>> 20 Years Ago — Several months before the U.S. Border Patrol’s recent high-profile introduction of bike patrols, a group of North County law enforcement officers was taking a quieter tack with its pedaling patrolmen.
Brawley Police Chief Dave Holt said there was no fanfare when his officers took to bikes last spring to stop a rash of auto break-ins near Brawley Union High School.
>> 50 Years Ago — County Board of Supervisors last night postponed until March 12 action on zoning ordinance for the Medical and Rose School areas which includes the controversial zoning around Imperial Valley College and the San Diego Valley campus site.
The supervisors agree on the postponement, so they could visit the areas being considered and get a first-hand look before making a decision on the zoning.
Don Lydick, chairman of the Imperial Valley College Board of Trustees presented the board’s proposals for zoning around the college area.
>> 40 Years Ago — State Assemblywoman March Fong, chairman of the select committee of the Assembly on Food and Nutrition, announced today her committee will visit the Imperial Valley Thursday prior to conducting hearings into the possible sale of contaminated lettuce Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles.
Claude Finnell Imperial County agricultural commissioner said the committee will arrive in the Valley by plane during the afternoon. It will tour lettuce fields, vacuum coolers and loading areas.
>> 30 Years Ago — El Centro Municipal Court clerk Sharon Lunceford, 23, was arrested Thursday afternoon on a felony warrant charging embezzlement of funds by a public official.
District attorney Thomas Storey said the arrest involved the alleged embezzlement of about $135 collected by the court’s traffic division over an undisclosed period of time.
Miss Lunceford was arraigned before Municipal Court Judge Charles E. Jones immediately following her arrest by sheriff’s deputies.
Thursday, Storey said an investigation into alleged embezzlement of public funds began after other members of the court clerk staff discovered money was missing.