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This Week in Sacramento History June 4-10

June 4, 1992: Businessman Fred Anderson says he bought out the interests of Gregg Lukenbill and Joe Benvenuti in the unfinished stadium in North Natomas. The move could improve Sacramento's chances of attracting the San Francisco Giants now that San Jose voters have rejected a proposal to build a stadium.

Quote: "It's an important symbol for the ethnic communities in the city and for all of Sacramento. I hope especially that my mayorship means something to the ethnic youth of the city." -- Joe Serna Jr., just elected as Sacramento's first mayor from an ethnic minority

June 5, 1883: A large group witnesses the cornerstone laying for the Exposition Building at the east end of Capitol Park. The event, hosted by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, includes a procession led by Grand Marshal H.M. Larue of the state Board of Agriculture and Grand Master Daniel Flint of the State Grange.

A fire breaks out in a small unoccupied house owned by P.A. Miller at Ninth and P streets. Although firefighters respond promptly, the structure is largely consumed in five minutes. A nearby home, also owned by Miller, is also destroyed. A strong wind blows cinders onto the roofs of buildings in the area, but none of them ignites.

June 6, 1981: Sacramento Police Chief John P. Kearns tells the City Council his department requires more personnel to maintain the same level of service. Kearns says he needs to hire 36 police officers, 15 community service officers and five office workers at a cost of $1.5 million per year. Council members are divided over asking citizens to pay for the extra staffing with a property tax increase.

Quote: "As we sink deeper and deeper into the xenophobic morass of President [Ronald] Reagan's misguided foreign policy, my respect grows for former President Dwight Eisenhower's unheeded warning to beware of the military-industrial complex." -- Frank Birdsall, in a letter to the editor

June 7, 1886: The Sacramento Board of Trustees names a newcomer to the town, F.L. Atkinson, as city health officer. He is the first medical doctor to hold the position. Atkinson moved here about 15 months ago. He was born in Galena, Ill., and completed his professional training at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

Quote: "Galt is excited over a wholesale attempt made recently to kill off the canine population of that village. Poisoned meat was distributed promiscuously in the streets, and Constable Cogswell offers a reward of $25 for information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrator of the outrage." -- Bee news brief

June 8, 1994: In yesterday's primary election, Sacramento's Measure T lost 56 percent to 44 percent. The initiative would have added 37 new police officers to the force and redeployed 32 others from desk work to the streets. Under the proposal, homeowners would have been charged $29 a year to pay for the police expansion. The defeat is a blow to Mayor Joe Serna Jr., who vigorously supported the measure.

Quote: "The Governor's Office is not merely hereditary. One doesn't get it just by having a father or brother who held it. One has to earn it." -- California Gov. Pete Wilson, saying he will fight hard for re-election against Kathleen Brown, who won the Democratic nomination in yesterday's vote

June 9, 1866: Owing to bad weather, the festival held in the Assembly Chamber last evening for the benefit of the Seventh Street Methodist Church was not attended as well as it might. The festival will be offered again tonight and no effort will be spared to make everything pleasant and agreeable.

Quote: "The carcass of a large dead dog has been lying at the southwest corner of L and Fourth Streets the past day or two. The thing is a great nuisance, and one or more of the chain-gang should be detailed for the special duty of putting it underground." -- Bee news brief

June 10, 1890: The Sacramento Improvement Association holds its annual meeting at the courthouse. J.W. Barrett says that the association spends too much time on sidewalks, streets and awnings and should be more concerned about the condition of the rivers. After all, he says, if floods should come, the water will wash away all those improvements.

Quote: "There is more depravity today under the protection of city licenses than there is without their protecting pale. The bawdy-house, open and notorious, is far less powerful for evil than the licensed den where, in secluded rear rooms, young girls and licentious men converse and riot in shameless and abandoned revelry." -- Bee editorial

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