>> 50 Years Ago — HOLTVILLE — Dragsters fans were holding their breath, hoping the weather would break, so the day’s drags could get underway. Luck was with the dragsters, when 1 p.m. rolled around. Fans were greeted by a beautiful shiny sun.
Such cars competed in the event as Jess Van Deventer’s BMR, 283-inch fuel injected Chevrolet roadster. Jess sped himself to victory in the NHRA in points system which won him a new Pontiac last year. This year Jess was middle eliminator.
>> 40 Years Ago — Sonya Ojeda of Brawley defeated Dana Smith, 6-4, 6-3, Friday to win the girl’s singles championship in the El Centro Recreation Department’s Tennis Tournament at Central High School.
Divisions for boys and girls were wrapped up in Friday’s rounds. The adults take to the courts today, coaches, John Lehton and Emma Jones scheduling a full day of play.
>> 30 Years Ago — CALEXICO — Newly-appointed Assistant City manager Oscar G. Rodriguez has resigned from his elected post of city treasurer, recommending the position be abolished by the voters.
The resignation was submitted Tuesday, but still must be accepted by the council.
Today, new Mayor Fred M. Knechel said the council will probably appoint somebody to fill the remainder of Rodriguez’s four-year term, which expires in April 1984. The position carries a salary of $75 a month.
>> 20 Years Ago — The rising costs of incarcerating aliens in California prisons and jails has spawned a flurry of legislation this year aimed at bringing down that expense, which a recent study puts at about $462 million year.
Now nearing committee hearing dates, the bills offer a host of approaches, the most novel of which is the idea of a new men’s prison in Baja California.
Others call for closer cooperation between local, state and federal agencies.
“This is a tight budget year and people are looking for ways to save money,” said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Solange Brooks.
“This kind of just screams out at you because it’s something the federal government should pay for.”
Gov. Pete Wilson is also calling attention to the issue, and has asked, thus far unsuccessfully, for $250 million from the federal government to pay for housing criminal aliens.