Jordan, Carolyn 1986-04-26

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Carolyn Jordan discusses her tenure on the Lubbock City Council.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Carolyn Jordan

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: April 26, 1986

Location: Sutter’s Creek, California

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 2 hours, 35 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: To Lubbock (August 1964), Impressions, Education, Stanford University, Civic activities, Church, California, American Association of University Women, Calif., League of Women Voters, Lubbock, League of Women Voters (LWV), Lubbock (1960s), Human resources study, Water and natural resources study, Councils of Governments, Contributions to community, Juvenile Detention Center, Betty Anderson, Arch Lamb, Caroline Lanier, League influence upon City Council, Jordan’s role in change, Local reception of League activities, Charlie Guy, Practicality, Garbage containerization, Lubbock City policy, Bill Blackwell, M. B. McCullough, Garbage containerization (again).

Tape 1, Side 2: City Council budget process (again), Garbage containerization (again), Mayor Morris (Mo) Turner, Problems with council, Unionization, Garbage strike, Public hearing, Threats of violence, Relationship with J. T. Alley, Relationship with garbage workers, Continuing threats, Lessons learned from Council service, Reception by LWV (again), Increased practicality, Lobby efforts, League of Women Voters (again), Civic leaders produced, Education, Sully Shine, Betty Anderson, ?Joan Kyer?, ?Marion Schultz?, Ann Burbridge, Time and energy, Changes since 1960s, Texas Tech expansion under Grover E. Murray, Joint city-county services controversy, Human Services, County participation, Fire services controversy, Bryce Campbell, County response, Arch Lamb (again), County finances, League of Women Voters (again), Increased stature, Ambulance service dispute, Problems, Mo Turner (again), Mayor Roy Bass, Arch Lamb (again), Resolution.

Tape 2, Side 1: Joint City-County services controversy (continued), Regional Council of Governments, Organization (1968), Purpose, South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG), Arch Lamb and National Association of County Officials, Regional Council Movement, Jordan’s appointment, Problems of a woman on the council, Lonnie Hollingsworth, Bryce Campbell, Council’s interest in airport, Competition between Jordan and Campbell, Jack Baker, Mo Turner, Threatening council members, Sign ordinance, Attitude toward Jordan, "Town-gown" split, Indiana Avenue Controversy, Mo Turner versus Grover Murray, Compromise, Problems with Turner’s style, Running for office (1972), Reasons for seeking office, Campaign committee, Election campaign, Liquor by the drink issue.

Tape 2, Side 2: Election campaign (continued), Money spent by candidate, Run-off election, At large versus single member districts, LWV’s position, Survey of public opinion, Referendum, Lawsuit, Civic Center construction controversy, Development proposals for 1970s, Tornado recovery efforts, Cost, Financing proposals, Anecdote: Jay Harris threatens recall election against Jordan Anecdote: Harris’ statements relative to water park, Lubbock Power and Light controversy, Jimmy Marshall’s zoning violation, City Development, LP&L expansion, Marshall files lawsuit, Marshall’s popularity, City treatment of minority issues, Funds spend on East Lubbock, Airport-fire station controversy, Construction problems.

Tape 3, Side 1: Construction problems (continued), Jordan’s input, Reasons for controversies, Cooling of attitudes toward Jordan, Anecdote: Dinner parties at Reese Air Force Base, Invitation to Air War College National Security, Forum, Second election versus Roy Middleton, Planning and zoning revision, Jordan’s viewpoint, Selection of Roy Middleton as a candidate, Campaign funding, Run-off election, Recount, Retirement from City Council, Reasons, National and state committee service, Nomination for State Legislature, Election, Democratic affiliation, Changes during Jordan’s tenure on Council, Public Library, Discontinued programs after Jordan left, Meals on Wheels, Park lunches, Rape Crisis Center, Attitudes of council members, Approval, Mayor Roy Bass, Characteristics, Mayor Dirk West, Characteristics, Dear Aunt Cary, Alan Henry, Characteristics, Ruth Lowry, Characteristics and accomplishments, Betty Anderson, Characteristics, Friendship with Jordan.

Tape 3, Side 2: Friendship with Jordan (continued), Running for School Board, Joe Horkey, Halcyon Baggett, Characteristics, Creativity, Assessment of Lubbock as a community, Isolation, Reasons for leaving.

Range Dates: 1964-1986

Bulk Dates: 1964-1980

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