This Week in Sacramento History Oct. 15-21

Oct. 15, 1982: State Legislative Counsel Bion M. Gregory rules that public schools may charge students for bus service but not for extracurricular activities. Parents in the San Juan School District have been protesting fees for bus transportation and extracurricular activities to help balance the district's budget.

Quote: "I would like to take a moment to write about those San Juan School District parents we've seen demonstrating on the Capitol steps. Too bad they are being charged for their kids to ride the bus, and too bad athletic programs are now costing money. One final thing, too bad Prop. 13 passed." -- Jerry Reynolds, in a letter to the editor

Oct. 16, 1926: About 500 boys and 300 girls, representing youth farm clubs from around the state, have assembled at the College of Agriculture in Davis for their 12th annual convention. Today a tug of war is staged that pits 9,000 pounds of boy power against 9,000 pounds of tractor.

Quote: "Sacramento is the most beautiful city I have visited, and its shade trees are responsible for this. Nothing adds to the natural beauty of a city as do trees." -- Ludovico Ivanissevich, a civil engineer from Argentina, visiting Sacramento to study the city's new water filtration plant

Oct. 17, 1996: Bill Graham Presents, Northern California's largest concert promoter, is considering the construction of a private concert venue in the Sacramento area. Folsom could be the front-runner for a new 30,000-seat, state-of-the-art facility. The city of Folsom has offered to sell BGP 35 acres next to Highway 50 for $60,000 an acre.

Quote: "There may be a rationale for term limits, but there is no rationale for the legislative version of a three-strikes law in which anyone who has served three terms is gone for life, regardless of whether he's done a good job and the voters want him back. What an absurd way to try to assure better government." -- Bee editorial

Oct. 18, 1946: Seven commissioned officers become the first to graduate from the Air Force's only school for B-29 bomber flight engineers. Col. Lawrence C. Coddingham presents the flight engineer wings and certificates at a formal ceremony on the Mather Field parade grounds. The graduates trained at Mather for 14 weeks and will likely remain in Sacramento to instruct future classes.

Quote: "My shop has been without meat for so long, maybe the customers don't know what it is." -- A Sacramento butcher, observing that although meat supplies are increasing, high prices are keeping shoppers from buying

Oct. 19, 1905: In Sacramento, public health officials report no new cases of diphtheria, although two were reported yesterday along with a case of scarlet fever and a case of chicken pox. City Physician H.L. Nichols has decided to fumigate school buildings in which diphtheria has broken out.

Quote: "The facts of this matter can hardly be overestimated. Irrigation means the addition to property values in this valley. It means increase in production, growth of population and increase of business. It means increased value for every foot of territory." -- W.A. Beard of the Sacramento Valley Development Association, speaking in favor of an ambitious, large-scale irrigation project for the region

Oct. 20, 1974: With 1,000 spectators on hand, the Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District dedicates its new nuclear power plant. Rep. Chet Holifield of Montebello says the Rancho Seco facility will replace 12 billion barrels of oil a year. Protesters representing Citizens for Safe Energy of Sacramento demonstrate nearby.

Quote: "After eight years, I think it's time for a change. I think it's time for a new management team, whether they are Democrats or Republicans. Sometimes after people get in their jobs, they get very cozy. ... They enjoy the private jet. They enjoy the ego trip." -- Edmund G. Brown Jr., Democratic candidate for governor

Oct. 21, 1913: The state Department of Motor Vehicles prepares for the new automobile law that goes into effect Jan. 1. The statute requires every vehicle and every vehicle operator to have a license. Regular operator licenses are free, whereas chauffeurs must pay $2 for their licenses. Vehicle license fees are determined by horsepower rating. Owners of automobiles under 20 horsepower will pay $5 annually. A license for a vehicle of 20 to 29 horsepower will cost $10.

Quote: "The canal [under construction in Panama] is certain to be of great benefit to California by providing a means of cheap and expeditious carriage by sea for many of our products of a heavy or bulky sort." -- Bee editorial