This Week in Sacramento History Aug. 13-19

Aug. 13, 1985: After five days of hearings, Sacramento County Supervisors approve a $615.8 million budget for fiscal 1985-86. They add three sheriff's deputies and several positions not recommended by County Executive Brian Richter, leaving $2.7 million in contingency funds -- the lowest amount in years.

Quote: "There is no question that the contaminating effect of overt partisanship in judicial and school elections is more dangerous to the society than the marginal prohibition on the rights and powers of political parties." -- Bee editorial, supporting legislation that further prohibits political parties from becoming involved in nonpartisan races

Aug. 14, 1964: The Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission approves a hearing of a plan to annex Perkins, College Greens and Panorama Village. The next step is to gather signatures from at least one-fourth of the 834 registered voters. Sacramento City Council has tentatively approved the idea.

Quote: "I believe this is a good club. ... By making available spokesmen of widely different points of view, they prepare themselves for intelligent citizenship." -- Bill Priest, American River Junior College president, defending a student group that has invited Albert Lima, Northern California chairman of the Communist Party, to speak

Aug. 15, 1916: A board of three U.S. Army engineers opens hearings on the construction of a proposed bridge to connect San Francisco and Oakland. The estimated cost ranges from $22 million to $75 million. Scores of people representing civic groups and commercial interests attend the meeting.

Quote: "I believe every boy in the second, third and fourth years of high school should have cadet drill. I place more emphasis upon the physical training than the military phase, and yet on the other hand, it does prepare these boys for military duty or for training others in military duties, if they are ever called on to defend their country." -- Charles C. Hughes, Sacramento city school superintendent

Aug. 16, 1957: Walter G. Schulz of the state Water Resources Department says he's satisfied with the progress of two projects that will relocate Highway 40 Alternate and the Western Pacific railway tracks to make way for the proposed Feather River Project. The relocation anticipates the building of the Oroville Dam.

"The system of tax write-offs ... may have some justification in wartime in order to encourage the development of defense industries. But it has outlived its usefulness and in recent years has been employed to give certain types of industry unwarranted tax windfalls." -- Bee editorial, supporting a bill to end accelerated capital tax write-offs

Aug. 17, 1927: Sacramento City Manager H.C. Bottorff, in consultation with local theater managers, drafts a proposed ordinance that prohibits smoking in any part of a theater, except smoking rooms. Most theaters permit smoking in the balconies. The ordinance also requires theater managers to inspect their buildings after each performance to locate any burning cigarettes, cigars or matches tossed on the floor.

Quote: "Niagara Falls is magnificent, but when you have once seen it there is nothing to cause you to return and see it again. In Yosemite, however, there is always something new to compel you to return." -- J.W.S. Butler, Sacramento attorney and traveler after returning from his 14th trip East

Aug. 18, 1973: More than 7,000 firefighters battle forest fires in five tinder-dry western states. Officials say a total of 35,000 acres have been blackened or are ablaze in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. In the El Dorado National Forest, two fires are raging over more than 200 acres.

Quote: "Our esteemed, petulant, infantile, arrogant governor [Ronald Reagan] has done it again. He has vetoed a reasonable surplus state refund. He has told the legislature that ... I will not permit you to grant tax relief to the low-income group upon which the sales tax bears most heavily proportionately." -- Kal Guenther, in a letter to the editor

Aug. 19, 1938: The Sacramento Symphony Council decides to merge the Sacramento Municipal Symphony and the Sacramento Federal Symphony into one orchestra. Members of the federal group who join the merged ensemble will continue being paid by the Works Progress Administration. Willem Van den Burg will serve as conductor.

Quote: "Crime cannot be eradicated by sending this or that particular offender to prison. The district attorney of today must have broad vision. He must seek to remove the causes of crime ... . Such things as ... poverty and unemployment are but a few of the circumstances that breed the ordinary garden variety of criminal." -- Joseph Fassler, in a letter to the editor