This Week in Sacramento History June 11-17

June 11, 1995: City leaders unveil the first of three phases of the Meadowview Community Center at 24th Street and Meadowview Road. The structure boasts a large reception hall. When complete, the $13 million complex will be the largest of Sacramento's community centers and the most costly.

Quote: "Affirmative action started out as a good idea aimed at resolving racial discrimination. It has turned into a strict quota system couched in code words such as 'goals.' If you are a white man and have applied for a job or contract with any government agency or public contractor, you are likely a victim of racial/gender discrimination." -- J. Connor, letter to the editor

June 12, 1879: The Scottish picnic of the Caledonian Society of Sacramento is in progress at East Park. All day pleasure-seekers have been taking the streetcars to the grounds. A big crowd is enjoying the games, dancing and music. The event is considered a grand success, and tonight prizes will be awarded at Turner Hall.

Quote: "This new comic opera was successfully butchered by the Hyers Sisters last night. They had not a respectable orchestra, the chorus were 'dummies,' ... and the acting was execrable. From such a representation no adequate idea of the beauty and the wit of the piece can be had." -- Bee review of a performance of "H.M.S. Pinafore"

June 13, 1899: Mayor William Land endorses a plan to dig up the 4-inch water main in the alley between Q, R, 16th and 21st streets and replace it with a 6-inch pipe to improve the water supply to Sutter Terrace residents. Land also approves regulating the hours city water can be used for irrigation.

Quote: "The good people of Sacramento have enjoyed for many years the Sunday evening concerts which have been to this minister as a red flag to a bull. And the majority of those who have attended them ... are just as honest, just as upright, just as virtuous, just as God-fearing, as is Rev. A.B. Banks ...." -- Bee editorial, denouncing efforts by a clergyman to outlaw Sunday concerts in the Plaza

June 14, 1997: Sacramento Convention Center officials tell the City Council they need a $1.3 million bailout loan to prevent a deficit next year. The long-term loan could amount to $12 million over six years until the center can balance its books. Councilman Rob Kerth says the bailout amounts to a handout.

Quote: "There can be little argument that if any crime demands the death penalty, this one does. [Timothy] McVeigh's workday bombing was calculated to inflict maximum loss of life." -- Bee editorial, reacting to the jury sentence in the Oklahoma City bombing trial

June 15, 1889: One man is dead and several others seriously injured in a train derailment at Saulsbury's Station 16 miles from the city on the Sacramento and Placerville Railroad. The train, an engine and 25 flat cars traveling 15 miles an hour, hit a broken rail. Six cars derailed and the engine flipped over, crushing the brakeman.

Quote: "The efficacy of whiskey for snake bites received its vindication the other day in Mohawk Valley, Nev. The child of Senator Emmitt was bitten three times in the face by a snake, whereupon a timely ministration of whiskey, which is always handy in Nevada, saved the child's life. What would have become of that infant in a Prohibition state?" -- Bee news brief

June 16, 1877: Florin residents hold an election at Granger Hall to decide whether a special $800 tax shall be levied for a new schoolhouse. A new school is required because the Sacramento County supervisors have put the town of Florin into a separate school district. The passage of the tax measure is likely.

About 5:30 p.m. yesterday, a team of horses attached to a loaded lumber wagon started on a run at 10th and K streets. The driver was thrown and dragged for some distance but suffered only bruises. The wagon stopped when it collided with the awning in the front of D.W. Eilers' grocery store at 10th and O streets.

June 17, 1999: The FBI and Los Angeles police arrest Kathleen Ann Soliah, former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, in Minnesota. She was implicated in the 1975 Carmichael bank robbery and murder of Myrna Opsahl. She is being extradited to California to face charges that she planted bombs under police cars in Los Angeles in 1975.

Quote: "Few economists see worrisome storm clouds on the horizon just yet, but veterans ... know the rains will eventually come. Economic institutions built to weather changes will survive them. Institutions that have never known anything but sunshine will be severely tested." -- Bee editorial, warning that the tech-driven financial boom may be coming to an end