>>50 years ago — San Diego realtor Fred B. Mitchell took swings at bureaucracy, federal spending and public housing in an address to the annual meeting of the Holtville Chamber of Commerce last night. Speaking before an estimated 125 persons, Mitchell said, "Government is not by elected officials, but by bureaucrats."
>>40 years ago — James Wakefield, retired sheepman from Calipatria, will be the guest honoree at Westmorland's third annual national sheep-shearing contest Saturday. Wakefield, 85, will be presented with an award. The Westmorland Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event.
>>30 years ago — If the El Centro Band Parents Association has anything to say about it, the Central Union High School band will travel to Mexico City this spring to participate in a concert festival. The group needs $5,000 by Feb. 1, another $15,000 by the last week in April and special legislation from Sacramento to allow the trip.