linda & welcome to Casa de Los Gobernadores. Nice meeting you." Katrina replied "It's nice meeting you Miss Ronstadt. Where would you want to start the message ?"

Closing the door & locking it tight, Linda replied "I'll walk you over here in the backroom on the 1st floor. You can call me Linda. "

Linda (only wearing a robe), took off the bathrobe, spread her legs wide, slowly laid on her stomach of the black surface mat as Katrina began to begin the long massage.
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Over in Sacramento

Squeaky was obsessing, sweating & disshuffled: "This President is a liability. He must go. He must go. He must go."

She continued the rants: "Ford is a liability, Ford is a liability, Ford is a liability, Ford is a liability, Ford is a liability & Ford is a liability!"
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8:00 PM PST, Saturday, August 31st, 1975
CA Governor's Mansion, Sacramento, CA.

Inside the historic CA Governor's Mansion in Sacramento, Governor Brown was aggressive in getting the CA State budget balanced. He was known by many for working deep into the late HRS. Some members of the Governor's staff were getting tired of the late-night working duties, the Governor noticed weakness & snapped: "Now look everyone! The state budget is out of control & outdated, needs lots of fine-tuning, plus lots of budget cuts, we're going to stay up all night until we get this done!"

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CA Field Poll (June 30th-August 31st, 1975)
Approve or Disapprove the job CA Governor Jerry Brown (D) is doing
Approve: 64%
Disapprove: 17%
Not Sure: 13%
Meanwhile in Carmichael

Katrina was working on relaxing Linda's feet, ankles & thighs. Excited by the extra push & jolts
"Hmmm. That feels so damn good" replied Ronstadt. "It feels so great to be out of Sacramento because being the First Girlfriend is a 24/7 job which I never anticipated to be all over the entire State." While Linda enjoyed the perks & benefits being the First Girlfriend such as ribbon-cutting ceremonies, doing tours at the historic CA Governor's Mansion to many groups of schoolchildren, retired teachers groups, VFW military veterans, etc., the 24/7 hectic schedule had worn her out in the last few months especially since her boyfriend, Governor Brown had been on a nationwide tour promoting the Golden State & his strong budgeting, tax-cutting policies as well as Brown's speaking circuit in IA, NH, SC, FL, NV, PA, OH, etc., in what many political analysts viewed as a 1976 Presidential campaign.

Although supportive of Jerry's possible campaign for the White House (stay tuned for that one later down the road), Linda needed this long vacation break & staying at Casa de Los Gobernadores in Carmichael was relaxing & smoothing.
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Brown, Sr.,
8:00 PM PST, Saturday, August 31st, 1975

Beverly Hills, CA.

Former CA Governor Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, Sr., (D) was reading the newspaper at his family residence in Beverly Hills. He had been reflecting on his legacy since leaving office on January 2nd, 1967 after losing his reelection in one of the largest landslide defeats ever by an incumbent CA Governor in 1966. He came close to challenging Reagan in 1970, but after strong family intervention, decided to back out of this attempted comeback when he realized his only son, Jerry (the Brown's had 4 kids: 3 daughters & 1 son) was moving up in the political ladder in the Golden State.
8:30 PM PDT, Saturday, August 31st, 1975
Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles, CA.

Following a closed-door meeting with Los Angeles Mayor Thomas Bradley (D) at the Mayor's Office Reception Hall inside Los Angeles City Hall, United States Senator John V. Tunney (D-CA) was in the midst of a reelection campaign, but he was facing many challenges since his upset victory in 1970, being accused of being absent, missing critical votes in the US Senate on major pieces of legislation, etc., he was considered by many as one of the rising stars in Golden State politics & national politics as well.

In the aftermath of the Blue Wave in the 1974 Midterms, Tunney served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, he asked the subcommittee staff to initiate a long-term comprehensive investigation of the technological aspects of surveillance. As noted in the Surveillance Technology Report of 1976, this investigation of surveillance was the first attempt to organize an immense amount of data in a comprehensive & usable format & to provide a framework for future analyses & ultimately, for the creation of institutional mechanisms that will diminish the threats posted by surveillance technology.

The preface of this report, Tunney stated "If knowledge is power, then certainly the secret & unlimited acquisition of the most detailed knowledge about the most intimate aspects of a person's thoughts & actions conveys extraordinary power over that person's life & reputation to the snooper who possesses the highly personal information." He also served as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Science & Technology, & as a member of the Senate Joint Atomic Energy Committee.
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Meanwhile in Carmichael

Katrina continued the long massage, relieving the pressure points on Linda's thighs, legs, going in between the legs, rubbing her entire back. "Hmmmm. This massage is so great Katrina. Give me more of this!"
Been reading this thread, looks good. As a Californian myself, I’m definitely will be enjoying this one. Hopefully, we get to a President Moonbeam. :p