Nativity scenes done drive-through-style
Dec. 16, 1975 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: “Old Fire Truck Flap: It Belongs to The City”
That vintage “fire truck hassle” seems to be just about squelched, but there is always the danger of another flare-up. “No problem that I can see,” commented Alan Campbell, assistant to the city manager, in the aftermath of that original yelp from the volunteer firemen who resented any claim by the Pleasanton Jaycees to that 1923 Mason truck.
“We invested $2,500 and in excess of 3,000 man hours in fixing up that abounded rig” pointed out Clint Logan in a spirited defense of the Jaycees’ current control of the truck.
“Don’t pin the rap on us,” demanded a spokesman for the regular Pleasanton firefighters, who pointed out that “it was those volunteers, most of them long since retired” who raised the initial gripe over any City Hall move to hand the Jaycees full title to a truck that those volunteers used and loved in decades past.
But the whole hassle is academic, the city’s number-two administrator explained. “The Jaycee’s had a three-year lease to the truck, to allow them to fix it up for use in parades and things like that,” said Campbell. “We have no intention of giving away that truck to the Jaycees or anyone else. But we will consider a new lease arrangement. The question now is, ‘Who will finance some needed repairs to the truck?’ ”
Jim Georgis and John Amaral were the two veteran members of the volunteer force who first resisted “any attempt by the Jaycees to take over the truck.” Amaral still contends “it belongs to the community and should be declared a historical monument.” The former fire chief feels “the fire truck should be kept at the main station, and the firemen should be responsible for maintaining it in good repair.”
But if one disturbed young fireman is any indication of the regular department’s feelings, those full-time firefighters “could care less about taking care of a piece of junk.”
They are happy to see the Jaycees do what they have been doing. Campbell said “the entire matter will be resolved administratively.” He sees no further problem.
Real Estate: Allied Brokers, Pleasanton. Del Prado, three bedroom, two bath home, carpeted entry, formal dining room, step-down living room. All-electric kitchen, breakfast nook and air conditioning. $55,500. Eastern charm, Cape Cod in California? Not only true but brand-new. $78, 500. Foothill, three-bedroom, two-bath, tiled entry, large family room, big open kitchen, close to school. $46,950.
Groceries: Safeway, Pleasanton. Oranges, 7 pounds for a dollar; ground beef, 69 cents a pound; 15-ounce Totino Party Pizza, 79 cents; pork spareribs, 99 cents a pound; and top sirloin beef steaks, $2.17 a pound.
At the movies: The Vine Theater, Livermore. Featuring “American Graffiti” and “The Front Page,” starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
This week’s trivia question: On Dec. 2, 1954, which senator was censured for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute?”
Answer to last week’s question: On Dec. 17, 1975, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was sentenced to life in prison for trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford. She was imprisoned in the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin.
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