Nestor Barrett Interview 1977

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Mr. Barrett was the first City Planner hired by the newly incorporated city of Campbell. In this interview, Mr. Barrett discusses the early days of the city and it’s government.

04:02 – Discuss parents – to 1925 when father died and family moved to Bay.
09:48 – Echo phone factory – Sunnyvale + radio repair. 1925-1927.
16:45 – County surveyor Deputy 1927 – 1940.
20:25 – “Escaped” the depression, bought a home and married.
24:11 – Talking about planning – first county planning commission.
26:35 – Hugh Palmeroy – first county planning consultant.
30:10 – James Campbell, no relation to original Campbell family, first Santa Clara County planning director.
31:27 – Barrett hired as assistant planner 1940.
32:05 – Rejected from Navy service in 1941 – stayed in planning department.
34:23- Worked for Leslie Salt, a planning firm, for around 14 months after the end of the war.
35:50 – Met first mayor of Campbell, asked to come to council meeting that night and hired on the spot at meeting.
39:27 – At the time also planning consultant for Los Gatos + Milpitas + Gilroy.
39:51 – Controlled manufacturing zones. Los Gatos + Campbell joint report.
42:22 – Annexation wars between Santa Clara County cities. San Jose and Campbell work together however.
44:53 – Changing the address system for Campbell.
50:58 – Neighborhood plan map – each neighborhood serves an elementary school.
54:50 – Impressed with how Campbell has developed – Loop Street Area – 1961-1977.
57:07 – Modernizing store fronts – need for continuous store fronts.
01:01:00 – Advantages of having own planning business, working independently.

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