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This Week in Sacramento History Mar. 12-18

March 12, 1906: The Sacramento Board of Trustees refers a street vendor ordinance to the city attorney for amendment. The ordinance outlaws the sale of peanuts and other items on the street. The trustees want to exempt from the prohibition old soldiers and others physically incapable of earning a living by any other employment.

Quote: "I think if the road passes through the city at 19th Street it should do so on the ground and not on the elevated road ... I do not believe the traffic is so great in that vicinity that the passage of the road on the ground will seriously interfere with it." -- A.R. Pommer, commenting on a proposal to route Western Pacific Railroad tracks through Sacramento along 19th Street

March 13, 1929: The Sacramento Chamber of Commerce announces the formation of a special committee to promote the annexation of North Sacramento by the city of Sacramento. The chamber also favors city acquiring land immediately south of Sacramento's city limits as far as Fruitridge Road and from the Sacramento River to the Brighton levee.

Quote: "Were this highway completed, San Francisco would be only one day's drive from Crater Lake via Klamath Falls ... and the residents of Washington, Montana, Idaho and eastern Oregon could drive over this highway 12 months in a year to ... California points." -- Oregon Legislature resolution calling for construction of a highway between Weed and Klamath Falls

March 14, 1960: Giant C-133 cargo and C-124 troop-carrying planes begin leaving Travis Air Force Base to participate in a military training exercise in Puerto Rico. The 14-day airlift of 22,000 troops and 12,000 tons of equipment to Ramey Air Force Base is said to be the largest airlift undertaken in peacetime.

Quote: "I strongly believe that government should cost just as little as a diligent governor and legislature can provide. But ... there is still a need to keep a sensible perspective on the profound public responsibilities that belong to every citizen, and the cost of those relative to private expenditures." -- Gov. Edmund "Pat" Brown, asking the Assembly to support his record-high $2.5 billion budget

March 15, 1912: The Grammar School in Dixon is closed temporarily because of a measles epidemic. New cases are being reported every day. Health officials say it's necessary to close the school to prevent the general spread of the disease.

Quote: "He is a splendid dynamic force for good. He has done more than any other man in this nation to arouse the masses to a determination that this government of the people must be reformed until it is made worthy of the people. " -- Bee editorial, calling for a third term for President Theodore Roosevelt

March 16, 1891: At the Sacramento Board of Trustees meeting, the mayor reads a new ordinance regulating the storage of kerosene and gasoline. It says that no building or warehouse can be used to store the fuels without the approval of the city engineer and a majority vote of the trustees. Owners of such facilities must also pay a fee of $1 per month.

At that same trustee meeting, citizen Martin Hook complains that N Street from 29th to 30th streets is in bad condition. Hooks says he won't pay his street assessment until the road is repaired. The city street commissioner promises to investigate the situation.

March 17, 1942: The Selective Service conducts its third draft lottery to determine the order in which 9 million men will be called into military service. It will be several weeks before the seven local draft boards can notify Sacramento County's 15,090 registrants of their status. But it is known that no one in the county holds the first number pulled from the gold fishbowl.

Quote: "Some in the industry seem to think the government will pay any price. That is a grave mistake. Washington has advised this office that asparagus will be entirely eliminated from the Army menu and the government will not purchase a single case of asparagus at excessively high prices." -- Harry Camp of the U.S. Office of Price Administration, warning against war profiteering

March 18, 1974: At least three teenage students have been suspended by their schools for "streaking." A boy, 14, at Andrew Carnegie Intermediate School in Orangevale is on a five-day suspension for running nude through the girls' locker room. He faces possible expulsion. Two Elk Grove High School students were suspended last week.

Quote: "This is in reply to a recent letter suggesting that all smog systems for cars and trucks be eliminated in order to save fuel. ... Besides being illegal in California, [this] would result in a major increase in total emissions from cars. The ... region is already over the health standard ... on one day of three in the summer." -- Katharine Argus of Sacramento for Cleaner Air Now

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