Richard Alatorre Papers
Richard Alatorre was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduating from James A. Garfield High
School in 1961. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Los
Angeles, in 1965. He later went on to earn a Master of Public Administration degree from the
University of Southern California. Alatorre taught in several California universities before
becoming an aide to California Assemblyman Walter Karabian and State Senator Alfred Song in 1968. Before this he was Western Regional Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where he successfully initiated lawsuits on behalf of children, many of whom were Spanish speaking, that were assigned to classes for the mentally retarded. Alatorre has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
The files in this collection are related to his work as a California Assemblyman, specifically to
his duties as the Chairman on the Select Committee on Farm Labor Violence. That committee
began work in 1973 and issued its final report in early 1974. The work this committee did led to the first UFW / AFL-CIO sponsored farm labor relations bill in the California legislature. One of the authors of that measure (AB 3370) was Richard Alatorre. AB 3370 was never ratified, but served as the forerunner of the 1975 Agricultural Relations Act, also co-authored by Alatorre.
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