This Week in Sacramento History Jan. 15-21

Jan. 15, 1913: The Women’s Legislative Council of California begins a series of meetings at the Hotel Sacramento. So far the Council has officially approved two recommendations for the Assembly: the closing of the Girl’s Department in Whittier, and an appropriation of money for the creation of a state training school for wayward girls.

Quote: "The Callan Automobile Law in New York is to be amended in the present Legislature as to provide for sentencing to jail drunken drivers who run down people, whether serious injury result therefore or not. That is right. The combination of an automobile and a drunk at the wheel is a deadly menace." -- Bee editorial

Jan. 16, 1933: All canned goods would be labeled with the date of canning under a bill proposed by Assemblyman Herbert Hallner of Los Angeles. The legislation is intended to keep stale food off the market. Canned goods produced overseas and sold here under treaty agreements would be exempt.

Quote: "Our state spends far more on rearing fish and protecting deer and game birds for the pastime of wealthy sportsmen than it does on the care of aged citizens." -- B.C., in a letter to the editor criticizing Gov. James Rolph’s proposal to cut old-age pensions to help balance the budget

Jan. 17, 1941: Search parties comb rugged terrain for a B-18A light bomber that went missing somewhere between Yreka and Medford, Ore. last night. The U.S. Army aircraft was en route to Sacramento Air Depot from McChord Field in Washington. The twin-engine warplane carried a crew of seven.

Quote: "This certainly is the heyday of lobbyists in Sacramento. The representatives of the monopoly lobbies are here in droves. Conditions are as bad as in the old days of political machine rule in Sacramento." -- Assemblyman Hugh Donnelly, introducing a bill requiring registration of all legislative lobbyists

Jan. 18, 1985: Sacramento light rail Manager Bill Edgar will recommend that $15 million targeted for downtown redevelopment be diverted to the transit system to help cover its nearly $15 million shortfall. City and county funds -- perhaps in the form of a voter-approved sales or gas tax hike -- may also have to be tapped to operate the light rail line.

Quote: "It sure didn’t take Washington long to break it s promise not to touch Social Security, did it? Any tax on Social Security means a reduction of payments to recipients. Whether it’s taken off monthly checks, or snatched back at the end of the year, it is still a reduction in benefits earned over a lifetime of working." -- Angry Taxpayer, in a letter to the editor

Jan. 19, 1925: The Sacramento Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento County Farm Bureau urge the state to construct a causeway across the Sutter by-pass between Yuba City and Woodland.

Quote: "I see where a bill has been introduced in the California legislature calling for the abolition of capital punishment. I beg to ask what method of control of the vicious element of California the gentlemen sponsoring that measure will substitute for capital punishment in order that our persons and property may have reasonable degree of safety when we travel through your state?" -- Lorenzo D. Creel of Reno, in a letter to the editor

Jan. 20, 1951: The newly constructed Peter Burnett School at 36th Ave. and 57th St. will open for classes on Monday. That will end the need for double sessions at Mark Twain School at 4800 58th St. The Burnett School cost almost $250,000 to build.

Quote: "Why cannot our bungling leaders solve world problems when the answers are simple? Give Asia back to the Asiatics to whom it rightfully belongs. Give Germany back to the Germans and Japan back to the Japanese. Give independence to any country which wishes to handle its own affairs." -- Charles Ledger, in a letter to the editor

Jan. 21, 1962: The Sacramento County Pomona Grange No. 2 says it opposes construction of the proposed 2nd-3rd Streets Freeway and “other freeways intersecting populous areas of Sacramento." The group decries the accompanying destruction of many historic buildings in that part of town.

Quote: "Crime and sin are not always the same. It is easy to legislate against the former. Conscience often has to be the legislator against the latter." -- Bee editorial>