1 YEAR AGO Aug. 20, 2009 – Raises OK’d for school employees – In a time when most school districts across the state are suffering financially, Western Placer Unified School District employees have something to smile about – raises. Teachers received a 3 percent raise when the district’s budget was passed June 21 and the Board of Trustees enacted raises for the other employees Tuesday night. Those raises take effect this school year and affect every one of the district’s approximately 600 employees. “We’re really in a very fortunate position and I think everyone deserves to be compensated and have that increase,” said Board Member Ana Stevenson. Other board members echoed her sentiments. “This is the goal we’ve had for a while and we’ve finally got the opportunity to do it,” said Board Member Brian Haley. The goal Haley referred to was that the district has been working at off and on since 2007 – to bring all employees’ salaries to the average in the county. 10 YEARS AGO Aug. 17, 2000 – Budget hearings are an integral part of governing – Examining and providing final approval to yearly city operating budgets is one of the most important functions of council members. This proposed budget exceeds $53.4 million, said Finance Director Randy Graham. Operations are to be allocated $23.3 million and capital improvements are suggested to receive funding of $30.1 million. The city expects to add the equivalent of 32 more employees so all departments and services can keep pace with current growth. Graham said that the city’s population increased by 9.5 percent during the 1998-99 fiscal year and by 9 percent more during the 1999-2000 fiscal year. This hurried pace is expected to be sustained during this coming fiscal year and “into the near future,” he said. The police department expects to receive an increase of about 50 percent in its operational budget of nearly $764,000, which would reach $2.3 million total. This will allow the addition of six new patrol officers, two new dispatchers and six community service officers. The Community Development Department is requesting more than $840,000 for its operations, an increase from its $537,000 last year. The extra money would pay for a full time planning technician, full time building inspector and a part time Code Enforcement Officer. The last position would allow police officers to spend less time focusing on these types of zoning code tasks and, instead, handle more crime-related duties. Money to allow expansion of the recreation department by enough hours to fill 8 new full time jobs and increase program offerings to residents is also within this requested departmental increase. 20 YEARS AGO Aug. 12, 1990 – City opts to move to office complex – City officials looking for housing solutions while the Civic Center undergoes asbestos abatement voted to take up an offer to move to an office complex on Third and O Streets. The proposal, submitted by A.H. Properties in Lincoln, offers a three-year lease of 5,400 square feet of space in the Lincoln Professional Center to house city offices until the asbestos work is completed. Lincoln City Council members approved the proposal that will cost the city $1 per square foot per month, or $191,880 total for three years. An additional 2,800 square feet of space was offered when it becomes available early next year. Council members preferred the proposal after they considered moving offices into modular units at McBean Park. Members stayed with the idea to move the police department to the park in the modular units. 50 YEARS AGO Aug. 18, 1960 – Alley Paving Bargain Open To Lot Owners – During the current street improvement program, the city will pave alleys at a nominal cost to the property owners of $10 per 50 foot lot. City officials advised that money should be on deposit at the city offices by Sept. 1 and must have 100 per cent participation of the property owners on the block. The actual cost of paving exceeds $10 per lot but the difference will be absorbed by the city. The alley work will be scheduled in a first come, first served basis, and as it can be fitted in with the current street project. 75 YEARS AGO Aug. 22, 1935 – Killer Confesses To The Murder Of Two Persons – Earl Cramer, murder suspect, confessed to District Attorney Lowell L. Sparks early this morning, that he had killed James C. Kennett, retired Chicago business man, and the unidentified youth found in a mining shaft near Emigrant Gap. It was after persistent frilling that Cramer finally caved in, and told the story. He claimed that he and the youth had engaged in a fight and that he had killed in self defense. He admitted that he had killed Kennett to cover up forgeries of Kennett’s name to checks he had been receiving from the East. This will clear up one of the most mysterious crimes in Placer County in recent years. It is reported that Cramer has agreed to take the officers to the spot where one of his victims is buried. Don’t know if it is Kennett or some other victim as several men have mysteriously disappeared from that locality within the past month. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.