>> 20 Years Ago — The verdicts may still be some time away but all of Southern California is bracing itself for the possibility of more riots as the second trial of the officers accused of beating Los Angeles motorist Rodney King continues.
Local firefighters have been put on standby and area police officers and National Guardsmen said they’re getting prepared just in case. A contingent of local firefighters, police officers, National Guardsmen, sheriff’s deputies and Border Patrol agents were called to assist during last year’s riots in Los Angeles.
Quick’s amendment called for a center of the river agreement as far as Imperial Dam so San Bernadino and Riverside counties could start on their development programs. But the amendment refused to accept the “give away” pact signed by Governor Pat Brown that would have deeded nearly 2,000 acres of Imperial County to Arizona.
>> 40 Years Ago — Falling to act on the Planning Commission’s recommendation the Board of Supervisors Tuesday referred a proposed current land use plan for Seeley back to the planning department for “further study and reworking.”
The proposed plan prohibits expansion of the town’s residential areas in an effort to preserve agricultural land surrounding it.
Donn Hopkins, county planning consultant, said the growth limitation followed the county policy that consideration of safety, beauty and protection of agricultural land is foremost.
Other factors leading to the limitation of Seeley growth, the planner said, were the town’s closeness to the Naval Air Facility with its noise and potential aircraft crashes and to four feedlots nearby.
>> 30 Years Ago — Seventeen miles of Highway 86 in Imperial County will be widened to a four-lane expressway within the next five years, according to the state’s Transportation Improvement Program.
Projects slated for the next five years in the county will total $52 million, according to Jim Larson, a spokesman for Caltrans.
They range from the Highway 86 projects, 21 miles of resurfacing of Highway 111, bridge replacement and road widening on 86, 111 and Interstate 8.