Timeline California (G) 1999-2000

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1999        Jan 1, The 110th Tournament of Roses was celebrated in Pasadena with a crowd of 750,000.
    (SFC, 1/2/99, p.A18)

1999        Jan 1, A new 50 cent per pack tax on cigarettes, mandated by Proposition 10, went into effect.
    (SFC, 12/31/98, p.A1)

1999        Jan 1, Strict rent control ended with the 1995 Costa-Hawkins law, which permitted unlim-ited rent increases on vacant units. The law targeted Berkeley, East Palo Alto, Cotati, Santa Monica and west Hollywood and was phased-in over 3 years.
    (SFC, 1/2/99, p.A13)

1999        Jan 2, Gov. Wilson appointed former Sen. Quentin Kopp as judge in the San Mateo County Superior Court.
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, p.D1)

1999        Jan 3, The SF Giants beat the Packers in the final minute of play to win a spot in the NFC playoffs.
    (SFC, 1/4/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 4, Joseph Fraham Davis Jr. was inaugurated as the state's 37th governor. Gray Da-vis was the state's first Democratic governor in 16 years.
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 4, Jose Medina was appointed by Gray Davis to serve as the chief of Caltrans.
    (SFEC, 1/31/99, p.A14)

1999        Jan 6, Gov. Davis in his State of the State speech made education the centerpiece of his administration. He unveiled a $444 million education proposal.
    (SFC, 1/6/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/7/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 8, Gov. Davis sent the Legislature a $76.2 billion state budget.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 12, Pacific Bell cut ADSL Internet access to $39 a month with installation and equipment at $198.
    (SFC, 1/13/99, p.B1)

1999        Jan 16, Methodist ministers in Sacramento, Ca., blessed the union of 2 lesbians in con-tradiction to Church law.
    (SFEC, 1/17/99, p.C1)

1999        Jan 21, The state Supreme Court ruled that sex offenders can be kept in custody for years after their prison terms if they are considered a danger to society.
    (SFC, 1/22/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 22, In Fresno Vasily Petrovich Losev (45) killed his 3 sons (aged 2 to 9), set fire to their apartment and then killed himself. He was about to lose his sons to his wife.
    (SFC, 1/25/99, p.A12)

1999        Jan 25, Bakersfield got 6 inches of snow.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A19)

1999        Jan 26, San Ramon passed an ordnance prohibiting the sale of laser pointers to minors.
    (SFC, 1/27/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan, A gambling commission was to begin working based on legislation signed by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1997.
    (SFC, 10/13/97, p.A1)

1999        Feb 2, Gov. Gray Davis on a visit to Mexico disclosed an agreement to get Mexico's leading telecommunications firm to relocate its US headquarters from Houston to San Diego. He negotiated the deal with Telmex chairman Carlos Slim Helu.
    (SFC, 2/3/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 3, Gov. Davis met with Fernando Canales Clariond, governor of Nuevo Leon, and witnessed a "Direct Line" meeting between the governor and citizens seeking direct action.
    (SFC, 2/4/99, p.A2)

1999        Feb 5, The Bureau of ATF planned to allow California winemakers to attach new labels promoting the health benefits of wine.
    (SFC, 2/5/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 5, Herbert Kline, documentary film maker, died.
    (SFC, 2/12/99, p.A24)

1999        Feb 9, Jaturun Siripongs was executed at San Quentin 16 years after he was sentenced for the murder of 2 people during a robbery in Orange County.
    (SFC, 2/9/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 10, A Vietnamese shopkeeper in Westminster, Orange County, Ca., was assaulted and began a riot when he displayed a poster of Ho Chi Minh in his shop window.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A3)

1999        Feb 15, Carole Sund (42), Julie Sund (15) and Silvina Pelosso were last seen at the Ce-dar Lodge motel in Portal, Ca. The trio were visiting the area from Eureka. Carole Sund's wallet and credit cards were found in Modesto on Feb 19. The FBI acknowledged Feb 21 that the dis-appearance was being treated as a kidnapping and a $250,000 reward was offered. Their rented Pontiac was found burned near Long Barn in Tuolemne County on Mar 18 and 2 burned bodies were found in the trunk. Cary Stayner, motel maintenance man, later admitted to the murders and faced trial in 2002. Stayner was convicted on Aug 26 and was sentenced to death Dec 12.
    (SFC, 2/23/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/18/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/20/99, p.A1)(SFC, 7/25/02, p.A17)(WSJ, 8/27/02, p.A1)(SFC, 12/13/02, p.A1)

1999        Feb 16, In LA a number of possessions of O.J. Simpson were auctioned off to cover his 1997 legal suit. A conservative Christian group purchased his Hall of Fame plaque and other memorabilia and burned it the following day
    (SFC, 2/18/99, p.A3)

1999        Feb 17, It was reported that Mark Hughes (43), founder of Herbalife International, planned to build a $50 million home on a 157-acre site in the Benedict Canyon area of LA.
    (WSJ, 2/17/99, p.B12)

1999        Feb 19, Milpitas pediatrician Katherine Wong disappeared while skiing in Bear Valley. Her remains were found in a ravine June 8.
    (SFC, 6/10/99, p.A1,10)

1999        Feb 20, In Ventura Gladis Soto (38) shot her husband, Pedro Alba, in his sleep and then dismembered his body with an electric saw. She put his limbs into plastic bags and set them on fire at a remote part of the Ventura River. She was sentenced in 2000 to 52 years to life in pris-on.
    (SFEC, 2/27/00, p.D4)

1999        Feb 24, The Library of California was reported to be a computer network linking the state's 8,000 public and private libraries.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.CA4)

1999        Feb 24, In Santa Ana Charles Chitat Ng was convicted of killing 2 babies, 3 women and 6 men during the mid 1980s. His trial had thus far cost taxpayers over $9 million.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 26, Pacific Lumber rejected the state and federal deal to save the Headwaters For-est.
    (SFC, 2/27/99, p.A1)

1999        The Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. donated $20,000 to the political fund of insurance commissioner Chuck Quackenbush, who had allowed the company to may a $550,000 payment to a special fund following an exemption from a state review of claims from the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
    (SFC, 4/7/00, p.A3)

1999        Mar 1, Minutes before a midnight deadline Pacific Lumber agreed with government ne-gotiators on a $480 million deal to preserve the Headwaters Forest. 10,000 acres of old growth forest was to be sold and protection was imposed on 211,000 acres of adjacent lands. The price for the 7,400 acres was $380 million plus some land-swapping and log-harvesting options.
    (SFC, 3/2/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 7/4/99, p.T6)

1999        Mar 4, Researchers reported that data revealed a new active fault system under Los An-geles that probably caused the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. It was christened the Punete Hills fault.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.A7)
1999        Mar 4, The Trust for Public Land purchased 53 acres on the shores of Tomales Bay for $1.3 million and added it to the state park system. The Tomales Bay State Park now includes 2,100 acres.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.A18)
1998        Mar 4, The state Fish and Game Commission voted to change the status of bighorn sheep from threatened to endangered. Fewer than 120 were reported living, possibly due to the rise in the protected cougar population.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A18)

1999        Mar 13, US Marines engaged in a mock urban battle in Monterey.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 15, The Citizen's Compensation Committee voted to increase the salaries of the state Legislature leaders by 7.5%. This put the salaries of Sen. Burton and Villaraigosa at $113,850.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A13)

1999        Mar 16, A 93-acre property of old-growth redwoods near Santa Cruz was purchased by the Trust for Public Land. It was immediately sold at a discount to the state Dept. of Parks and Recreation. The property was to be added to the adjacent Nisene Marks State Park.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.A14)

1999        Mar 18, UC regents approved a plan effective 2001 to admit the top 4% of each high school in the state to its 8 undergraduate campuses. This was expected to make an additional 3,600 students eligible for the UC system.
    (SFC, 3/18/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/20/99, p.A22)

1999        Mar 19, Attorney Gen'l. Bill Lockyer announced that he would not interfere with the im-plementation of the 1996 Prop. 215 for the medical use of marijuana.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.D1)

1999        Mar 20, The 128-acre Legoland California, a children’s theme park, was scheduled to be completed in Carlsbad by the Danish toy company.
    (USAT, 5/7/98, p.1D)(SFC, 1/9/99, p.B8)(SFEC, 2/7/99, p.T3)

1999        Mar 20, A $2 million gift from Alvina Lepori Cerruti (d.1998) was presented to 3 North Coast agencies in Point Arena. Recipients included the Point Arena Medical Center, the Shamli Volunteer Hospice and the Redwood Coast Fire Protection District.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A19)

1999        Mar 24, A robber managed to steal $2.3 million from a Loomis armored truck as it trav-eled on I-80 between SF and Sacramento. The heist was not reported until May 6.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A21)(SSFC, 7/15/01, p.A19)
1999        Mar 24, Bruce Nausler (63) and Laura Lynn Webster (31) lured a 17-year-old girl from a restaurant and then drugged her, bound her and molested her on videotape. Nausler, a multimil-lionaire owner of a Sacramento storage company, committed suicide Apr 17 near Fort Bragg.
    (SFC, 4/20/99, p.A20)

1999        Mar 25, Gov. Davis ordered an end to the use of MTBE in California.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A25)

1999        Mar 25, A female body was found off Highway 120 at the southern end of Lake Don Pedro and it was identified as 15-year-old Julie Sund, one of 3 people missing since Feb 16.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 26, The body of Clarissa Ernst (8) of Shasta Lake was found in Happy Valley. Jef-fery Couts (28) was arrested after turning himself the next day. He was charged with kidnapping and 1st degree murder.
    (SFEC, 3/28/99, p.D2)

1999        Mar 29, Robert McKinney, modernist painter and sculptor, died at age 75 in Santa Rosa.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.D6)

1999        Apr 1, Residents in the 310 area code of LA  will need to begin using an 11 digit code. The area code overlay requires the use of 1 plus the area code plus the phone number.
    (SFC, 12/30/98, p.A9)
1999        Apr 1, Wilson Riles, the first black to hold statewide office in California, died at age 81. He served as the state's schools chief from 1970-1982.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A17)

1999        Apr 3, A small plane crashed in a snowstorm San Diego County and 4 people on board were killed.
    (SFC, 4/5/99, p.A5)

1999        Apr 6, The decomposed body of Terry Ray of Salida in Stanislaus County was pulled from the Tuolemne River. Ray sold counterfeit mailbox keys and false ID cards to Michael Lar-wick and Eugene Dykes. His brother, Dennis Ray, later reported that Terry had witnessed the rape of Julie Sund in Modesto and may have been killed to cover up the Sund slayings.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.D5)(SFC, 5/10/99, p.A13,18)

1999        Apr 10, Tzambo, the oldest silverback gorilla at the LA Zoo, died of heart disease at age 28.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.C3)

1999        Apr 11, The Spenceville Wildlife Preserve, 11,213 acres west of Grass Valley, was dis-cussed as a candidate for the proposed Waldo Reservoir.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.C1,5)

1999        Apr 12, The 36-mile Carmel River was named as the nation's 8th most endangered river.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A19)

1999        Apr 14, State Attorney Gen'l. Bill Lockyer began an investigation into the recent high gas-oline prices in California.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A1)

1999        Apr 16, Skip Spence, an original member of the Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape rock groups, died at age 52 in Santa Cruz.
    (SFC, 4/17/99, p.A19)

1999        Apr 20, The state Senate Transportation Committee passed a bill to establish a new Bay Area Water Transit Authority. The goal was to get workers onto  high-speed ferries on the SF Bay within 5 years.
    (SFC, 4/26/99, p.A17)

1999        Apr 21, The Nature Conservancy announced the purchase of the Howard Ranch, a 12,362 acre parcel along the Consumnes River  in southeastern Sacramento County for $13.6 million.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A19)

1999        Apr 28, Rory Calhoun (76), Western film star, died in Burbank, Calif., from emphysema and diabetes. He starred in the 1950s TV series "The Texan."
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.D6)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0001983/)

1999        Apr 29, In Petaluma police arrested 2 youths and detonated 5 pipe bombs at Petaluma Junior High School.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.A3)

1999        Apr, In Riverside County a butterfly bank was founded by Escondido developer Greg Reden. He proposed to sell acreage to developers who wished to develop land that was part of the habitat of the endangered quino checkerspot butterfly to comply with a 1981 amendment to the Endangered Species Act.
    (WSJ, 4/14/99, p.CA1)

1999        May 3, A jury in Orange County declared that Charles Ng should die by lethal injection for the murder of 6 men, 3 women, and 2 baby boys during the 1980s.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1)
1999        May 3, In Costa Mesa a car intentionally crashed into the schoolyard of the Southcoast Early Learning Center killing 2 children and injuring 5 people. The driver said he wanted to 'exe-cute" children.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/5/99, p.A1)

1999        May 4, Manuel Babbitt (50), a Vietnam veteran, was executed at San Quentin, Ca., the day after his birthday, for the 1980 murder of an elderly grandmother in Sacramento. He refused his last meal and asked that the $50 allotted be given to homeless Vietnam vets. Babbitt was bur-ied May 10 in Wareham, Mass., with full military honors
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1,7)(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A4)

1999        May 14, Kenneth E. Hayes and Michael S. Foley were busted for growing marijuana on a Petaluma farm. 899 plant were found along with hashish and a rifle. The case went to trial in 2001 under a medical marijuana defense. A Sonoma County jury acquitted the 2 men.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A19)(SFC, 4/19/01, p.A15)

1999        May 17, The US Supreme Court ruled that California cannot pay lower welfare benefits to new residents as proposed in a 1992 state law.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A1)

1999        May 18, Pres. Zedillo of Mexico planned a 3-day visit to California.
    (SFC, 5/8/99, p.A1)

1999        May 21, In LA Margaret Laverne Mitchell (54), a 102 lb. homeless and mentally ill wom-an, was shot and killed by officer Edward Larrigan (27) after she allegedly lunged at him with a 13-inch screw driver on La Brea Ave.
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A15)(SFC, 5/31/99, p.A15)

1999        May 23, Girard Bloch (81) reached the top of El Capitan, and broke his own record, set in 1986, as the oldest person to scale the rock.
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.A17)

1999        May 26, Alice Adams, acclaimed author, died at age 72. Her novels included "A Southern Exposure," and "Listening to Billie." He collected short stories  included "Beautiful Girl" and "The Last Lovely City."
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.D8)

1999        May 27, The state Assembly passed a bill to restore the 8-hour workday for 8 million Cali-fornia nonunion workers.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A1)

1999        May 29, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong visited Northern California and expressed his country's interest in becoming a knowledge-based regional hub.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, p.B1)

1999        May 27, Four fires erupted from lightning. 3 were surrounded after 2 days but the fire at Joshua Tree National Park remained out of control after burning some 11,000 acres of the 794,000-acre park. 90% of the fire at Joshua Tree was contained by May 31. 13,900 acres of the desert burned.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A14)(SFC, 6/1/99, p.A14)(SFC, 6/2/99, p.C7)

1999        May 31, It was reported that Mike Moshier (51), founder of Millennium Jet Inc. in Santa Clara, Ca., had developed the SoloTrek XFV, a single passenger flying vehicle, that could fly at 80 mph for up to 90 minutes as high as 10,000 feet on a single tank of 87-octane gas.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.E3)
1999        May 31, Charles Pierce, legendary drag performer, died at age 72 in North Hollywood.
    (SFC, 6/2/99, p.A9)

1999        Jun 1, In Napa ground breaking ceremonies were held for the new $70 million, 80,000 sq. ft. American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts. The center was initially envisioned by Robert Mondavi.
    (SFC, 6/2/99, Z1 p.2)

1999        Jun 4, Senators Diane Feinstein of California and Harry Reid of Nevada announced the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act. The bill would authorized $300 million over 10 years to restore clari-ty and health to Lake Tahoe.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 6, Two men and a boy from Redwood City were killed when their van, carrying 13 people, blew a tire on Highway 101 near the Russian River. Jose Baillon (12), Marvin Bonilla (26) and Faustino Castaneda died when the van tumbled over 100 down an embankment following a camping trip to Lake Mendocino.
    (SFC, 6/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 6, Rick Fields (57), journalist an author, died in Fairfax. His work included "How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America."
    (SFC, 6/9/99, p.C6)

1999        Jun 9, Frank Gambalie III (28) parachuted from the top of El Capitan and then drowned in the Merced River while trying to escape from park rangers. His body was not recovered until July 7.
    (SFC, 7/17/99, p.A22)

1999        Jun 11, Eugene "Rufus" Dykes (32), a key suspect in the killing of 3 Yosemite tourists, was reported to have admitted involvement in the killings.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 12, In LA the new 4.6 mile Hollywood extension of the new subway system, the Met-ro Rail Red Line, opened.
    (SFEC, 6/13/99, p.D4)
1999        Jun 12, In Upland a woman (38) and her 9-year-old daughter were found slain in their home. A 6-year-old son was found sleeping and a 14-year-old son, Paul Yum, was missing along with the family 1997 Mercedes-Benz.
    (SFEC, 6/13/99, p.D4)

1999        Jun 13, A rockslide below Glacier Point in Yosemite killed one rock climber and injured 4 others. Peter Terbush (22) died while tethering a rope for a climber.
    (SFC, 6/14/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/15/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 14, It was reported that California picks its prison phone company by selecting the offer with the biggest commission, fording prisoners to pay highly inflated rates.
    (SFC, 6/14/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 15, The Costanoa Coastal Lodge and Camp was scheduled to open on the San Mateo County coast in Big Basin Redwoods State Park near Ano Nuevo. Rates ran from $25 for a tent site to $275 top line lodging.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.A19)

1999        Jun 16, The California High Speed Railway Authority recommended that San Francisco and San Jose be part of a $23.3 billion bullet train stretching from San Diego to Sacramento. A link to Oakland was put on study.
    (SFC, 6/17/99, p.A22)

1999        Jun 17, Methanex Corp. of Canada sued California for $970 million over the state ban on the gasoline additive MTBE. A NAFTA investor rights provision was cited as the basis for the suit. In 1998 Canada overturned a ban on MMT when it was challenged in a similar suit by Ethyl Corp. of Virginia
    (SFC, 6/18/99, p.A1,19)
1999        Jun 17, A group led by Clint Eastwood, Arnold Palmer and Peter Ueberroth agreed to buy the Pebble Beach golf course and other properties for $820 million.
    (SFC, 6/18/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 18, In Sacramento arsonists struck 3 Jewish synagogues within 45 minutes and caused nearly $1 million in damage.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 21, The Wilderness Society in its 3rd annual listing of the country's most endangered federal parks, forests and refuges, had California leading with 3 sites listed: old growth in the Si-erra Nevada; the Mojave National Preserve and the Klamath Basin.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A5)
1999        Jun 21, Carol Chase (56), mayor of Cloverdale, was found dead in her parked car in her garage. The death was later ruled a suicide.
    (SFC, 9/4/99, p.A26)

1999        Jun 22, It was reported that California had a backlog of over 2.5 million unserved war-rants.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 23, An environmental coalition issued its "Fields of Poison" report that slammed the state on pesticide regulation and enforcement.
    (SFC, 6/23/99, p.A15)

1999        Jun 29, Gov. Davis signed a $79.3 billion spending bill, the 1st ontime budget in 6 years.
    (SFC, 6/30/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 30, Charles Ng (38), Hong Kong émigré and former US Marine, was sentenced to death for 11 murders between 1984-1985.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.A17,24)
1999        Jun 30, In Orinda police found the decomposed body of Margaret Bodfish at 616 Miner Rd. Bodfish lived as a man following a sex change and was found with major trauma to the head.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.A20)

1999        Jul 1, In Happy Valley near Redding Gary Matson (50) and Winfield Scott Mowder (40), both gay, were found shot to death. On Jul 7 Benjamin Matthew Williams (31) and James Tyler Williams were arrested in Yuba City in connection with murders. The 2 brothers were also sus-pected in the Sacramento synagogue arsons. In 2001 Benjamin Williams was sentenced to 30 years in prison and James to 21 ¼ years for the arson charges.
    (SFC, 7/10/99, p.A1)(SFC, 7/12/99, p.A1)
1999        Jul 1, Oakley, Ca., was incorporated. It had a population of 26,500.
    (SFC, 7/3/00, p.C2)

1999        Jul 2, The Choice Medical Group clinic in Sacramento was firebombed. The clinic of-fered abortions once a week.
    (SFC, 7/3/99, p.A15)
1999        Jul 2, In Trinity County a controlled burn went out of control and some 2 dozen homes were completely destroyed. Damages were estimated at $1.6 million and 2000 firefighters reached 70% control by July 4.
    (SFC, 7/5/99, p.A20)

1999        Jul 4, Jonique Williams (4) of Oakland disappeared from a relative's pool party in Modes-to. She was found dead in the pool the next day. An autopsy later reported that she died of as-phyxiation.
    (SFC, 8/4/99, p.A1)

1999        Jul 5, In Riverside County 2 Union Pacific freight trains collided and derailed 9 locomo-tives. Some 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled and 2 crewmen were injured.
    (SFC, 7/6/99, p.B2)

1999        Jul 6, SF Supervisor called on state and local officials to investigate ending the tax-exempt status of the LDDS after the Mormon church group sent its members letters telling them to support a California initiative banning gay marriages.
    (SFC, 7/7/99, p.A13)

1999        Jul 12, A flash flood left one person dead a 5 injured in the San Bernadino Mountains.
    (WSJ, 7/13/99, p.A1)

1999        Jul 18, In California Jeffrey Scott Young shot and killed two employees of the Five Star parking lot near San Diego Int'l. Airport during a robbery. In 2006 Young was sentenced to death, but in 2019 the California Supreme Court overturned the death sentence saying the prosecutor had used inflammatory evidence to convince the jury that Young deserved to die.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y4bopvn3)(SFC, 7/26/19, p.C7)

1999        Jul 19, Gov. Davis signed the nation's most comprehensive assault weapons ban to take effect Jan 1. He also signed a bill that limited handgun purchases to one per month.
    (SFC, 7/20/99, p.A15)

1999        Jul 21, Roman Catholic Bishop Z. Patrick Ziemann resigned as spiritual leader of Santa Rosa after Rev. Jorje Hume Salas filed a lawsuit accusing him of coercion and sexual abuse. Ziemann later acknowledged an inappropriate "personal consensual relationship."
    (SFC, 7/24/99, p.A15)
1999        Jul 21, The Huntington Library opened an exhibit for the giant, stinky Amorphophallus titanum blossom. The Titan arum produces the world's largest flower and 63,000 visitors came to see it by Aug 5.
    (SFC, 8/7/99, p.A19)

1999        Jul 22, Joie Ruth Armstrong (26), naturalist for the Yosemite Institute, was found mur-dered and beheaded in Yosemite National Park. Cary Stayner (38), a motel maintenance man, was sought in relation to the murder. Staynor was arrested July 24 and admitted to the February murders of Carole Sund, Juli Sund and Silvina Pelosso. In 2000 Stayner pleaded guilty to federal murder charges. As of 2008 he was still on death row at San Quentin, Ca.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cary_Stayner)(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A1)(USAT, 7/26/99, p.1A)

1999        Jul 29, Gov. Davis and opponents of Prop. 187 announced an agreement. The measure was to be left as a law outlawing the manufacture and use of false documents to conceal illegal immigration status.
    (SFC, 7/29/99, p.A1)

1999        Jul 30, Waste Management began hauling lead-contaminated dirt from the Altamont Landfill to the Kettleman Hills hazardous waste site. The dirt was from the SF Pacific Bell Park baseball site.
    (SFC, 7/31/99, p.A11)

1999        Jul, In King 800 workers of City Teamsters Local 890 began a strike against Basic Vege-table Products over pay and benefits. By Nov over 600 workers had crossed the picket lines to work.
    (SFC, 11/12/99, p.A1)

1999        Aug 2, The state Supreme Court upheld the right of a judge to ban racial slurs in the workplace.
    (SFC, 8/3/99, p.A1)
1999        Aug 2, Concrete pipes snapped free from a tractor-trailer and 6 people in 2 cars were killed in Kern County. The truck driver was booked for investigation of drunken driving.
    (SFC, 8/3/99, p.A1)

1999        Aug 9, Thirteen farmworkers were killed when their van collided with a big rig near Five Points in Fresno County.
    (SFC, 8/10/99, p.A1)

1999        Aug 10, In Granada Hills, Los Angeles County, Buford Oneal Furrow (37) opened fire at a Jewish day camp center and wounded 1 adult, a teenager and 3 children. Buford also shot and killed postal worker Joseph Ileto. In 2001 Buford agreed to plead guilty for a mandatory life sen-tence.
    (SFC, 8/11/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/11/99, p.A1)(SFC, 8/12/99, p.A17)(SFC, 1/24/01, p.A4)

1999        Aug 11, Buford O. Furrow Jr. surrendered to the FBI in Las Vegas and confessed to wounding 5 people in LA and killing mail carrier Joseph Ileto (39). He said that he wanted his act to be "a wakeup call to America to kill Jews."
    (SFC, 8/12/99, p.A1,17)

1999        Aug 12, Los Angeles County prosecutors charged white supremacist Buford O. Furrow (b.1961) with murder and five counts of attempted murder, all filed as hate crimes, in the August 10 wounding of five people at a Jewish community center and the shooting death of a Filipino-American mail carrier. Federal prosecutors already had charged Furrow in the postman’s slay-ing. In 2001 Furrow pleaded guilty to all of the counts against him. In exchange for pleading guilty, Furrow avoided a possible death sentence, but was instead sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Furrow expressed no regrets for any of his crimes.
    (AP, 8/12/00)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buford_O._Furrow,_Jr.)
1999        Aug 12, In Porterville, Ca., a man shot and killed his wife and 3 daughters (2,7,11). An explosion resulted after the shooting when fire spread and ignited flammable liquid.
    (SFC, 8/14/99, p.C14)

1999        Aug 23, The State Supreme Court ruled that Prop. 5, passed by 63% of the vote last Nov., was illegal under a constitutional ban on Nevada-style casinos. Lawmakers quickly scram-bled to help save Indian gaming.
    (SFC, 8/24/99, p.A1)(SFC, 8/25/99, p.A21)

1999        Aug 26, Monsignor Thomas Keyes resigned from his post as financial officer of the San-ta Rosa Catholic diocese after heavy losses were discovered by church officials.
    (SFC, 2/11/00, p.A1)

1999        Aug 27, Gov. Davis was scheduled to sign legislation against cheap handguns with con-trols on gun shows and a requirement for trigger locks on new firearm sales.
    (SFC, 8/27/99, p.A1)

1999        Aug 28, The 33rd Renaissance Pleasure Faire opened in Vacaville for a weekend run to Oct 17.
    (SFC, 8/31/99, p.D1)
1999        Aug 28, Fires in the Trinity Alps Wilderness began and burned over 86,000 acres by Oct 1 and continued. The "Big Bar" fire burned for 71 days and covered 139,000 before rains helped to extinguish it in late Oct.
    (SFC, 10/1/99, p.D6)(SFC, 11/2/99, p.A2)

1999        Sep 1, In Riverside the body of a woman was found burned beyond recognition in an or-ange grove.
    (SFC, 11/22/99, p.A24)

1999        Sep 4, Gov. Davis and Indian tribes reached a tentative agreement on a ballot measure defining the legal bounds of Indian gambling.
    (SFEC, 9/5/99, p.C10)

1999        Sep 6, The dredge Stuyvesant spilled an estimated 2,000 gallons of bunker fuel in Hum-boldt Bay during dredging operations.
    (SFC, 9/10/99, p.A19)

1999        Sep 8, The Hare fire began at Los Padres National Forest and burned 35,000 acres by Oct 1 and continued burning.
    (SFC, 10/1/99, p.D6)

1999        Sep 10, Gov. Davis and the leaders of 58 Indian tribes signed an agreement on gambling that allowed the tribes to run casinos and the number of slot machines to more than double.
    (SFC, 9/11/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 14, It was reported that the $200 million Belmont Learning Complex in downtown LA was built over an oil field plagued by explosive methane gas.
    (SFC, 9/15/99, p.A22)

1999        Sep 14, The Agua Caliente tribe of the Cahuilla Indians signed an agreement with Gov. Davis to maintain operations of its casinos.
    (SFC, 9/15/99, p.A22)

1999        Sep 14, In Anaheim, Ca., Dung Trinh killed 3 employees at West Anaheim Medical Cen-ter during a shooting spree. He was despondent over the death of his mother.
    (SFC, 9/15/99, p.A6)

1999        Sep 17, The 42nd Monterey Jazz Festival began.
    (SFEC, 9/19/99, p.C13)

1999        Sep 21, In LA a special board of inquiry opened a corruption probe into the Los Angeles Police Dept.
    (SFC, 9/22/99, p.A3)

1999        Sep 22, Lightning ignited a tire dump near Westley in the Central Valley near Tracy. On Oct 1 oil from the burning tires later forced officials to hire a Texas strike team to suppress the oil-based fire. The tire fire was reported extinguished Oct 27.
    (SFC, 9/23/99, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/99, p.A17)(SFC, 10/29/99, p.A19)
1999        Sep 22, A 4.2 earthquake was centered between Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park on the Healdsburg-Rogers Creek Fault.
    (SFC, 9/23/99, p.A19)

1999        Sep 27, Gov. Wilson signed a comprehensive health care package that included a bill to allow patients to sue their HMO for damages from denied treatments.
    (SFC, 9/28/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 29, A California appeals court ruled that gunmakers can be held responsible for the criminal use of their weapons. The ruling was made in association with the 1993 SF massacre at 101 California.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Sep 29, The Peninsula Open Space Trust announced the $1 million acquisition of a 493-acre property near the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.A25)

1999        Sep 30, It was reported that the Western oak beetle, P. pubipennis, and the oak ambrosia beetle, M. scutellare, were decimating black, tan and coast live oak trees across northern Cali-fornia. Sudden Oak Death was later attributed to a fungus of the genus Phytophthora. The path-ogen was later reported to be related to a fungus that was destroying Port Orford cedars in the Pacific Northwest. In 2001 it was reported that the pathogen had been found on rhododendron plants in Europe and California. In 2001 it was found that the compound phosphonate was effec-tive in eliminating the deadly lesions of sudden oak death.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.A21,26)(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A17)(SFC, 8/1/00, p.A13)(SFC, 9/23/00, p.A1)(SFC, 1/11/01, p.A17)(SFC, 3/9/01, p.A1)
1999        Sep 30, The punctured body of Steve Foth, a SF record store owner, was found outside San Diego. Lena Hixon (22), a prostitute, Willard Hall (19) and Ronie Sherrors were later arrest-ed and charged with murder, robbery and kidnapping.
    (SFC, 10/18/99, p.A6)

1999        Oct 2, Gov. Davis signed 3 gay rights bills that included domestic partners benefits to state workers and protection for gay and lesbian high school students.
    (SFEC, 10/3/99, p.A1)

1999        Oct 4, Gov. Davis signed a thrill-ride inspection bill into law. There had been 12 reported amusement park deaths from 1973-1996.
    (SFC, 10/5/99, p.A1)

1999        Oct 10, Dena Raley (36) disappeared from Modesto.
    (SFC, 4/21/03, p.A17)

1999        Oct 11, Gov. Davis signed a California bill that required set a nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:6 beginning Jan 1, 2004. It was the 1st such law in the US. The ratio was to go to 1:5 in 2005.
    (WSJ, 10/12/99, p.AA1)(SFC, 3/4/05, p.A1)

1999        Oct 12, Wilt Chamberlain, basketball legend, died at age 63 in Bel Air, Ca.
    (SFC, 10/13/99, p.A1)

1999        Oct 16, A 7.0 earthquake, centered near Joshua Tree, Ca., struck in the Mohave Desert. An Amtrak train was derailed, but there were no deaths.
    (SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/18/99, p.A1)

1999        Oct 21, A van accident on Highway 101 near Atascadero left 7 people dead from the Kingdom of Jesus Christ church in Carson.
    (SFC, 10/23/99, p.A1)
1999        Oct 21, H. Stuart Hughes, Prof. of History at Harvard and later San Diego, died at age 83. His work included 12 books with 6 on the intellectual and cultural history of Europe, 2 general histories, 3 collections of essays and the autobiography: "Gentleman Rebel: The Memoirs of H. Stuart Hughes."
    (SFEC, 10/24/99, p.C7)

1999        Oct 22, Jan Davis (60), co-owner of an aerial photography business in Santa Barbara, plunged to her death during a skydiving stunt from El Capitan in Yosemite. The stunt was to pro-test the banning of sport parachuting from cliffs in national parks.
    (SFC, 10/23/99, p.A1)

1999        Oct, Jon Hunt of Elk Grove, Ca., won the Pumpkin contest at Half Moon Bay with a 991 pound gourd.
    (Ind, 9/29/01, 5A)

1999        Nov 7, Joe Serna Jr. (60), mayor of Sacramento, died from cancer. He became the city's first Latino mayor in 1992.
    (SFC, 11/8/99, p.A3)

1999        Nov 8, It was reported that the California Nature Conservancy negotiated a deal with Denny Land & Cattle to keep the 34,000-acre Denny Ranch near Red Bluff permanently wild for $3 million.
    (SFC, 11/8/99, p.A1)

1999        Nov 16, California sued the federal government to block extensions on 36 undeveloped offshore oil leases signed by the Clinton administration Nov 12.
    (SFC, 11/17/99, p.A3)

1999        Nov 27, In Compton a taxi collided with the southbound Blue Line train in a failed attempt to beat the crossing. 6 people were killed.
    (SFC, 11/29/99, p.A3)

1999        Nov 29, It was reported that a Medi-Cal scam centered in the Armenian immigrant neighborhoods of Los Angeles may total over $1 billion in fraud.
    (SFC, 11/29/99, p.A3)

1999        Dec 1, Paul Loutzenhiser of San Rafael was arrested on charges that he plotted with his son, Myles, to murder his wife. Myles had contacted police and agreed to tape his father hatch-ing the plans. Loutzenhiser was convicted Aug 11, 2000. He was sentenced 25 years to life.
    (SFC, 8/12/00, p.A15)(SFC, 11/1/00, p.A23)
1999        Dec 4, Rose Bird (b.1936), 25th Chief Justice of the California’s highest court, died of cancer. She had taught criminal and consumer law at Stanford Law School (1972-1974). In 1977 she was appointed as chief justice by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. She left office in January 1987. As Chief Justice she was chair of the Judicial Council of California, the constitutional body responsible for improving state court administration.
    (SFEC, 12/5/99, p.A1)(www.law.stanford.edu/library/wlhbp/articles/RoseBird120699.htm)

1999        Dec 9, The Air Resources Board approved a new gasoline formula that eliminated MTBE while maintaining strict air quality requirements.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.A1)
1999        Dec 9, Seven Marines were killed after a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed while fer-rying troops between ships 14 miles off Point Loma, Ca.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.A3)(SFC, 12/11/99, p.A3)

1999        Dec 10, The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) reached an agree-ment with environmentalists for cleaning up smog in the Los Angeles region with specific dead-lines through 2010.
    (SFC, 12/11/99, p.A14)

1999        Dec 11, In Napa Silverio Espinoza (49) barged into the house of his estranged wife, shot and killed his daughter (19) and her boyfriend (21) and injured 5 others before police shot and killed him.
    (SFEC, 12/12/99, p.C5)

1999        Dec 14, In Mission Viejo, Ca., a main water pipeline ruptured and cut supplies to 14 communities in south Orange County.
    (SFC, 12/15/99, p.A3)

1999        Robert Dawson and Gray Brechin published "Farewell, Promised Land: Waking Up From the California Dream," a photo-journalist documentation of the environmental costs to the state's prosperity.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, BR p.1,8)
1999        Gerald W. Haslam, Alexandra Haslam Russell and Richard Chon published "Workin' Man Blues: Country Music in California."
    (SFEC, 5/16/99, BR p.2)
1999        J.S. Holliday published "Rush For Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California."
    (SFEC, 7/11/99, BR p.1)
1999        Margaret Owings (d.1999 at 85) published "Voice from the Sea: Reflections on Wildlife and Wilderness." She was president of Friends of the Sea Otter when it was founded in 1968 to the early 90s.
    (SFC, 1/25/99, p.A20)
1999        Stephanie S. Princetl authored "Transforming California: A Political History of Land Use and Development."
    (SFEC, 9/19/99, BR p.12)
1999        Gary Webb (1955-2004), San Jose news reported, authored “Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion."
    (SFC, 12/13/04, p.B3)

1999        The Eclectic Orange Festival began in Orange County.
    (WSJ, 10/30/01, p.A21)

1999        The LS Staples Center, home to the LA Clippers and Lakers, and the NHL Kings, was completed for $375 million.
    (SFC, 5/21/01, p.A3)

1999        Craig Williams helped launch Architects Without Borders in Santa Rosa, Ca. The non-profit int’l. humanitarian relief organization aimed to provide technical assistance for communities recovering from natural disasters, conflicts and chronic economic problems.
    (SFCM, 8/28/05, p.4) 

1999         California’s Gov. Gray Davis thanked the unions for their electoral support this year by giving state workers pension increases of between 20% and 50%.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.35)
1999        California lost $52 million on a computer system that was to have allowed county welfare offices to communicate with each other.
    (SFEC, 8/8/99, Z1 p.6)
1999        The California state Board of Equalization adopted a policy to tax cell phones at full retail price even if purchased at a discount under a bundled plan.
    (SFC, 11/8/11, p.A10)

1999        The Palisades Trail, part of the Robert Louis Stevenson State park, was expected to be completed in the hills above Napa Valley.
    (SFC,11/25/97, p.A15)

1999        Ron Burkle (46), California businessman, sold his food chains, including Alpha Beta, Ralph’s and Food 4 Less, to Kroger for $13 billion.
    (SFC, 5/2/06, p.D1)

1999        Hollinger Int'l. led by Conrad Black purchased the Mammoth Times of Mammoth Lakes, Ca., for $1.75 million. Less than 2 years later it was sold to Horizon Publications, controlled by Black and COO David Radler, for $1.
    (WSJ, 1/30/04, p.A1)

1999        California’s Coyote Valley Dam fish imprinting facility at Lake Mendocino was estab-lished as mitigation for the construction of the dam in 1959. In 2006 a hatchery accident killed some 100,000 yearling trout.
    (SFC, 1/21/06, p.B1)

2000        Jan 1, In California the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act became law. It validated all transactions formed, transmitted and recorded electronically, with certain exemptions. The Cali-fornia Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act became law.
    (SFEC, 1/2/00, p.B1)(SFEC, 1/30/00, p.D1)

2000        Jan 4, Two gunmen broke into the home of Kim Fang (49), a retired plastic surgeon, in Alamo. Fang killed one man, wounded the other and was himself killed. The thieves were identi-fied as Mesa Kasem (22) and Soknoeum Nem (21), both members of a Stockton street gang called the Asian Street Walkers. In 2002 Soknoeum Nem was found guilty of 1st degree murder. Nem was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 1/6/00, p.A1)(SFC, 1/7/00, p.A17)(SFC, 6/19/02, p.A15)(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A23)

2000        Jan 5, Gov. Davis declared a "war on mediocrity in our public schools." He called for greater incentives to teachers and a financial rewards program for students.
    (SFC, 1/6/00, p.A1)

2000        Jan 7, It was reported that some 142 known gangs operated in Stockton with at least 2,900 members.
    (SFC, 1/7/00, p.A17)

2000        Jan 11, Pres Clinton signed a proclamation for the California Coastal National Monu-ment, which includes thousands of islands, rocks and reefs along the 840 mile California coast.
    (SFC, 1/12/00, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/12/00, p.A4)

2000        Jan 14, In Modesto police officers Kevin Bertalotto (41) and Chuck Cahoone (34) were injured and Miguel Peralta Torres (41) was killed during a robbery at a jewelry store. 3 people escaped the scene. Police later arrested Miguel's sister Socorro Peralta Torres (42).
    (SFC, 1/15/00, p.A19)(SFEC, 1/16/00, p.C4)

2000        Jan 24, Robert Hertzberg was elected the next Speaker of the Assembly.
    (SFC, 1/25/00, p.A3)

2000        Jan 25, The LA School Board voted 5 to 2 to abandon the toxic site where the costly Belmont Learning Complex was under construction due to the presence of explosive methane gas. $135 million was spent on the 35-acre site.
    (SFC, 1/26/00, p.A4)

2000        Jan 31, Alaska Airlines Flight 261, an MD-83 jet with 88 people bound for Seattle from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, crashed about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island, Ca. There were no survivors. A stop had been scheduled in SF.
    (SFC, 2/1/00, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Airlines_Flight_261)

2000        Jan, In 2004 accounting records from a Washington state energy case detailed how En-ron traders manipulated the Western energy market on 88% of 537 days between Jan 2000 and June 2001 reaping profits of $1.1 billion.
    (SFC, 6/15/04, p.E1)

2000        Feb 1, In downtown Sonoma 13 businesses were burned at the Marketplace Shopping Center on Napa St.  with $5 million in damage. Geoffrey Meyers was arrested on suspicion of arson along with 2 teenagers.
    (SFC, 2/5/00, p.A19)

2000        Feb 7, Two small planes collided over the Sylmar section of northeast Los Angeles and 4 people were killed as debris fell on the Cascades Golf Club.
    (SFC, 2/8/00, p.A11)(WSJ, 2/8/00, p.A1)

2000        Feb 10, Gil Garcetti, LA district attorney, said that as many as 100 cases had been taint-ed by planted evidence, false testimony and other police abuses. His office had found over 40 people wrongly prosecuted by officers of the LAPD Rampart Division. In 2005 LA said it would pay $70 million to settle some 214 lawsuits related to the Ramparts Division.
    (SFC, 2/11/00, p.A3)(SFC, 2/26/00, p.A3)(SFC, 4/1/05, p.A3)
2000        Feb 10, In Rohnert Park 2 women were stabbed to death and a suspect was taken into custody. Matthew Shawn Beck (26) was later charged in the slaying of Sandra Lorraine Napier (36) and her mother, Marcella Yvonne Napier (63).
    (SFC, 2/11/00, p.A20)(SFC, 4/7/00, p.D6)

2000        Feb 12, Charles Schulz (b.1922), creator of the Peanuts cartoon, died in Santa Rosa, California, at age 77. His final cartoon was scheduled to run in the Feb 13 Sunday newspapers. In 2007 David Michaelis authored “Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography."
    (SFEC, 2/13/00, p.A1)(AP, 2/12/01)(WSJ, 10/12/07, p.W5)

2000        Feb 16, An Emory Worldwide DC-8 crashed after lifting off from Mather Airport near Sacramento and all 3 crew members were killed. A disconnected part in the control system was later blamed for the crash.
    (SFC, 2/17/00, p.A1)(SFC, 4/21/01, p.A2)

2000        Feb 17, The state PUC approved a $453 million rate increase for PG&E effective imme-diately. Average residential bills were expected to increase $70 per year.
    (SFC, 2/18/00, p.A1)

2000        Feb 23, At Pelican Bay State Prison guards shot and killed one prisoner and wounded 15 others as they quelled a prison yard riot between some 150 black and Latino inmates. Prison of-ficials found 89 knives made by inmates at the site of the brawl.
    (SFC, 2/24/00, p.A1)(SFC, 2/25/00, p.A1)
2000        Feb 23, Professors at UC Santa Cruz voted to require letter grading for the 1st time in the 35 year history of the campus.
    (SFC, 2/24/00, p.A17)

2000        Feb 25, Rafael Perez, ex-Los Angeles police officer, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for stealing 8 pounds of cocaine in 1998. As part of his plea bargain Perez exposed corruption in the LAPD Rampart Division.
    (SFC, 2/26/00, p.A3)

2000        Mar 3, Bernard Parks, chief of the LA Police Dept., ordered the disbanding of the anti-gang units called Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums. The units were formed in the 1970s under Chief Daryl Gates.
    (SFC, 3/4/00, p.A3)
2000        Mar 3, A mother, Sandy Mitchell, and 6 children were killed on a remote stretch of North Livermore Ave. when their van blew a tire, hit a tree and erupted in flames. The father, Dennis Mitchell, survived the crash.
    (SFC, 3/4/00, p.A1)(SFEC, 3/5/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 6, Gasoline prices in California reached an average $1.63 per gallon.
    (SFC, 3/7/00, p.A1)
2000        Mar 6, California voters passed Prop. 22, the gay marriage ban authored by Sen. Pete Knight (d.2004), and Prop. 1A, an approval of Indian gaming rights. Prop. 1A enabled tribes to negotiate compacts with the state to operate casinos with slot machines and house banking.
    (SFC, 3/9/00, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.D6)
2000        Mar 6, California voters approved Prop. 21 by 61% authorizing prosecutors to try juveniles as adults for serious crimes.   
    (SFC, 10/2/14, p.D2)

2000        Mar 8, Large casinos announced plans to expand tribal casinos following the approval of Proposition 1A.
    (SFC, 3/9/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 13, The Tribune Co. bought the LA Times in a $6.5 billion merger with the Times Mir-ror Co. This ended 119 years of ownership of the LA Times by the Otis and Chandler families.
    (SFC, 3/14/00, p.A1)
2000        Mar 13, The glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca coagulata, was reported to be causing severe damage to grape leaves in southern California. The pest also transmitted Pierce's disease, which could devastate wine crops.
    (WSJ, 3/13/00, p.B1)

2000        Mar 15, Darrell Keith Rich (45), serial killer, was executed at San Quentin, Ca. His was the 8th execution in the state since the reinstitution of the death penalty.
    (SFC, 3/15/00, p.A1)(SFC, 12/13/05, p.A13)

2000        Mar 16, Gov. Davis and other constitutional officers were given a 6.1% salary increase. Davis' annual salary would become $175,000 if accepted.
    (SFC, 3/17/00, p.A3)

2000        Mar 31, Gov. Davis planned to sign a bill to make this birthdate of Cesar Chavez a state holiday. The bill got stuck in the Assembly and only a resolution honoring Chavez was passed.
    (SFC, 3/29/00, p.A3)(SFC, 3/31/00, p.A3)

2000        Apr 8, The California Music Awards ceremonies in SF (Cammies) gave 5 awards to the LA band Rage Against the Machine.
    (SFEC, 4/9/00, p.C9)

2000        Apr 11, Pope John Paul II appointed Las Vegas Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann as the Bishop of the Santa Rosa Diocese.
    (SFC, 4/12/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 15, Pres. Clinton created Giant Sequoia National Monument in Sequoia National Park. It protected 328,000 acres and 34 groves of Sequoias from timber harvest within 2 ½ years.
    (SFEC, 4/16/00, p.C7)

2000        Apr 18, Richelle Cherry (21) disappeared in Seaside in Monterey County. Her body was discovered July 3 in a shallow grave near some abandoned barracks at Fort Ord.
    (SFC, 5/17/00, p.A23)(SFC, 7/7/00, p.A24)

2000        Apr, Online DMV car registration in California  was set to begin on a limited basis.
    (SFC, 1/19/00, p.A3)

2000        Apr, Jacob “Koki" Orgad (44) was arrested for leading a smuggling ring that imported mil-lions of dollars worth of Ecstasy from France. The [Rave] party drug was increasingly popular among teenagers and young adults.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A10)
2000        Apr, Sarah Phillips (13) was found strangled to death at her home in Vacaville, Ca. Curtis Wilson (19) was arrested and later convicted of murder and attempted rape, based on DNA evi-dence. The conviction was upheld by the California’s Supreme Court in 2006.
    (SFC, 7/7/06, p.B2)

2000        Apr, Harold Patton, former stage manager for Ray Charles, died at age 71 in Burbank. Over his life Patton amassed the largest collection of African-American literature in the country.
    (SFCM, 12/10/00, p.11)

2000        May 8, Some 8,000 teachers rallied in Sacramento for more education funding.
    (SFC, 5/9/00, p.A17)

2000        May 11, It was reported that the glassy-winged sharpshooter bug was found in grape-vines near Lodi. The bug spreads Pierce’s disease, which is lethal to grapevines.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A3)

2000        May 12, Jane Davenport Jansen, founder of the Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen El-len, died at age 60.
    (SFC, 5/18/00, p.A25)

2000        May 27, In Los Angeles the stabbed bodies of Albert Patton (90) and wheel-chair bound Edna Patton were found in their home. The couple were philanthropists in their poor community. Steve Jackson (35), a cocaine addict and former tenant, was later arrested for the murder.
    (SFC, 6/7/00, p.A4)
2000        May 27, Three men (17-24) were shot and killed in Santa Cruz and police arrested 3 men (18-20) from Watsonville for the murders.
    (SFEC, 5/28/00, p.C2)

2000        May 28, Lori Gonzalez (19), the granddaughter of Police Chief Bernard Parks, was shot and killed by a gang member targeting her companion, Ernest Gray. Samuel Sharad Shabazz (18) was arrested for the shooting 11 days later.
    (SFC, 6/9/00, p.A5)

2000        May, In Sacramento the new $48 million Raley Field baseball park opened for the River Cats AAA team. It was the most expensive minor league ballpark ever built.
    (SSFC, 6/24/01, p.T8) 

2000        Jun 6, A state of emergency was declared in Marin county due to the rapid spread of a mysterious disease that killed oak trees. Sudden Oak Death was first reported in 1995. The death of the oak trees was later attributed to a fungus of the genus Phytophtora, the same kind of organism that caused the Irish potato famine from 1840-1850.
    (SFC, 6/7/00, p.A17)(SFC, 8/1/00, p.A13)

2000        Jun 8, Five people were killed in a van crash on State Route 65 north of Bakersfield. The dead included 3 prisoners and a federal marshal.
    (SFC, 6/9/00, p.A4)

2000        Jun 11, The 1612 “Le Carrousel du Roi," a French equestrian ballet, was reconstructed at Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek, as part of the 6th biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition.
    (SFEC, 6/4/00, DB p.38)(SFEC, 6/11/00, p.D9)

2000        Jun 12, The 100th US Open Golf Championship began at Pebble Beach in Monterey County.
    (SFC, 6/8/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 14, It was reported that the Picayune Rancheria tribe of the Chukchansi Indians planned a $167 million casino on Highway 41 at Coarsegold, 25 miles outside of Yosemite Na-tional Park.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 16, A fire In Napa Valley at a warehouse of the Korbell Champagne Cellars, the Frank-Rombauer Cellars, destroyed 85-90 thousand cases of wine and damage was estimated at up to $40 million.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A13)

2000        Jun 23, The federal government pledged over $22 million to help fight the glassy-winged sharpshooter, a pest threatening the California vineyards.
    (SFC, 6/24/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 23, In Gilroy a firebombing of a home on Second Street left 3 people dead. Police later arrested Gilbert Guzman (21), James Rusich (25) and Michael Carl Freitas (18) on charges of murder and arson.
    (SFC, 7/14/00, p.A19)

2000        Jun 24, The last leg of the Red Line subway in Los Angeles opened. The 17.4 mile LA subway took 15 years to build at a cost of $4.7 billion.
    (SFC, 6/24/00, p.A1,15)

2000        Jun 28, Chuck Quackenbush, state insurance commissioner, resigned from office.
    (SFC, 6/29/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 30, Gov. Davis signed a $94.4 billion budget, the largest in California’s history.
    (SFC, 7/1/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun, The 33 prisons in California housed 161,000 inmates.
    (SFC, 7/11/00, p.A28)

2000        Jul 19, The Peninsula Open space Trust announced that it would purchase Bolsa Point Ranches, 1,719 acres of coastal land south of Pescadero, for $39 million.
    (SFC, 7/20/00, p.A1)

2000        Jul 21, In Monterey Park, LA Ct., Richard Flores (42) was stabbed to death along with his 3 children, aged 13-17, as they slept. His wife, Sylvia was wounded. An adopted daughter (16) and her boyfriend (17) were arrested for the murders.
    (SFC, 7/28/00, p.A6)

2000        Jul 22, Christopher McCulloch (13) and Blaine Talmo Jr. (14) were bludgeoned to death on a school playground in La Crescenta, Ca. Michael Demirdjian (15) was later convicted and sentenced to 2 consecutive 25-years-to-life terms for murder by torture.
    (SFC, 10/25/06, p.B12)   

2000        Jul 25, Thousands of tons of anchovies washed up on the beaches near Half Moon Bay. The die-off was said to be an annual event and some said it was the largest in 10 years.
    (SFC, 7/25/00, p.A1)

2000        Jul 31, Gov. Davis named Justice Harry Low (69) to succeed Chuck Quackenbush as insurance commissioner.
    (SFC, 8/1/00, p.A1)
2000        Jul 31, A fire in the Sequoia National Forest swelled to over 63,000 acres and it was es-timated to take nearly 2 weeks to surround it.
    (SFC, 8/1/00, p.A3)

2000        Aug 8, Audiotapes recorded Enron traders deliberately congesting Western power lines: “If you can congest it, that’s a moneymaker no matter what."
    (SFC, 6/15/04, p.A1)

2000        Aug 9, Nicholas Samuel Markowitz (b.1984), having been kidnapped in Los Angeles, was murdered near Santa Barbara after a feud over drug money between his half-brother Benjamin Markowitz and Jesse James Hollywood (20). The murder inspired the 2006 film “Alpha Dog." Hollywood was not present at the murder, but ordered it. He immediately skipped town, but was arrested five years later in Saquarema, Brazil, with his pregnant girlfriend Marcia Reis. In July, 2009, he was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping and jurors recommended life in prison. In 2010 Hollywood was sentenced to life in prison.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Markowitz)(SFC, 7/16/09, p.A6)(SFC, 2/6/10, p.A6)

2000        Aug 13, Gunmen robbed a Costco store in Van Nuys and shot and killed one shopper, Owen Alexander Wolf (29), and wounded 2 others. Suspect Ramon Gutierrez (38) was wounded and arrested. 2 others escaped with a driver.
    (SFC, 8/15/00, p.A3)

2000        Aug 14, The Democratic convention opened in Los Angeles at Staples Auditorium. De-monstrators fought with police following a concert by the band Rage Against the Machine as Pres. Clinton spoke. The concert followed a “March of Corporate Shame" through downtown LA.
    (SFC, 8/15/00, p.A5)

2000        Aug 18, Gov. Davis officially established March 31 as a state holiday to honor Cesar Chaves, the Latino labor leader (d.1993).
    (SFC, 8/19/00, p.A20)

2000        Aug 23, Pres. Clinton ordered millions in relief funds for electricity users in southern Cali-fornia and an investigation into the state’s power market.
    (SFC, 8/24/00, p.A1)
2000        Aug 23, In Merced County Jonathon David Bruce (27) stabbed to death 2 children, Ash-ley and John William Carpenter (9&7), with a pitchfork. Bruce was shot and killed by sheriff dep-uties.
    (SFC, 8/25/00, p.A10)

2000        Sep 3, The Paul Bunyan Days logging show was held in Fort Bragg.
    (SFC, 9/4/00, p.A1)
2000        Sep 3, A 5.2 earthquake was centered in Napa and injured over 40 people.
    (SFC, 9/4/00, p.A1)

2000        Sep 2, In Stockton Richard R. Brown (27), an unemployed cook, stabbed to death his father, grandmother, girlfriend and her toddler. Brown was arrested Sept. 4.
    (SFC, 9/6/00, p.A7)
2000        Sep 9, California celebrated its 150th birthday. The end of the statewide Sesquicentennial Celebration. It began Jan 24, 1988 in honor of the gold rush and ended on the 150th anniversary of statehood.
    (SFEC, 1/4/98, Z1p.4)(SFC, 9/8/00, p.A3)

2000        Sep 12, Gov. Davis signed a huge expansion of the Cal Grant program and committed at least $1.2 billion annually for eligible college students.
    (SFC, 9/11/00, p.A1)

2000        Sep 13, It was reported that state Board of Equalization had substantially reduced the property assessments of large corporations over the last 10 years, as assessments on private homes and commercial property climbed.
    (SFC, 9/13/00, p.A1)

2000        Sep 15, The 43rd annual Monterey Jazz Festival opened.
    (SFC, 9/18/00, p.F3)

2000        Sep 16, In Los Angeles bus drivers went on strike.
    (SFEC, 9/17/00, p.A2)

2000        Sep 18, In Sacramento Tou Tong Xiong (52) shot and killed a security guard at a Social Security office and wounded a bystander. He was upset over being denied a claim.
    (SFC, 9/19/00, p.A8)

2000        Sep 19, Gov. Davis signed into law a bill that required testers of consumer products to use federally alternatives to animals.
    (SFC, 9/20/00, p.A1)

2000        Sep 30, Gov. Davis signed legislation to extend low-cost health care for the poor and a bill to continue health coverage for children of legal immigrants.
    (SFEC, 10/1/00, p.D1)

2000        Oct 4, The trial of 4 LAPD officers began. Edward Ortiz, Brian Liddy, Paul Harper and Michael Buchanan stood trial under accusations by former officer Rafael Perez, who received a lenient sentence for stealing $1 million in cocaine from a police evidence room in exchange for testifying on Rampart anti-gang officer misconduct.
    (SFC, 10/5/00, p.A3)

2000        Oct 5, The state Supreme Court ruled that an employer can fire an employee if the com-pany has a legitimate business reason to do so.
    (SFC, 10/6/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 17, The month long Los Angeles transit authority strike ended following negotiations brokered by Jesse Jackson.
    (SFC, 10/18/00, p.A3)

2000        Oct 20, In Yreka Edward Lansdale (68) shot and wounded Amber Pierce (26) during his trial for sex crimes against Pierce. Lansdale also wounded Pierce’s husband before taking his own life at the Siskiyou County courthouse.
    (SFC, 10/21/00, p.A3)

2000        Oct 23, The state Industrial Welfare Commission voted to increase the minimum wage to $6.75 over 2 years.
    (SFC, 10/24/00, p.A3)

2000        Oct 25, Gov. Wilson announced a .25% cut in the sales tax.
    (SFC, 10/26/00, p.A3)

2000        Nov 7, Voters in Mendocino County faced Measure G, which would forbid local sheriff’s deputies from arresting anyone with 25 or less flowering female marijuana plants.
    (SFC, 10/29/00, p.A5)

2000        Nov 5, An Amtrak train hit a truck and derailed in Ventura County. Sergio Mendoza (29), the truck driver, was killed.
    (SFC, 11/6/00, p.A3)

2000        Nov 7, California voters approved Prop 39 for school bonds to pass with a 55% majority. Prop 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, was also approved. It called for trans-ferring drug arrestees from the criminal justice system into treatment programs. Voters approved Prop. 1A, a pro-Indian gambling measure.
    (SFC, 11/9/00, p.A1)(SFC, 11/13/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/11/04, p.B8)

2000        Nov 9, William Leonard Pickard (55) and Clyde Apperson (45) of California were indicted by a grand jury in Kansas City for running a massive LSD laboratory inside a decommissioned nuclear missile silo in Wamego, Ka. Leonard was sentenced on November 25, 2003 to two con-current life sentences without parole. Apperson was sentenced on November 24, 2003 to 30 years of imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
    (SFC, 12/7/00, p.A1)(http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/313/pickard.shtml)

2000        Nov 15, In Los Angeles 2 police sergeants and one officer were convicted on conspiracy charges, falsifying arrests and lying in sworn court testimony.
    (SFC, 11/16/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 30, The state Supreme Court ruled that the 1996 Proposition 209 banned state and local governments from giving preferences to women and minorities in contracting, hiring and college admissions.
    (SFC, 12/1/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 8, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) lifted California’s $250 per megawatt-hour price cap and prices skyrocketed. Enron Corp. issued internal memorandums that its schemes to boost profits had nearly caused the lights to go out in California.
    (SSFC, 2/4/01, p.A18)(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A1)
2000        Dec 8, US Representative Julian Dixon died at age 66. He represented the west Los An-geles 32nd district since 1979.
    (SFC, 12/9/00, p.A12)

2000        Dec 11, PG&E warned that it could soon run out of money due to high power demands and lack of reserves.
    (SFC, 12/12/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 13, The US energy secretary exercised emergency authority and ordered 12 gener-ating companies to sell power to California.
    (SFC, 12/14/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 15, The US Congress added the Dillonwood Grove, 1,540 acres, to Sequoia Nation-al Park.
    (SFC, 12/19/00, p.A25)

2000        Dec 19, Four companies in LA County agreed to pay $73 million to help clean an ocean dump used for DDT. Montrose Chemical, Aventis Crop-Science USA, Chris-Craft Industries and Atkemix Thirty Seven Inc. settled the suit.
    (SFC, 12/20/00, p.A3)

2000        Dec 22, A judge overturned the convictions of 3 police officers (Ortiz, Liddy, Buchanan) in the Rampart corruption scandal. Judge Jacqueline Connor said the jury focused on the wrong point of law.
    (SFC, 12/23/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 24, Susan Berman (55), a Las Vegas mobster’s daughter, was found slain  in her home in Benedict Canyon, California. She had authored "Easy Street" in 1981. Berman (b.1945), American journalist and author, was a friend of New York real estate heir Robert Durst. On March 14, 2015, Durst was arrested in New Orleans and charged with first-degree murder in connection with Berman's death. In late 2019 Durst acknowledged that he had written a note di-recting police to Berman's home.
    (SFC, 1/5/01, p.A1,14)(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Berman)(SFC, 1/1/20, p.A6)

2000        Dec 31, Former California Sen. Alan Cranston died at age 86.
    (SFC, 1/1/01, p.A1)

2000        Dec, California applied for federal approval for a supplemental health insurance program called Healthy Families. It was approved in Jan, 2002.
    (SFC, 1/24/02, p.A3)

2000        The Bancroft Library released a new set of taped lectures on California history featuring historians J.S. Holliday, James Rawls and Robert Hirst.
    (SFC, 1/1/01, p.A22)

2000        Dolan H. Eargle Jr. authored “Native California Guide: Weaving the Past and Present." It surveyed 143 present-day California Indian communities.
    (SFC, 12/31/00, BR p.12)
2000        Jack Foley authored “"O Powerful Western Star: Poetry & Art in California." The book included a 50-page, 50-year timeline of creative expression.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.B1)
2000        Catherine Mulholland (1923-2011), the granddaughter of William Mulholland, authored “William Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles."
    (SFC, 7/8/11, p.C7)

2000        Construction on the new UC Merced campus was scheduled to begin. Environmental concerns delayed construction.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.A17)(SFC, 1/1/01, p.A15)

2000        California passed a law allowing heirs of victims of the Armenian genocide to sue in state courts for unpaid insurance benefits. In 2012 the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law invalid.
    (SFC, 2/24/12, p.C5)
2000        A jury awarded $88.5 million in lawyer’s fees after a DMV smog-impact fee, charged to out-of-state drivers moving to Ca., was overturned. This amounted to $8,000 an hour. An appeal panel reduced the award to $18.2 million in 2002.
    (SFC, 7/23/02, p.A14)

2000        In San Diego 8 teenagers (14-17) were charged with robbing and beating 5 migrant nursery workers (55-69). The teenagers were charged as adults under Prop 21. The teenagers challenged the juvenile justice law.
    (SFC, 12/5/01, p.A1)

2000        In Ukiah, Ca., the Ukiah Brewing Company became the 2nd certified organic restaurant in the US.
    (SFC, 12/31/03, p.E7)

2000        The Carrizo Plain, a quarter million acres of San Joaquin Valley grassland, was declared a National Monument in the closing days of the Clinton administration. It is located between San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield.
    (SSFC, 9/30/01, p.T5)

2000        In California some 116,000 teenagers became pregnant and almost 44,000 of them chose to have an abortion, including 1,620 under the age of 15.
    (Econ, 10/15/05, p.34)

2000        California Fish and Game Dept. began looking into bird deaths at Searles Lake in Searles Valley, San Bernardino County. From 2001-2007 some 348 to 706 birds died at the lake each year. Searles Valley Minerals, formerly IMC Chemicals, produced soda ash, boron minerals and sodium sulfate there and pumped spent brine to form the lake. The birds had died of salt toxico-sis. The lake was also a natural repository of arsenic. Numerous area workers complained of health problems following their employment. In 2008 the company was sold by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc. to Nirma Ltd., an India-based company.
    (SSFC, 7/6/08, p.A10)(SFC, 7/7/08, p.A9)

2000-2001    Enron made almost $1 billion off of California’s energy crises during this period. In 2006 Timothy Belden, the architect of Enron’s market manipulation schemes, said the profits came during the 9 months at the height of the crisis. He admitted to shipping power out of California and then selling it back, creating the appearance of a shortage, and jacking up prices.
    (SFC, 3/2/06, p.C1)

2000-2001    A new 70-acre shopping mall in El Dorado County will feature the old Missouri Flat ceme-tery in a 3-acre preserve in the parking lot.
    (WSJ, 12/16/98, p.CA3)

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