50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, September 18, 1969

Oregon Street improvement stirs residents’ interest 

City Engineer Oliver Deatsch told City Councilmen at their meeting held on Wednesday evening that it was too late in the year to plan any major work in rebuilding Oregon Street and suggested that the street could be reshaped and given a penetrating coat of surfacing material before bad weather begins.

The suggestion came during an airing of the improvement project requested by the newly-established Universal Pipe and Plastics firm during which W.R Sherman and other residents of the area, Lloyd Wear and John Homen, were interested.  Sherman reportedly voiced concern on behalf of himself and the neighborhood, particularly if widening of the street was contemplated by the city. 

Financing of N-G school district draws comparison with others

Third in ability, eleventh in performance - that is where the Newman-Gustine Joint Unified School District stands with regard to financing its schools, and, in a nutshell, that’s why the district will be voting on a proposed tax override October 7 that would guarantee operating money to the schools, for three more years. This, the publicity committee for the school district stresses on the following report on the upcoming election. Twelve unified school districts in the state of California have enrollments between 2000 and 3000 students. The Newman-Gustine district, with 2495 students is at about the midpoint of this enrollment figure.

Bid opening for City Hall rebuilding set for Tuesday 

Bid opening for the remodeling of City Hall is among the major topics set for the regular meeting of the City Council on Tuesday night. The rebuilding project was recently reset for bids when only one builder submitted a proffer.  Enlarging of the Justice Court and rearrangement of the city offices are included in the project.


50 Years Ago From the Archives of  The Gustine Standard, September 18, 1969

DeGregori named to recreation commission

Joe DeGregori was named to the Gustine Area Recreation Commission Monday night to replace Paul Bourchier, who resigned. 

DeGegori had been recommended by the Recreation Commission for the post and the City Council acted unanimously to fill the seat. 

DeGregori, a noted athlete and long time director of the Boys Baseball Program, will represent the city on the commission. The commission is composed of two members from the City of Gustine, two members from the county, two members represent the school district and incumbent county supervisor makes the seventh member of the recreation panel. Its purpose is the planning and supervision of area recreation activity. 

Robert Bagley becomes new PG&E manager

Robert C. Bagley of Stockton is the new manager of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s operations in the Newman-Patterson-Gustine area.

A dealer representative in PG&E Delta District, Bagley for the past 2 ½ months has been on loan to the National Alliance of Businessman’s “JOBS” program, serving as job procurement and placement manager for San Joaquin County.  His appointment to the Stanislaus County PG&E position was announced today by I.J (Joe) Tremain, Stanislaus  District manager of the company. 

Property tax rate here will be $11.37

Gustine property owners will pay less in property taxes this year than they did last year, but their tax rate will be higher.

According to John Mallory Merced County Auditor, property owners here will pay a total of $512,729 in property taxes this year. This is down $30,819 from last year’s total of $543,548.

The tax rate however, has climbed to $11.37,  $1.29 higher than the last year’s $10.08 per $100 of assessed valuation.