Compiled by Nick Sestanovich
75 years ago
Deadline For Tire Inspection Postponed (Jan. 14, 1943)
The Office of Price Administration has postponed the deadline for tire inspection from January 31 to the end of March for holders of basic gasoline ration A coupons with a six month requirement for inspection instead of the former requirement of once every four months.
Motorists with B and C supplementary books will be required to have tires inspected by the end of February. After that inspections for B booksholders will be once in every four months and for C bookholders and bulk coupon holders, once every three months. The former schedule called for inspection of B and C cars every two months.
It is expected that inspection of commercial tires with a January 15 deadline will also be postponed.
The change was made, according to the OPA, to facilitate the work for the inspectors and to minimize public inconvenience.
50 years ago
Hot-Cold Lunch Tests On (Jan. 11, 1968)
A great experiment, or a 30-day trial period, began Monday in Mills School with a new trend in school lunch service making the scene.
Hot lunches in disposable “food pack kits” were served to students. Early reports showed 176 bought lunches Monday; 159 bought lunches Tuesday, and 159 bought lunches Wednesday.
This “new look” in school lunches comes about through the efforts of Cafeteria Supervisor Virginia Hahn, who operates on the principle that “hungry children cannot learn” and devotes her time to giving the Benicia school children a nutritious lunch at a nominal price. Backing her up in her efforts are Dist. Supt. Dr. Robert L. McKee, the Benicia Board of trustees, and Mills Principal Mrs. Betty Young.
Mrs. Hahn is is confident of the outcome of the trial month, although she adds, “if this doesn’t work, we till try something else.” She said the trend in school lunch service is toward disposable kits, which allow lunches to be prepared in a central kitchen and transported to various schools. In preparing for the pilot operation here, she visited schools in Napa and Danville where the program is working. Accompanying her on several of these trips were Mrs. Young, Dr. McKee, and cafeteria managers Mrs. Marge Grapes and Mrs. Dorothy Llewellyn.
25 years ago
Planners wrap up issues list for Sky (Jan. 12, 1993)
One part of the Sky Valley planning process is scheduled to come to an end Wednesday as planning commissioners have their last discussion on a number of outstanding issues, including how far development can go toward Syar quarry.
Wednesday’s commission study session will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, and will include a discussion on meeting a deadline established by the council to come up with a housing development plan by June 1 for the 5,000 acres north of Benicia.
Planning Commission chairman Ron Arrants said he has no doubt the commission can meet the deadline, although there is still a considerable amount of work to be done on the Environmental Impact Report, the Specific Plan, the General Plan amendment, and the development agreement.
Arrants said he and planning department staff have come up with a schedule for the next 4 ½ months that “gives us about a month of wiggle room” to discuss and consider the documents. The commission will not meet again this month.
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