This Week in Sacramento History: Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Nov. 27, 1917: After consideration of the benefits and obligations of incorporation, the North Sacramento Improvement Club elects not to back any move in that direction. The decision is based on a committee report, which estimates that North Sacramento taxes would double if it became a separate city.

Quote: "From a social welfare standpoint, Sacramento is the most backward city in the United States." -- S.J. Lubin, president of the California Housing and Immigration Commission, decrying the condition of local philanthropic institutions, which he says are mostly disorganized and badly managed

Nov. 28, 1956: University of California President Robert Sproul tells lawmakers in Sacramento that the system must prepare for an enrollment that will grow to nearly 100,000 students by 1970 from its current 39,683. He recommends that, in addition to the $103 million requested for fiscal 1957-58, the Legislature appropriate $2.5 million for staff expansion in the next few years.

Quote: "It will not do for the world to write off the Middle East as an ancient and decayed way of life, more chaos than shape. For this is an era of petroleum and atomic energy." -- Bee editorial, warning about reports that the Soviet Union is supplying arms to Syria

Nov. 29, 1991: A dust storm triggered a series of accidents on Interstate 5 in the San Joaquin Valley that killed at least 15 people and injured about 150 more. The California Highway Patrol reports that at least 93 cars and 11 big rigs were involved in the wrecks that began this afternoon about 15 miles north of Coalinga.

Quote: "These are frightening times that we are living in. ... If we, the citizens of Sacramento, do not band together to stop the violence, it will overcome us. We must put a stop to the gangs and the drug dealers who are taking over our neighborhoods and our lives." -- Dana Dean, in a letter to the editor

Nov. 30, 1927: For the third time, a steer bred at the College of Agriculture, Davis, wins the grand champion title at the International Livestock Show in Chicago -- California Stamp, a 13-month-old, 1,059-pound Shorthorn-Angus crossbreed. The college bred grand champions in 1916 and 1921.

Quote: "California is growing rapidly and its sites of natural beauty suitable for parks and recreation are becoming scarcer and more valuable each year. For instance, our beaches, which could easily have been acquired a few years ago, are now mostly in private hands and shut off from the public. The same will be true of our redwoods and other forests if prompt action to prevent it is not taken." -- Gov. Clement Young

Dec. 1, 1977: Trustees of the California State University system unanimously approve a 9.9 percent salary hike for teachers that will cost $41.1 million in the 1978-79 school year. The move will raise the pay of instructors earning $15,624 to $17,172, and of professors earning $27,348 to $30,060. The trustees also approve a 9.35 percent raise for administrators and support staff.

Quote: "Conglomerates and corporations with huge farm holdings should not get millions of dollars in windfall gains at taxpayers' expense." -- U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston, proposing a limit on the size of farms receiving federal water subsidies

Dec. 2, 1933: The new Kit Carson Junior High School at 54th and M streets is scheduled to open for classes next week. The $300,000 facility will have an initial enrollment of 741 students, who were recruited from the seventh and eighth grades of the David Lubin, Coloma and El Dorado public schools. Harvey F. Clarke, principal of David Lubin Elementary School, will serve as Kit Carson's first administrator.

Quote: "The wages of sin is death, but a lot of our worst old sinners seem to be taking their time about collecting." -- Bee editorial

Dec. 3, 1993: The effort to stop Campbell Soup Co. from leaving Sacramento hits a snag when the Environmental Protection Agency determines that proposals to expand the processing facility and build a small electric power plant must be offset by greater reduction in the city's air pollution than previously anticipated.

Quote: "We all knew it was coming. There's no doubt about that. It's like a terminal illness. We all knew we had it, but we didn't have a prognosis when the end would be." -- Fred E. Schuller Jr., one of 638 workers at the Sacramento Army Depot who received anticipated layoff notices