This Week in Sacramento History: Dec. 11-17

Dec. 11, 1986: Dense fog forced the cancellation of 65 flights from Sacramento Metropolitan Airport. An airport official said zero-visibility restricted landings from midnight to 12:15 p.m. One airplane did land with instruments around 10 a.m. But it had to be led by a van to the terminal.

Quote: "To build a transportation system today to meet tomorrow's needs, we as a community need to develop a balance: roads, ride-sharing, buses and rail. A well-planned and adequately equipped transit system can help relieve roadway congestion." -- David A. Boggs, general manager of Sacramento Regional Transit

Dec. 12, 1939: The California Toll Bridge Authority votes to lower toll on automobiles on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from 40 cents to 35 cents, on automobile trailers from 50 cents to 35 cents; on motorcycles, from 20 cents to 15 cents; and on tricars, from 30 cents to 25 cents. Gov. Culbert Olson, head of the Bridge Authority, says that successful public ownership of the structure is making the toll reductions possible.

Quote: "War makes murderers of young manhood. It is a very fine thing to be well prepared and also to mind our own business and save our powder until we are attacked and forced to fight to defend our nation." -- G.A., in a letter to the editor, urging non-intervention in the European conflict

Dec. 13, 1947: President Harry Truman asks Congress to appropriate $10.7 million to continue building the Central Valley Project. That is part of the $24.4 million Truman requested for Western reclamation projects on which work has stopped or will stop because of lack of funds. Sacramento regional reclamation director Richard Boke says it will allow construction to continue through June 30.

Quote: "Every individual has the right to good health in the same manner as he has a right to an education. The soaring medical and hospital costs simply underscore the necessity of public health insurance." -- Bee editorial

Dec. 14, 1929: The Sacramento Clearing House Association, a group of local banks, says it will withdraw from the Chamber of Commerce unless that body reduces the salary of its top official to $6,000 a year. The current secretary-manager, Arthur S. Dudley, makes $12,000, plus job-related car costs. The bankers want the chamber to trim expenses.

Quote: "He was a short, heavy-built fellow with a reputation for being very crabby. If you asked him anything, he would always answer you, but he would snap you off quick. Very crabby, he was." -- John Franklin, 95, who claims to have met Gen. John Sutter in 1849 when he was a prospector in Sacramento

Dec. 15, 1972: The California Board of Education decides that textbooks should not contain theories of creation, and that teaching of evolution should be "conditional," not dogmatic. This means that texts probably won't be able to state unequivocally that the universe began billions of years ago in the depths of space.

Quote: "It is getting quite out of hand, permitting them to increase their salaries any time they want to, up their per diem rates, pay them for their absences and vacations, allot them pensions for any time they serve. A stop should be put to it, and now." -- Edna C. Denton, denouncing the latest legislative pay hike in a letter to the editor

Dec. 16, 1960: The state Public Works Department announces a $112 million construction program for 1961, with more than $17 million earmarked for the Sacramento region. The largest project is the Department of Motor Vehicles Building No. 2, to be built opposite DMV headquarters. Another is an office building for California Highway Patrol.

Quote: "The proposed freeway is as much needed as an extra dome on the Capitol. The traffic to be developed between these two points could be handled in one lane on the ground without need of an eight-lane monstrosity ... " -- Otto Pearson, protesting the construction of an expressway through the historic area between Second and Third streets

Dec. 17, 1951: The California State Nurses Association informs the Sutter General and Maternity Hospitals that their nursing staffs will begin a strike at 7 a.m. Dec. 21. The strike will affect 180 nurses who will continue caring for emergency patients and patients currently in the hospitals.

"Our objective is to program our work to give stability to employment and avoid seasonal layoffs. This is important to Sacramento as well as to the individual workers involved." -- D.J. Russell, incoming president of the Southern Pacific Railroad, promising year-round car building at the local shops