>> 50 Years Ago — EL CENTRO — Members of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors today called on the city council to spend city tax money on the city of El Centro.
Specifically, the chamber directors asked the council to cease spending city tax money on the Imperial County Development Agency, although they did not name IVDA directly. They felt the county tax money should be spent on county development, and city tax money should be spent on city development.
>> 40 Years Ago — Bishop Charles F. Golden is in the church to try to do something to change the situation his father explained to him when he was a young black.
“You will have to be twice as good to go half as far because of the color of your skin,” his father, a Methodist minister in Mississippi, told him.
Addressing some 200 persons Tuesday evening in the El Centro First United Methodist Church, the leader of a quarter million United Methodists in the Southwest and Hawaii said, “If we cannot accept all people equally then I question if we are all related to Christ.”
>> 30 Years Ago — The apparent find of oil gas near Yuma may spur interest by oil companies in Imperial County, but many experts don’t expect any heavy activity for some time.
And one of the largest oil and gas leaseholders in Imperial County, Amoco, says it has no plans for any drilling or further exploration work here in the near future.
Two wildcat drilling companies believe they may have struck oil and gas at a well seven miles south of Yuma. The apparent find — so far only confirmed by tests — spurs interest n a long held theory that oil and gas deposits might stretch from the Gulf of California up into Yuma and Imperial counties.
>> 20 Years Ago — SAN DIEGO — A former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector convicted of accepting a bribe to help smuggle more than 1 ½ tons of cocaine through the Calexico Port of Entry was sentenced Monday to 26 years, eight months in prison.
Ricardo Nunez Felix, 38, formerly of El Centro, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Earl b. Gilliam. The penalty included a $100,000 fine and five years probation following his release from prison.
A jury on Dec. 10 found Felix guilty of aiding drug smuggling, official corruption, conspiring and aiding in the laundering of bribe money.