Interview of Philip L. Soto
La Puente city council member from 1958 to 1962 and California assemblyman from 1962 to 1966. Director of the Small Business Administration's minority business development program and activist in the Chincano/a movement of the 1960s.
- Philip L. Soto
- California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
- Politics and Government
- Biographical Note:
- La Puente city council member from 1958 to 1962 and California assemblyman from 1962 to 1966. Director of the Small Business Administration's minority business development program and activist in the Chincano/a movement of the 1960s.
- Soto, Philip L.
- Persons Present:
- Soto and Vasquez.
- Place Conducted:
- Soto's home in Pomona, California.
- Supporting Documents:
- 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:
- Family background; service in World War II; securing a vocational education under the G.I. Bill; supporting the presidential candidacy of John F. Kennedy; elected to represent the Fiftieth Assembly District, 1963-67; John Moreno also victorious at the polls in November 1962; Soto's and Moreno's presence marks the first time in the twentieth century that Mexican-Americans are seated in the state assembly; Soto active in civic affairs and community organizations in La Puente; elected to the La Puente City Council in 1958; in the state assembly Soto carries legislation on alcoholic beverages, narcotics, salaries for local elected officials, compensatory education, and numerous other bills.