Picus, Joy

Former Los Angeles City Councilmember


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Title An oral history with Joy Picus
Date 2015-04-09
WPA ID WPA_003
OH ID OH 5578.1
Citation Joy Picus interviewed by Natalie M. Fousekis, April 21, 2015, West Hollywood, California, Oral History #5578.1, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage , Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2017-07-30 19:18:01 UTC
Location Reseda, CA
Language English
Subjects Colleges → Virginia Intermont College
Locations → The South (U.S.)
City Council → West Hollywood City Council
City Council → West Hollywood City Council
Community Organizations → Coalition for Economic Survival
Activism → Rent Control
Community Organizations → National League of Cities
Community Organizations → Women in Municipal Government

Abstract

An oral history of Joy Picus, former Los Angeles City Councilwoman. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding her time spent in office as well as her time spent working in the community. Specifically, this interview details Picus’ early life in Chicago, Illinois; college life at the University of Wisconsin; meeting her husband, Gerry; moving to Washington D.C. and involvement in the League of Women Voters (1950s); migrating to the San Fernando Valley, California, in the early 1960s; involvement with the American Association of Women Voters; first attempt and defeat running for L.A. City Council (1973); second attempt and win in 1977; early memories on the L.A. City Council; interactions between men and women representatives; Picus’ main issues of focus while serving on the Council (particularly the issues of garbage and recycling, and making Los Angeles a family-friendly city); her work on the Public Works Committee and Personnel Committee; The Joy Picus Childcare Center; challenges and accomplishments while serving on the Council; what it takes to be a successful city councilmember; and finally, Picus’ leadership style and general observations on how women lead.

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Title An oral history with Joy Picus
Date 2015-05-12
WPA ID WPA_004
OH ID OH 5578.2
Citation Joy Picus interviewed by Natalie M. Fousekis, May 12, 2015, Reseda, California, Oral History #5578.2, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2017-07-30 19:18:01 UTC
Location Reseda, CA
Language English
Subjects Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Los Angeles Free Clinic
Community Organizations → Women Against Gun Violence
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Healthcare Bill of Rights

Abstract

An oral history of Joy Picus, former Los Angeles City Councilwoman. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding her time spent in office as well as her time spent working in the community. Specifically, this interview details Picus’s grandparents, parents, and how her mother raised her; she talks about the importance of Eleanor Flexnor’s Century of Struggle, and how the stories in the book inspired her; she describes her work with the League of Women Voters, how she chaired Baker v. Carr, and how Pat Russel mentored her through various ballot measures; she explains how she worked with the Observer Corps, and her interest in education studies, and her involvement with the American Association of University Women; she details the type of women that were involved with the League of Women Voters during the 1950s, and the awakening of feminism during that same time; she remembers her work with gaining pay equity, the supportive role Tom Bradely’s office played with the agreement; she comments on the lack of awareness that constituents had about child care policies and the building of the Joy Picus Child Development Center; she describes her involvement with many women’s organizations like, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Girl Scouts, and Women For; she discusses her loss on the council in 1993, how it happened, and her thoughts about it; her recollections of her post-council years being on the board of directors for the Friends of the Observatory for Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California, and also her time on the foundation board at California State University, Northridge; she talks about the differences for women in politics today than when she was in office; and she explains her motivations while she was office.

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