This Week in Sacramento History April 30-May 6

April 30, 1904: Prospects are good that Sacramentans will get to vote on a bond issue for construction of a new high school building to replace the current facility, which is unsafe, unsanitary and too small for the city's growing population. The city charter requires a two-thirds majority to approve the measure.

Quote: "It cannot be too often repeated or made plain that the hope of this great Sacramento Valley lies in irrigation. Without it there can be no ... subdivision of the large ranches, no great advance in ... small farming, and little opportunity for men of small means to make ... self-supporting homes in the country." -- Bee editorial

May 1, 1980: Starting next year, SMUD customers who heat their homes electrically can get free energy "audits." Under the program, SMUD inspectors will check structures for energy-saving and energy-wasting characteristics. Then they will calculate the cost-efficiency of installing various conservation measures.

Quote: "The beneficiary of a tax cut isn't necessarily the person directly affected by the change. Truck drivers earn less if there are no trucks. There are no wages if investment capital doesn't exist." -- Arthur B. Laffer, economist, speaking in Sacramento on behalf of Proposition 9, which would halve state's personal income tax

May 2, 1923: Sacramento City Manager H.C. Bottoroff announces a $750,000 bond issue to construct a new downtown municipal auditorium. He says that amount of money will suffice to build a 7,500- to 8,000-seat facility that will serve the city for years to come. Once built, the auditorium will be able to host sizable conventions.

Quote: "I believe that the state has reached a point where it must change its method of raising revenue. Time has demonstrated that the system of taxing the gross receipts of the corporations has broken down. It either must be repaired or done away with." -- Sen. M.B. Harris of Fresno, calling for a commission to revamp California's tax code

May 3, 1915: Miss Elvina Johnson, 14, proved to be the champion nail driver in a contest held at Joyland amusement park on Saturday. She won by pounding ten 10-penny nails into a 2-by-4 pine post in one minute. The occasion was the annual May Day fete.

Quote: "My platform has been the same in every political contest. ... In a few words: it is fair dealing with all; special privileges to none; independence of thought and action; an open mind on all debate subjects; respectful attention to complaints; and a speedy remedy of abuses." -- Charles A. Bliss, candidate for Sacramento city commissioner

May 4, 1964: Assemblyman Edwin L. Z'berg introduces a bill authorizing the construction of a new governor's mansion at 15th and O streets, directing the state architect to design the structure and appropriating $650,000 to build it. Sacramento County legislators favor this location, although the joint budget committee recommended last week that the mansion be built in the suburbs.

Quote: "I admire their faith, but I refuse to vote for a person who lets his religion make his decisions in all controversial issues. Pierre Salinger (candidate for U.S. Senate) is against government-supported birth control information for the people who need it most." -- A Democrat, in a letter to the editor

May 5, 1993: The United Farm Workers names Arturo Rodriguez to succeed Cesar Chavez as president of the union. A son-in-law of Chavez, Rodriguez was vice president of the UFW as well as being one of Chavez's closest advisers. Chavez, who co-founded and led the labor group for 31 years, died April 23.

Quote: "He oversaw two historical periods: one, the rebirth of the wine industry after prohibition and, two, the globalization of American wine as a widely respected product able to compete with all wines of the world on an equal scale." -- Vic Motto, wine industry analyst, speaking of Julio Gallo, who died May 2, 1993

May 6, 1957: An off-duty deputy sheriff dives into the Sacramento River to save a 4-year-old boy and his pregnant mother after their boat capsizes near Wheeler's Landing. Deputy Cal Florence is boating with his children when he sees a motorboat with six people capsize. Florence thinks he can simply haul the victims into his boat, but then he sees the child go under. That's when he jumps into water.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it will spend $103,000 in the next 12 to 18 months on navigational aids for the Sacramento River between Sacramento and Colusa, including placement of buoys to mark hazardous wing dams and building 35 illuminated structures.