STORIES FROM THE PAST
50 years ago
Salton Sea recreation enthusiasts were told last night that the best way to solve the sea problems was to unify all citizens committees involved.
At the same time, Assemblyman Victor V. Veysey’s efforts to curb Salton Sea predicaments garnered enthusiastic support during the meeting sponsored by Salton Sea citizens at Salton City.
Harold Carlson, a real estate developer from the north shore, headed the gathering. He termed it “a non-technical, non-political review of the problems concerning the Salton Sea.” The dinner meeting was staged in Salton City and was well attended by over 100 interested citizens.
In opening, Carlson stated that nothing was being done about the three-fold problem of salinity, ecology and water level that plagued the sea. He added that “it was high time some of the landowners and citizens took the problem into their own hands.”
40 years ago
More than 800 demonstrators, waving banners and chanting “We want fairness,” marched on Imperial County Courthouse Tuesday to protest the 160-acre limitation ruling.
At the same time, the Board of Supervisors, meeting in regular session, adopted a resolution opposing the acre limitation and demanding that the federal government hold public hearings before enforcing the regulation in the Valley.
Meanwhile, Ben Yellen, the physician whose lawsuit resulted in the federal court decision to enforce the limitation, held a counter demonstration by himself in front of the Elmore Building in Brawley.
In El Centro, demonstrators began gathering on the Courthouse steps about 1:30 p.m., carrying placards and banners that said, “Save our farms,” “160-acre limitation hurts us all” and “160-acres is enough if you farm with a mule.”
30 years ago
Business in Brawley is so slow that the town is no longer included in state statistics on taxable sales.
The state Board of Equalization provided detailed information on table sales of the 240 largest California cities and as of the first quarter of this year Brawley is no longer included in the figures.
Instead, quarterly sales figures for Brawley are contained in a section with the state’s 202 smaller incorporated areas. Brawley is not classified with towns such as Calipatria, Holtville and Westmorland.
“I am truly astounded. That does not bode well for us,” said Brawley Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Dave Brasmer when told of Brawley’s decline.
Retail sales in Brawley declined from $176.3 million in the first three months of 1987. Total taxable sales dropped from $20.5 million to $15.9 million in the same period.
20 years ago
IMPERIAL — Some people enter with a bang, others a whimper. Basard Redd’s entrance into Imperial High School football comes close to the seismic activity of the atomic bomb.
Redd, a 15-year-old sophomore, made his varsity debut Friday in Antelope. By all accounts no one, especially the Antelope defense, would think that he was playing in his first game.
Redd cut through the Antelope defense as if it weren’t there. He broke loose for touchdown runs of 58, 46 and 31 yards, amassing 197 yards on 10 carries and scoring four touchdowns for the game.
“I give all my credit to my linemen,” Redd said.