1 YEAR AGO April 7, 2011: School district could save $158,085 next year – Board will explore a new retirement-incentive program – School board members voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to explore a supplemental retirement incentive program that could save the district thousands of dollars. Western Placer Unified School District will partner with Public Agency Retirement Saving (PARS) to present senior certificated and classified employees with an incentive to retire early. PARS representatives project that the district could save $158,085 or more in 2011-12 and about $268,388 or more cumulative over five years. To be feasible, 35 percent of the eligible 141 employees would have to enroll, PARS representative Reggie Smith said. 10 YEARS AGO April 4, 2002: Independent study says county would benefit by university – Placer County residents will benefit in myriad ways by the presence of a major university campus within its borders, according to an independent preliminary study presented to the county Board of Supervisors. The Oakland-based Hausrath Economics Group presented the Board of Supervisors with a preliminary study looking at the potential impacts, both positive and negative, regarding a potential university in Placer County. The report also looked, in general terms, at what the local government would need to look at and commit to before approving a university plan. If a concrete proposal is formulated through for either of the sites currently being considered – land in western Placer County owned by developers Angelo Tsakopoulos and Eli Broad, respectively – then that would set in motion a process for the county to look at the specific impacts of that given project. 20 YEARS AGO April 2, 1992: City attorney to probe council health benefits – Lincoln City Council members voted unanimously last week to pursue an investigation of lifetime health benefits given in 1986 to former council members with 12 years of service. Council member Stan Nader made a motion to rescind a resolution passed March 10 meant to replace a misplaced 1986 resolution authorizing health benefits for three former council members and their families. Nader said an investigation is underway to find out if the resolution can be amended without affecting all city employees. Minutes of the meeting and the resolution were found days after the March 10 meeting, but did not reflect when the council discussed adding three council members to the employee benefits plan through PERS. Interim City Administrator Mike Manick told the council that they were given “little option” at the March 10 meeting since failure to pass it may have created potential litigation. The benefits will continue while the investigation is being conducted. City Attorney Tim Hayes called the situation “difficult and complicated,” saying there is potential for legal action if the benefits lapse. Hays will review past actions by the council, as well as options for future council action. Council member Charles Kellar, who was on the council when the resolution initially passed, defended the council’s actions. 50 YEARS AGO April 5, 1962: Interest Runs High In Attempt to Organize Little League Baseball Here – Little League ball showed great promise of becoming an immediate actuality in Lincoln as the result of two meetings held during the past week. On Thursday night of last week, some 225 adults and boys were on hand at the Mary Beermann auditorium to hear details of Little League organization. The auditorium was so crowded that many stood. As a follow-up to that meeting, 30 persons who have been instrumental in getting the ball rolling met at the Lincoln Inn dining room Tuesday evening, named Dave Williams president and drew up an application for the charter. Cost of the charter, $25, was donated by the Foothill baseball league, with the president of the league, Louis DeArcos, present to make the offer. 75 YEARS AGO April 8, 1937: Lincoln High School Band In Parade Sunday – With Spring here, at least the baseball season has arrived. Next Sunday, April 11th, will be a big day in Lincoln for the baseball fans, in fact, for all the citizens. Lincoln has a good ball team, and it is up to the citizens of Lincoln now to help them along the road to victory by boosting for them. A city represented by a good team in any sport, and strongly supported by its citizens, is one of the best ways of advertising the city. The Folsom champions will be here for the opening of the league season, and the game should be a close contest. A big parade will precede the game starting from the railroad square, through the main street to the Hemphill Ball Park. At the head of the parade will be the Lincoln Union High School Band, under the capable direction of Mr. Scott Rundy, and will also furnish music during the game. The band has been practicing diligently and shows marked improvement from their last appearance. Come out fans and citizens, join in the big time, and help swell the crowd! The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones.