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Stories of the past: Wednesday, November 7, 2001

November 07, 2001

>>50 years ago — A 94-vote majority retained the present mayor-council form of municipal government in the special election yesterday to determine if the city manager plan would be adopted by Brawley. The returning resulted in 394 voting in favor of the city manager plan and 488 against it.

>>40 years ago — It is Cattle Call time once again in Brawley. In mid-November of each year, the residents of Imperial Valley pay tribute to the multi-million dollar cattle industry based here. Cattle Call has festivities that include rodeo and a parade.

>>30 years ago — Brawley Soroptimist Club's "Helping Hands" float in the 15th annual Cattle Call Parade received the sweepstakes award. The award is among four given to top floats and 14 given to individuals or groups by the Brawley Chamber of Commerce.

>>20 years ago — Two decades ago Mexican-Americans first flexed their political muscles in the Imperial Valley. Luis Legaspi and 20 of his friends marched into the all-Anglo Calexico Democratic Club and voted in a slate of Mexican-American candidates. That coup was the first in a long line of victories. In 1962 Luis Legaspi was elected to the Calexico City Council. He later became the first Mexican-American county supervisor.

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