50 Years Ago

From the Archives of The West Side Index, June 5, 1969

Freeway Project On West Side Go To Bid

Jame A. Moe, State Director of Public Works, has announced that a near-$16 million freeway construction project on Interstate 5, West Side Freeway, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties is being advertised for bids by the California Division of Highways.

This 13.2-mile segment of West Side Freeway, said Moe, will bring the state’s total Interstate 5 construction to more than 150 miles in seven counties.

The project now being advertised will construct the four-lane freeway between 0.7-mile south of the Stanislaus-San Joaquin County line and 0.5-mile south of Paradise Cut. It will constitute an easterly bypass of Tracy.

The project includes contracting interchanges with Interstate 580, Route 132, Route 33, Kasson Road and Route 50.

“Board Observers” Appointed by PTA President

PTA believes that parents and the community should be kept accurately and fully informed about the duties and actions of the local school board if they are to intelligently support the board as it works to provide education for all students.

In line with this philosophy, President Phillip Perea has appointed Laura Burgess, Dolly Glimp, Elinor Hollister, Phyllis Pacheco, Jess Garcia, Phillip Perea, and Patricia Morgan as 1969-1970 Official PTA “School Board Observers.” These “Observers” will attend all school board meetings. The main responsibility of these observers will be to report school board actions to the membership.

Mt. Perea has also written a letter to the newly appointed Superintendent John Duncan suggesting that his 1969-70 Administrative Staff take the initiative and send letters of invitation to all clubs and organizations in the Newman-Gustine Joint Unified District inviting them to send a school board observer to all board meetings. These “Observers” would help in communicating board actions and policies to their organizations and to the general public.

Starting Friday at the West Side Theatre

“The Stalking Moon.” starring Gregory Peck and Eva Marie Saint


“The Brotherhood,” starring Kirk Douglas

50 Years Ago

From the Archives of The Gustine Standard, June 5, 1969

Dads Ask More Time On Park Undergrounding Plan

After a discussion of more than 30 minutes Monday night, the Gustine City Council referred for further study the proposed under grounding of public utility lines in the area of Henry Miller Park.

To get the program “off the ground” a district must be formed. It was on this note that the Dads asked the City Manager Edwin Petersen investigate further and report back at the June 16 meeting. The program to underground utility lines would be a joint venture of the city, PG&E, and the Pacific Telephone Co. Under a Public Utilities Commission program. The utility firms help underwrite the under grounding financially. It is a program of beautification.

The problem the Dads wrestled with is that seven homes on West Avenue facing the park would have to become part of the district. Council apparently felt that mutual understanding of the program should be accomplished prior to any action they take.

It’s graduation!

Tonight, 111 members of the Class of 1969 at Gustine High School will receive their diplomas.

Janis Peters, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Peters, will give the Valedictory Address, and Ronald Sanches, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Sanches, will give the Salutatory Address.

Emergency Gas Tax Hike In Effect Now

Gustine area residents are reminded that beginning this past Sunday, a temporary one-cent hike in the gasoline tax rate went into effect. The tax for gasoline and diesel fuel now goes to eight-cents a gallon for the duration of the levy that is to be earmarked for roads and highways that were damaged or destroyed by last winter’s floods and storms.

One of the projects that will come under this repair program is restoring washed out shoulders between 3.6 miles east of Gustine, on Highway 140, and 1.5 miles easterly.

The one-cent hike is to remain in effect through Nov. 30, 1969 unless Gov. Ronald Reagan restores the seven-cent rate by proclamation before then.