This Week in Sacramento History March 26-April 1

March 26, 1982: Curtis Sliwa, leader of the New York-based Guardian Angels, helps launch the chapter's first bicycle patrol of the American River Parkway, where there have been sexual assaults. The crime-fighting group has trained 33 local members to patrol from Discovery Park to Folsom every Saturday and Sunday between 1 and 5 p.m.

Quote: "In light of what's suspected about the connection between lead and a variety of medical problems -- and in light of what's already known -- it would be unconscionable to abolish the lead standard." -- Bee editorial, condemning efforts by refiners to eliminate the federal cap on the amount of lead allowed in gasoline

March 27, 1919: More than 800 stockmen attend the sale of Holstein cattle conducted by the California Sales and Pedigree Co. at the State Fairgrounds. With 60 head on display, the event is considered the largest sale of registered Holsteins ever held in the West. Some of the early purchases exceed $1,000 a head. It's expected that sales will total about $75,000.

Quote: "If a popular vote were taken today on the question of prohibition, it would be defeated in these United States by at least 1 million ballots. But the trouble is that all the organization is with the fanatics. ... They maintain the most extravagant, autocratic and insolent lobbies in the history of any nation." -- Bee editorial calling for an organized united effort to overturn the 18th Amendment

March 28, 1861: The Assembly and Senate passed legislation allowing the construction of a city railroad whose proposed route would run from R Street up Third Street to M Street, M Street and 10th Street, 10th Street to H Street, H Street to 31st Street. The bill awaits the governor's signature.

Quote: "Washington rumors give out, that in a military point of view, Gen. Scott considers the abandonment of Fort Sumter a necessity. Perhaps he meant in a political point of view. If the United States is unable to maintain that fort, what becomes of her boasted military prowess? " -- Bee editorial warning against any attempt to placate the Southern states by giving up federal military installations

March 29, 1927: W.L. Hack of Southern Pacific says the railroad is spending $150,000 to lengthen the west class switch yards in Roseville to accommodate longer incoming and outgoing trains. Recently completed was the $100,000 job of straightening the tracks in the lower end of the east class yards.

Quote: "We are not vicious, nor are we bloodthirsty in this bill. After two years of investigation by the crime commission, it has been considered necessary that the line of demarcation shall be fixed in this matter of recurrent convictions of offenses of the felony grade." -- State Sen. C.C. Baker, defending a bill that mandates a life sentence for criminals convicted of three felonies

March 30, 1988: After two years of litigation and controversy, the Sacramento City Council accepts an agreement paving the way for development in North Natomas. The settlement plan removes legal challenges to the construction of a professional sports complex, nearly 33,000 dwelling units and 66,000 jobs in a 9,320-acre region north of Interstate 80 and south of Elkhorn Boulevard.

Quote: "You just can't go 2 1/2 months without appreciable rainfall and do OK. We are losing snowpack when we are supposed to be accumulating it. It's just been in a tailspin." -- Gary Hester, state weather forecaster, commenting on this season's lack of precipitation and the record low snowpack in the Sierra

March 31, 1936: The 80-member electrical workers union tells the Sacramento Electrical Contractors Association there will be a strike tomorrow unless their demand for a wage hike is met. The present pay scale is $9.50 per day. The union wants it raised to $10. Representatives of both sides will meet tonight at the association's headquarters to try to resolve the long dispute.

Quote: "Great and manifold are the blessings of rugged individualism. For example, first you permit certain individuals to slaughter the forests for profit. Then you tax everybody to pay for flood-control projects." -- Bee editorial, condemning the commercial exploitation of natural resources and the subsequent cost to society

April 1, 1922: Sacramento's new stage terminal will be completed April 5, says the builder, A.W. Norris. The terminal, at Fifth and I streets, is leased by a consortium of local stage lines. The facility, said to be one of the state's biggest and most modern, can accommodate 300 people in the waiting room and boasts a lunchroom and fruit and magazine stands. A large dome tops the building.

Quote: "We heard your set last night on a honeycomb set and one A.P. detector tube with a one wire aerial 150 feet long and 25 feet high." -- Richard L. Earnhart, an amateur radio enthusiast in Pendleton, Ore., who reports that he received the signal from The Bee's newly licensed radio station