This Week in Sacramento History: Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Sept. 25, 1920: Public Works Director J.Q. Brown predicts Sacramento will have a water filtration plant by Thanksgiving 1921 if City Commission plans are fulfilled and bonds sold. Construction bids will be received Oct. 14. Brown says he hopes to have the intake and pumps for the plant completed by next April or May.

Quote: "There is no use in sending drug addicts to jail as long as the peddlers have their freedom. I believe jail sentences for all peddlers, together with action to cut off the drug sales at their source, where the drugs are made, is the only system by which the traffic can be controlled." -- H.N. Mitchell, Sacramento city prosecutor

Sept. 26, 1931: The Sacramento Council of Social Agencies -- a coalition of 31 groups formed to coordinate charity and welfare work in the city -- announces its support of the Community Chest campaign set for Oct. 12-26. The Council includes the 22 organizations that comprise the Community Chest, plus other public agencies.

Quote: "Present means of ... communication between nations have served to obliterate all lines of nationalism and at present no position is so absurd and inconsistent as that of the erstwhile 'isolationist.' " -- J.O. Christensen, in a letter disagreeing with C.K. McClatchy's opposition to the United States joining the League of Nations and adhering to the World Court

Sept. 27, 1955: The California Department of Education reports fall enrollment in state colleges is 54,597, an increase of 8,329 over last year. The enrollment growth has occurred despite tighter admission standards and a new state law requiring non-resident students to pay $180 for a year's tuition.

Quote: "I'm not sure what the Democratic Party wants done, nor what I want to do. Being a candidate in California ... means seven or eight months of your life. I don't want to enter into a campaign until I feel I have political and financial support. Anyway, I'm not sure I want to be U.S. senator." -- California Attorney General Edmund G. [Pat] Brown

Sept. 28, 1988: The Grant Joint Union High School District considers an agreement with law enforcement to allow students' lockers to be searched for illegal drugs. The proposal lets school officials contact police if they suspect a student has illegal substances. Administrators hope the threat of searches will cause students to think twice about bringing drugs on campus.

Quote: "[Ben] Johnson cheated not only Carl Lewis and the other sprinters he bested illegally; he cheated all of us who wanted to suspend disbelief and see the Olympics as they are meant to be." -- Bee editorial, lamenting the loss of Ben Johnson's Olympic gold medal because of steroid use

Sept. 29, 1902: Local railroads indicate that a record 1,500 carloads of green fruit were shipped east from Sacramento in September. That's 500 more than in any similar period since long-distance transport began. The railroads have suffered a shortage of fruit-carrying vehicles. Additional train cars are on order.

Quote: "If the local merchants wish to return to their customers five or six cents for every dollar's worth purchased, why do they not do it in cash? The customer would then get greater values and the money would remain at home ... ." -- Bee editorial arguing against merchants using trading stamps to attract shoppers

Sept. 30, 1973: Unhappy with the steady conversion of land around the Capitol into parking lots, Assembly Speaker Bob Moretti says he will try to resurrect the Capitol Planning Commission, which developed a plan for state building in 1960 but was disbanded early in the Reagan administration. Moretti will seek $100,000 for a new commission to create a revised plan for the coming decades.

Quote: "Gov. Ronald Reagan consistently has refused to disclose his personal wealth. ... His attitude is disappointing. As the No. 1 official in California, the governor should set the example and let the state's citizens look over his financial holdings." -- Bee editorial, calling on state officials to disclose finances

Oct. 1, 1948: The California Supreme Court declares unconstitutional a state law prohibiting marriages between whites and nonwhites. The 4-3 decision agrees the state can regulate marriage and procreation, but if a law is based on racial discrimination, it violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Quote: "Propaganda seems to be a legitimate concomitant of democracy, but the man or party with the longest bankroll can convince the greatest number of people for this or against that. ... All this because the average person has only infantile powers of reasoning regarding national or world affairs ..." -- Phillip K. Carnine, in letter to editor