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Stories of the Past: Friday, June 28, 2002

June 28, 2002

>>50 years ago — Wayne Harrod, historian for the Brawley 20-30 Club, announced today that the ladies' night program, which was scheduled for tomorrow evening at the Planter's Hotel, has been postponed due to an absence of several new club officers. The event was rescheduled for July 15.

>>40 years ago — A complete county Building Department was set up in El Centro. The department will be responsible for issuing building permits, conducting plan checks and making inspections.

>>30 years ago — Imperial County's Fort Yuma Indian Reservation was granted $897,400 in federal funds to stimulate economic growth and improve water quality.

>>20 years ago — The county Board of Supervisors Monday bit the bullet and agreed to formally open budget hearings after the county administrative office shaved $1.2 million from the spending plan by cutting most of the departments to the bone. According to County Administrative Officer Sue Lydick, the county is going to have to further reduce the number of employees and programs if it is to avoid the same grief next year.

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