1 YEAR AGO Dec. 23, 2010 – School district to meet expenses – $9.5 million in budget cuts to be made over 3 years – During Tuesday’s briefer than usual school board meeting, the district confirmed its ability to meet its financial obligations for the remainder of this year and the next two years. The Western Placer Unified School District board certified its first interim report as a positive. To retain a positive certification that the district can meet its financial obligations this year and the next two years, the school district’s assistant superintendent of business services Joyce Lopez said $9.5 million in ongoing budget reductions will need to be made over the next three fiscal years or “identify other available ongoing revenues.” 10 YEARS AGO Dec. 20, 2001 – Council ponders building another bridge over Auburn Ravine Creek – The city is pondering building another bridge over the Auburn Ravine creek two blocks east of Highway 65 at a cost of $5 million. Prior calculations estimated the bridge would cost $716,000 but the later estimates boosted the price to $5 million for the most preferred of five alternative designs. The bridge, city decision makers say, is needed to make better access to the downtown business district from the south side of Lincoln. 20 YEARS AGO Dec. 19, 1991 – Canine joins forces with LPD – A German Shepherd was hired by city council members Tuesday of last week to become Lincoln’s first police dog. Odie, a purebred male, has already been through much of the training he’ll need to do his work with his owner, Susan Olds, a Lincoln police officer for the last three years. According to Olds, the “new style” training two-year-old Odie receives makes him amendable to the public including small children. “Kids were climbing all over him,” Olds said of a recent walk with the canine cop. Since he was eight weeks old, Odie has been socialized with people and other animals. 50 YEARS AGO Dec. 21, 1961 – Lincoln Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Exhibiting Charge – William N. Stanley of 445 K street pleaded guilty and was fined $52.50 Tuesday in the Lincoln Judicial court on a charge of exhibiting firearms, (Section 417, Penal Code) according to Police Officer Dan Sumner. The court action followed an incident earlier Tuesday afternoon after Stanley’s dog was picked up by city employees on a roundup of loose dogs. According to Sumner, Stanley struck Larry Costa, city superintendent of public works, on the head with a shotgun, knocking him to the ground, and also pointed the weapon at two other city employees, Jack Files and Frank Mazzoni. This incident took place at Fourth and D streets. 75 YEARS AGO Dec. 24, 1936 – Large Class Apply For Citizenship – A large class of applicants appeared before the Citizenship Examiner in the Superior Court room last week, Judge Landis presiding. They came from all parts of the county, Colfax, and Roseville seeming to have more than any other: only one from Lincoln being successful – two being refused for technical reasons. Mrs. Mary Mendes was the only successful candidate from Lincoln. Mrs. Mendes lost her citizenship by marrying a non-citizen, under a law which now is invalid. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.