1 YEAR AGO Dec. 30, 2010 – Union files grievance with city – Jobs of up to 20 former employees are in question – Questions over Lincoln’s reserves have led the city’s professional/administrative and classified labor groups’ representative to file a grievance. James Britton, business representative for Stationary Engineers, Local 39, filed a level one grievance against the city on Dec. 23. In a Dec. 23 letter Britton wrote to City Manager Jim Estep, Britton states that the grievance “is on behalf of all affected bargaining unit members in the professional/administrative and the classified units ...” The city violated the employee’s contracts when employees “were laid off for lack of funds,” according to Britton’s letter. 10 YEARS AGO Dec. 27, 2001 – Sewer overflow in Hoitt area a tough problem – The sewage system in the Hoitt area is so bad that at times, raw feces and toilet paper seeps out a manhole and flows into the street drains. Lane Bryant knows how disgusting this can be, because the manhole is right in front of his house on South Herald Street. Many times, he drove through the sewage when pulling in and out of his driveway. His children have been told to not play in the street when the manhole is overflowing. “If somebody from the City Council had lived on this street, it would have been fixed a long time ago,” Bryant said. He has been asking the city to fix the problem for the last six years. 20 YEARS AGO Dec. 26, 1991 – Toys stolen from holiday program for needy – Toys stolen from the Lincoln Lions Club has left project organizers and police wondering who would steal toys meant for needy children. According to police, the burglary happened between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. the following morning. Police said the burglars stole $80 worth of toys. “I’m upset that someone would do this,” said Marie Aguiar, coordinator of the event. “The Lions Club has been doing this in Lincoln for three years and we’ve never had any problems.” 50 YEARS AGO Dec. 28, 1961 – Top Ten Stories of 1961 – Do you agree? With relatively little disagreement, the News Messenger staff chose the following stories as the top ten newsworthy events of the past year: 1. The changeover to home mail delivery, an event which affected many local residents. 2. Overwhelming 25-1 passage of the Placer county water project bonds, with its potential long range effect on the Lincoln area as well as the entire county. 3. The community wide effort to raise funds to expand the McBean Memorial swimming pool, large donations to the pool fund by members of the McBean family, and the generous offer in July by Gladding, McBean and company to match any donations from then on. 4. Dismissal of the city manager, and the subsequent change from the city manager to the city administrator-engineer form of government. 5. Successful staging of the first annual Lincoln Fourth of July celebration by the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce. 6. Completion of the Silva annexation west of Lincoln, the first annexation to the City of Lincoln for many years, and a move to annex another area to the north and northeast of the city. 7. Classrooms bulge as schools record all-time high enrollments. 8. Completion and occupancy of the Sierra Junior college campus at Rocklin. 9. The tragic car-train wreck which took the lives of two members of the Charles McFarland family, and consequent reappraisal of safety factors at local railroad crossings. 10. Demise of the Lincoln Potter baseball club. 75 YEARS AGO Dec. 31, 1936 – Car Registration Opens January 2 – California motor car owners to the number of more than two million will find the renewing of automobile registration and securing new license plates for 1937 a first order of business immediately after the New Year holiday. The period for renewal of registration will open January 2 and continue to midnight, February 4. Under the law, there can be no extensions and delinquent penalties will be imposed upon those who fail to apply within the time limit. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.