This Week in Sacramento History April 9-15

April 9, 1928: The California Cooperative Producers announces a contract for the construction of the first unit of a new cannery on the English Estate property bordering the American River that would be an extension of Seventh Street. When fully operational, the plant will process 8,000 tons of peaches a year and employ between 800 and 1,000 workers.

Quote: "There seems to be an ever-present desire on the part of appointive state officials to set up their headquarters in the cities other than the state capital, thus forgetting, conveniently or otherwise, that Sacramento is the constitutionally designated seat of state government." -- Bee editorial, criticizing officials who live and work outside Sacramento for their own convenience

April 10, 1985: Gov. George Deukmejian agrees to consider an appropriation of up to $4.8 million in bailout funds for Cal Expo. Agriculture Committee Chair Norman Waters observes that Cal Expo was to become self-sufficient in 1980, but that is "too much to ask," he said, given that fairs generally cannot pay their own way.

Quote: "Since they announced they were going to move, it's been like watching a close member of the family die of cancer. I don't know if I'll go this week. I love NBA basketball, but the Kings are no longer a part of Kansas City. I don't know if I still want to go down there." -- Kansas City Councilman Bob Lewellen, lamenting the loss of the Kings basketball team to Sacramento

April 11, 1917: The state Senate passes the Health Insurance Enabling Act, a constitutional amendment, which -- if passed by the Assembly and the voters -- will pave the way for the Legislature to enact a health insurance program aimed at protecting citizens whose incomes are not sufficient enough to let them save for unexpected health expenses.

Quote: "The is a war of the people. No tyrant, no autocratic power has compelled us to arms. Our president and Congress, in declaring war, have spoken with the lawful authority of a hundred million voices." -- Gov. William D. Stephens, addressing a mass meeting called in support of universal military training to prepare the nation for war

April 12, 1963: The Sacramento City Council accepts a $912,000 low bid from Stolte Inc. of Oakland to construct an underpass at Fifth and K streets to allow traffic to move under a planned shopping mall, which will enclose K Street between Third and Seventh streets. City Engineer E.A. Fairbairn said traffic on Fifth Street will be diverted between J and L streets during construction.

Quote: "The success of [Fidel] Castro was nurtured by the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista who demanded American support because he was a supposed bulwark against Communism. It was only because there was a dictatorship in Cuba that Castro was able to win support ." -- Bee editorial, debating Barry Goldwater's statement that dictatorships are acceptable if they "keep Communism out"

April 13, 1880: A band of Gypsies found its way to Folsom last week and endeavored to enlighten a few citizens about their futures. But this ended quickly, as the fortune tellers were soon arrested for extorting money from a young Portuguese woman whom they threatened with the power of their art.

Quote: "Sacramento is progressing more than any other town in California. The plans are being prepared for the rolling mills ... which will give steady employment to six hundred persons, the Eastern boom is coming this way, and ... there can be no better time ... for those who have not a home which they can call their own to prepare to make one." -- Bee editorial, advising young men to invest in home mortgages

April 14, 1930: Thousands of people watch a big air show held to celebrate the dedication of the Sacramento Municipal Airport. Some 100 Army planes demonstrate aerial maneuvers. The crowd gets an unexpected thrill as Lt. Harold Bundy's plane tears off its landing gear. Happily, the pilot suffers only a minor injury when the aircraft flips over during a "pancake" landing.

Quote: "What American fashion experts must learn is that the present 1930 breed of American women is not the breed of 1890 nor 1900. They are an active, independent lot. ... They enjoy style and variety but there are limits and those limits have just been reached." -- Mary Grace Street, in a letter chiding U.S. clothing manufacturers who follow the ever-changing styles dictated by Paris dressmakers

April 15, 1954: The Sacramento Redevelopment Agency said it may hold a series of neighborhood meetings to explain plans to revitalize a 15-block area downtown bounded by K, P, Fourth and Seventh streets that would involve relocating residents and demolishing most of the buildings. The City Council must decide whether to submit to voters a $900,000 bond issue to help finance the program.

Quote: "For the information of those sponsoring DST, there is no law which says you cannot rise at any hour you choose. But when a law is imposed which forces at least all the working population also to arise, that is Communism in its purest essence." -- Voter, in a letter denouncing daylight saving time