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This Week in Sacramento History: Oct. 23-Oct. 29

Oct. 23, 1963: The Sacramento County supervisors award a joint temporary contract to the North Area Garbage and Rubbish Co. and the Triangle Garbage Co. Starting Nov. 1, homeowners will pay $1.60 a month for pickup of two cans a week in the north area. The current rate is $1.60 for one can.

Quote: "What Sacramento is witnessing is the cumulative result of years of neglect of what any competent engineer should have seen was the area's No. 1 need, namely, more bridges over the Sacramento and American Rivers." -- Bee editorial, criticizing government leaders for inadequate planning to accommodate increasing traffic

Oct. 24, 1921: Tonight, the Sacramento City Council is expected to set a date in early December for an election to decide on a $900,000 bond issue for a water filtration project and a $200,000 bond issue for waterfront facilities. City Manager Clyde L. Seavey has proposed an interest rate of 5 1/2 percent.

Quote: "Premier [Vladimir] Lenin of Soviet Russia admits Bolshevist defeat on economic lines, and says the government has begun to carry out a 'strategic retreat.' With millions of Russians literally starving, it surely is high time for a change. But there will be no prosperity in Russia until Lenin and his associates are put out of power." -- Bee editorial

Oct. 25, 1935: Sacramento City Manager James S. Dean assures voters that 11 municipal bond proposals won't require a tax increase. The proposals totaling $970,000 will pay for public works projects, including water system expansion and storm sewer improvements.

Quote: "The real value of the CCC, aside from its tremendous benefit to the youth and his family, is that it produces tangible definite public improvements. ... The value of the work already completed by the CCC throughout the United States is around $428 million." -- Dayton E. Jones, state director of the federal Civilian Conservation Corps

Oct. 26, 1957: The state Division of Highways will soon open bids for construction of a four-lane divided freeway on Highway 40 between Hampshire Rocks and Soda Springs in Placer and Nevada counties. The Highway Commission yesterday budgeted $4 million toward the estimated $5.6 million cost of the 6-mile project.

Quote: "The development will be a truly complete regional shopping center. Combined with the adjacent facilities of one of the country's largest Sears, Roebuck stores, it will offer one-stop shopping convenience for virtually every family need for residents of metropolitan Sacramento." -- Frank G. Kassis, describing the proposed Arden Fair mall, set to be built next spring

Oct. 27, 1944: The U.S. War Department announces that Camp Kohler, which has been the Western Signal Corps Training Center, will be taken over by the Air Force Nov. 1. Kohler will be used in the final preparation of Air Force personnel going to the Pacific, making Sacramento home to a third major military unit.

Quote: "The great sea victory now opens the way to the shores of China, which, Admiral Nimitz has stated, is our ultimate objective. While not entirely disposed of, the Japanese Navy no longer needs to be regarded as a serious menace to this operation." -- Bee editorial, noting the U.S. triumph at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines

Oct. 28, 1989: The World Series resumed yesterday at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. It was delayed 10 days by the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that devastated the Bay Area on Oct. 17. More than 60,000 fans packed the stadium to watch the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants play the third game of the series. The Athletics beat the Giants, 13-7, and now lead San Francisco three games to none.

Quote: "I have very mixed feelings about this. I'm really happy to be at a World Series game, but I feel bad about those who suffered in the earthquake. ... I feel excited and guilty at the same time." -- Kurt Donnelly, attending the third World Series game, delayed because of the Loma Prieta earthquake

Oct. 29, 1910: The North Sacramento Land Company agrees to sell the "A" Auto Manufacturing Co. 10 acres for construction of an automobile factory. The site is in the Haggin Grant area just west of the Western Pacific rail line and 2 miles north of 10th and K streets in Sacramento. The facility will include a foundry, as well as machine, paint, erecting, woodworking and finishing shops. The plant will be the first auto factory on the Pacific Coast.

Quote: "California has not yet begun to realize her possibilities as a resort for pleasure or health, at all seasons. Tourist travel is confined to Southern California, and to the winter season, but in time to come, it will be very large to all parts of the state, particularly the Coast Range and the Sierra Nevada." -- Bee editorial

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