Oral Histories

Interview of Nell Soto

Pamona city council member from 1987 to 1998. California assembly member from 1998 to 2000 and 2006 to 2008. California senator from 2000 to 2006.
Nell Soto
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
Pamona city council member from 1987 to 1998. California assembly member from 1998 to 2000 and 2006 to 2008. California senator from 2000 to 2006.
Vasquez, Carlos
Soto, Nell
Persons Present:
Soto and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
Soto's home in Pomona, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Carlos Vasquez, Director, UCLA State Government Interview Series, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., Political Science, UCLA; M.A., Political Science, Stanford University; Ph.D. candidate, History, UCLA.There exist no private papers which the interviewer was able to consult for this interview.
Processing of Interview:
Vasquez checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spellings, and verified proper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. The interviewer also prepared the introductory materials.Soto reviewed a copy of the edited transcript and returned it with minor corrections.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were undertaken by the UCLA Oral History Program under the auspices of the California State Archives and in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program; California State University, Sacramento, Center for California Studies Oral History Program; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program; and the University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office. Funds were allocated to the state archives after Governor George Deukmejian signed into law Assembly Bill 2104 (Chapter 965 of the Statutes of 1985), establishing a state government oral history program "to provide through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California's legislative and executive history." All interviews in the series are available at the California State Archives in Sacramento.
Spouse of Philip L. Soto; family background; education; experiences working during World War II; interest and activity in Democratic Party politics in the Los Angeles metropolitan area; involvement as a strategist, electioneer, and fund-raiser in her husband's La Puente City Council and California State Assembly election campaigns; elected to the Pomona City Council in 1987; employment as a community affairs representative for the Southern California Rapid Transit District.