History of the CCC

“Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions … and more!”
July 7, 1976

July 7, 1976

Legislation signed by Governor Brown establishing the CCC.

1977

1977

LeRoy Chatfield appointed director; opens 18 centers in 18 months. Shown with Gov. Brown and first CCC director Buck Hornor.

1979

B.T. Collins appointed director (1979-81). Created “Hard work, low pay, miserable conditions” motto.

Energy and Backcountry Trails programs established.

1983

1983

Gov. Deukmejian signs legislation making the CCC a permanent state department.

CCC Director Bud Sheble (1983-1991) adds the “and more” to the CCC motto.

First international exchange program.

1985

1985

The CCC awarded the United Nations Environment Programme Medal. CCC Director Bud Sheble speaks at the U.N. ceremony in New York.

1986

1986

Major flood response throughout the state — 1,070 Corpsmembers mobilized.

1988

1988

Australian exchange established.

1989

1989

Loma Prieta earthquake recovery work, shown in San Francisco’s Marina District. Crews also worked in San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.

1990

1990

Major fire response, largest to date — 71 crews, 822 Corpsmembers.

1991

1991

Oakland Hills fire rehabilitation work, 1991-92.  Work included placing straw mats and hay bales on hillsides to prevent erosion from winter rains.

1992

1992

Los Angeles civil unrest recovery work.

Budget cuts close CCC training academy and three residential centers, including the Bay Area Center in Richmond.

 

1994

1994

Northridge Earthquake Recovery Corps established to do work from helping out at shelters to removing damaged chimneys.

1997

1997

Major response to El Niño storms.

1998

1998

John Muir Charter High School opens. While in the CCC, Corpsmembers can earn their high school diplomas.

2001

2001

Corpsmembers hand out nearly two million compact fluorescent light bulbs throughout the state as part of the CCC’s Powerwalk.

2003

2003

 

Crews respond to Old Fire and Cedar Fire.

Budget cuts close residential centers, including the Butte Fire Center.

2005

2005

Hurricane recovery work in Louisiana.

2007

2007

Cosco Busan oil spill cleanup in the San Francisco Bay.

2008

2008

Major fire response — 74 crews, 801 Corpsmembers.

2009

2009

Governors alliance formed to counteract pressure to close the CCC. The program survives.

2011

2011

Veterans Corps Fishery Program established. The CCC continues to hire veterans up to age 29.

2013

2013

Energy Corps launched.

Rim Fire response.

2015

2015

Director Bruce Saito

Bruce Saito appointed director.

2016

2016

CCC 40th anniversary with founder Gov. Brown at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The Corps also celebrated at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

Six former CCC directors attended the Sacramento celebration.

2017

2017

Butte Fire Center re-established.

Unprecedented response to out-of-state fires.

Hurricane recovery crews sent to Texas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands.