December 21, 1964: The Omaha Planning Board recommended that the City Council approve two major annexations in Sarpy County. The board's action was an obvious effort to outrun the Bellevue City Council, which was considering an ordinance that would add much of the proposed area to Bellevue. Proposed by the Omaha board for annexation was an area south of Harrison Street and east of Highway 73-75. It extends to within one-fourth of a mile of the existing Bellevue city limits. The board also recommended that Omaha annex Valley View, High Meadows and Southern Hills, part of the residential development hugging the south side of Harrison Street from the highway to 52nd Street.
1948: The people have to be made to realize that they, as well as public officials, have some responsibility in preventing traffic deaths, Mayor Glenn Cunningham declared. “A thousand more traffic officers” wouldn't have prevented Omaha's thirtieth traffic death of 1948, the mayor said. The mayor described the accident as a “bad break” like six or eight other fatal auto accidents during the year. Enforcement of Omaha's traffic laws was better than ever before, he declared.
1987: A committee proposed that La Vista spend $2 million to build a new City Hall and public works center, which would be the largest municipal expansion in the city's history. The construction would be financed by an added half-cent city sales tax, which would need voter approval. Council member Lana Halstead, chairman of the committee appointed by Mayor Harold Anderson to study community center plans, said the expansion was long overdue.
2006: First, Omaha businesses won a reprieve from Omaha's Sunday morning restriction on alcohol sales for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Then the Omaha City Council gave them an even better holiday gift when it permanently removed the Sunday restriction. The council's move brings Omaha in line with Douglas County establishments outside the city limits and with stores in Sarpy County. Neither of those counties restricts Sunday morning alcohol sales from 6 a.m. to noon, as Omaha does. That's the reason Franklin Thompson said he voted to repeal the restriction. “I believe there's an unfair advantage going to places like Sarpy County and Council Bluffs,” he said. “This will even the playing field.”