'Goonies' at sunset
July 27, 1951 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "Petition Protests Permanent Pleasanton Prison Farm But Supervisor Says Plans Will Proceed"
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors "could not take any action" upon any petition presented to them asking that a permanent penal institution be placed somewhere other than in Pleasanton's Amador Valley.
Purchase of the Santa Rita Stock Farm has already -- so far as the supervisors are concerned -- been completed, after required legal notice of intention to do so, and plans for its development as a dairy farm will proceed.
These were the answer given by Supervisor Chester E. Stanley of this district when he was informed by the Times that a petition for later presentation to the supervisors was being circulated here asking that the county not establish "a permanent penal institution" in the valley.
The petition, according to its sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Mayo (the former Ernestine Mohr) and Orrin Crowe, property-holders adjacent to the now-purchased stock farm northeast of Pleasanton, already bears more than 150 signatures of landowners north of town, and residents of Pleasanton and Livermore.
The petition, addressed to the board, "respectfully submits ... our strong objection to use of said property as a penal institution by the Alameda County Sheriff's department or other body."
Signers said that "The present institution on Navy property at Santa Rita has been looked upon with tolerance because of the existence of these quarters for use as a more or less temporary measure and at considerable advantage to the County financially."
But, they continue, "In the event of loss of use of these quarters to the County, we do object strongly to the establishment of a penal institution in our twin valleys having any semblance of permanence."
That the county already looks upon the present quarters as "permanent" has been indicated by previous statements from the sheriff's department that it at present sees no threat to the institution there being taken over by the government.
Sheriff H.P. Gleason had previously told supervisors that purchase of the additional property would serve as an "ace-in-the-hole" for sheriff's office operations here. Stanley said that "at present" no further purchases of property near the newly-bought ranch are contemplated.
Petitioners expected to present their case to the supervisors in the near future.
Real Estate: For Sale -- Rustic cabin-type home. Large living room, kitchen, bedroom, bath. Glassed-in sleeping porch. Garage. Large wooded lot. Swimming pool and clubhouse privileges. Full price $4,950. $1,250 cash, balance $24.24 per month. Kilkare Road, Sunol.
Groceries: Hagstrom's, Pleasanton. TJuna Gold Anchor -- shredded 20 cents, Kleenex, package of 200, 2 for 25 cents, Clorox quart bottle, 13 cents, and Cheeze-its, Sunshine, large package, 2 for 29 cents.
At the Movies: Roxy Theatre, Pleasanton. "Father's Little Dividend" with Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor.
Trivia Question: In what year did the Beatles launch the "Apple Records" label?
Answer to last week's trivia: On July 14, 1951, Citation became the first horse to earn $1 million in career winnings.
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