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Angered that he wasn’t to be reappointed to the Board of Supervisors slot he resigned from on November 10, Dan White enters San Francisco City Hall at 10:30 a.m. through a basement window.
Mayor George Moscone agrees to meet with White after a meeting with Assemblyman Willie Brown concludes. Brown leaves. White enters. Moscone lights a cigarette and pours he and White a drink. As he does so, White shoots the mayor four times at point blank range with a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver.
Leaving the 49-year-old father of four dead, White reloads and walks to where the supervisors’ offices Read more »
On October 22, 1948, newlyweds Harry and Esther Snyder opened the first In-N-Out burger stand. Demolished during construction of the Interstate 10 freeway, the stand was California’s first drive-thru restaurant.
The Baldwin Park site at Garvey and Francisquito — across the street from Harry Snyder’s childhood home — was barely 10 feet square.
McDonalds and Carl’s Jr., founded in 1948 and 1946 respectively, are contemporaries of the Snyders. But they were drive-ins.
The Snyders pioneered the use of a two-way intercom system allowing drivers to place orders without leaving their car. Like McDonald’s and Carl’s, they kept the menu simple — burgers, fries, drinks, Read more »
On Saturday October 19, Gov. Jerry Brown attended a memorial in Fresno for former state senator and appellate justice George Zenovich.
The event, not listed on the Democratic governor’s public schedule, was supposed to begin at 11 a.m., shortly after Brown arrived. It didn’t conclude until nearly 2:30 p.m.
Brown was the last of nine speakers reminiscing about the easy-going but effective Zenovich, a Fresno Democrat who carried the 1975 legislation creating the Arts Council and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
The governor made no effort to be moved higher in the program to accommodate his schedule. Of Zenovich he Read more »
Ninety years ago on October 16, 1923, brothers Walter Elias Disney and Roy Oliver Disney founded Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.
The studio was located in the rear of a small office occupied by Holly-Vermont Realty at 4651 Kingswell Ave. near Vermont Ave. in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. Rent was $10.
Walt Disney had come to Hollywood from Kansas City after his first company, Laugh-O-Gram Films, went bankrupt. One of Disney’s final Laugh-O-Gram features was Alice’s Wonderland, a mix of animation and live action.
In the short, a young girl visits a cartoonist’s studio where the cartoons come to Read more »
On October 7, 2003, California voters removed Gov. Gray Davis from office and replaced him with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It was the first time in 92 years enough signatures were gathered to call a special election under the state’s recall process, enacted by voters in 1911 ostensibly as a way to break the stranglehold of Southern Pacific Railroad and other business interests on the Capitol.
The historic significance of the election was masked behind an almost carnival- like atmosphere fueled by Read more »
Obscure Statute Recalls the Golden State’s Red-Scare Years and Its Grand Inquisitor, Jack B. Tenney
During California’s 1941 January-to-June legislative session, Germany had conquered Western Europe and was preparing to invade Russia.
America had not officially been drawn into World War II because Japan had yet to bomb Pearl Harbor. But it had approved the Lend-Lease program to aid Great Britain and Russia.
For more than 60 years, the law remained in effect only becoming history on August 16 when Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1405, striking Tenney’s Read more »
Lake Almanor is one of Plumas County’s prime recreation areas. It’s a reservoir with a capacity of 1.3 million acre-feet.
One acre-foot is about 326,00 gallons, roughly the water a family of four uses each year.
Now owned by Pacific Gas & Electric, the reservoir, about 90 feet deep, was built by Great Western Power by damming the North Fork of the Feather River.
Before becoming an artificial lake, the area was known as Big Meadows.
According to Jim Young in his Plumas County: History of the Feather River Region, Julius Howells, a civil engineer, envisioned Big Meadows filled with water Read more »
From the Long Beach News, Thursday June 20, 1985:
What Gloria Deukmejian likes most about being California’s First Lady – next to her husband being the governor, of course – is “meeting people and going to places I wouldn’t normally travel to.”
Like the town of Quincy in Plumas County, 140 miles northeast of Sacramento.
There to host a Republican Federated Women’s Club function, Gloria was met at her plane by a woman who had gone to Washington Junior High School in Long Beach with her. The woman had a copy of their junior high yearbook.
“Fortunately,” Gloria Deukmejian says with Read more »
With his announcement June 3 that he is leaving public office in January 2015, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer ends 40 years as a lawmaker and statewide office holder.
“I need to do something different that’s challenging and interesting,” Lockyer said in announcing he won’t seek the job of controller in 2014 for which he’s raised $2.2 million as of January, state campaign reports show.
His departure boosts the chances of State Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee, the other declared Democrat in the controller’s race. It does the same for a higher profile Democrat who might choose to run with Lockyer Read more »
California Western Law Review
A CENTURY IN THE LIFE OF A LAWYER:
REFLECTIONS BY JOSEPH A. BALL
Copyright (c) 1999 California Western School of Law; Joseph A. Ball and Judith D. Fischer
Joseph A. Ball’s life spans the Twentieth Century.
Born in a small town in Iowa, he studied law at Creighton University, received his law degree from the University of Southern California, and built a prominent law firm. [FN1] Although he sometimes refers to himself as a “country lawyer,” he is known among colleagues for his incisive legal mind and Read more »
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