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Stories of the Past: Monday, October 22, 2001

October 22, 2001

50 years ago — If you are lucky enough to come across any $20 bills these days, better check them for quality. Bogus bills are being circulated throughout Imperial Valley with about $300 already discovered in Calexico.

40 years ago — National champion boat racer Bob Patterson of Van Nuys has joined the growing list of champions entered in the Salton Sea 500-mile boat race to be staged Nov. 11 and 12. The attraction for racers is the guaranteed $12,500 in cash purses.

30 years ago — Bids for the new Calexico Port of Entry were opened in San Francisco and, according to the state General Services Administration, a low bid of $4.4 million was submitted by G.L. Cory, Inc. of San Diego. The project will include a two-story federal building with eight lanes of primary inspection and the remodeling of the existing building for a truck inspection facility.

20 years ago — An unsuccessful candidate for county purchasing agent is charging the Board of Supervisors with reverse discrimination. Walter Peacock says the board picked Ben Solomon, a black, for political reasons. Peacock, a county employee with CETA Services, asked the Imperial County Employee Laborers' International Union to file a discrimination suit, an action the union is considering.

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