Happy Jack’s bar is at the left as workers use poles to keep the equipment from snagging on utility lines.
The explosive growth in California after World War II put a strain on utilities to keep up with demand. The power plant in Morro Bay was one of several new electric generation facilities that PG&E built during the era. According to Encyclopedia Britannica the stator is a cylindrical ring of iron providing a path for magnetic flux. The rotor turns inside generating electric power.
In other news, a 25-foot tall Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn was vandalized. Mischief makers stole lights and globes overnight and the superintendent of parks got a phone call describing the miscreants. He turned the information over to the police.
Members of the San Luis Obispo Fireman’s Association played Santa by delivering repaired toys to 176 underprivileged children. A year long toy drive gathered toys that needed a new coat of paint or a new wheel. This was a decades long tradition until toys became so breakable that repair was no longer an option.
The Arroyo Grande city council dropped plans to accept an ambulance offered to the city by a former mayor. The 1936 vehicle had low mileage but the cost of outfitting the unit with modern equipment was estimated at over $3,000 and that did not include staffing and training. The era of making due with less was ending.
It was official, the the year in review story declared the communists lost in Indochina, an agreement in Geneva ended that conflict.