This Week in Sacramento History Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Jan. 29, 1975: Gov. Jerry Brown, 36, moves into new Sacramento quarters on the top floor of a state-owned apartment building at 1400 N St. He occupies two two-bedroom units, which are furnished with used General Services Department stock.

Quote: “The plan to demolish the [Hughes] Stadium and build a smaller facility would be an unfortunate move backwards for Sacramento. The acquisition of a professional football team might become a possibility in the not too distant future. This possibility would evaporate if the citizens of the Sacramento area allow our only decent sports facility to be demolished.” -- David G. Sorenson in a letter to the editor

Jan. 30, 1957: The Sacramento Redevelopment Agency holds public auctions for seven old wood homes to be sold for demolition. Most of the buildings are bounded by 5th, 6th, N Streets and Capitol Ave. Their removal will help make room for the Capitol Mall Project.

Quote: “A bill has been introduced in the legislature requiring all car owners to have insurance to prove financial responsibility before they can obtain drivers’ licenses. That may be all right for the proven careless and lawbreaking driver but it should not apply to the driver who never has been at fault nor had a citation. He should be free to do as he pleases without any compulsion.” -- Charles H. Boyer in a letter to the editor

Jan. 31, 1994: Construction on the Meadowview Community Center has been delayed again. This time it’s due to contractor bidding. All five construction bids submitted for the project exceed the city’s $3.1 million estimate by more than $800,000. Last year site preparation slowed due to the discovery of asbestos and other hazardous substances.

Quote: “The choice isn’t ‘breaking the cycle’ or ‘building’ the felon into a responsible, productive person. That’s not up to us. The choice is how long we let this person walk among us raping and robbing and murdering before we eliminate the chance of his doing it again.” -- Bee columnist Pete Dexter, applauding the three strikes law

Feb. 1, 1960: Albert C. Ricksecker, President of the California State Employees Association, says his union will fight any attempt to outsource state work to private contractors. He cites Article 24 of the California constitution which says that all normal and necessary state services must be performed, whenever possible, by employees in the civil service system.

Quote: “I may never have another chance.”-- a man explaining why he took off from work to become an extra in the MGM movie Ada, today being filmed in the Capitol rotunda

Feb. 2, 1926: The suburban East Portal Civic Club proposes an ordinance restricting the use of advertising billboards in the city. In residential districts, the regulation would limit their size to 12 square feet, spaced no closer than 15 feet apart. In commercial areas, the size limit would prevail, except by agreement of the majority of property owners.

Quote: “Sensible citizens of all religions or no religion will unite to combat all such movements, knowing them to be subversive of the American principle of the complete separation of church and state.” -- Bee editorial denouncing a proposal to have the Ten Commandments read in public schools

Feb. 3, 1919: Willis Eagan of Tacoma, Wash., is expected to make an offer this week to purchase the Sacramento Senators baseball franchise. It’s rumored that Eagan is willing to pay $20,000 for the club. Recently Pacific Coast League directors declined requests to add new teams in Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C.

Quote: “A nation’s charity, nay, a nation’s justice, as well as that of a private citizen, should begin at home. While hungry American soldiers walk the street looking for work which they cannot obtain through no fault of their own, the first worry of the country’s custodians should not be for the starved people of Europe, but for these jobless citizens of the United States of America, the preservers of her freedom!” -- Bee editorial

Feb. 4, 1938: The season's largest snowstorm has marooned scores of people in mountain taverns, cabins and communities. A record 13-foot snowfall is blocking many Sierra roads and communication is cut to many places. Except for three people reported missing in the Feather River Canyon 26 miles east of Oroville, none of the stranded are believed to be in imminent danger.

Quote: "The new City of San Francisco is the last word in transportation. It is a combination of a club, a hotel and a home. Every possible gadget for the comfort and convenience of the passengers has been installed." -- M.A. Peck, Southern Pacific Assistant General Passenger Agent, describing the $2 million streamlined, air-conditioned train coming to the railroad