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Title: San Diego Public Information Office Records, 1971-1978Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1976-1978

Primary Creator: Public Information Office (1970-)

Extent: 29.39 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

I. Committee Files

   1.  Community Liaising, 1975-1978

   2.  Projects and Programs, 1972-1976

II. Administrative Files

   1.  Correspondence and Memorandums, 1973-1976

   2.  Financial Records, 1972-1976

III. News Releases, 1972-1978

IV. Newspaper Clippings, 1977-1978

Date Acquired: 00/00/1979

Subjects: San Diego County (Calif.). Office of Public Information Services

Forms of Material: Organizational Records

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The San Diego Public Information Office Records documents the establishment of an information service for San Diego and the daily responsibilities of the Public Information Office (PIO) in the county.  The collection consists of community liaising program files, correspondence, memorandums, financial reports, and purchase orders documenting the management and daily responsibilities of the PIO.  The collection also includes news releases written and released by the PIO, and newspaper clippings.  The collection dates from 1971- 1978, however there is minimal documentation for the years 1971-1975.    The collection consists of four series: Committee Files, Administrative Files, News Releases, and Newspaper Clippings.  The Committee Files are divided into two sub-series: Community Liaising Files and Projects and Programs Files.  The Administrative Files are also divided into two sub-series: Correspondence and Memorandums, and Financial Records.

The Committee Files series documents the Public Affairs unit which distributed and liaised between communities and development agencies, and the Publications unit which created skits, slide shows, and pamphlets for County projects and programs.  It consists of two sub-series: Community Liaising files, and Projects and Programs.  The Community Liaising files sub-series consists of minutes and agendas for San Diego County communities which were distributed by the PIO to the general public.  The sub-series also includes minutes and agendas from the Chief Administrative Office, the Civil Service Commission, Environmental Development Agency, and Integrated Planning Office.  It dates from 1975-1978 and is files alphabetically by community name.  The Projects and Programs sub-series document the tasks and community outreach programs the Public Information Director and staff carried out on a daily basis.  The Projects and Programs files also include general files such as job descriptions, policies, procedures, reports, and office information.  It dates from 1972-1976 and is filed alphabetically.

The Administrative Files series documents the Staff Services unit of the PIO and contains the financial records and inter-departmental documents used by the Public Information Director and staff throughout the duration of the offices existence, and documents the spending habits and cutbacks to the County department in the 1970's.  It consists of two sub-series: Correspondence and Memorandums and Financial Records.  The Correspondence and Memorandums sub-series consists of inter-departmental agendas, memorandums, and correspondence, as well as correspondence with other County departments and community programs and documents the everyday tasks of the PIO staff.  It dates from 1973-1976 and is filed alphabetically.  The Financial Records sub-series consists of  budget analysis, fiscal and quarterly reports, purchase orders, and bills and documents spending habits and cutbacks during county-wide budget shortfalls in the 1970's.  The Correspondence and Memorandums are arranged in alphabetical order and date from 1973-1976.  The sub-series dates from 1972-1977 with a majority of reports dated from 1974-1976, and is filed alphabetically.

The News Releases series documents the Media unit of the PIO and includes a copy of the majority of news releases distributed by the PIO.  It includes some news releases from different County departments such as the Office of the Tax Collector, San Diego Region Overall Economic Development Program, Water Conservation, Department of Human Services, and Air Pollution Control District.  The series also includes issues of News Across the Board; press releases from the County Board of Supervisors dating from 1976-1978.  The series dates from 1972-1973 and 1975-1978, and is arranged in chronological order.

The Newspaper Clippings series documents stories and events significant to local county government published by local newspapers.  It includes clippings from nearly all newspapers in the county and range from 1971- 1978.  There is only one clipping from 1971, no clippings from 1972-1974, and only one dated clipping from 1975 along with three topical folders from 1975.  An official newspaper clipping service was established by the Public Information Office and 1977 and continued through 1978.  Most of the clippings are arranged in chronological order; there is one section from dated April 1977 to May 1977 that is arranged alphabetically by newspaper title.

Biographical Note

In 1970, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors became aware that the public lacked understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and limitations of the county government.  The County Board of Supervisors established the San Diego Public Information Office (PIO) which was developed into a public relations firm under the Chief Administrative Office and charged with creating a communications program for San Diego County government.  Frank Aleshire was elected as Chief Administrative Officer for the County in 1973, and oversaw the PIO for two years.  During which time the PIO developed and began implementing a broad, comprehensive public information program for the County.  In order to perform the tasks, the office was divided into four units: Media, Publications, Public Affairs, and Staff Services.

The Media unit was responsible for providing information and assistance to the news media servicing San Diego county public broadcasting and news releases.  Media created and distributed news releases to local newspapers for events and programs put on by various County departments.  The Publications unit provided slide shows, audio-visual programs, and pamphlets for projects around San Diego.  The skits and shows were used by different community outreach programs.  The Public Affairs unit developed and implemented programs designed to communicate directly with various community groups and to coordinate with the planning department.  In the 1970’s, many communities were built across San Diego and the Public Affairs unit recorded and distributed the notices, agendas, and minutes of all the community planning groups and the development agencies.  Staff Services provided specialized clerical support for the whole department.  Staff Services paid and kept information about vendors, made reports and budgets for the office, and distributed that information to the County.

San Diego County underwent many changes in the 1970's, some motivated by budget cuts and job freezes.  Fred Christensen came in as Public Information Director in the early 1970's interested in re-evaluating the program and re-designing it, and Hal Peyer, Assistant Director was hired in 1975 to help reformulate the program.  In the late 1970's, the PIO was moved into the County's Program Development Agency along with several other departments.  Since the 1980's, the Public Information Office moved several times.  In 1997, the Board of Supervisors developed the Department of Media and Public Relations (DMPR) to ensure information about county issues,  programs and services move quickly  and accurately to the public, employees, and news organizations.  In 2010, it was re-organized and re-named the County Communications Office and is responsible for media and public relations for the County of San Diego, including emergency communications, media relations, news releases, news letters, publications and several major multimedia Board presentations.  While the Office's responsibilities have remained the same, its name, job titles, and staffing structure have reflected changing times and the importance of the internet as an important communications vehicle.

Subject/Index Terms

San Diego County (Calif.). Office of Public Information Services

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Hal Peyer

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, San Diego Public Information Office Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


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[Series 1: Committee Files, 1972-1978],
[Series 2: Administrative Files, 1972-1976],
[Series 3: News Releases, 1972-1978],
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Series 1: Committee Files, 1972-1978Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Community Liaising Files, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Alpine Citizens Executive Committee Minutes, 1976,1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Alpine Community PLanning Group- Agendas, Notices, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Civil Service Commission- Agendas, Notices, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Chief Administrative Office- Minutes, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Crest/Dehesa/Harbinson Planning Group- Agendas, Notices, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Crest/Dehesa/Harbinson Planning Group- Minutes, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Environmental Development Agency (EDA)- Minutes, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Fallbrook Citizens' Planning Group/Executive Committee- Agendas, Notices, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Fallbrook Citizens' Planning Group, Executive Committe- Minutes, 1975,1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Hotel Del Coronado- Agendas, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Integrated Planning Office- Agendas, Notices, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Integrated Planning Office- Minutes, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Integrated Planning Office- Minutes, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Integrated Planning Office- July-September, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Integrated Planning OfficeAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Jamul/Dulzura Planning Group- Minutes, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Julian Community PLanning Program- Agendas, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Julian Community Planning Program- Minutes, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Lakeside Citizens' Committee- Agendas, 1976,1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Lakeside Planning Committee, Executive Committee- Agendas, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lakeside Planning Committee- Minutes, 1975,1978Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Lakeside Planning Committe, Executive Committee- Minutes, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Lemon Grove Planning Association- Agendas, Notices, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Lemon Grove Planning Association- Minutes, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Poway Planning and Development ProgramAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Poway Planning and Development Program, Executive Committee- Agendas, notices, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Poway Planning and Development Program, Executive Committee- Minutes, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Rainbow Community Planning Group- Minutes, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Ramona Community Planning Organization- Agendas, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Ramona Community PLanning Organization- Minutes, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 14: San Dieguito Citizens' Advisory Planning Committee- Agendas, Notices, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 15: San Dieguito Citizens' Planning Group- Agendas, NoticesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: San Dieguito Citizens' Advisory Planning Commitee- Minutes, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 17: San Dieguito Citizens', Executive Committee- Minutes, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Santee Community Planning Group- Agendas, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Santee Planning Community- Minutes, 1975,1977Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Santee Citizens' Planning Committee, Executive Committee- Agendas, Notices, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Santee Citizens' Planning Committee, Executive Commitee- Minutes, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Sweetwater Community Planning Program- Agendas, 1975,1978Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sweetwater Community PLanning Program- Minutes, 1975,1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Sweetwater Citizens' Executive Committee- Minutes, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Valle de Oro COmmunity Planning Group- Agendas, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Valle de Oro Community Plannig Group- Minutes, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Valle de Oro Citizens' Executive Committee- Minutes, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Valley Center Community Planning Program- Agendas, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Valley Center Community PLanning Program- Minutes, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Valley Center Community Planning Program, Executive Committee- Agendas, 1975Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Program and Project Files, 1972-1976Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Air Resources Management- Reports, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Arbitron Television- Report, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Affirm Fair Housing Marketing- Information, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Board Chambers Remodeling- Blue Prints, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Board of Supervisors Conference- Procedures, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Board Questionaire, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Branch Information Office Proposal, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 16: B/S Brochure Revision, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Cabinet Minutes, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 18: California PI Programs, 1969-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Certificate of Appreciation- forms, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Chamber of Commerce- Business Survey, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Citizens' Assistance Program, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 22: City-County Newsletter, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 23: City-County Policies, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Civil Service Commission- "C" Rate for PI Specialist- Report, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Commercial Motion Picture Production- Periodicals, proposals, March 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Commercial Film Permit PolicyAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Community Development Task Force, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Contract Compliance Forms, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: County Government Booklet, April 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: County Government Booklet- Final, October 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: County Government Insert Statistics, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 5: County Objectives, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: County Public Works Training UnitAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: County Re-Organization, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: County Slide Show- Correspondence Scripts, June 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Critical Issues List, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 10: CSA Slide Show Script, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Docket Revisions, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Drug Programs, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Duplication Study OPIS, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Economy- Austerity Program, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Earthquake" Safety Instructions- ReleasesAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: ESCO- Energy- Publicity, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Energy Conservation, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Executive Council- ReportsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Fair QuestionairesAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: General Plan Implementation, 1975Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Government Information Center, 1974-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: HCA Slide Show- Correspondence, scripts, October 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: HCA Slide Show- Rough Drafts & B.G.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: HCA Slide Show- ScriptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Intercom, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Intergovernmental Newsletter, 1963-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Intergovernmental Newsletter- Mailing list, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: IPO Slide Show- Reports, Correspondence, February 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Local Governemnt Restructuring Study, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Management Development Programs- Reports, 1974Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Media Unit Procuedures, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Monthly File, October 1-15, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Monthly Reports, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Monthly Reports, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Municipal Advisory Council (MAC)- Reports, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Office Organization- Charts, memos, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 7: OPIS, Priority Programs, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Organization Handbook/ Memory Jogger, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Personnel- Policies & Procedures, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Perspective, February 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Perspective, April 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Perspective Budget Issue, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Perspective Copy, May 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Public Information Program- Memos, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Perspective "December Issue"- recording, directory, report, correspondence, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Perspective "December Issue"- recording, directory, report, correspondence, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Perspective- IPO Issue, April 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Persepctive- IPO Issue, April 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographic Services- Catalogue, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: PI, Program for Revision of Regulatory System, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 7: PRSA Study COmmittee- Reports, correspondence, 1973-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Publication/ Publicity- Price lists, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Public Information Officer- JOb Description, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Public Information Specialist- Job applications, descriptions, correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Public Information Specialist- Job application, descriptions, correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Public Works Recording- Presentation, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Ramona Bus Service- Report, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Report of Accomplishments, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Report to Cabinet on CPO Actions, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Resource Recovery Groundbreaking Mailing List, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Resource Recovery Project, December 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Revenue Sharing Brochure- Proposals, correspondence, programs, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Revenue Sharing, April 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Salary Review Commission- Membership list, noticesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: San Diego County Housing AuthorityAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: SDSU Screening COmmittee- Minutes, correspondence, August 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Slide Presentations- schedules, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Solid Waste Management- Information Plan, November 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Special Report, March 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Speeches, OctoberAdd to your cart.
1976
Folder 16: State of the County Address, January 7, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Suggestion Awards- Correspondence, nominee list, March 1976Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Supervisory Seminar- Program Outlines, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: VIP Professional Services, February 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Vista Center Groundbreaking- programs, photographs, lists, correspondence, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Visual Aids Task Force, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Voting Campaign- correspondence, news releases, reports, November 1974Add to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Public Information Program- Reports & Budgeting, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Resource Recovery Groundbreaking, 1975Add to your cart.

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