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Stories of the Past: Friday, April 12, 2002

April 12, 2002

>>50 years ago — The estimated total value of the 1951 Imperial Valley carrot crop was $8.8 million and growers and shippers considered the season "fairly profitable," according to the Federal State Market News service.

>>40 years ago — The proposed anti-communist amendment to the California Constitution will be circulated as an initiative petition in the Brawley area April 13-18. James Sullivan of El Centro is the chairman of the Imperial Valley committee to combat communism in California.

>>30 years ago — Imperial voters rejected the office of city administrator and elected two councilmen who campaigned against continuing the controversial office in the city election Tuesday. By a margin of 534 to 382, voters in effect told the City Council they did not want the $13,200-a-year job on the payroll. They were voting on an ordinance already adopted by the City Council establishing the office.

>>20 years ago — An 11-hour power outage of undetermined origin hit areas all over Brawley on Sunday, halting power service to about one-fourth of the city's residents, crippling fire services and leaving many Easter Sunday worship services devoid of organ music.

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