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Reagan, as Governor of California, initiated a project to restructure local government.  A woman named, K. Maureen Heaton in a book titled Impossible Dream[1], documented her activism in opposition to what she called ‘big government takeover’ – consolidation of city and county governments.  Through that activism, she managed to get a copy of a report titled, “The Politics of Change in Local Government Reform”[2].  This report included case studies on experiences of local government consolidation attempts as well as the conditions under which changes could be made and the requirements for when the change-enabling event occurred.


[1] Charlotte Iserbyt, American Deception archive, 1990, K. Maureen Heaton, The Impossible Dream, type in Heaton in the keyword search box to find the book.

[2] Institute for Local Self Government, January 31, 1974, John C. Houlihan, Executive Director, The Politics of Change in Local Government Reform,