>>50 years ago — Possibility of abolishing all city sales taxes and increasing the state sales tax held the attention of councilmen and mayors of seven Imperial Valley communities. Meeting in Brawley, the Imperial County division of the League of California Cities elected officers and heard reports.
>>40 years ago — Assessor Collector John Bowman told the Board of Supervisors he would like to have a state survey made of his department to determine its need for additional employees. Bowman told supervisors his department is extremely understaffed, and that it's has been necessary to call all field appraisers into the office to help with the work load.
>>30 years ago — Speaking before his own people for the first time in a week and being hailed as "savior of the Valley," Mexican President Luis Echeverria termed the desalination agreement with the United States a victory for Mexico and said, "It is not possible to govern from the office, but in contact with the nation."