This Week in Sacramento History May 21-27

May 21, 1975: The state Assembly Ways and Means Committee clears the way for a full floor vote on a $42 million appropriation to restore the state Capitol. The bill is expected to move through the Assembly, Senate and Governor's Office easily. Still to be decided is where the Legislature will meet during the restoration.

Sacramento County Supervisor Ted Sheedy proposes that when salary increases are negotiated this year for county workers, no raises should be given to those who make more than $25,000 annually. Given the large deficit expected in the county budget, he urges that pay hikes be apportioned to those most affected by inflation.

May 22, 1902: Sacramento Mayor George H. Clark meets with business owners to discuss how to raise funds for the next July 4 celebration. Former Mayor William Land, owner of two hotels, suggests approaching the Chamber of Commerce. C.A. Reuter says the chamber can't solicit more money from citizens.

The Sacramento Senators battle the Oakland baseball club in a game that ends in a 4-4 tie after 19 innings. At 7:35 p.m., the umpire calls the game because of darkness. The three-hour, 35-minute marathon is the longest baseball game on record in the state. Sacramento pitcher Bill Thomas throws for the entire game.

May 23, 1945: Sacramento City Manager Elton B. Sherwin appoints his executive secretary Ray C. Oakley as coordinator of the citywide veterans affairs committee. The group will disseminate information to returning servicemen to assist them in finding employment and re-establishing themselves in the community. Oakley is charged with helping to coordinate some 70 local organizations offering programs to veterans.

Quote: "The phrase 'military security' has been expanded, blown up, stretched and magnified until it covers almost any situation which the army press relations officer thinks the home folks should not hear." -- Bee editorial, lamenting excessive and unjustified censorship of war zone news dispatches

May 24, 1989: State Sen. Leroy Greene declines to sponsor legislation opening the door to a merger of Sacramento's city and county governments. The Carmichael Democrat says the bill would effectively block Citrus Heights incorporation. Without legislative approval, consolidation cannot move forward.

Quote: "Schools do not lend themselves to factory model unionism. Yet until schools are no longer tied up by contracts and regulations that spell out everything a district can or can't do, it's not likely that they'll ever be able to do anything well." -- Peter Schrag, Bee associate editor, criticizing teacher unions for hindering professional accountability

May 25, 1870: The picnic excursion of the 7th St. M.E. Church Sunday School yesterday to Jackson's Grove proved to be a pleasant affair. The steamer boat Governor Dana took away a goodly number of excursionists, and brought them all back safely and in the best of spirits.

Quote: "Your notice of the dog nuisance in the issue of the 23rd must meet with hearty approval of all citizens who desire to walk or ride through our streets and alleys unmolested by the intolerable pests, who are suffered to roam at large throughout the city, monopolizing sidewalks and disputing the quiet passage of citizens in general." -- Citizen, letter to the editor

May 26, 1961: The Sacramento Redevelopment Agency says it has purchased two landmarks -- the Western Hotel at 209 K St. and the D.O. Mills Bank at 226 J St. -- and four other properties in the path of the proposed eight-lane freeway through Old Sacramento between Second and Third streets.

Quote: "Many letters to The Bee have expressed disapproval of fluoridation. Their right to express these views is upheld; however, must we discard the thoughtful opinions, based on research, of those at the highest point of intellect for the prejudices and stupidities of the mob?" -- C.F.B., letter to the editor

May 27, 1948: Residents of the newly built-up areas south of Land Park appeal to county officials to deal with the odor problem caused by the Sacramento Reduction Works a half-mile south of the city limits off Riverside Boulevard. The company processes meat scraps, bones, viscera and other matter from local meat plants and canneries. Neighbors report that on warm nights, the smell can be nauseating. Works representatives say odor control will take time and possibly new construction.

Quote: "Many a man gets credit for being a cheerful loser, when as a matter of fact, he is just too lazy to try hard." -- Bee editorial