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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, February 5, 2002

February 05, 2002

>>50 years ago — Gov. Earl Warren said today the state budget for the new year would be "over the billion-dollar mark." Warren told a press conference he "had an idea" the budget for the 1952-53 fiscal year would be "in the neighborhood of what it was last year." The current cost of operating the state government is $1 billion a year.

>>40 years ago — Earth slippage from the west bank of the New River forced the closure of both the east and westbound bridges on Highway 80 west of Seeley. Traffic is being detoured six miles, around the Naval Air Facility.

>>30 years ago — County Welfare Department Director Florence Kinloch, in her official reply to the 1971 grand jury report on the local welfare department, labeled it "almost valueless" and charged it "reeks with pettiness, innuendoes, half-truths and false statements."

>>20 years ago — The appointment of Calexico native Douglas X. Patiño as the state's new health and welfare director delighted Valleyites. The announcement also brought speculation that qualified Valley residents might be selected to fill some governmental positions.

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