50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, December 11, 1969

Schools seek raise in tax rate 

Trustees of the Newman-Gustine Joint Unified School District voted 5-2 to call a second tax override election within the school year Monday night and will go before district voters with a proposal to increase the tax rate by 85 cents per $100 in assessed valuation on March 3, 1970.  The action came after trustee Frank Rico again made a strong plea not to go to the voters yet. “ I don’t think an election is going to pass until we make some savings by living within our means and show the people some results,” he declared. However, Trustee Robert Maffei made the motion for the election and it was seconded by Trustee Robert Griffiths. 

Air conditioning and heating for city hall

Central air conditioning and heating has been added to the current remodeling project of the City Hall.

The City Council on Tuesday night approved a change-order after requesting contractor Albert “Ki” Borrelli to present cost figures on installation of a unit to serve the city and justice court offices as well as the council and court room. As presented the cooling and heating unit along with duct work and electrical connections came to a cost of $2,882.58. However, after discussing the matter, it was decided that if a five-ton unit could be installed for no more than $300 more than the 4-ton price submitted the council would prefer the larger unit. 

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The Gustine Standard, December 11, 1969

School board slates new tax election in March 

A standing room only crowd at Orestimba High School let the board of trustees of this school district knows what it did not want on Monday night. It does not want consolidation, in any form, of the district’s schools, and it does not want to spend any more money on them. And the crowd of about 400 persons, mostly from Gustine, gave a strong indication it no longer wants unification. The board, faced with all kinds of negative feelings and nothing positive except a consolidation suggestion from a citizens’ advisory group, elected to try again for a tax increase - this time for 85 cents in a March 3 election.

Santa Claus Prepares For Gustine Visit

Santa Claus is coming Saturday for Gustine youngsters who go to the Christmas party at the Gustine High School auditorium at 10 a.m. - and all Gustine area children are invited. The party, sponsored by the Gustine Chamber of Commerce and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, with big assists from the Modesto Bee and the Gustine Fire Department, is an annual event that provides films, fun, goodies and Santa Claus. Santa Claus will be ready, as always, to take boys and girls on his knee and ask them what they want for Christmas and whether they’ve been good or not since his last visit.