50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, January 8, 1970

Reconsideration of Romero school sale 

Reconsideration on the sale of  “old”  Romero School property no longer used by the Newman-Gustine Joint Unified School District that was blocked at the last meeting of trustees will come before the board again Monday night when the regularly scheduled meeting will be held at the District Center.

The matter is among agenda items announced for the upcoming meeting. 

Trustee Mel Cardoza, who represents Romero, used current talk on deunification as a basis for his opposition to the sale at the December meeting and was joined by Frank Rico in voting against a resolution to make a second attempt at selling the property. 

Deunification drive will be launched Jan. 15

Citizens for Deunification will be formed from among interested parents and residents of Newman, Gustine, Crows Landing and Romero areas when a scheduled meeting has been set for next Thursday night, January 15, at the Gustine High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

At the same time two San Francisco attorneys considered by spokesmen handling preliminary organization to be “experts in the field” have been contacted and will be present for the January 15 session. Paul Strazi, Gustine businessman, emphasized in announcing the scheduled meeting and the formation of the citizen’s group last week that “this is not a Gustine movement alone, the group action is merely following the wishes of many people throughout the unified school district.”

Bids opened for highway landscaping 

Bids were scheduled to be opened yesterday at Sacramento by the State Division of Highways on an estimated $150,000 group of landscaping projects for highway 5, the West Side Freeway located along the foothills of the Coast Range. 

Included in the Division’s plans are planting at the rest rooms for shade and appearance; functional planting at various other points for beautification and, at interchanges, to screen the headlights of opposing traffic; and landscaping which will screen the Tracy dump at Corral Hollow Road. 

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The Gustine Standard, January 8, 1970

We’re First in California

Gustine City Manager Ed Petersen today announced plans to provide the city with California’s first universal emergency telephone number system.

Petersen said Gustine residents will be able to telephone the police department, the fire department or summon an ambulance by dialing only three digits - 911. At present, it is necessary to dial seven digits to reach these emergency services. The new system, the first to be installed in California by the Pacific Telephone Co., is scheduled to become effective on March 1, 1970.

Busy city dads annex 3 acres, up police pay 

Gustine City Councilmen were busy Monday night.

Not only did they pass a resolution of intent to annex property, but also to abandon a portion, boosted police salaries, discussed a plan for Merced County to conduct the city election scheduled for April, heard a report on pollution, and were informed that Gustine will be the first California city to be provided with the new national emergency telephone number.  The annexation of property is the area now occupied by Bettencourt Trucking Co., and is know as the “ East Avenue Annexation”. It will take in the property bounded by East  Ave., and Carnation Road, and is comprised of little more than three acres. 

Short Stop Will be New Bus Station

A Greyhound bus station opened in Gustine Tuesday when Roy Hannah, proprietor of the Short Stop, becomes a ticket and freight agent for the bus company in addition to his own chores. Hannah, a new director of the Chamber of Commerce, said he felt the bus station and freight office would be good for Gustine, adding “Whatever is good for the city is good for everyone’s business in town.”