This Week in Sacramento History April 23-29

April 23, 1987: Fearing a particularly bad fire season, the California Department of Forestry authorizes the hiring of 1,400 seasonal firefighters nearly a month earlier than usual. A drier than normal winter has left wood and brush fuel more susceptible to fire. Already this month, the department has fought a 600-acre fire in San Luis Obispo County.

Quote: "We are citizens. We are taxpayers. Just 'cause a guy chooses to have a motorcycle and grow a beard, that doesn't make him a bad guy." -- Thomas "Bear" Ganyan, spokesman for motorcyclists, who has come to Sacramento to protest the proposed helmet law

April 24, 1911: Prompted by requests from friends and church members, Rev. Charles F. Oehler will deliver a lecture titled "The World's Greatest Chasm" at the German Lutheran Church. He will describe the heights and depths of the Grand Canyon, as well as petrified forests, ancient cliff dwellings, copper mines and other marvels in Arizona. Oehler's talk will be illustrated with 120 beautifully colored slides.

Quote: "Frequently the man most deafening in his criticism of the pitcher or the umpire couldn't himself catch the ball with a gunny-sack." -- Bee editorial

April 25, 1939: The Legislature seems headed for a fight over Gov. Culbert Olson's proposed $557 million biennial budget. Last week the Assembly cut the governor's spending plan by $133 million. Now a bipartisan group has proposed amendments that reduce the budget by $8.5 million more.

Quote: "A symphony orchestra is a difficult institution to maintain, whether it be in Sacramento or Los Angeles or Chicago. It needs financial support, moral support, unselfish devotion on the part of the sponsoring group and a willingness on the part of the musicians to give much more than they are paid for." -- Bee editorial urging community support of the financially troubled Sacramento Symphony Orchestra

April 26, 1962: An eight-year, $4.2 billion state highway plan provides $177.2 million in projects for Sacramento County. These include: the W Street bridge across the Sacramento River; the 29th-30th Street freeway; the six-laning of Elvas freeway; the Second-Third Street freeway; and the Riverside area freeway.

Quote: "Our great water project is on schedule in fulfilling our promises for it -- in delivering California water from an area where it is surplus to an area where it is needed." -- Gov. Edmund "Pat" Brown, announcing that the California Water Project will begin transporting water, initially through the South Bay Aqueduct, on May 10

April 27, 1868: The Sacramento Board of Trustees unanimously approves the request by Oscar Van Alstine to build a two-story brick stable with a shingle roof. The structure would be constructed on the north end of the west half of lot 7, bordered by H and I streets and Seventh and Eighth streets.

Quote: "The attempt to start an asylum for useless young men has been abandoned, as no building could be constructed large enough to contain the crowd." -- Bee editorial

April 28, 1973: The Sacramento Board of Education unanimously adopts a resolution intended to continue its integration program despite Proposition 21, the so-called "anti-busing" law. The resolution changes one of the goals of the program to providing adequate educational opportunity for poor children.

Quote: "Many of us are tired of the moral verbiage trying to justify the murder of millions of Asian people who never harmed our country. One does not need a degree in theology to figure out that murder is murder." -- Marie L. Butler, defending the anti-war activism of Fathers Daniel and Philip Berrigan

April 29, 1884: The Sacramento Board of Education approves a resolution fixing school-year salaries at the high school at the following levels: principal, $200 per month; vice principal, $150; and assistant teacher, $100. These pay rates take effect on and after the beginning of the new school year.

The Order of the Native Sons of the Golden West announces its plans for the annual Admission Day celebration. Every year the group celebrates California's entry into the Union by sending delegates to a different city for a large gathering. This year Sacramento will host the meeting, which is scheduled for the day preceding the opening of the State Fair.