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Full text of "The ordinances of the city of Palo Alto : a municipal corporation of the State of California under a freeholders charters"

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THE ORDINANCES 



OF THE 



CITY OF PALO ALTO 



A Municipal Corporation of the State of 
California under a Freeholders Charter 



IRLF 




REVISED AND CODIFIED 

With an Appendix containing the Charter of said 
City and Amendments thereto 



GIFT OF 
Jm ~B. Cress 




THE ORDINANCES 



OF THE 



CITY OF PALO ALTO 



A Municipal Corporation of the State of 
California under a Freeholders Charter 




REVISED AND CODIFIED 

With an Appendix containing the Charter of said 
City and Amendments thereto 

NOVEMBER 1911 






STANFORD UNIVERSITY 
PRESS 



ORDINANCE NO. 61 

AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT CODIFIED ORDINANCE No. i 
OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO, AS PRINTED AND 
PUBLISHED IN BOOK FORM. 

The Council of the City of Palo Alto do ordain as folloi^s: 
That certain ordinance known as Codified Ordinance 
No. i of the City of Palo Alto (being a codification of 
ordinances that had been previously duly and regularly 
passed), was adopted and duly passed at a regular ad- 
journed meeting of the Council on the 26th day of June, 
1911, and said Codified Ordinance No. i, together with 
all corrections, alterations and amendments thereto sub- 
sequently passed, is hereby adopted as printed and pub- 
lished and introduced in book form, this I3th day of 
November, 1911. 

The City Clerk is hereby directed to post this ordi- 
nance on the bulletin-board at the City Hall, and the same 
shall go into effect immediately. 

Duly passed as above set forth by the following vote : 
Ayes: Ackley, Congdon, Downing, Henry, Hettin- 
ger, Hyde, Jordan, La Peire, Millis, Mosher, Thoits. 
Umphreys, Vail, Vandervoort. 
Noes : None. 
Absent: Wing. 

Approved by me this I3th day of November, 1911, 

C. E. JORDAN, Mayor. 
ISEAL] 

Attest: FRANK KASSON, City Clerk. 

I hereby certify that the above ordinance was duly 
passed and posted as above directed. 

FRANK KASSON, City Clerk. 
[SEAL] 



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SUMMARY OF CONTENTS AND 
GENERAL INDEX 

PAGE 

Incorporation 21 

History of Ordinances Originally Enacted 22 

Ordinance No. 54, Providing for Incorporation .... 33 

Codified Ordinance No. i, City 35 

Title 35 

Enacting Clause 35, 

PART I CITY GOVERNMENT 
Art. i. CITY COUNCIL 

Sec. i. Regular meetings 36 

2. Special meetings 36 

3. Meetings to be public 36 

4. Quorum 36 

5. Duties of Mayor 36 

6. $300 limit 37 

7. Order of business 37 

8. Standing committees 37 

9. Duties, Committee No. i 38 

" 10. " " "2 38 

"ii. "3 38 

" 12. " " " 4 38 

"13- "5 38 

14. Additional duties 38 

15. Filing claims on contract 39 

1 6. Filing claims not on contract 39 

17. Claims verification 39 

" 18. Creating debts '..... 39 

" 19. Votes by roll call 39 

Art. II. ORDINANCES AND PUBLICATIONS 

Sec. i . Passage 39 

2. Publication 39 

3- Rates 40 

4. Acceptance of work 40 

Art. III. ELECTIONS 

Sec. i. General and special municipal elections .... 40 

" 2. Precincts 40 

3. Polling places 40 

" 4. Election boards 40 



4 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Sec. 5. 

Subdiv. I. Nomination and election of officers 41 

2. Requirements of candidacy 41 

3. Form of nomination petition 41 

4. Forms supplied by City Clerk. ... 42 

5. Requirements of certificates 42 

6. Verification deputies 42 

7. Date of presenting petition 42 

8. Examination of petitions by City 

Clerk ". 43 

9. Withdrawal of signature 43 

10. Withdrawal of candidate 43 

11. Filing of petitions 43 

12. Preservation of petitions 43 

13. Election proclamation 43 

14. Form of ballot 44 

15. Requirements of ballot 44 

" 1 6. Every nominee to be on ballot. ... 44 

" 17. Space for voting cross 44 

" 1 8. Blank spaces for additional candi- 
dates 44 

" 19. Sample ballot 44 

" 20. Votes necessary for election 45 

" 21. Second election 45 

" 22. Date of second election 45 

" 23. Rules covering second election ... 45 

" 24. Failure to qualify 45 

" 25. Informalities in election 45 

Sec. 6. 

Subdiv. i. General election regulations 45 

2. Voting machines 46 

Art. IV. OFFICIALS, BOARDS OR DEPARTMENTS 

Sec. i. Enumeration of officials, boards or depart- 
ments 46 

" 2. Purchases to be made by requisition 46 

" 3. City Clerk and Assessor 46 

4. Auditor and Tax Collector 47 

" 5. Treasurer 47 

6. Deputy Auditor and Tax Collector 47 

41 7. Books and records 47 

"" 8. Meetings of boards 47 

" 9. Special meetings 47 

" 10. Presiding officer and quorum 47 

" ii. Order of business 48 

12. Reports of boards 48 

4t 13. Financial statement . . 48 



CONTENTS AND GENERAL INDEX 5, 

Sec. 14. City Engineer and ex-officio Superinten- 
dent of Streets 48 

" 15. Police department 48 

1 6. Sanitary condition of City Health Officer 49 

" 17. Salary of Health Officer 50 

" 1 8. Violation of sanitary rules 50 

" 19. Penalty 50 

" 20. Powers of appointment and removal 50 

PART II REVENUE 

Art. I. ASSESSMENT, LEVY AND COLLECTION OF TAXES 

Scj. i. Assessment 51 

2. Notice of equalization 52 

3. Penalty 52 

4. Personal property tax 52 

5. Sale of personal property for taxes 52 

6. Board of Equalization 53 

7. Clerk to enter changes on assessment books 53 

8. Tax levy 53 

9. Clerk to enter in assessment book taxes to 

be paid on property 54 

10. Tax Collector to give notice of time when 

taxes must be paid 54 

11. Receipt for taxes paid 54 

12. Tax Collector duties 55 

13. Delinquent taxes penalty 55 

14. Delinquent list 55 

" 15. Publication of delinquent list 55 

" 1 6. Copy of publication to be filed with County 

Recorder 56 

" 17. Additional costs 56 

18. Tax sale 56 

19. Certificate of sale 56 

: 20. Filing certificate and redemption of prop- 
erty 57 

21. Property to be assessed in name of the City 57 

" 22. Tax deed 57 

; 23. Inspection of delinquent list, personal 
property settlement and affidavit of 

assessor 57~58 

' 24. Errors in collection of taxes 58 

" 25. Double assessment 58 

" 26. Land assessed irregularly not to be sold for 

taxes 58 

" 27. Misnomer of owner not to invalidate sale. . 58 

Art. II. LICENSE TAXES 

Sec. i. License taxes payable in advance 58 



O THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Sec. 2. Amount a debt 59 

3. Recovery by suit 59 

4. Penalty 59 

" 5. Tax Collector to collect 60 

" 6. Term 60 

" 7. Form of license blanks, license stub tran- 
sients 60-61 

8. License to be exhibited not transferable. . 61 

9. Words include what 61 

"" 10. Rates of licenses on fixed business 61 

Sub. A. Peddler 62 

B. Definition of peddler 62 

" C. i. Amount of peddler's license 62 

" C. 2. Food products 62 

" D. Solicitors and agents 62 

" E. Delivery of goods 62 

" F. Auction stores 63 

" G. Laundry routes 63 

H. Junk dealers 63 

I. Miscellaneous occupations 63 

J. Billiard and pool tables 64 

" K. Nine-pin and bowling alleys 64 

L. Menagerie, circus, etc 64 

M. Trick rope performer 64 

N. Shooting gallery 64 

O. Merry-go-round 64 

" P. Fortune teller 64 

Q. Exhibition or performance 64 

" R. Skating rink 65 

S. Theatre or moving picture show .... 65 

Sec. 1 1 . Penalty 65 

PART III POLICE REGULATIONS 

Art. I. VIOLATION OF ORDINANCES AND IMPRISON- 
MENT 

Sec. i. Imprisonment in county jail 66 

Art. II. PUBLIC PEACE AND ORDER 

Sec. i. Disturbing assemblages 66 

2. Prohibition of 

(a) Vulgar language 66 

(b) Noise 66 

(c) Offensive conduct 66 

(d) Fighting 66 

(e) Indecent exposure 66 

(I) Using weapons 66 

(g) Concealed weapons 67 

(h) Knuckles 67 



CONTENTS AND GENERAL INDEX J 

Sec. 3. Prohibition of 

(a) Begging from house to house .... 67 

(b) Camping in vacant lots 67 

(c) Loitering on streets 67 

Sec. 4. Drunkenness 67 

" 5. Penalty 67 

Art. III. GUNS AND EXPLOSIVES 

Sec. i. Discharging guns unlawful . . . 67 

2. Shooting gallery 68 

" 3. Penalty 68 

Art. IV. ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS 

Sec. i . Unlawful places 68 

" 2. Unlawful to sell, deliver or solicit 68 

3. Club rooms 68 

" 4. Medicinal, etc 68 

" 5. Penalty 69 

Art. V. GAMBLING 

Sec. i. Gambling unlawful 69 

" 2. Games of amusement how conducted . . 69 

3. Minors forbidden to play, etc 70 

4. Or loiter around 70 

5. Or be employed 70 

6. Duties of owners, agents or managers .... 70 

7. License revoked 70 

8. Enforcement . 70 

" 9. Witnesses *. . 70 

" 10. Penalty 71 

Art. VI. NICKEL-IN-SLOT 

Sec. i. L T se of slot machines unlawful 71 

" 2. In connection with any business 71 

3. License revoked 71 

4. Possession of slot machines, dice, etc., for 

chance, unlawful 72 

" 5. Penalty 72 

Art. VII. ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE 

Sec. i. Public pound 72 

2. Animals to be impounded 73 

" 3. Animals trespassing on lots 73 

" 4. Board of Public Safety to keep record ... 73 

" 5. Animals to be advertised proviso 73 

" 6. Sale 74 

" 7. Redemption 74 

8. Unlicensed dogs not to run at large on 

streets 74 



8 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Sec. 9. License 74 

10. Unlicensed dogs to be impounded 75 

" ii. Female dogs 75 

12. Number of female dogs to be kept at any 

one place 75 

13. Dog fanciers' business 75 

14. Dog collars 76 

" 15- Tags 76 

16. Duplicate tags 76 

17. Board of Public Safety to make report. . . 76 

" 1 8. Care of impounded dogs 76 

" 19. Bull or jack 76 

" 20. Badge of officers 76 

" 21. Interference with officials 76 

" 22. Unlawful to allow animals to run at large . . 77 

; 23. Herding 77 

24. Tying horses to trees 77 

" 25. Cows and horses to be kept in enclosure at 

night 77 

; 26. Notice to owners of animals impounded. . . 77 

" 27. Fees for impounding and publishing notice 77 

" 23. Sale of animals impounded 78 

" 29. Reclaiming animals 78 

30. Removal of dead animals 78 

31. Escaping animals 78 

" 32. Penalty 78 

Art. VIII. OBSTRUCTIONS ON STREETS AND SIDE- 
WALKS 

Sec. i. Hacks, carryalls and job wagons standing 

on streets 79 

" 2. Displaying goods on sidewalk 79 

" 3. Awnings 80 

" 4. Horses standing unhitched 80 

" 5. Restrictions : 

1 i ) Fast driving 80 

(2) Games 80 

(3) Obstructing sidewalks 80 

(4) Crowding 80 

(5) Lounging in public squares 80 

(6) Driving animals 80 

(7) Spitting on sidewalk 81 

6. Injuring street lights 81 

7. Removing or defacing street signs 81 

8. Barriers and lights where work is being 

done 8r 

" 9. Removal of street monuments 81 



CONTENTS AND GENERAL INDEX 9 

Sec. 10. Posting handbills ; throwing dodgers .... 81 

" II. Patent medicine, drugs, etc., left in yards, 

etc 81 

" 12. Declared to be a nuisance 82 

" 13. Business stands on sidewalks 82* 

14. Carrying baskets on sidewalks 82 

" 15. Garbage and street sweepings 82 

" 1 6. Street and sidewalk obstructions 82 

17. Breaking up streets 82 

" 1 8. Removal of dirt from roadways 8^ 

" 19. Condition of lots 83 

" 20. Horses and wagons on sidewalks 8^ 

" 21. Bicycles on sidewalks 83 

" 22. Dismounting 81 

" 23. Riding after dark 8^ 

" 24. Exceptions 8} 

" 25. Roller skates and coasters 8^ 

26. Seizure of bicycles, etc 84 

" 27. Penalty 84 

Art. IX. REMOVAL OF GRASS, WEEDS AND POISON 
OAK AND TRIMMING OF TREES AND 
HEDGES 
Sec. i. Grass, weeds or poison oak 84 

2. Trees and hedges 84 

3. Requirements 84 

4. Failure to comply duty of Superintendent 

of Streets 84-85 

5. Lien against property 85 

" 6. Penalty 85 

Art. X. GARBAGE 

Sec. i. Dumping of refuse 85 

" 2. Accumulation of refuse 86 

" 3. Refuse in business district 86 

" 4. Not to be burned on premises 86 

" 5. Duty of Chief of Police 86 

" 6. Removal of manure, etc., from stables. ... 86 

" 7. Boxes for manure " 86 

" 8. Regulating removal of manure number of 

times per week 87 

" 9. Definition of garbage, waste matter, ashes 87 

" 10. Burning of refuse prohibited 87 

" n. Garbage receptacle 87 

" 12. Garbage to be placed in receptacle 88 

" 13. Garbage at private dwellings 88 

" 14. Garbage at hotels 88 



IO THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Sec. 15. Sanitary condition of receptacle 88 

16. Garbage wagon 88 

17. Permit for garbage business 88 

18. Regular collections 89 

19. Disputes or complaints 89 

'' 20. Rates ; collection 89 

21. Distance of outbuildings from premises of 

another 89 

: 22. Permit of Health Officer 89 

: 23. Misdemeanor 90 

" 24. Penalty 90 

Art. XL GOVERNING SALE OF TOBACCO, CIGARETTES 
OR CIGARETTE PAPERS OR ANY PREPARA- 
TION OF TOBACCO IN THE CITY OF PALO 
ALTO 
Sec. i. Sale of Tobacco, etc., to minors and penalty 90 

" 2. Ordinance to be posted 91 

3. Sale of tobacco, etc., near school houses. . 91 
" 4. Penalty 91 

Art. XII. GOVERNING HYPNOTIC EXHIBITIONS 

Sec. i. Forbidding hypnotism 91 

" 2. Exhibiting hypnotic subjects 91 

" 3. Penalty , 91 

Art. XIII. GOVERNING MOVING PICTURE SHOWS 

Sec. i. Restrictions 91 

2. Misdemeanor 92 

3. Powers of Board of Public Safety 92 

4. Penalty 92 

Art. XIV. GOVERNING PUBLIC LAUNDRIES AND 
WASH HOUSES, ENGINES, BOILERS, OIL 
STORAGE TANKS, HOSPITALS, UNDER- 
TAKING ESTABLISHMENTS, PLANING 
MILLS, STABLES, HALLS FOR PUBLIC 
ENTERTAINMENTS, MACHINE SHOPS, 
JUNK YARDS, STORAGE YARDS AND SPUR 
TRACKS 

Sec. i. Permit 92 

" 2. Purposes of permit to be set forth in appli- 
cation ; posting of application 9 2 ~93 

" 3. Permit for steam engine or boiler 93 

" 4. Permits to be revoked 93 

" 5. Noncompliance 93 

" 6. Restrictions upon location 93 

" 7. Penalty 94 



CONTENTS AND GENERAL INDEX II 

Art. XV. EXITS, AISLES, PASSAGEWAYS, CORRIDORS, 
AND STAIRWAYS IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS 
Sec. i. Number of exits ()4 

2. Compliance 94 

3. Locking exit doors during assemblage. ... 94 

4. Obstructing aisles, etc 94 

5- Penalty 95 

Art. XVI. GOVERNING VEHICLES OF EVERY DESCRIP- 
TION 

Sec. i. Speed of vehicles 95 

2. Signals 95 

3. The law of the road 95 

4. Driving from streets, lanes, alleys, etc 96 

5. Lamps on autos, etc 96 

" 6. Railway cars, speed 96 

" 7. Sounding gongs on cars at all crossings. . 96 

8. Passing another car 97 

" 9. Reckless driving 97 

" 10. Penalty 97 

Art. XVII. BILL POSTING, PLACING OF SIGNS, 
PAINTING AND POSTING 

Sec. i. Billboard advertising , . . . 97 

" 2. Regulation of same 97 

" 3. Erection of billboards, etc 97 

4. Construction of article 98 

" 5. Penalty 98 

Art. XVIII. PROTECTION OF TREES, SHRUBS AND 
PLANTS 

Sec. i. Destruction of trees, shrubs, etc 98 

" 2. Penalty 98 

Art. XIX. PROVIDING FOR A BOND IN CASE OF VIO- 
LATION OF AN ORDINANCE 

Sec. i. Bond in case of arrest for violating any ordi- 
nance of the City of Palo Alto 98 

PART IV PUBLIC HEALTH 

x 

Art. I. GENERAL HEALTH REGULATIONS 

Sec. i. General provisions TOO 

2. Nuisance, defined as such by Board of 

Public Safety, misdemeanor 100 

Notice to non-residents and others 100 

Duty of City Attorney 101 



12 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Sec. 3. Dangerous buildings 101 

4. Physicians to report (a) patients who 

have contagious diseases 101-102 

(b) Diseased lodgers to be reported... 102 
" 5. Confinement of persons afflicted with dan- 
gerous diseases 102 

" 6. Rules and regulations concerning quaran- 
tine 102 

" 7. Vaccination 102 

" 8. Certificate of death 102 

" 9. Supervision of death records by Board of 

Public Safety 102 

" 10. Resisting Board of Public Saftey. . 102-103 

" II. Unwholesome foodstuffs 103 

" 12. Goods offered for sale 103 

" 13. Chief of Police to seize unwholesome 

foodstuffs 103 

" 14. Penalty 103 

Art. II. MILK AND CREAM 

Sec. i. Permit 104 

" 2. Application 104 

" 3. Regulation of permits 104 

" ^4. Milk from diseased cows 104 

" 5. Unwholesome milk 105 

" 6. Quality of milk 105 

" 7. Quality of cream 105 

8. Samples 105 

9. Purchase and sale of diseased cows.... 105 

" 10. Diseased persons 106 

" ii. Board to be notified 106 

12. Delivery wagons 106 

13. Sanitation 106 

" 14. Powers of Board of Public Safety. . . 106-107 

" 15. Counterfeit permits , 107 

" 16. Prima facie evidence 107 

" 17. List of names of customers. 107 

" 18. Penalty 107 



PART V REGULATING CONSTRUCTION, ETC. 

Art. I. SIDEWALKS 

Sec. i . Sidewalk space 108 

" 2. Specifications 108 

" 3. Name stamped or imbedded in cement. . . 108 

" 4. Non-compliance 108 



CONTENTS AND GENERAL INDEX 13 

Art. II. CREATING FIRE LIMITS 

Sec. i. Defining fire district 109 

2. Building restrictions 109 

" 3. Penalty no 

Art. III. SUPERVISION OF PRIVATE BUILDING CON- 
STRUCTION; FEES AND PERMITS 

Sec. i. Building permit no 

" 2. Cost of building permit no 

" 3. Building permits outside fire limits no 

" 4. Twenty-five dollar deposit in 

" 5. Moving permit 1 1 1 

" 6. Inspection in 

" 7. Misdemeanor in 

Art. IV. RELATING TO STREET WORK 

Sec. i. Incidental expenses for improvement of 

streets 1 1 1 

" 2. Deposit for estimated expense in 

" 3. Permit revoked in 

" 4. Soliciting private contracts for street 

improvement 112 

" 5. Application for permit 112 

" 6. Granting of permits 112 

" 7. Filing of bond 113 

" 8. Portion to be torn up at any one time. . 113 

" 9. Compliance 113 

" 10. Penalty 113 

Art. V. CITY SEWER CONNECTIONS AND COST OF 

SAME. 
Sec. i. Sewer and water pipes to be laid in all 

streets before acceptance 113 

" 2. Notice of intention to make conection.. 113 

3. Cost of making connection 114 

" 4. Owners to lay all sewer, water and gas 

pipes, mains, connections, etc 114 

" 5. Every separate lot to be so connected.. 114 

" 6. Superintendent of Streets to give notice .. 114 

" 7. Records kept by Superintendent of Streets 114 

" 8. Liens > 114 

" 9. Release of lien 115 

Art. VI. HOUSE NUMBERING 

Sec. i. System of numbering 115 

Streets parallel with Alma street 115 

Streets parallel with University avenue. . 115 



14 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Sec. I. Number each 12^ feet 115 

Odd and even numbers 115 

" 2. Size and material 116 

" 3. Penalty 1 16 

Art. VII. PLUMBING REGULATIONS 

Sec. i. Registration 1 16 

" 2. Publication 1 16 

" 3. Licenses 1 16 

" 4. Examination 1 16 

" 5. Bonds 117 

" 6. Expiration of licenses 117 

" 7. Correction after notice 117 

" 8. Filing of plans and issuance of permits 117 

" 9. Work in old buildings 117 

" 10. Buildings moved, raised or altered 118 

" ii. Installation or alteration in old or new 

buildings 1 18 

" 12. Notice of completion 118 

" 13. Tests 118 

" 14. Sectional and final tests 118 

" 15. Smoke tests 118 

" 1 6. Testing plugs 1 18 

" 17. Test certificates 118 

18. Inspector, notice 1 18 

" 19. Material and workmanship 119 

" 20. Standard pipe 119 

" 21. Extra heavy cast pipe 119 

" 22. In lieu of cast iron pipe ; table of various 

kinds of pipe 1 19-120 

; 23. Sewers separate 120 

" 24. Sewers 120 

" 25. Old sewers 120 

" 26. Intermediate sections 120 

" 27. Sewers for chemical works 121 

" 28. Sumps and surface drains 121 

" 29. Caulked joints 121 

" 30. Fall of pipes 121 

r 31. Hanging pipes 121 

" 32. Trenching 121 

" 33. Rain water drainage 121 

" 34. Clean-outs 121 

" 35. Clean-outs to be accessible 122 

" 36. Pipes 122 

" 37. Lead pipe and joints 122 

1 38. Fastening pipes 122 

" 39. Fastening outside 122 



CONTENTS AND GENERAL INDEX 15 

Sec. 40. Size of soil pipe 122 

" 41. Galvanized pipe and angle fittings .... 122 

" 42. Steam exhaust 122 

" 43. Outside and inside pipes 123 

' 44. Reveals and recesses . ! 123 

' 45. Passing through walls 123 

'' 46. Refrigerators ; filters 123 

1 47. Flue restrictions 123 

' 48. Extra heavy 123 

' 49. Soil pipe 123 

" 50. Standard stacks 123 

51. Waste pipes, restrictions 123 

52. Alignment of pipes 124 

" 53. Angle of fittings 124 

54. Offsets 124 

" 55. Heel outlets 124 

56. Prohibitions 124 

" 57. Leaders, restrictions 124 

58. Leaders ^ 124 

" 59. Leaders, inside 124 

( 60. Leader connections 124 

" 61. Leaders on street lines; roof water 124 

( 62. Deck and light-well drains 124 

" 63. Safe wastes 124 

' 64. Urinal and closet safes 125 

' 65. Closets, flushometers . . . .' 125 

' 66. Closets, prohibited, kind of 125 

" 67. Closets, flush pipes and connections 125 

68. Closet lead bend 125 

" 69. Closet lead connections 125 

" 70. Closets, flanges, etc 125 

" 71. Materials for closets 125 

" 72. Ratio of closets 126 

" 73. Male and female 126 

" 74. Closets named 126 

" 75. Closets, ratio to tenants 126 

" 76. Closets in hotels and lodging houses .... 126 

" 77. Closets, family , 126 

" 78. Urinals, supply 126 

" 79. Group of urinals 126 

" 80. Urinal supply floors 127 

" 81. Hoppers ; grease traps 127 

" 82. Hoppers ; traps 127 

" 83. Hoppers on porches 127 

" 84. Hopper stack 127 

" 85. Basin waste traps 127 

" 86. Dentists' cuspidors 127 



1 6 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Sec. 87. Extension on inlet side of trap 127 

; 88. Wooden fixtures 127 

: 89. Bath tubs 127 

' go. Fixtures not enclosed 127 

' 91. Carriage wash rooms 128 

' 92. Traps 128 

' 93. Traps, restrictions . 128 

: 94. Traps relative to vent 128 

' 95. Abutting- sink and tray 128 

: 96. Trap, foot stacks 128 

" 97. Size of traps 128 

" 98. Range traps 128 

" 99. Bell traps 128 

" loo. Vents 128 

" 101. Vents to roof 128 

" 102. Vents, angles and sizes, table of sizes 128-129 

" 103. Branch vents 129 

" 104. Sediment 129 

" 105. Three feet, six inches intersections 129 

" 106. Vents for pipes 129 

" 107. Soil stacks and vents 129 

" 108. Yard fixtures, ten-foot limit 129 

" 109. Double hubs on vents 129 

" no. Combination waste and vent fittings. . . . 130 

" in. Kitchen extensions and roofs 130 

" 112. Vent terminations 130 

" 113. Caps and cowls 130 

" 114. Air shaft requirements 130 

" 115. Air shaft restrictions 130 

" 116. Air shaft enlargements 130 

" 117. Air exhaust 130 

" 1 1 8. Ventilation requirements 130 

" 119. Water pipe ; inspection 130 

" 120. Use of defective pipes, etc., prohibited. . . 131 
" 121. Size of pipe: 

(a) Openings 131 

(b) One story building 131 

(c) Two story building 131 

(d) Large buildings 131 

(e) Wash trays 131 

(f) Galvanized iron or steel 131 

(g) Faucets 131 

(h) Piping, supporting, cutting, inspec- 
tion 132 

Valves 132 

Water pressure . 132 

122. Boilers 132 



CONTENTS AND GENERAL INDEX 17 

Sec. 123. Leaks, etc., exempt 132 

" 124. Condemnation 132 

" 125. Penalty 132 

PART VI PUBLIC SERVICE CORPORATIONS 
Art. I. GOVERNING ELECTRIC LIGHTING PLANTS 

Sec. i. Definition of "company" 133 

2. Definition of "meter" 133 

3. City Electrician to test meters 133 

4. Company to furnish all meters. . . 133 

5. Rates classified 134 

6. Establishing rates 134 

7. Rates for power, heating and other pur- 

poses 135 

8. Governing rebates, drawbacks, etc. False 

meters or meter readings 135 

Meter measure at rates fixed 135 

Separate offenses 135 

9. Penalty 135 

10. Changing rates 136 

11. Electric energy furnished to the city. ... 136 

Art. II. GOVERNING TELEPHONE SERVICE AND 
RATES 

Sec. i. Fixing rates 136 

Business: 136 

Single party 136 

Two party 136 

Residence: 136 

Single party 136 

Two party 136 

Four party* 137 

Extensions 137 

Sec. 2. Apparatus 137 

Five-minute rule 137 

Service, seven-day rule 137 

Present free exchange 137 

Amendments 138 

3. Penalty ! 3 8 

Art. III. GOVERNING GAS SERVICE AND RATES 
Sec. i. Fixing rates for meters at fifty cents per 

month 138 

2. Meters to be installed within five days 

after receipt of written notice 138 

3. Unlawful to collect deposit from tax- 

payers 138 



1 8 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Sec. 4. Fixing rate for installing meters after first 

installation at 50 cents 139 

" 5. Dials to be turned back or changed in 

presence of consumer 139 

6. Charge for laying pipe and providing for 

even pressure . . . 139 

" 7. Providing that owners may lay pipe and 

that the company shall furnish gas. . . 139 

8. Removal of meters from premises 139 

9. Unlawful to charge in violation of rate. . 139 
" 10. Penalty 140 

Art. IV. PLACING, INSTALLING, OPERATING AND 
REMOVING ELECTRICAL WIRES AND 
APPARATUS 

Sec. i. Certificate of registration 140 

2. Certificate necessary 140 

3. Installation of wires, etc 140 

4. Bond 140 

5. Suspension of certificate 141 

6. Permit and certificate 141 

" 7. Temporary permit 141 

" 8. Rules 141 

" 9. Inspection ; notice to repair 141 

" 10. Fees 142 

ii. Building permit to be issued before elec- 
trical permit 142 

" 12. Piping to be in place before inspection. . 142 
" 13. Unlawful to remove buildings with elec- 
trical wires without notice 142 

" 14. Persons removing building to bear cost 

of removal of wires 143 

" 15. Penalty ! 143 

" 1 6. Construction of article 143 

Art. V. REGULATING THE ERECTION OF TELEPHONE, 
TELEGRAPH AND ELECTRIC LIGHT 
POLES AND THE STRINGING OF WIRES. 
THROUGH AND ALONG THE STREETS OF 
THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Sec. I. Erection of poles 144 

2. Distance above ground 144 

" 3. Distance from curb 144 

" 4. Uniform painting 144 

" 5. Mutilation of trees 144 

" 6. Poles to conform to this article 144 

" 7. Prohibition 144 



CONTENTS AND GENERAL INDEX 19 

Sec. 8. Consent of owner or agent 144 

" 9. Penalty 145 

Art. VI. ESTABLISHING RATES FOR WATER AND 
POWER AND RULES FOR THE MANAGE- 
MENT OF THE WATER AND < POWER 
DEPARTMENT 

Sec. i. Rules for consumers 145 

2. Discontinuance of service 145 

3. Connections 145 

4. Plumber or electrician to give notice 146 

5. Repairs to service connections 146 

6. Disconnected service mains 146 

" 7. Inspection 146 

8. Fixed charges; estimated costs 146 

9. Meters 146 

10. Meters ; how set 146 

1 1 . Meters ; price 147 

" 12. Reports 147 

13. Authority to shut off water 147 

" 14. Prohibiting use of sprinklers 147 

" 15. Use of hydrants 147 

" 16. Repairs 147 

17. Limiting water 147 

18. Supplying water to others 147 

19. Meter rates for water 147 

'' 20. Meter rates ; power 148 

; 21. Payment 148 

; 22. Prepay meters 148 

23. Requiring permits 148 

" 24. Deposit 148 

: 25. Discontinue use 149 

" 26. Accounts 149 

" 27. Reports 149 

; 28. Notification of bills due 149 

; 29. Amended rules 149 

" 30. Penalty 149 



PART VII MISCELLANEOUS 

Art. I. RATES FOR OFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS AND 
ADVERTISEMENTS 

Sec. I. Fixing rates 150 

2. Acceptance of rates 151 

3. Official newspaper 151 



2O THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Art. II. CHANGING NAMES OF STREETS 

Sec. i. Changes in names of streets 151 

(a) Tasso street 151 

(b) Kipling street 151 

(c) Lytton avenue extension 151 

(d) Pope street 151 

(e) Little Kingsley 152 

(f) Alleys closed 152 

Art. III. CONFLICTING ORDINANCES REPEALED 

Sec. I. Repealing clause 152 

Art. IV. ENACTMENT 

Sec. i. Enactment 152 

" 2. Passage 152 

PART VIII ORDINANCE NO. 1, INITIATIVE 

Sec. i. Theatres, etc., on Sunday 153 

" 2. Penalty 153 

3. Conflicting ordinances repealed 153 

Certificate of City Clerk 154 

Charter of the City of Palo Alto 155 

Amendments to Charter 183 



ORIGINAL INCORPORATION 

By unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors of 
Santa Clara County, at a regular meeting held on the 
1 6th day of April, 1894, Palo Alto was duly declared 
to be a Municipality of the Sixth Class under the provi- 
sions of the General Municipality Act. The boundaries 
fixed by the Board of Supervisors were the same as 
those designated as the boundaries of the Town of Palo 
Alto, formerly University Park, upon a map of said 
Town filed by Timothy Hopkins in the office of the 
Recorder of the County of Santa Clara on the 27th day 
of February, 1889, and recorded in Liber D of Maps at 
page 69. (Records of the Board of Supervisors of Santa 
Clara County). 



FREEHOLDERS CHARTER 

PREPARED BY A BOARD OF FIFTEEN FREEHOLDERS 

Voted for and ratified by the qualified voters of the 
Town of Palo Alto at a special election held on the 2ist 
day of January, 1909, adopted by the legislature Febru- 
ary 2Oth, 1909. In force and effect July ist, 1909. 

Amendments thereto voted for and ratified at a 
special election held in the City of Palo Alto on the ist 
day of February, 1911. Adopted by the legislature 
March 24th, 1911. 



HISTORY OF TOWN ORDINANCES AS ORIGI- 
NALLY ENACTED 

No. i. Fixing bonds of Clerk, Treasurer and Marshal. 

(Repealed.) 

No. i A. Fixing Bond of Clerk. (Repealed.) 
No. 2. Prohibiting the sale of liquor, etc. (Codified, see 

Art IV, Part III.) 
No. 3. Prohibiting discharge of firearms, etc. (Codified, 

see Art. Ill, Part III.) 
No. 4. Removal of grass and weeds. (Codified, see 

Art. IX, Part III.) 

No. 5. Fixing time and place of Board meetings. (Re- 
pealed.) 
No. 6. Prohibiting disorderly houses and gambling. 

(Codified, see Art. V, Part III.) 

No. 7. Assessment, levy and collection of taxes. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. I, Part II.) 

No. 8. Removal of macadam and laying of pipes. (Co- 
dified, see Art. IV and Art. V, Part V.) 
No. 9. Pound; duties of poundmaster. (Codified, see 

Art. VII, Part III.) 
No. 10. Powers of Health Officer. (Codified, see Art. 

I, Part IV) 
No. ii. Carriages at station. (Codified, see Art. VIII, 

Part III.) 

No. 12. To establish sewer system. (Not codified.) 
No. 13. Fixing salaries of Clerk and Marshal. (Re- 
pealed.) 

No. 14. Appointing an Engineer. (Repealed.) 
No. 15. Acquisition of sewer system. (Not codified.) 
No. 1 6. Acceptance of dedication of street. (Not codi- 
fied.) 

No. 17. Bond election for sewers. (Not codified.) 
No. 1 8. Prohibiting certain dogs running at large. (Co- 
dified, see Art. VII, Part III.) 
No. 19. Fixing time and place of Board Meetings. 

(Repealed.) 

No. 20. Relating to streets and sidewalks, regulating 
awnings, street and sidewalk obstruction, 
driving, etc. (Codified, see Art. VIII, Part 

in.) 

No. 21. Relating to preservation of the public health. 
(Codified, see Art. I, Part IV.) 



HISTORY OF ORDINANCES 2J 

No. 22. Notice of election. (Not codified.) 
No. 23. Amending No. 20 in regard to vehicles. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. VIII, Part III.) 
No. 24. Establishing water rates. (Repealed.) 
Xo. 25. To establish water works. (Not codified.) 
No. 26. Town Clerk to give notice of election. (Not 

codified.) 

No. 27. To establish water works. (Not codified.) 
No. 28. Permit to Redwood City Electric Company to 
furnish light and power currents. (Not codi- 
fied, no action taken.) 

No. 29. Bond election for water works. (Not codified.) 
No. 30. Declaring result of bond election. (Not 

codified.) 

No. 31. Providing for the issue of bonds. (Not codi- 
fied.) 

No. 32. Fixing compensation of Town Clerk. (Re- 
pealed.) 
No. 33. Amending No. 31, relating to bonds. (Not 

codified.) 
No. 34. Fixing fees of Health Officer for inspecting 

plumbing. (Repealed.) 
No. 35. Establishing water rates. (Codified, see Art. 

VI, Part VI.) 
No. 36. Amending No. 9 as to fees of poundmaster. 

(Repealed.) 

No. 37. Relating to laundries and gas plants. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. XIV, Part III.) 
No. 38. Fixing rate of taxes. (Not codified.) 
No. 39. Regulations of water department. (Codified, 

see Art. VI, Part VI.) 

No. 40. To establish sewer system. (Not codified.) 
No. 41. To establish sewer system. (Not codified.) 
No. 42. Town Clerk to give notice of election. (Not 

codified.) 
No. 43. Amending No. 9, relating to public pound. 

(Codified, see Art. VII, Part III.) 
No. 44. Calling special sewer election. (Not codified,. 

Bonds defeated.) 

No. 45. To establish sewer system. (Not codified.) 
No. 46. Bond election for sewers. (Not codified.) 
No. 47. Fixing tax levy. (Not codified.) 
No. 48. Result of bond election for sewers. (Not codi- 
fied.) 
No. 49. Providing for bond issue for sewers. (Not 

codified.) 

No. 50. Providing for sale of bonds for sewers. (Not. 
codified.) 



24 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

No. 51. Relating to bicycles on sidewalks. (Codified, 
see Art. VIII, Part III.) 

No. 52. Relating to bonds for sewers. (Not codified.) 

No. 53. Requiring permits for sewer connections. (Co- 
dified, see Art. V, Part V.) 

No. 54. Prohibiting laundries in town. (Codified, see 
Art. XIV, Part III.) 

No. 55. Amending No. 7, relating to taxes. (Codified, 
see Art. I, Part II.) 

No. 56. Fixing tax rate for '99-00. (Not codified.) 

No. 57. Providing system of house numbering. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. VI, Part V.) 

No. 58. Appointing engineer. (Repealed.) 

No. 59. Fixing electric lighting rates. (Codified, see 
Art. VI, Part VI.) 

No. 60. Clerk to give notice of election. (Not codified.) 

No. 61. Establishing rules for wiring houses. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. IV, Part VI.) 

No. 62. Fixing tax rate, '01-02. (Not codified.) 

No. 63. Prohibiting interference with sewer, water and 
light systems. (Codified, see Art. VI, Part VI.) 

No. 64. Prohibiting slot machines. (Codified, see Art. 
VI, Part III.) 

No. 65. Relating to bicycles. (Codified, see Art. VIII, 
Part III.) 

No. 66. Establishing Board of Health and fixing powers. 
(Codified, see Art. I, Part IV.) 

No. 67. Providing for municipal licenses. (Codified, see 
Art. II, Part II.) 

No. 68. Prohibiting cesspools. (Repealed by Art. VII, 
Part V.) 

No. 69. Regulating plumbing and drainage ; specifica- 
tions. (Codified, see Art. VII, Part V.) 

No. 70. Fixing fees for inspection of plumbing. (Co- 
dified, see Art. VII, Part V.) 

No. 71. Fixing tax rate for '01-02. (Not codified.) 

No. 72. Declaring it unlawful for children to be on 
streets at certain hours. (Repealed.) 

No. 73. Adopting sidewalk specifications. (Repealed.) 

No. 74. Town Clerk to give notice of election. (Not 
codified.) 

No. 75. Requiring removal of rubbish. (Codified, see 
Art. X, Part III.) 

No. 76. Relating to bicycles. (Codified, see Art. VIII, 
Part III.) 

No. 77. Amending No. 66, relating to Board of Health. 
(See Art. I, Part IV.) 



HISTORY OF ORDINANCES 25 

No. 78. Bond election for extension of electric light 
plant and system of water works. (Not codi- 
fied.) 

No. 79. Providing for bond issue. (Not codified.) 

No. 80. Prohibiting interference with streets, etc. (Co- 
dified, see Art. VIII, Part III.) 

No. 81. Establishing Public Library. (Not codified.) 

No. 82. Fixing tax rate for '02-03. (Not codified.) 

No. 83. Fixing time and place of Board meetings. 
(Repealed.) 

No. 84. Acceptance of roadways. (Not codified.) 

No. 85. Acceptance of roadways. (Not codified.) 

No. 86. Providing for imprisonment in County Jail. 
(Codified, see Art. I, Part III.) 

No. 87. Forbidding the tying of horses to trees ; re- 
quiring animals to be placed in enclosures at 
night. (Codified, see Art. VII, Part III.) 

No. 88. Accepting certain lots for library site. (Not 
codified.) 

No. 89. Providing for municipal licenses. (Codified, 
see Art. II, Part II.) 

No. 90. Amending No. 77, relating to Board of Health. 
(Codified, see Art. I, Part IV.) 

No. 91. Regulating sale of milk. (Codified, see Art. 
II, Part IV.) 

No. 92. Amending No. 89, relating to licenses. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. II, Part II.) 

No. 93. Number not used. 

No. 94. Granting street railway franchise. (Not codi- 
fied.) 

No. 95. Fixing rate of taxes, '03-04. (Not codified.) 

No. 96. Requiring destruction of poison oak. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. IX, Part III.) 

No. 97. Town Clerk to give notice of election. (Not 
codified.) 

No. 98. Providing for use of ballot machines. (Not 
codified.) 

No. 99. Providing for execution of deed to certain 
property. (Not codified.) 

No. TOO. To preserve peace and good order in the 
Town. (Codified, see Art. II, Part III.) 

No. 101. Prohibiting starting fires in the rear of cer- 
tain buildings. (Codified, see Art. X, Part 

m.) 

No. 1 02. Number not used. 

No. 103. Concerning street work and the removal of 
macadam. (Codified, see Art. VIII, Part III.) 



26 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

No. 104. Fixing time and place of Board meetings. 
(Repealed.) 

No. 105. Granting franchise for gas plant. (Not codi- 
fied.) 

No. 106. Fixing the fate of taxes for 'o4-'o5. (Not 
codified.) 

No. 107. Regulating use of bicycles, automobiles, etc. 
(Codified, see Art. XVI, Part III.) 

No. 108. Creating police department. (Repealed.) 

No. 109. Fixing time and place of Board meetings. 
(Repealed.) 

No. no. Establishing office of City Electrician, and 
providing regulations for the installation and 
removal of electric wires. (Codified, see Art. 
IV, Part VI.) 

No. in. Regulating license taxes. (Codified, see Art. 
II, Part II.) 

No. 112. First codification. 

No. 113. First codification. 

No. 114. Fire limits. (Codified, see Art. II, Part V.) 

No. 115. License taxes. (Codified, see Art. II, Part 
II.) 

No. 116. Aisles, passage ways in public buildings, etc, 
(Codified, see Art. XV, Part III). 

No. 117. Building permits and issuance of same. (Co- 
dified, see Art. Ill, Part V). 

No. 118. Children on the streets at night. (Repealed). 

No. 119. License taxes. (Codified, see Art. II, Part II). 

No. 1 20. Requiring property owners to make sewer and 
water connections before streets are paved. 
(Codified, see Art. V, Part V). 

No. 121. Regulating the laying of sewer, water and 
gas pipes. (Codified, see Art. V, Part V). 

No. 122. Regulating the collection of water and light 
bills. (Codified, see Art. VI, Part VI). 

No. 123. Removal of grass, weeds, poison oak, trimming 
trees, and hedges. (Codified, see Art. IX r 
Part III). 

No. 124. Redemption of property sold for taxes. 
(Repealed). 

No. 125. Right to purchase land for Town of Palo 
Alto for Water Works. (Not codified). 

No. 126. Management of Water Department. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. VI, Part VI). 

No. 127. Erection of telephone and telegraph and elec- 
tric light poles. (Codified, see Art. V, Part 
VI). 



HISTORY OF ORDINANCES' 2/ 

No. 128. Placing contractor's name on sidewalk con- 
structed by said contractor. (Codified, see 
Art. I, Part V). 

No. 129. Town Plumber; creating said office. (Re- 
pealed). 

No. 130. I Hock 98, accepting street through this block. 
(Not codified). 

No. 131. Regarding location of eating houses. (Re- 
pealed). 

No. 132. Amending Art. 3, Part VII, Ordinance 113. 
(Repealed). 

No. 133. Relating to sanitary inspection. (Repealed). 

No. 134. Disposal of manure, straw, etc. (Codified, 
see Art. X, Part III). 

No. 135. Extension of fire limits. (Codified, see Art. 
II, Part V). 

No. 136. Changing title of ''Sanitary Inspector" to 
"Health Officer." (Repealed). 

No. 137. Amending Ordinance 133. (Repealed). 

No. 138. Calling special bond election. (Not codified). 

No. 139. Riding on sidewalks of accepted streets. (Co- 
dified, see Art. VIII, Part III). 

No. 140. Providing for bonded indebtedness of $75,000. 
(Not codified). 

No. 141. Placing electric light meters. (Codified, see 
Art. VI, Part VI). 

No. 142. Sale of excess water outside of town limits. 
(Repealed). 

No. 143. Election of Town Trustees and fixing com- 
pensation of election officers. (Not codified). 

No. 144. Salaries of Town Clerk and Marshal. (Re- 
pealed). 

No. 145. Alleyway through Block 13, accepting deed of 
conveyance. (Not codified). 

No. 146. Relating to fire limits. (Codified, see Art. II, 
Part V). 

No. 147. Meeting place of Town Trustees. (Repealed). 

No. 148. Remitting penalty for delinquent taxes. (Not 
codified). 

No. 149. Building Inspector and cost of inspection. 
(Repealed). 

No. 150. Chimney inspection and cost of same. (Re- 
pealed). 

No. 151. Rate for publishing delinquent taxes and pro- 
viding for sale to Town. (Codified, see Art. 
I, Part II). 



28 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

No. 152. Ratification of all acts between April 18, 1906, 

and June i, 1906. (Not codified). 
No. 153. Amending Ordinance 113. (Codified, see Art. 

VI, Part VI). 
No. 154. Providing for water meters. (Codified, see 

Art. VI, Part VI). 
No. 155. Granting street railway franchise. (Franchise 

lapsed. ( Repealed ) . 
No. 156. Providing for water meters. (Codified, see 

Art. VI, Part VI). 

No. 157. Bonds required in case of continued violations 
of ordinances. (Codified, see Art. XIX, Part 
III). 
No. 158. Collection and removal of garbage. Codified, 

see Art. X, Part III). 
No. 159. Electric light rates. (Codified, see Art. I, 

Part VI, and Art. VI, Part VI). 
No. 160. Patent medicine distribution. (Codified, see 

Art. VIII, Part III). 
No. 161. Number not used. 

No. 162. Deposit required from water and light con- 
sumers. (Codified, see Art. VI, Part VI). 
No. 163. Changing fire limits. (Codified, see Art. II, 

Part V). 

No. 164. Acquisition of park grounds. (Not codified). 
No. 165. Calling election for bonds for parks. (Not 

codified). 
No. 1 66. Governing billiard halls, bowling alleys, etc. 

(Codified, see Art. V, Part III). 
No. 167. Hopkins deed to Town of Palo Alto of land 

along creek. (Not codified). 

No. 1 68. Meeting places for Town Trustees. (Re- 
pealed). 

No. 169. Laying sewer and water pipes and making 
connections. (Codified, see Art. VI, Part VI). 
No. 170. Number not used. 
No. 171. Spitting on sidewalks and in public places. 

(Codified, see Art. VIII, Part III). 
No. 172. Committee of public buildings, parks and 

squares. (Repealed). 
No. 173. Automobile ordinance. (Codified, see Art. 

VIII, Part III). 
No. 174. Number not used. 
No. 175. Roller skating on sidewalks. (Codified, see 

Art. VIII, Part III). 
No. 176. Number not used. 



HISTORY OF ORDINANCES 29 

No. 177. Fixing tax rate for '07-08. (Not codified). 

No. 178. Providing for acceptance of streets, avenues, 
and alleys. (Not codified). 

No. 179. Dogs, bulls, jacks or other animals in Town 
limits. (Codified, see Art. VII, Part III). 

No. 180. Number not used. 

No. 181. Creating Park Fund. (Repealed). 

No. 182. Relating to taxes. (Repealed by Ordinance 
No. 196). 

No. 183. Licensing skating rinks. (Codified, see Art. 
II, Part II). 

No. 184. Protecting trees and shrubs in parks. ( Codi- 
fied, see Art. XVIII, Part III). 

No. 185. Sale to minors of cigarettes, etc., and smoking 
same. (Codified, see Art. XI, Part III). 

No. i85A. Municipal elections. (Not codified). 

No. 1 86. Salary of Clerk, Marshal and Treasurer. (Re- 
pealed). 

No. 187. Municipal elections. (Not codified). 

No. 1 88. Prohibiting shows and entertainments on Sun- 
day. (Repealed, see Initiative ordinance No. 

I, Part VIII). 

No. 189. Extension of fire limits. (Codified, see Art. 

II, Part V). 

No. 190. Declaring results of election. (Not codified). 

No. 191. Standing committees of Board of Trustees. 
(Repealed). 

No. 192. Calling special election. (Not codified). 

No. 193. Relating to meetings of Board of Trustees. 
(Repealed). 

No. 194. Fixing rate of Town taxes. (Not codified). 

No. 195. Relating to rain water drains. (Codified, see 
Art. VII, PartV). 

No. 196. Repealing Ordinance No. 182. (Not codi- 
fied). 

No. 197. Designation of alley in Block 77. (Codified, 
see Art. II, Part VII). 

No. 198. Election on Freeholders Charter. (Not codi- 
fied). 

No. 199. Repealing curfew whistle. (Repealed). 

*No. 200. Rates for day current, electric light. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. VI, Part VI). 

No. 201. Election of 15 councilmen. (Not codified). 

No. 202. Special election for $57,000 bonds. (Not co- 
dified). 



30 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

No. 203. Establishing gas rate. (Codified, see Art. III r 

Part VI). 
No. 204. Relating to fire limits. (Codified, see Art. II, 

Part V). 
No. 205. Election on tie vote for councilmen. (Not 

codified). 
No. 206. Incurring bonded indebtedness of $14,000. 

(Not codified). 
Xo. 207. Regulating bill posting, etc. (Codified, see 

Art. XVII, Part III). 



HISTORY OF CITY ORDINANCES AS ORIGI- 
NALLY ENACTED 

No. i. Providing rules governing the City Council of 

Palo Alto. (Codified, see Art. I, Part I). 
No. 2. Providing for City officers and salaries of each. 

(Codified, see Art. iy, Part I). 

No. 3. Providing rules for Board of Safety, Police 
Department, salaries and appointing of Health 
Officer. (Codified, see Art. IV, Part I) . 
No. 4. Relating to duties of officials and departments 
and fixing the amount of officers' bonds. (Co- 
dified, see Art. IV, Part I). 
No. 5. Regulating games of amusement. (Codified, 

see Art. V, Part III). 
No. 6. Relating to animals running at large. (Codified, 

see Art. VII, Part III). 
No. 7. Governing nickel-in-slot machines. (Codified, 

see Art. VI, Part III). 

No. 8. Establishing rates for official publications. (Co- 
dified, see Art. I, Part VII). 

No. 9. Establishing rates for water and power. ( Codi- 
fied, see Art. VI, Part VI). 

No. 10. Re-enactment of all ordinances of the Town of 
Palo Alto that were in force and effect at 
noon, July i, 1909. (See enacting clause, co- 
dified ordinances). 
No. II. Providing for connection with City sewer 

system. (Codified, see Art. V, Part V). 
No. 12. Relating to noxious weeds, brush, etc., and rub- 
bish on City lots. (Codified, see Art. IX, Part 
III). 
No. 13. Ratifying and confirming bonded indebtedness 

of $ 1 4,000. (Not codified ) . 
No. 14. Imposing municipal license taxes. (Codified, 

see Art. II, Part II). 

No. 15. Amending Section 5 of ordinance No. I. (Co- 
dified, see Art. I, Part I). 

No. 16. Reimbursing the City for building supervision 
by City Engineer. (Codified, see Art. Ill, 
Part V). 

No. 17. Regulating the establishment of laundries, etc., 
engines, storage tanks, spur tracks, etc. (Co- 
dified, see Art. XIV, Part III). 



32 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

No. 1 8'. Reimbursing the City for street work inspec- 
tion. (Codified, see Art. IV, Part V). 
No. 19. Rules for City electric wiring. (Codified, see 

Art. IV, Part VI). 
No. 20. Regulating private contracts for street work. 

(Codified, see Art. IV, Part V). 
No. 21. Relating to fires and fire limits. (Codified, see 

Art. II, Part V). 
No. 21 A. Fixing rate for sale of gas. (Codified, see Art. 

Ill, Part VI). 
No. 22. Regulating speed of vehicles. (Codified, see 

Art. XVI, Part III). 
No. 23. Prohibiting sale of cigars and tobacco within 

looo feet of public school buildings. (Codified, 

see Art. XI, Part III). 

No. 24. Calling special election. (Not codified). 
No. 24A. Declaring results of initiative election on May 

26, 1910. (Not codified). 
No. 25. Prohibiting hypnotic exhibitions. (Codified, 

see Art. XII, Part III). 
No. 25A. Closing alley ways in Blocks 66, 67 and 71. 

(Codified, see Art. II, Part VII). 
No. 26. Allowing police officers to be on duty in citizens 

clothes, but must wear star. (Codified, see 

Art. IV, Part I). 
No. 27. Prohibiting exhibition of prize fight pictures. 

(Codified, see Art. XIII, Part III). 
No. 28. Fixing rates for power and heating. (Codified, 

see Art. VI, Part VI). 
No. 29. Telephone rules and rates. (Codified, see Art. 

" II, Part VI). 
No. 30. Rules and regulations, Board of Public Safety. 

(Codified, see Art. IV, Part I). 
No. 31. Riding bicycles on sidewalks by officers, etc. 

(Codified, see Art. VIII, Part III). 
No. 32. Municipal Elections. (Codified, see Art. Ill, 

Part I). 

No. 33. Rate of taxes, 1910-11. (Not codified). 
No. 34. Fixing rates for water and power. (Codified, 

see Art. VI, Part VI). 
No. 35. Relating to presentation of claims. (Codified, 

see Art. I, Part I). 

No. 36. Election on amendments to Charter. (Not co- 
dified). 
No. 37. Private contracts for street work. (Codified, 

see Art. IV, Part V). 
No. 38. Regulating sale of gas. (Codified, see Art. 

Ill, Part VI). 



HISTORY OF ORDINANCES 33 

No. 39. Exits, aisles, etc. (Codified, see Art. XV, Part 
III). 

No. 40. Municipal elections. (Codified, see Art. Ill, 
Part I). 

No. 41. Stringing wires on premises of another. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. V, Part VI). 

No. 42. Calling election on bonds. (Not codified). 

No. 43. Change of fire limits. (Codified, see Art. II, 
Part V). 

No. 44. Gas rates, 1911. (Not codified). 

No. 45. Municipal elections. (Codified, see Art. Ill, 
Part I). 

No. 46. Issuance of bonds. (Not codified). 

No. 47. Calling election for five councilmen. (Not codi- 
fied)/ 

No. 48. Regulating sale of electricity. (Codified, see 
Art. I, Part VI). 

No. 49. Calling election for three councilmen. (Not 
codified). 

No. 5OA. Fixing rates for official publications. (Codi- 
fied, see Art. I, Part VII). 

No. 508. Prohibiting slot machines and dice. (Codified, 
see Art. VI, Part III). 

No. 51. Prohibiting sale of tobacco, etc., to minors. 
(Codified, see Art. XI, Part III). 

No. 52. Providing for sale of bonds. (Not codified). 

No. 53. Prohibiting removal of gravel from San Fran- 
cisquito Creek. (Not codified). 

No. 54. An ordinance providing for the codification of 
the ordinances of the City of Palo Alto. 

No. 55. Providing for bonded indebtedness. (Not co- 
dified). 

No. 56. Fixing tax rate for 1911-1912. (Not codified). 

No. 57. Prohibiting nickel-in-slot, dice, etc. (Codified, 
Art. VI, Part III). 

No. 58. Providing that violation of ordinances shall be 
a misdemeanor; fines and imprisonment. (Co- 
dified, Art. I, Part III). 
No. 59. Providing for municipal license. (Codified, s?e 

Art. II, Part II). 

No. 60. Providing for salary of Police Judge. (Corli- 
fied, see Art. IV, Part I). 



HISTORY OF INITIATIVE ORDINANCES 

No. i. Prohibiting the running of any theater, etc., on 
Sunday. (See Part VIII). 



ORDINANCE NO. 54 

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CERTAIN 
ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO, CONTINU- 
ING IN FORCE CERTAIN ORDINANCES OF SAID CITY, 
AND FOR THE REVISION, AMENDMENT AND CODIFICA- 
TION OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES OF SAID CITY. 

The Council of the City of Palo Alto do ordain as follows: 
SEC. i. The following ordinances of the City of 
Palo Alto, heretofore passed by the Board of Trustees 
of said Town and by the Council of said City, are hereby 
amended, revised and codified, to wit: 

All ordinances passed by the former Board of 
Trustees of -the Town of Palo Alto from No. I to No. 
207, inclusive, save and except Ordinances Nos. 12, 15, 
1 6, 17, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 38, 40, 41, 42, 45, 
46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 52, 56, 60, 62, 71, 74, 78, 79, 81, 82, 
84, 85, 88, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 105, 106, 125, 130, 138, 140, 
143, 145, 148, 152, 164, 165, 167, 177, 178, i85-A, 187, 
190, 192, 194, 196, 198, 201, 202, 205, 206; and 

All ordinances passed by the Council of the City of 
Palo Alto from No. I to No. 60 inclusive, save and except 
Ordinances Nos. 13, 24, 24- A, 33, 36, 42, 44, 46, 47, 49, 
52, 53, 54, 55 and 56. The ordinances above numbered 
relate to elections, taxes, franchises, municipal bonds, 
grants, dedications of land, etc., and are continued in 
force without codification. 

SEC. 2. This codification of general ordinances of 
the City of Palo Alto shall not have the effect of repeal- 
ing, altering, or amending any of the special ordinances 
of said City relating to elections, taxes, franchises, 
municipal bonds, grants, dedications of lands, or ordi- 
nances creating vested rights. 

SEC. 3. This Ordinance shall be printed and posted 
according to law by the City Clerk and shall go into 
effect immediately. 

The foregoing ordinance was duly passed by the 
unanimous consent of the Council of the City of Palo 
Alto present at a regular adjourned meeting on the 26th 
day of June, 1911, by the following vote: 

Ayes: Hettinger, Henry, Jordan, La Peire, Millis, 
Mosher, Thoits, Umphreys, Vail. 

Noes: None. 

Absent: Congdon, Downing, Hyde, Spencer, Wil- 
son, Wing. 

Approved, July i, 1911, CHAS. B. WING, Mayor. 
Attest: FRANK KASSON, City Clerk. 

I hereby certify that the foregoing Ordinance was 
duly passed as above set forth. 

FRANK KASSON, City Clerk. 



ORDINANCES 

OF THE 

CITY OF PALO ALTO 



CODIFIED ORDINANCE No. i 

Ax ( )RDINANCE TO CODIFY AND AMEND ORDINANCES 
OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO, COUNTY OF SANTA 
CLARA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, TO RE-ENACT THE 
SAME AS AMENDED, AND TO REDUCE THE SAME TO 
ONE ORDINANCE. 

The Council of the City of Palo Alto do ordain as follows : 

SEC. i. All of Articles I, II. Ill and IV of Part 
I, Relating to City Government; 

All of Articles I and II of Part II, Relating to 
Revenue ; 

All of Articles I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, 
X, XI. XII. XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, and 
XIX of Part III, Relating to Police Regulations; 

All of \rticles I and II of Part IV, Relating to 
Public Health; 

All of Articles I. II, III, IV, V, VI and VII of Part 
V, Relating to Construction ; 

All of Articles I, II, III, IV, V and VI of Part VI, 
Relating to Public Service Corporations ; 

All of Articles I, II, III and IV of Part VII, 
Miscellaneous, are hereby enacted and declared to be the 
law of the City of Palo Alto in form, force and effect, 
as follows: 



PART I 

CITY GOVERNMENT 



ARTICLE I 
CITY COUNCIL 

Regular SEC. i. The regular meetings of the Council of the 

meetings City of Palo Alto shall be held on the second Monday 

of every month at the hour of eight o'clock p. m. at the 
City Hall. Provided that during the months of Decem- 
ber, January and February meetings shall be held at the 
hour of 7 130 p.m. 

Special SEC. 2. Special meetings may be called at any time 

meetings by the Mayor or at the request of eight councilmen, by 

a written or actual personal notice given to each member 

at least four hours before the time specified for the 

proposed meeting. 

Meetings to SEC. 3. All meetings of the City Council shall be 

be public held at the City Hall and shall be public. 
Quorum SEC. 4- At any meeting of the Council eight council- 

men shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of 
business, but a less number may adjourn from time to 
time and may compel the attendance of absent members 
by subpoena ; disobedience of said subpoena may be 
punished at the discretion of the Council by a fine not to 
exceed five dollars. 

Duties of SEC. 5. The Mayor shall take the chair precisely 

The Mayor at the hour appointed for the meeting and shall at once 
call the Council to order. In the absence of the Mayor 
the City Clerk or other deputy shall call the meeting 
to order, whereupon a chairman shall be elected from 
among the councilmen to preside. 

I fe shall preserve order and decorum, may speak 
to points of order in preference to other members, rising 
from his seat for that purpose ; and shall decide questions 
of order, subject to an appeal to the Council by any 
member, on which appeal no member shall speak more 
than once, unless by leave of the Council. 



CITY GOVKRN.MKNT 37 

lie shall have general direction of the hall during 
meetings. In case of any disturbance or disorderly 
conduct in the hall, the Mayor or chairman pro tern 
shall have power to order the same to be cleared. 

lie shall have the right to name any member to 
perform the duties of the chair, but such substitution 
shall not extend beyond an adjournment. 

All ordinances and resolutions shall be signed by 
the Mayor and attested by the Clerk under seal of the 
City. 

It shall be the duty of the Mayor to appoint all 
committees unless otherwise ordered by the Council, and 
to refer all litigation and other matters not herein 
specifically provided for to the proper committee. 

SKC. 6. All contracts in excess of three hundred $300.00 
dollars entered into by the Council or any of the Depart- limit 
ments shall be signed by the Mayor if entered into by 
authority of the Council, and shall be signed by the 
Chairman of the Department, if entered into by authority 
of the Department, and in all cases all contracts shall 
be attested by the Clerk under seal of the City. 

SEC. 7. The order of business, which shall not be Order of 
departed from except by consent of eight members, shall Business 
be as follows : 

1. Calling the roll. 

2. Reading the minutes of the last meeting. 

3. Presentation of petitions. 

4. Communications. 

5. Special orders of the day. 

6. Reports of committees ; motions ; resolutions ; 
orders and ordinances. 

/. Disposition of street work. 

8. Unfinished business. 

<;. Presentation of bills and accounts. 

10. Miscellaneous business. 

11. Adjournment. 

SEC. 8. On or before the first regular meeting after standing 
the first of July of each year, the Mayor shall appoint committees 
the following standing committees, consisting of five each, 
from the members of the Council: 

1. Committee No. <i relating to Public Works. 

2. Committee No. 2 relating to Public Safety. 

3. Committee No. 3 relating to Public Library. 

4. Committee No. 4 relating to Ways and Means. 

5. Committee No. 5 relating to Auditing and Ac- 
counts. 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Committee 
Number 2 

(duties) 



Committee SEC. 9- It shall be the duty of Committee No. i 

Number i with the aid of the City Attorney, to prepare ordinances 
(duties) relating to public works ; to meet with the Board of 

Public Works in July of each year for the purpose of 
preparing an estimate of expenditures for the Depart- 
ment for the ensuing year, which they shall present to 
the Council ; to perform any other duties that may arise 
from their relationship to the Board of Public Works. 
SEC. 10. It shall be the duty of Committee No. 2 
with the aid of the City Attorney, to prepare ordinances 
relating to public safety; to ireet with the Board of 
Public Safety in July of each year for the purpose of 
preparing an estimate of expenditures for the Depart- 
ment for the ensuing year, which they shall present to 
the Council ; to perform any other duties that may arise 
out of their relationship to the Board of Public Safety. 
Committee SEC. ii. It shall be the duty of Committee No. 3, 

Number 3 with the aid of the City Attorney, to prepare ordinances 
(duties) relating to the Public Library ; to meet with the Library 

Board in July of each year for the purpose of preparing 
an estimate of expenditures for the Department for the 
ensuing year, which they shall present to the Council ; 
to perform any other duties that may arise from their 
relationship to the Library Board. 

SEC. 12. It shall be the duty of Committee No. 4 in 
July of each year, to consider the estimates of the 
several Departments and to prepare and submit to the 
Council the annual budget for their consideration ; to 
have charge of all City property not under the control of 
the departments; to prepare, with the aid of the City 
Attorney, all ordinances relating to taxes, licenses and 
the creating of bonded indebtedness. 

SEC. 13. It shall be the duty of Committee No. 5 
to have charge of all questions relating to municipal 
accounting; to prepare and recommend to the Council 
any changes in the system of accounting that they deem 
necessary to make; in July of each year to audit, or to 
have audited, as directed by the Council, all the City 
accounts including accounts of the several commissions, 
Police Court and other officers ; to examine and verify 
all accounts coming direct to the Council, and to certify 
them by the signatures of at least three members of the 
Committee, and to perfom any other duties that are 
clearly implied by the words* ''Auditing and Accounts." 
Additional SEC. 14. Said committees shall perform all other 

duties duties assigned to them by the Council, whether such 

duties are herein expressly enumerated or not. 



Committee 
Number 4 
(duties) 



Committee 
Number 5" 
(duties) 



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39 



SEC. 15. All claims against the City of Palo Alto 
arising 1 out of contract, express or implied, shall be filed 
with the Clerk within three (3) months after the debt, 
liability or claim became due and payable. 

SEC. 16. All claims against the City for damages 
not arising out of contract shall be filed with the Clerk 
within thirty (30) days after the time- or event out of 
which the claim against the City arose. 

SKC. 17. All claims against the City shall be itemized 
and verified under oath, before an officer duly authorized 
to administer oaths, before the same are filed with the 
Clerk. 

SEC. 1 8. Neither the Council nor any of the City 
boards shall create, audit, allow or permit to accrue any 
debt or liability in excess of the available money in the 
treasury that may be legally apportioned or appropriated 
for any specific purpose. 

Xo claim shall be allowed by the Council or any of 
the Departments unles the same shall comply with the 
provisions of this ordinance. 

SEC. 19. All votes of the Council relating to ordin- 
ances, taxes, payment of money, and on all resolutions 
passed pursuant to the provisions of any state law, shall 
he by roll call. 



Claims aris- 
ing out of 
contract 



Claims not 
arising out 
of contract 



Claims to be 
itemized and 
verified 



The creating 
of debts 



Votes by 
roll call 



ARTICLE II 
ORDINANCES AND PUBLICATIONS 

SEC. i. All ordinances must be presented in writing 
and read at a regular meeting at least two weeks before 
they are finally acted upon. After the first presentation 
and reading of an ordinance it must be filed with the 
Clerk and must remain in his custody, subject to the 
inspection of the public, for at least two weeks, and until 
the next regular or adjourned regular meeting of the 
Council, when it must be again read and finally voted 
upon, or action postponed ; provided, that in cases of 
emergency, and with the unanimous consent of all the 
Councilmen present at any meeting, these rules may be 
suspended and an ordinance adopted at any regular or 
regular adjourned meeting. 

SEC. 2. Every ordinance shall be signed by the p ub i ication 
Mayor, attested by the Clerk, and published at least once 
in a newspaper of general circulation, published in the 
City of Palo Alto, or posted on a bulletin board at the 
City Hall, provided that the Clerk shall file with each 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Rates 



Acceptance 

of work- 



ordinance in the Ordinance T.ook his affidavit of the 
publication or the posting of said ordinance. 

SEC. 3. All publications and advertisements of the 
City of Palo Alto required to be published in a newspaper 
of general circulation, published and circulated in said 
City, shall be printed and published at such rates as 
shall be determined by the Council. 

SEC. 4. Any newspaper of the City of Palo Alto 
accepting any work ordered to be clone shall be deemed 
to have accepted said work at such rates as shall have 
been determined "by the Council, and no charge in excess 
of said rates shall be allowed or audited for said work, 
unless expressly authorized by the Council. 



ARTICLE III 



General 
and special 
municipal 
elections 



Precincts 



Polling 
places 



Election 
boards 



ELECTIONS 

SEC. i. This ordinance shall govern and be the law 
of the City of Palo Alto as to all elections held in said 
City, and the provisions hereof shall supersede all other 
election laws inconsistent herewith. Elections shall be 
known as general and special municipal elections. All 
elections for the office of councilmen shall be known 
as general municipal elections ; all other elections shall 
be known as special municipal elections. 

SEC. 2. For the purpose of holding municipal 
elections, the City of Palo Alto is divided into two pre- 
cincts which shall Le known and designated as Precinct 
Number I and Precinct Number 2. Precinct No. i of 
the City of Palo Alto shall consist of all that portion 
of said City of Palo Alto lying southwest of the center 
line of Waverly street; and Precinct No. 2 shall con- 
sist of all that portion of the City of Palo Alto lying- 
northeast of the center line of Waverly street. 

SEC. 3. The polling place for Precinct No. i shall 
be at the Fire Department Room at the City Hall. All 
voters living in Precinct No. i shall vote thereat. The 
polling place for Precinct No. 2 shall be upon the City 
Lot at the corner of \Yaverly street and University 
avenue, being Lot I of Block 30 according to Wade's 
Subdivision thereof. All voters living in Precinct No. 
2 shall vote thereat. 

SEC. 4. The Board of Election for each such Precinct 
shall be appointed by the Mayor and shall consist of 
one inspector, one judge, one clerk and one ballot clerk. 



CITY <;OVKR. \MK.\T 



At each polling place there shall be one poll-list, one 
tally list, and one book of original affidavits of registra- 
tion. These shall be returned to the Clerk of the City 
of I'alo Alto with the official returns, and the result of 
all elections shall lie officially declared by the City 
Council cither by ordinance or resolution. 

SEC. '5. (i) The mode of nomination and election 
of all coundlmen of the City to be voted for at any 
municipal election shall be as follows and not otherwise : 

(2) The name of a candidate shall be printed upon 
the ballot when a petition of nomination shall have been 
riled in his behalf in the manner and form and under the 
conditions hereinafter set forth. 

(3) The petition of nomination shall consist of not 
less than twenty-five individual certificates, which shaH 
read substantially as follows : 

State of California I 
County of Santa Clara > SS 
City of Palo Alto j 

Precinct No 

I, the undersigned, certify that I do hereby join in 

a petition for the nomination of 

whose residence is at No St. 

for the office of councilman to be voted for at the 
municipal election to he held in the City of Palo Alto on 

the day of 19 and 

I f uither certify that I am a qualified elector of said 
City, that I have not signed more petitions than there 
are places to be filled in the above named office ; that my 

residence is at No Street, Palo 

Alto, and my occupation is 

(signed) 

State of California I 
County of Santa Clara / SS 
City of Palo Alto 

being duly sworn, deposes and 

says that he is the person who signed the foregoing 
certificate and that the statements therein are true and 
correct. 

( signed ) 

Subscribed and sworn to 

1 eforc me this 

day of 19 

Notary Public or 
Verification Deputy. 



Nomination 
and election 
of officers 

Requirements 
of candidacy 



Form of 

nomination 

petition 



42 ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

The petition of nomination of which this certificate 
forms a part shall, if found insufficient, be returned to 

at No 

Street, Palo Alto, Cal. 



Forms 
supplied by 
City Clerk 



Requirements 
of certificates 



Verification 
deputies 



Date of 

presenting 

petition 



(4) It shall be the duty of the City Clerk to furnish 
upon application a reasonable number of forms of 
individual certificates of the above character. 

(5) Each certificate must be a separate paper. 
All certificates must be of a uniform size as determined 
by the City Clerk. Each certificate must contain the 
name of one signer thereto and no more. Each certifi- 
cate shall contain the name of one candidate and no more. 
Each signer must be a qualified elector, and must not at 
the time of signing a certificate have his name signed 
to more certificates for candidates for that office than 
there are places to be filled in such office. In case an 
elector does so sign, such additional certificates shall 
be invalid. Each signer must verify his certificate and 
make oath that the same is true before a notary public 
or a verification deputy, as provided for in this section. 
Each certificate shall further contain the name and 
address of the person to whom the petition is to be 
returned in case said petition is found insufficient. 

(6) Verification deputies, under this section, must 
be qualified electors of the City and shall be appointed 
by the City Clerk upon application in writing, signed 
by not less than five qualified electors of the City. The 
application shall set forth that the signers thereto desire 
to procure the necessary signatures of electors for the 
nomination of candidates for municipal office at an 
election therein specified, and that the applicants desire 
to have the person or persons whose names and addresses 
are given appointed as verification deputies, who shall 
upon appointment be authorized and empowered to take 
the oath of verification of the signers of petitions of 
nomination. Such verification deputies need not use a 
seal, and shall not have power to take oaths for any 
other purpose whatsoever, and their appointments 
shall continue only until all petitions of nomination, 
under this section, shall have been filed by the City Clerk. 

(7) A petition of nomination, consisting of not 
less than twenty-five individual certificates for any one 
candidate, nay be presented to the City Clerk not 
earlier than thirty days nor later than ten days before 
the election. The Clerk shall endorse thereon the date 
upon which the petition was presented to him. 



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43 



(8) When a petition of nomination is presented for 
filing to the City Clerk, he shall forthwith examine the 
same, and ascertain whether it conforms to the provisions 
of this sect ; on. If found not to conform thereto, he 
shall then and there in writing designate on said petition 
the defect or omission or reason why such petition 
cannot be filed, and shall return the petition to the person 
named as the person to whom the same may be returned 
in acordance with this section. The petition may then 
be amended and again presented to the Clerk as in the 
first instance. The Clerk shall forthwith proceed to 
examine the petition as hereinbefore provided. If 
necessary, the Council shall provide extra help to enable 
the Clerk to perform satisfactorily and promptly the 
duties imposed by this section. 

(9) Any signer of a petition of nomination and 
certificate may withdraw his name from the same by 
filing with the City Clerk a verified revocation of his 
signature not later than fifteen days before the day of 
election. He shall then be at liberty to sign a petition 
for another candidate for the same office. 

( 10) Any person whose name has been presented 
under this section as a candidate may, not later than 
fifteen days before the day of election, cause his name to 
he withdrawn from nomination by filing with the City 
Clerk a request therefor in writing, and no name so 
withdrawn shall be printed upon the ballot. 

(u) If either the original or the amended petition 
of nomination be found sufficiently signed as herein- 
before provided, the Clerk shall file the same ten days 
before the date of election. No petition of nomination 
shall be withdrawn nor added to and no signature shall 
be revoked later than fifteen days before the day of 
election. 

(12) The City Clerk shall preserve in his office for 
a period of two years all petitions of nomination and all 
certificates belonging thereto filed under this section. 

(13) Immediately after such petitions are filed, the 
Clerk shall enter the names of the candidates in a list, 
with the offices to be filled, and shall, not later than 
eight days before the election, certify such list as being 
the list of candidates nominated as required by this 
article, and the Council shall cause said certified list of 
names and the offices to be filled, designating whether 
for a full term or unexpired term, to be published in 
the proclamation ordinance calling the election, at least 
six successive days before the election, in a daily news- 



Examination 

of petitions 
by City Clerk 



Withdrawal 
of signature 



Withdrawal 
of candidate 



Filing of 
petitions 



Preservation 
of petitions 

Election 
proclamation 



44 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITV OF PALO ALTO 



Form of 
ballot 



Requirements 
of ballot 



Every nom- 
inee to be 
on ballot 



Space for 
voting cross 

Blank spaces 
for addition- 
al candidates 



Sample 
ballot 



paper of general circulation published in the Citv of 
Palo Alto, 

( 14) The City Clerk shall cause the ballots to be 
printed and* bound and numbered. The ballots shall 
contain the list of names and the respective offices, as 
published in the proclamation ordinance, and shall be 
in substantially the following form : 

GENERAL (OR SPECIAL) MUNICIPAL ELEC- 
TION, CITY OF PALO ALTO 

( inserting date thereof) 

INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS. To vote, stamp a cross 
(X) opposite the name of the candidate for whom you 
desire to vote. All marks otherwise made are forbidden. 
All distinguishing marks are forbidden and make the 
ballot void. If you wrongly stamp, tear or deface this 
ballot, return it to the inspector of election and obtain 
another. 

(15) All ballots shall be precisely the same size, 
quality, tint of paper, kind of type and color of ink, so 
that without the number it would be impossible to dis- 
tinguish one ballot from another; and the names of all 
candidates printed upon the ballot shall be in type of 
the same size and style. A column may be provided on 
the right hand side for charter amendments or other 
questions to be voted upon at the municipal elections, as 
provided for under the charter. The names of the can- 
didates for each office shall be arranged in alphabetical 
order, and nothing on the ballot shall be indicative of 
the source of the candidacy or of the support of any 
candidate. 

(16) The name of no candidate who has been duly 
and regularly nominated, and who has not withdrawn his 
name as herein provided, shall be omitted from the 
ballot. 

(17) Half-inch squares shall be provided at the right 
of the name of each candidate wherein to stamp the 
cross. 

(18) Half-inch spaces shall be left below the 
printed names of candidates for each office equal in 
number to the number to be voted for, wherein the voter 
may write the name of any person or persons for whom 
he may wish to vote. 

(19) The clerk shall cause to be printed sample 
ballots identical with the ballot to be used at the election 
and shall mail a copy of the same to each registered 
voter at least five days before the date fixed for such 
election. 



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(20) Those candidates for councilmcn equal in num- 
ber to the number to be elected, who receive the highest 
number of votes for such office shall be declared elected; 
provided, however, that no person shall be declared 
elected to any office at such first election unless the 
number of votes received by him shall be greater than 
one-half the number of ballots cast at such election. 

(21) If at any election held as above provided, 
there shall be any office to which the required number 
of persons was not elected, then as to such office the 
said first election shall be considered to have been a 
primary election for the nomination of candidates, and 
a second election shall be held to fill said office. The 
candidates not elected at such first election, equal in 
number to twice the number to be elected for any given 
office, or less if so there be, who receive the highest 
nu rber of votes for the respective offices at such first 
election, shall be the only candidates at such second 
election ; provided, that if there be any person who, 
under the provisions of this subdivision, would have 
been entitled to beco re a candidate for any office except 
for the fact that some other candidate received an equal 
number of votes therefor, then all such persons 
receiving such equal number of votes shall likewise 
become candidates for such office. 

The candidates equal in number to the persons to be 
elected who shall receive the highest number of votes at 
such second election shall be declared elected to such 
office; provided, however, that in case of a tie in said 
second election, the Council shall decide which of the 
persons tied shall hold the office. 

( 22) The said second election, if necessary to be 
held, shall be held one week after the first election. 

(23) All the provisions and conditions above set 
forth as to the conduct of an election, so far as they 
may be applicable, shall govern the second election, 
except that notice of election need be published twice 
only. 

(24) If a person elected fails to qualify, the office 
shall be filled as if there were a vacancy in such office, 
as provided by the charter. 

(25) No informalities in conducting municipal 
elections shall invalidate the same, if they have been 
conducted fairly and in substantial conformity with the 
requirements of this article. 

SEC. 6. (i) The provisions of the State law 
relating to the qualifications of electors, the manner of 
voting, the duties of election officers, the canvassing 



Votes neces- 
sary for 
election 



Second 
election 



Date of 

second 

election 

Rules cover- 
ing second 
election 

Failure to 
qualify 

Informalities 
in election 



General elec- 
tion regula- 
tions 



4 6 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Voting 
machines 



of returns, and all other particulars in respect to the 
management of elections, so far as they may be appli- 
cable and not inconsistent with the provisions of this 
article, shall govern all municipal elections ; provided 
that the Council shall meet as a canvassing board and 
duly canvass the election returns within four days after 
any municipal election. 

(2) In case voting machines shall be used at 
municipal elections, the Council shall have power, by 
ordinance, to modify the provisions of section 5 as far 
as may be necessary to adapt them to the use of voting 
machines. 



ARTICLE IV 



Officials 
boards or 
departments 

Enumeration 



Purchases 
to be made 
by requisition 



City Clerk 

and 

Assessor 



OFFICIALS, BOARDS OR DEPARTMENTS 

SEC. i. There shall be in the City of Palo Alto 
the following officials, boards or departments: A 
Clerk and Assessor; an Auditor and Tax Collector; a 
Deputy Auditor and Tax Collector; a City Treasurer; a 
City Attorney; a Judge of the Police Court; whose ap- 
pointment shall be made by and the tenure of office 
and 'salaries fixed by the Council ; a Board of Pub- 
lic Works, consisting of three members, to be 
appointed by the Council ; a Board of Public Safety, 
consisting of three members, to be appointed by the 
Council; a Board of Public Library, consisting of three 
members, to be appointed by the Council. 

SEC. 2. All purchases of supplies for the City of 
Palo Alto by the Council or by any of the Departments 
thereof shall be made upon requisition. All department 
requisitions shall he signed by the chairman of the 
department. All other requisitions shall be signed as 
the Council may direct. All requisitions shall be filed 
with the Auditor and all purchases made only on order 
first obtained from said officer. 

SEC. 3. The City Clerk and Assessor shall perform 
the duties prescribed by Section i and Section 5 of Article 
IV of the Charter of 'the City of Palo Alto. The City 
Clerk shall also furnish to the Auditor as needed, any 
and all statements or accounts in connection with his 
office or with the several departments. The clerk shall 
perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the 
Council. He shall be under a bond to the City of Palo 
Alto to be approved by the Council and the City 



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Attorney, in the sum of One Thousand Dollars, for the 
faithful performance of his duties. 

SEC. 4. The Auditor and Tax Collector shall per- 
form the duties prescribed by Section 2 and Section 3 of 
Article IV of the Charter of the City of Palo Alto, and 
such additional duties as may be prescribed by the City 
Council. He shall be under a bond to the City of Palo 
Alto, to be approved by the Council and the City 
Attorney, in the sum of Five Thousand Dollars for the 
faithful performance of his duties. 

SEC. 5. The City Treasurer shall perform the duties 
prescribed by Section 4 of Article IV of the Charter of 
the City of Palo Alto, and such additional duties as 
may be prescribed by the City Council. He shall be 
under a bond to the City of Palo Alto, to be approved 
by the Council and the City Attorney, in the sum of 
Ten Thousand Dollars for the faithful performance of 
his duties. 

SEC. 6. The Deputy Auditor and Tax Collector 
shall perform the duties prescribed by Section 4 hereof 
as directed by the Auditor and Tax Collector, and such* 
additional duties as may be prescribed by the Council. 
He shall be under a bond to the City of Palo Alto, to be 
approved by the Council and the City Attorney, in the 
sum of Three Thousand Dollars for the faithful perform- 
ance of his duties. 

SEC. 7. The books and records of all city offices 
shall be open at all times during office hours and any 
taxpayer of the City may inspect the same provided such 
taxpayer shall specify the book or record he desires to 
see, and such book or record shall not be taken from the 
office. 

SEC. 8. The regular meetings of the several boards 
of the City of Palo Alto shall be as follows : 

The Board of Public Works at the hour of 5 p. m. 
on the first Monday of every month at the City Hall ; 

The Board of Public Safety at 7 130 p. m. on the first 
Monday of every month at the City Hall ; 

The Board of Public Library at the hour of 7 130 p. m. 
on the first legal day of every month at the Library 
building. 

SEC. 9. Special meetings of a board may be called at 
any time by any member thereof by giving actual notice 
to each n ember at least three hours before the time 
specified for said meeting. 

SEC. 10. Said boards shall elect one of their mem- 
bers to preside over said meetings; in his absence one 
of the other members may preside. Two members of a 



Auditor and 
Tax Collector 



Treasurer 



Deputy 
Auditor aud 
Tax Collector 



Books and 
records 



Meetings of 
boards 



Special 
meetings 



Presiding 
officer and 
quorum 



4 8 



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Order of 
business 



Reports of 
boards 



Financial 
statement 



City Engineer 
and ex-officio 
superinten- 
dent of 
streets 



Police 
department 



board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of 
business. 

SEC. ii. The order of business shall be as follows : 

1 Calling the roll. 

2 Reading the minutes of the last meeting. 

3 Presentation of petitions. 

4 Communications and reports. 

5 Special orders of the day. 

6 Motions, resolutions, orders and ordinances. 

7 Reports of officers. 

8 Unfinished business. 

9 Auditing of accounts. 

10 New business. 

11 Adjournment. 

Provided, however, that the above order of business 
may be changed by a board on motion when it shall be 
deemed necessary by said board. 

SEC. 12. Each of the several boards or departments 
of the City of Palo Alto shall file with the City Clerk a 
, monthly report showing the receipts and expenditures of 
said board or department, and an annual report showing 
in detail the receipts and expenditures of said board or 
department for the past year, and the number of officers 
and other employees employed by said board and the 
salary or compensation paid such officers or employees. 

SEC. 13. It shall be the duty of each of the said 
boards, in co-operation with the proper committee of the 
Council, during the month of July of each and every year 
to prepare and present to the Council of said City a 
statement showing approximately the amount of money 
that will be required by it in the discharge of its duties 
for the ensuing fiscal year, in order that the said Council 
may pass upon said statement in determining the amount 
of taxes to be raised for said year. 

SEC. 14. The Board of Public Works shall appoint 
an executive officer, as provided by the Charter, who 
shall be known and designated as the City Engineer and 
ex-officio Superintendent of Streets. They shall appoint 
on his recommendation such additional officers or em- 
ployees as are necessary for carrying on the work of 
their department, as provided by the Charter of the City 
of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 15. The Police Department shall consist of a 
Chief of Police and such number of policemen as the 
Board of Public Safety may from time to time appoint. 
In addition to such regular policemen, the Board shall 
have power to appoint special policemen to hold office 



CITY GOVERNMENT 49 

for such length of time as shall be designated in the 
appointment, whenever said Board shall deem such 
officers necessary. 

The policemen shall be appointed by the Board of Policemen 
Public Safety and shall hold office at the will of said 
Board and until their successors in office are appointed, 
and may be dismissed without notice. Each regular 
policeman shall wear a metal badge conspicuously dis- 
played with "Palo Alto Police" engraved upon the same. 
Each regular policeman shall file a bond to the City of 
Palo Alto with two good and sufficient sureties or a 
bonding company, to be approved by the Board of 
Public Safety, in the sum of One Thousand Dollars for 
the faithful performance of his duties. 

Each policeman shall have the powers that are now Powers of 
conferred by law upon police officers of this State in policemen 
all matters pertaining to the enforcement of the police 
regulations of the City, and shall be entitled to the 
same protection in all respects as is now afforded by 
law to police officers of this State. It shall be his 
duty to enforce the police regulations of said City, to 
prevent the commission of any breach of the peace, to 
suppress riots and disorderly assemblages, and to arrest 
every person found violating any law or ordinance or 
committing acts injurious to the quiet and good order 
of the City, or to the person or property of any citizen 
of the City. He shall have such further powers and 
duties as may be prescribed by the City Council or the 
Board of Public Safety by ordinance or order. 

SKC. 1 6. The Board of Public Safety shall super- Sanitary 
vise all matters pertaining to the sanitary condition of condi tion 
the City, and shall make such rules and regulations c 
relative thereto as are necessary and proper. They shall 
report to the Secretary of the State Board of Health 
at Sacramento at such times as the State Board of 
Health may require, all matters and things required by 
the laws of the State of California. Said Board shall 
have all the powers and exercise all the duties required 
of it by the laws of the State of California applying 
to Boards of Health. 

In the exercise of these powers and duties the said Health 
Board shall appoint an executive officer, whose title ( 
shall be Health Officer. Said Health Officer of the City 
of Palo Alto is hereby vested with full power to enforce 
all the health and sanitary regulations provided by ordi- 
nances of the City of Palo Alto, or by rules and regula- 
tions of this Board, or by the laws of the State of 
California. 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Salary of 

Health 

Officer 



Violation 
of sanitary 
rules 



Penalty 



Powers of 
appointment 
and 
removal 



SEC. 17. The Health Officer shall receive as com- 
pensation for the discharge of said duties an annual 
salary to be fixed by the Board of Public Safety, payable 
in twelve equal installments. 

SEC. 1 8. It is hereby declared unlawful for any 
person to interfere in any manner or form, or disobey 
or refuse to comply with any of the ordinances of the 
City of Palo Alto pertaining to health and sanitary 
regulations, or of any orders or rules or regulations 
prescribed or made by this Board, or by the said Health 
Officer in the lawful discharge of his duties herein set 
forth. 

SEC. 19. Any person or persons violating the 
provisions of the last section herein shall be deemed 
guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof 
shall be punished by a fine not exceeding Three Hundred 
Dollars, or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 
three months, or by both fine and imprisonment. 

SEC. 20. All the above boards shall have the power 
of appointment and removal of all officers in their 
respective departments, and shall fix their compensation 
and tenure of office. 



PART II 

REVENUE 



ARTICLE I 

ASSESSMENT, LEVY AND COLLECTION OF 
TAXES 

SEC. i. Between the first Monday of March and the 
first day of July of each year, the City Assessor shall Assessment 
ascertain the names of all taxable inhabitants and all 
property within the City of Palo Alto subject to taxation 
by the City, and must assess such property to the persons 
by whom it was owned or claimed, or in whose posses- 
sion or control it was at twelve o'clock m. of such first 
Monday of March; but no mistake in the name of the 
owner, or supposed owner, of property shall render the 
assessment thereof invalid. In assessing solvent credits 
not secured by mortgage or trust deed, a reduction 
therefrom shall be made of debts due to bona fide resi- 
dents of this State. He shall proceed, so far as applic- 
able in the same manner as provided for the action of 
county assessors by Chapter III of Title IX of Part III 
of the Political Code; and must prepare "an assessment 
roll of persons and property subject to taxation, listed 
by block number, in which must be specified, in separate 
columns, under the appropriate heads, the several 
matters and things respecting the City assessment 
substantially as required by Section 3650 of the 
Political Code of the State of California respecting 
assessments for State and County purposes ; and must 
sign and certify said assessment roll and take and sub- 
scribe an affidavit therein substantially in the form 
required of county assessors by Section 3652 of the 
Political Code. The clerk shall*, after making out the 
assessment roll, write in the tax receipt blanks the 
description of property, block number, valuation and 
names of owners. 

SEC. 2. As soon as completed and on or before the 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Notice of 
equalization 



Penalty 



Personal 
property 
tax 



Sale of 
personal 
property 
for taxes 



first day of July of each year, the City Assessor shall 
deliver his assessment roll, together with his map book 
(if any) and statements to the City Council to be equal- 
ized ; and the City Council must immediately give notice 
thereof, and of the time when the Council will meet to 
equalize assessments, by publication in some newspaper 
published in said City, and, in the meantime, the assess- 
ment roll must remain open for the inspection of all 
persons interested. 

SEC. 3. If the City Assessor shall fail to complete 
and deliver his assessment roll within the time herein- 
before specified, he shall forfeit to the City the sum of 
five hundred dollars, and any other damages the City 
may sustain by reason of such failure, and he is also 
liable to the City for all taxes on property within the 
City, which, through his willful failure or neglect, may, 
at any time be unassessed ; and recovery for such penalty, 
damages and loss of taxes, or either or any of such 
matters, may be had by the City upon his official bond. 

SEC. 4. The City Assessor must collect the taxes on 
all personal property, when, in his opinion, said taxes 
are not a lien upon real property sufficient to secure the 
payment of the taxes. He shall pay to the Auditor 
every three days all personal property taxes collected by 
him and in his hands, taking the Auditor's receipt for 
the moneys so paid. 

The Assessor shall be governed, as to the amount 
of taxes to be by him collected on unsecured personal 
property, by the rate of the previous year. 

SEC. 5. The City Assessor may, after making an 
assessment, collect the taxes due on personal property, 
(except when real estate is liable therefor), by seizure 
and sale of any personal property owned by the delin- 
quent. The sale must be at public auction, and of a suffi- 
cient amount of the property to pay the taxes and costs. 
The sale shall be made after one week's, notice of the time 
and place thereof given by publication in a newspaper in 
the city, or by posting in three public places. For seizing 
or selling personal property the Assessor shall charge 
in each case, for the use of the City, the sum of three 
dollars, and the same mileage as is allowed by law to the 
sheriff of the county. , 

On payment of the price bid for any property sold, 
the delivery thereof, with a bill of sale, vests the title 
thereto in the purchaser. All excess of the proceeds 
over the taxes and costs of any such sale must be 
returned to the owner of the property sold, and, until 
claimed, must be deposited in the treasury of the City, 



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subject to the order of the owner, his heirs or assigns. 
The unsold portions of any property may be left at the 
place of sale at the risk of the owner. 

S F.r. 6. The City Council shall meet at their usual 
place of holding meetings on the first Monday in August Board of 
of each year, at ten o'clock in the forenoon of said day, Equalization 
and sit as a Board of Equalization ; and shall continue in 
session, from day to day, until all the returns of the 
assessor have been rectified. They shall have power to 
hear complaints, and to correct, modify or strike out any 
assessment made by the Assessor ; and may, of their own 
motion, raise any assessment, upon notice to the party 
whose assessment is to be raised. They shall be governed, 
so far as applicable, by the provisions of Chapter IV of 
Title IX of Part III of the Political Code relating to 
equalization of taxes. 

SEC. 7. The City Clerk shall be the Clerk of the 
Board of Equalization, and, as such, must record in a Clerk- to en- 
book to be kept for that purpose, all changes, corrections ter changes 
and orders made by the Board; and during the sessions 
of the Board, or as soon as possible after its adjournment, 
must enter on the assessment roll all changes and correc- 
tions made by the Board, and having completed the 
corrections in the assessment roll, must take and subscribe 
an affidavit on said assessment roll substantially as 
follows : 

"I, Clerk of the City 

"of Palo Alto do swear that, as Clerk of the Board of 
" Equalization of said City, I have kept correct minutes 
"of all acts of the Board touching alterations of the 
"assessment roll; that all alterations agreed to or 
"directed to be made have been made and entered on the 
"assessment roll, and that no changes or alterations have 
"been made thereon except those authorized." 

The assessment roll so corrected shall be certified by 
the City Clerk as being the assessment roll for each tax 
for the year, and shall be the assessment roll upon which 
such tax is to be levied in said year. 

SKC. 8. The City Council must, on the first day of Tax lery 
September of each year, fix the rate of City taxes, 
designating the number of cents on each one hundred 
dollars of property levied for each fund ; and must then 
levy such City taxes as may be necessary to raise revenue 
for the maintenance of the City and the several depart- 
ment^ during the ensuing fiscal year, but such tax levy, for 
all municipal purposes, except the payment of interest 
and principal on the bonded indebtedness, shall not 



54 



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Clerk to 
enter in 
assessment 
book taxes 
to be paid on 
property 



Tax Collec- 
tor to give 
notice of 
time when 
taxes must 
be paid 



Receipt for 
taxes paid 



exceed the sum of eighty-five cents upon each one hun- 
dred dollars of assessed- valuation as the same appears 
upon the assessment roll. 

SEC. 9. When the assessments have been equalized 
and the corrections made and the tax levied as aforesaid, 
the Clerk must enter on said assessment roll in a separate 
money column the respective sums, in dollars and cents, 
so levied on each one hundred dollars valuation of taxable 
property (rejecting the fractions of a cent), to be paid as 
a tax levied on the property enumerated, and foot up the 
column, showing the total value of property in the City 
as corrected under the direction of the Board of Equaliza- 
tion, and the total amount of taxes ; the whole to be done 
and completed on or before the third Monday in Septem- 
ber of each year. 

SEC. 10. On or before the third Monday in Septem- 
ber of each year, the assessment roll shall be delivered to 
the Tax Collector of the City, who must publish 
immediately a notice in some newspaper published in 
said City, specifying: 

1. That the taxes on all personal property secured by 
ical property and one-half of the taxes on all real 
property will be due and payable on the first Monday in 
October, and will be delinquent on the last Monday in 
November next thereafter, at five o'clock p. m., and that 
unless paid prior thereto, fifteen per cent will be added 
to the amount thereof; and that, if said one-half be not 
paid before the last Monday in April next, at five o'clock 
p.m., an additional five per cent will be added thereto ; 
that the remaining one-half of the taxes on all real 
property will be payable on and after the first Monday 
in January next, and will be delinquent on the last Monday 
in April next thereafter, at five o'clock p. m., and that, 
unlesss paid prior thereto, five per cent will be added 
to the amount thereof; 

2. That all taxes may be paid at the time the first 
installment, as herein provided, is due and payable; 

3. The times and places at which payment of taxes 
may be made. 

On receiving the assessment roll, the Tax Collector 
shall Le charged by the Assessor with the full amount of 
taxes levied, chargeable to him. 

SEC. ii. The Tax Collector must mark the date of 
payment of any tax on the assessment roll opposite the 
name of the person paying the same, and he must give a 
receipt to the person paying any tax, specifying the 
amount of the assessment and the tax paid, and the 
amount remaining unpaid, if any, with a description of 



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the property assessed; provided, that the receipt for the 
last installment of taxes may refer, by number or in any 
other intelligible manner, to the receipt given for the 
first installment of taxes in lieu of a description of the 
property assessed. 

SEC. 12. It shall be the duty of the Tax Collector Tax Collector 
to receive and collect all sums due the City for taxes (duties) 
and licenses and from other sources, and he shall pay all 
moneys received into the treasury of the City within 
three days after the receipt thereof, taking a receipt 
from the Treasurer for all moneys paid to him. 

SEC. 13. On the last Monday of November of each Delinquent 
year, at 5 o'clock p. m., all taxes then unpaid, except taxes 
the last installment of the real property taxes, shall (P enalt y) 
become delinquent, and thereafter the Tax Collector 
must collect, for the use of the City, an addition of 
fifteen per cent thereon; provided, that if they be not 
paid before the last Monday in April next succeeding, 
at five o'clock p. m., he shall collect an additional five 
per cent thereon for the use of the City. 

On the last Monday in April of each year, at 5 
o'clock p. m., all the unpaid portion of the remaining 
one-half of the taxes on all the real property shall. become 
delinquent, and thereafter the Tax Collector must collect, 
for the use of the City, an addition of five per cent 
thereon ; provided that the entire tax on any real property, 
as above provided, may be paid at the time the first install- 
ment is due and payable ; and provided, further, that 
the taxes on all personal property, unsecured by real 
property, shall be due and payable immediately after the 
assessment on said personal property is made. The said 
personal property tax shall become delinquent on the 
thirtieth day of June of each year, at 5 o'clock p. m. 

SEC. 14. On the 3rd Monday in December and May Delinquent 
of each year, the Tax Collector must make, for the use Hst 
of the City, a complete delinquent list of all persons 
and the property upon which taxes have not, been paid, 
in which list must be set out in numerical or alphabetical 
order all matters and things contained in the assessment 
roll and relating to delinquent persons or property. 

SEC. 15. On or within five days before or after the Publication 
first Monday in June of each year, the Tax Collector . f delinquent 
must publish the delinquent list,, which must contain the ! 
names of the persons and a description of the property 
deli iquent, and the amount of taxes and costs due 
opposite each name and description, with the taxes 
dre on personal property added to taxes on real 
estate, where the real estate is liable therefor, or the 



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Copy of 
publication 
to be filed 
with County 
Recorder 



Additional 
costs 



Tax sale 



Certificate 
of sale 



several taxes due from the same persons. The Tax 
Collector must append to and publish with said delin- 
quent list a notice that unless the taxes delinquent, 
together with the costs and percentage, are paid, the real 
property upon which such taxes are a lien, shall be sold 
by operation of law to the City of Palo Alto, as provided 
by Section 3771 of the Political Code, of the State of 
California, (the words "sold to the State" in said 
section of the Political Code being changed to read, "sold 
to the City.") 

This publication must be made once in a newspapei 
of general circulation of said City, and such notice must 
designate the time and place of said sale to the City. 

SEC. 1 6. The Tax Collector, as soon as he has made 
the aforesaid publication, must file with the County 
Recorder of Santa Clara County, a copy of the publica- 
tion, with an affidavit attached thereto, that it is a true 
copy of the same, and that the publication was made in 
a newspaper, stating its name and place of publication, 
and the date of such appearance, which affidavit is prima 
facie evidence of all the facts stated therein. 

SEC. 17. The Tax Collector must collect, in addition 
to the taxes due on the delinquent list and the penalties 
and costs added thereto, an additional sum of two dollars 
on each lot, piece or tract of land separately assessed, 
for the use of the City. 

SEC. 1 8. On the day fixed for the sale, at the hour 
of ten o'clock a. m., the Tax Collector shall sell to the 
City of Palo Alto, by operation of law, all property on 
which taxes, penalties and costs remain unpaid. 

SEC. 19. The Tax Collector must make out, in dupli- 
cate, a certificate dated the day of sale stating (when 
known) the name of the person assessed and a descrip- 
tion of the land sold, the amount due thereon, including 
all penalties and costs, that it was sold to the City for 
taxes, giving the amount and the year of the assessment, 
and specifying the time when the City will be entitled to 
a deed. The certificate must be signed by the Tax 
Collector, and one copy placed on file with the City Clerk- 
to be kept in the archives of the City, and the other filed 
in the office of the County Recorder. 

The Tax Collector must, at this time, enter in a book 
a description of the property sold to the City corres- 
ponding with the description in the certificate, the date 
of sale and amount paid, and regularly number the 
descriptions on the margin of the book and put the 
corresponding number on each certificate. Said book 
must be open to public inspection without fee during 
office hours when not in actual use. 



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SEC. 20. On filing the certificate with the County 
Recorder of Santa Clara County, the lien of the City 
becomes vested in the City, and can only be divested by 
the payment to the City, for its use, all sums due the City 
against said property, as shown by the certificate ami 
fifty per centum thereon. 

A redemption of the property sold may be made by 
the owner or any party interested within five years from 
the date of purchase. Redemption must be marte in 
lawful money of the United States. 

SEC. 21. Thereafter, said property so sold to the 
City for delinquent taxes shall be assessed upon the 
assessment roll in the name of the City of Palo Alto, with 
the name of the party to whom it was assessed at the 
time of said sale to the City written thereunder ; and 
before said property is redeemed, as provided by section 
20 above, the redemptioner shall pay, in addition to all 
sums hereinbefore provided, all sums due for yearly 
assessments of taxes against said property, and the lien 
of the City shall not be divested until these accumulated 
taxes against said property shall have been paid. 

SEC. 22. If the property is not redeemed, as provided 
by sections 20 and 21, within the time prescribed by law 
for such redemption, the Tax Collector must make to 
the City or its assignee, a deed to the property, reciting 
in the deed substantially the matters contained in the 
certificate, and that no person has redeemed the property 
during the time allowed for its redemption. 

Before said deed is made and executed, the Tax 
Collector shall publish a notice once in the official 
newspaper of said City, describing the property and 
stating therein the time when the right of redemption 
will expire, and that the City will be entitled to a deed 
to said property at said time unless the same is sooner 
redeemed. 

An affidavit of said publication shall be made and 
filed with the Clerk and shall be received in all courts 
as prima facie evidence that all things herein provided 
have been complied with and that the title to said 
property has become finally vested in the City. 

SKC. 23. The City Assessor must, on the first day 
of July in each year, attend at the office of the Tax 
Collector with the personal property list, and the Tax 

f-^ ,, , ,- 11 11- i 

Collector must then carefully compare the list with, the 
assessments of persons and property not marked "paid" 
on the assessment roll, and, when the taxes have been 
paid, must note the fact in the appropriate column in 
the assessment roll.' The City Assessor must then make 



Filing 
certificate 
J|j redemp- 

property 



Property to 

j^ ^m 
the cit 



Tax deed 



Inspection oi 
delinquent 
list, per- 
sonal proi-- 
erty 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Settlement 
Assessor 



Affidavit 
Assessor 



Errors in 
collection 
of taxes 

Double 
assessment 



Land assessed 
irregularly 
not to be 
sold for 



Misnomer of 
owner not 
to invalidate 
sale 



an affidavit to be written and subscribed in the personal 
property assessment list, that every person and all 
property assessed in the delinquent list, on which taxes 
have been paid, has been credited in the list with such 
payment. 

The Tax Collector must then foot up the amount of 
taxes remaining unpaid and credit the City Assessor 
with the amount, and have a final settlement with him, 
and the delinquent list must remain on file in the Tax 
Collector's office. 

At the time mentioned in this section, the City 
Assessor must make an affidavit, endorsed on the list, 
that the taxes not marked "paid" have not been paid, 
and that he has not been able to discover any property 
belonging to or in the possession of the persons liable to 
pay the same whereof to collect them. 

SEC. 24. Any taxes, percentage and costs, errone- 
ously collected, may, by order of the City Council, be 
refunded by the City. 

SEC. 25. When the Tax Collector discovers that any 
property has been assessed more than once for the same 
year, he must collect only the tax justly due, and make 
return of the facts under affidavit to the City Council. 

SEC. 26. If the Tax Collector discovers before the 
sale that on account of irregular assessment or any 
other error any land ought not to be sold, he must not 
offer the same for sale ; and the City Council must cause 
the City Assessor to enter the uncollected taxes upon the 
assessment roll of the next succeeding year, to be 
collected together with the other taxes thereon. 

SEC. 27. When land is sold for taxes correctly 
imposed as the property of a particular person, no 
misnomer of the owner, or other mistake relating to the 
ownership thereof, shall affect the sale or render it void 
or voidable. 



License 
taxes payable 
in advance 



ARTICLE II 
LICENSE TAXES 

SEC. i. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm 
or corporation in his or its name, as agent, clerk or 
solicitor, or in any other capacity, to commence, engage 
in or carry on, or aid or assist in carrying on, any 
business, occupation or calling liable to a license tax by 
this article, without first paying for and taking out a 
proper license therefor in the manner hereinafter pro- 



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vided, which license when procured, authorizes the party 
named therein, at and in the particular place stated in 
such license, and at no other, to transact and carry on the 
business, calling or occupation described in such license. 
A separate license must be procured and paid for each 
branch establishment or separate house of business 
located in the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 2. The amount of any license tax, viz. : from Amount 
the date of the commencement of any business, occupation 
or calling, imposed under or by virtue of any section or 
provision of this article, shall be deemed a debt owing 
to the said City of Palo Alto at the time of the commence- 
ment of any such business, occupation or calling 
requiring such license tax and payment thereof, for the 
collection of which an action may be maintained as in 
this article provided ; and on the first day of each quarter 
thereafter, should such business, occupation or calling 
be continued, the further sum and amount of and for 
one quarter year, or three months in advance, shall also 
become and be a debt due and owing said City of Palo 
Alto, the collection of which may be enforced as herein 
mentioned ana provided. 

SEC. 3. The Council of the City of Palo Alto shall Recovery 
direct suit in behalf and in the name of the City of Palo by suit 
Alto, as plaintiff, to be brought for the recovery of such 
license tax against any person, firm or corporation, 
required by this article to take out a license, who fails, 
neglects or refuses to take out such license, or who 
carries on or attempts to carry on, any business, occupa- 
tion or calling in any form or manner whatever, without 
such license, and in such case the Clerk of said city may 
make the necessary affidavit for and a writ of attachment 
may issue without any bond being given in behalf of the 
plaintiff. 

SEC. 4. Every person who shall commence, engage Penalty 
in or carry on any business, trade, profession or calling, 
whether as principal, agent, clerk, solicitor or otherwise, 
for the transaction or carrying on of which a license is 
required under or by virtue of any section or provision of 
this article, without first taking out and procuring the 
license prescribed by such section or provision, or who 
shall otherwise violate any provision of this article, 
shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon 
conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not 
exceeding three hundred dollars or by imprisonment 
for a period not exceeding three months, or by both such 
fine and imprisonment. 

SEC. 5. The City Clerk shall make out and deliver 



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ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



to collect 



Term 



Tax Collector to the Tax Collector an assessment roll of all licenses 
for collection and enforcement. Said roll shall contain 
the names of all persons, firms or corporations subject 
to licenses herein provided, together with amounts 
thereof. The Tax Collector or his deputy shall collect, 
for the use of the City all sums due for licenses. Any 
errors or omissions in the assessment roll shall not invali- 
date sums due for licenses. 

SEC. 6. Licenses may be issued for the term of three, 
six or twelve months, and for such other terms as may 
be required by this article. All licenses issued for three, 
six or twelve months must commence at the beginning 
of a quarter, to wit: 

On the first day of July, October, January and April ; 
provided that when any business, occupation or calling 
requiring a license shall have been commenced after the 
commencement of the year, half year, or quarter year, 
then, in that case, the Tax Collector shall issue a license 
for only one quarter, and upon payment to the Tax 
Collector of the license for the second quarter thereafter, 
the person paying such license for said business shall 
receive a credit thereon for the pro rata sum required for 
such license for said unexpired term for which the first 
quarter payment was made; provided, further, that no 
license shall be issued to extend beyond the fiscal year 
for which said license is issued. 

SEd 7. It shall be the duty of the Tax Collector 
to have printed license blanks for the City in substan- 
tially the following form : 



Form of 
license 

blanks 



State of California 
County of Santa Clara 
City of Palo Alto 



No 



; 

) Palo Alto, Cal ............................ 19 ..... 



...................................................... is hereby entitled to transact the 

business of ....................................... on ....................................... street for the 

term of .......................... months, from ........................ 19 ...... to ........................ 

19 ...... having paid the sum of .............................. ($ ) Dollars 

License expires ................................................ 19 ......... 

IX WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my 
hand and affixed the Corporate Seal of said City. 



Tax Collector 



Deputy Tax Collector 



REVENUE 6 1 

The license blanks shall he hound in hooks of suit- License 
ahle size and shall have a stub corresponding thereto, stub 
which shall remain in the book after issuance. On this 
stub shall he noted the number of the license, the date 
thereof, to whom issued, for what, the time when it 
expires and the amount paid. 

The Tax Collector shall, at the time of delivering Transient 
the license, see that the stub is properly filled out. The 
Tax Collector shall have the power to issue licenses 
to persons, firms or corporations not having an estab- 
lished or fixed place of business within the City of Palo 
Alto. Such licenses shall be stamped "Transient." The 
Tax Collector shall keep just and true accounts of all 
licenses issued, to whom, and the sums of money 
received therefor. 

SEC. 8. Every person, firm or corporation having Exhibition 
obtained a license under the provisions of this article of license 
shall keep the same exhibited in some conspicuous part 
of the place of business for which the same was procured ; 
provided, that a peddler or other person who has no fixed 
place of business in said City shall carry his license and 
must exhibit the same when so requested. And all 
vehicles and wagons used for peddling shall have a 
number displayed thereon, which number must also be 
written at the time of issuance by the Tax Collector on 
the face of the license given. 

No license granted or issued under any of the Not 
provisions of this article shall be in any manner assign- transferable 
able or transferable, nor shall it authorize any person, 
firm or corporation other than the one therein mentioned 
to do business. Any person violating this section shall be 
deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction 
thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than 
twenty-five dollars nor more than three hundred 
dollars or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 
three months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. 

SEC. 9. Words used in this article in the present Words in- 
tense include the future tense as well as the present ; elude what 
words used in the masculine gender include the feminine 
and neuter; the singular includes the plural and the 
plural, the singular ; the word "person" includes a part- 
nership and a corporation as well as a natural person. 

SEC. 10. License must be procured as aforesaid for Rates of 
the business, occupation or calling hereinafter mentioned licenses on 
for which license payment must be made to the Tax fixed 
Collector of the City of Palo Alto or to his duly author- b siness 
ized deputy, in the following amounts, and the Tax 
Collector must require payment therefor as follows, to 
wit: 



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ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Definition 
of peddler 



Amount of 

peddler's 

license 



Peddler Sue. A. Every person who conducts the business of 

peddling, or who from place to place offers to or does sell, 
barter or exchange anything then in his possession in 
said City of Palo Alto (excepting newspapers, periodi- 
cals and publications and excepting those who sell only to 
merchants and traders for resale), shall pay a license tax 
per quarter year of $30.00. 

SUB. B. Every person who, not having within said 
City a fixed place of business, regularly kept open, with 
some one in charge thereof for the transaction of the 
particular business engaged in during the hours custom- 
ary for the transaction of such business, travels from 
place to place and offers to or does sell, barter or ex- 
change anything then in his possession in said City of 
Palo Alto (excepting the persons and articles in this sub- 
division excepted) shall be deemed a peddler within the 
meaning of this article. P>ut this section shall not apply 
to persons offering for sale only fruit, vegetables or 
other produce raised by themselves. 

SUB. C. ( i ) Every person who conducts a business of 
peddling as defined in subdivision B (and not being within 
any of the exceptions of said subdivision) and maintain- 
ing a wagon or wagons, vehicle or vehicles for this 
purpose, shall pay a license tax of $30.00 per quarter year 
for the first wagon or vehicle so maintained for peddling 
and $15.00 per quarter year for each additional wagon or 
vehicle so maintained for peddling within said City of 
Palo Alto. 

SUB. C. (2) Any person maintaining a regular ped- 
dling route and engaged solely in the business of peddling 
food products (and not being within any of the except- 
ions of subdivision B above) shall pay a license tax of 
$10.00 per quarter. 

No peddler's license shall be issued for less than a 
quarter year. 

SUB. D. Every solicitor or order agent who shall 
solicit or take orders for sale, barter, exchange or de- 
livery of any goods, wares or merchandise not then in 
his actual possession as a peddler, (excepting newspapers, 
periodicals and publications and excepting those who sell 
only to merchants and traders for re-sale, and excepting 
those who have a fixed place of business in said City), 
shall pay a license tax of $30.00 per quarter year. No 
license shall issue for less than a quarter year. 

Delivery SUB. E. Every person, firm or corporation (outside 

of goods of those conducting regular places of business in said 

City) selling or delivering different articles of apparel, 

c'ry ^o- ds, fancy goods, notions, groceries, hardware, 



Food 
oroclucts 



Solicitors 
and agents 



REVENUE 63 

tin \\are or merchandise of any class or character, to 
persons not regularly engaged in or carrying on such 
lines of business, whether by sample or otherwise, shall 
pay a license tax of $30.00 per quarter. No license shall 
issue for less than a quarter year. 

SUB. F. Every person, firm or corporation engaged Auction 
in keeping or conducting any auction store, bankrupt stores 
store or place of business advertised to dispose of goods, 
wares, or merchandise for less than original cost, or 
selling bankrupt stock, shall pay a license tax of $200 per 
quarter. No license shall be issued for less than one 
quarter year. 

SUB. G. Every person, firm or corporation, agent or Laundry 
solicitor who maintains a laundry route, either for r utes 
himself or for others, or who shall solicit or take orders 
for the washing, cleaning, dyeing or cleansing of articles 
for hire, or who shall accept or receive articles to be 
washed or dyed or cleaned for hire, or who conducts 
or carries on a laundry business as an agent, solicitor, 
representative or employee, shall pay a license tax of 
$10.00 per quarter, unless the master or principal has paid 
said license tax ; and it shall be unlawful to carry on or 
solicit for such laundry business until such tax has been 
paid. Provided, however, that nothing herein contained 
shall apply to any person, firm or corporation having a 
regular established laundry business, maintained and 
operated in said City, which has been inspected from time 
to time by the health officer under the rules and regu- 
lations of the Board of Public Safety, and which has 
received a permit from the Board of Public Safety to 
carry on and conduct such business. No license shall be 
issued for less than a quarter year. 

SUB. H. Every person who collects, purchases or Junk 
barters for old junk and second-hand articles shall pay a dealers 
license tax of $2.00 per quarter year. 

SUB. I. Each person engaged in any of the following Miscell- 
businesses, occupations or callings shall pay a license tax aneous 

as follows: occupations 

Each sewing machine agent, $5.00 per quarter year. 

Each agent for pianos or organs, $10.00 per quarter 
year. 

Each book agent, $5.00 per quarter year. 

Each person selling goods, wares or merchandise on 
the street, $5.00 per quarter year. 

Each bill poster, $2.50 per quarter year. 

Each person organizing or endeavoring to organize 
a watch club, suit club, jeweler's club or similar scheme, 
$10.00 per quarter year. 



6 4 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF I'AU) A I /IT) 



Billiard 
and pool 
tables 



Nine-pin 
and bowling 
alleys 

Menagerie, 
circus, etc. 



Trick rope 
performer 



Shooting 
gallery 

Merry-go- 
round 



Fortune 
teller 



Exhibition 

or 

performance 



Each street musician, $1.00 per quarter year. 

Each patent medicine vendor, $50.00 per day. 

Each auctioneer making a sale in said City, $5.00 per 
day. 

Sale of tobacco in any form, $1.00 per quarter year. 

SUB. J. Every proprietor or keeper of a billiard, 
bagatelle or pool table contained in a public or billiard 
hall shall pay a license tax of $2.00 per quarter year for 
each table. 

SUB. K. The proprietor, manager or lessee of each 
nine- or ten-pin alley, bowling or box alley shall pay a 
license tax of $2.50 per quarter year for each alley. 

SUB. L. The proprietor or manager of each men- 
agerie, circus or collection of animals shall pay a license 
tax of $50.00 per day and $3.00 additional for each side 
show or exhibition for which an entrance fee is charged, 
except that a license tax of $5.00 for each performance 
shall be collected for each show of trick horses, cats, 
monkeys or other domestic animals only. 

SUB. M. The proprietor or manager of any tight 
rope or wire rope performance, panorama, show of figures 
or sleight of hand, exhibited for gain or reward, shall 
pay a license tax of $3.00 for each performance. 

SUB. N. The proprietor or manager of each shooting 
gallery shall pay a license tax of $3.00 per quarter year. 

SUB. O. The proprietor, manager or lessee of flying 
horses, so-called, or merry-go-round shall pay a license tax 
for each ring or set of $5.00 for each day or portion of a 
clay in which they are run ; or if a license is granted for a 
month, a license tax of $25.00 shall be paid in advance by 
such owner, manager or lessee. 

SUB. P. Every astrologer, fortune teller, medium, 
clairvoyant, or mind reader, doing business in the City of 
Palo Alto, whether in connection with other exhibitions or 
performances for which a license has been paid or 
separately, shall pay a license tax of $10.00 per quarter 
year. 

SUB. Q. For each exhibition or performance for 
which an admission fee is charged, for any theatrical 
performance, or any performance given by minstrel, or 
opera or concert singers, for any acrobatic performance 
or show or exhibition of animal or animals, figures, jugg- 
lers, necromancers, magicians, wire or rope dancing, 
sleight of hand exhibitions, or any other performance or 
entertainment for which an admission fee is charged, a 
license tax of $2.00 shall be paid by the owner, manager 
or lessee thereof ; provided, that this subdivision shall not 
be construed to require any license to be paid for any 



REVENUE 65 

church or school socials or entertainments given for 
benevolent purposes. 

Si'B. R. The proprietor, manager or lessee of a skat- Skatin- 
ing rink so-called, including all exhibitions or perform- rinl < 
ances in connection therewith, shall pay a license tax of 
$10.00 per quarter year. 

SUB. S. The proprietor, manager or lessee of a Theatre 
theatre or moving picture show having a fixed place of c 
business and giving exhibitions or performances for which plc 
an admission fee is charged, shall pay a license tax of 
$10.00 per quarter year. 

SKC. ii. When any person, firm or corporation fails Penalty 
to pay a license tax herein provided for during the 
quarter for which the same is due, it shall be the duty of 
the Tax Collector to publish a notice that said license 
tax is delinquent, by one insertion in the official news- 
paper, and that a penalty of 25 per cent shall be added to 
the amount thereof unless the said license tax is paid to 
the City within ten days after such publication, together 
with the cost of the publication. 



PART III 

POLICE REGULATIONS 



Imprison- 
ment in 
County 
Jail 



ARTICLE I 

VIOLATION OF ORDINANCES AND IMPRISON- 
MENT 

SEC. i. Any person violating any ordinance, or part 
of any ordinance, of the City of Palo Alto, shall be deemed 
guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof 
shall be punished by fine or imprisonment, or by both fine 
and imprisonment. 

SEC. 2. Any person sentenced to imprisonment for 
the violation of an ordinance of the City of Palo Alto 
may be imprisoned in the county jail of Santa Clara 
County and the expense of such imprisonment shall be a 
charge in favor of said County of Santa Clara, and against 
the City of Palo Alto. 



Disturbing 
assemblages 



Prohibition 

of 

Vulgar 

language 

Noise 

Offensive 

conduct 

Fighting 

Indecent 

exposure 

Using 

weapons 



ARTICLE II 
PUBLIC PEACE AND ORDER 

SEC. i. No person shall wilfully disturb any lawful 
assemblage or procession of persons by noise, profanity, 
or by rude, obnoxious or indecent conduct, or in any 
other manner whatsoever. 

SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful upon any street or in 
any public place : 

(a) To use vulgar, profane or indecent language; 

(b) To make any loud or unusual noise ; 

(c) To be guilty of tumultuous or offensive conduct; 

(d) To fight, quarrel or challenge to fight; 

(e) To make any indecent exposure of the person; 

(f) To draw or exhibit any deadly or other weapon 
in a rude, angry or threatening manner, and not in 



POLICE REGULATIONS 67 

necessary self defense, or in any manner to use the same 
unlawfully in any fight or quarrel ; 

(g) For any person not a public officer to wear or Concealed 
carry concealed any pistol, dirk, or other dangerous weapons 
weapon ; 

(h) To make use of, or have in his possession any Knuckles 
slung shot, or metal knuckles, or any other instrument 
of a similar character. 

SKC. 3. It shall be unlawful : Begging 

(a) To beg or solicit alms from house to house or (a) from 
upon any street or sidewalk, or in any other public place ; house to 

(b) To camp, lodge or tarry over night in any vacant house 

lot or in any place where hay or straw is stored, or in Camping in 

any building unless the permission of the owner or vacant lots 
occupant of the premises first be obtained ; 

(c) For any person not having visible means of Loitering 
support to wander about the streets or loiter around ( 
street corners or public parks or public streets or other 

places in said City. 

SEC. 4. No person shall be upon any public high- Drunkenness 
way, or in any public place, in a state of drunkenness 
or be on any private premises or in any private house 
in a state of drunkenness to the annoyance of any other 
person. 

SEC. 5. Every person who shall violate any of the Penalty 
provisions of this article srjall be deemed guilty of a 
misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be pun- 
ished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, or by 
imprisonment for a period not exceeding thirty days, or 
by both such fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE III 
GUNS AND EXPLOSIVES 

SKC. i. It shall be and is hereby made unlawful' Discharging 
for any person or persons, \vithri the corporate limits of 
the City of Palo Alto, to discharge any cannon, anvil 
or firearm of any kind or description, fire-cracker, bomb 
nr fireworks of any Hnd, character or description, with- 
out a permit, in writing, granted by the Board of Public 
Safety upon written application ; to discharge any pistol, 
firearm, air gun, musket gun, or any instrument of any 
kind, character or description, which throws or projects 
bullets or missiles of any kind, to any distance, by means 
of the elastic force of air, or any explosive substance : to 



68 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Shooting 
jrallery 



Penalty 



make, use, or have in his possession, any slingshot, or 
other instrument or device by which missiles of any kind 
or description are hurled or projected, or in any manner 
use the same to the danger or annoyance of any person 
or injury to property. 

Si-:c. 2. Nothing in this article shall be construed 
so as to prohibit any person from shooting in any 
licensed shooting-gallery. 

SEC. 3. Any person violating any provision of this 
article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be 
punishable by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ; and, 
if default be made in the payment of such fine imposed, 
or any part thereof, then he may be imprisoned one day 
f r each two dollars of such fine remaining unpaid. 



Unlawful 
places 



Unlawful to 
sell, deliver 
or solicit 



Clttb rooms 



Medicinal, 
etc. 



ARTICLE IV 
ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS 

SEC. i. It shall be unlawful for an^ person or 
persons, firm, corporation, club or association or member 
of such club or association to establish, carry on, keep 
or maintain a place where spirituous, vinous, malt, or 
intoxicating liquors or any admixture thereof or any 
alcoholic drinks whatsoever are sold, kept for sale, 
offered for sale, furnished, distributed, divided, delivered 
or given away. 

SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person, either 
as owner, employer, agent, servant, clerk or employee, to 
sell or deliver any of the liquors herein mentioned, or to 
solicit the sale of or take orders for the same within the 
limits of the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 3. It shall be unlawful for any person, directly 
or indirectly, to keep or maintain, by himself or b^ 
associating or combining with others, or in any manner 
to aid, assist or abet in keeping or maintaining any club 
room or other place within the City of Palo Alto, in 
which any intoxicating liquors are kept for the purpose 
of gift, barter or sale, or for distribution among members 
of any club or association. 

SEC. 4. Nothing in this article shall be held or 
construed to prohibit the sale or use of alcoholic liquor 
for medicinal purposes by a regularly licensed druggist 
upon the prescription of a physician entitled to practice 
iredicine under the laws of the State of California ; 
provided, however, said prescription shall not be refilled. 



POLICE KKi.ULATIOXS 69 

Xor shall anything in this article be held or construed 
t<> prohibit the sale or use of alcoholic liquor for indus- 
trial, sacrament'd or scientific purposes. 

SEC. 5. Any violation of the foregoing provisions Penalty 
in this article shall constitute a misdemeanor, punishable 
upon conviction by a fine of not more than three hundred 
dollars, or by imprisonment in the City jail for a period 
of not more than three months, or by both such fine 
and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE V 
GAMBLING 

SEC. i. It shall be unlawful for any person or Gambling 
persons to deal, play, carry on, open, conduct, or cause unlawful 
to be opened or conducted, as owner or employe, whether 
for hire or not, or to play at or bet at or against any 
game of billiards or pool, or any other game played with 
billiard balls, or any game played with dice, cards, or 
other device, for money, chips, checks, credits, drinks, 
or other representative of value. It shall be unlawful 
for any person to act as lookout, door-keeper, or game- 
keeper for any such game played for money, checks, 
chips, credits, drinks, or any representative of value. 
Any building, room, lot, or other place, used or occupied 
for the purpose of gambling or playing or carrying on 
any of the games herein prohibited for money, checks, 
credits, drinks, or other representative of value, shall be 
deemed a disorderly house; and it shall be unlawful for 
any person to resort to, visit, enter, or be in any room 
or place where any such game is being played. 

SKC. 2. All places to which the public resort for Games of 
the lawful playing of the games in this article mentioned Amusement; 

in, 11- 1 11 r* 1 now conauct- 

sliall be conducted in a quiet and orderly manner. Said ed 
gaires shall be carried on in a single room in plain view 
of all persons and shall have an entrance or exit opening 
upon the public street, and if any beverages permissible 
by law are sold or consumed in such place, they must be 
sold and consumed in plain view of all persons, unob- 
structed by screens, blinds, stained windows, or other 
device. The owner or person in charge of said place 
shall not allow or permit any obscene or indecent 
language, or obscene or impure decorations, inscriptions, 
placards, pictures, or any such thing in such place. Such 
place shall not be open, nor shall games be played therein 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Minors 
forbidden to 
play 



or loiter 
around 



or be 
employed 



Duties of 
owners, 
agents or 
managers 



License 
revoked 



Enforcement 



Witnesses 



earlier than five a.m. nor later than eleven p.m. of any 
day. 

SEC. 3. No minor person under the age of 18 years 
shall patronize or play any game of billiards or pool or 
bowl in any public hall in the City of Palo Alto without 
the written consent of parent or guardian of said minor 
so to do. 

SEC. 4. No minor person under the age of 18 years 
shall loiter around or in, or frequent or remain in, any 
billiard hall or bowling alley in said City where the 
public play games for amusement, without the written 
consent of parent or guardian of said minor so to do. 

SEC. 5. No minor person under the age of 18 years 
shall be employed by the owners, or manager or agent of 
any billiard hall or bowling alley in said City, to work in 
said billiard hall or bowling alley, without the written 
consent of parent or guardian of said minor so to do. 

SEC. 6. It shall be unlawful for any owner, manager 
or agent or person having possession or charge or 
control of any billiard hall or bowling alley in said 
City, to permit any minor under the age of 18 years to 
play any garre of billiards or pool or bowl therein, or 
permit any such minor to remain or loiter around or in, 
or to employ any minor to work in said billiard hall or 
bowling alley without the written consent of the parent 
or guardian of said minor so to do. 

SEC. 7. In addition to the penalties hereinafter 
provided, the license of any person, firm or corporation 
violating the provisions of this ordinance may be revoked 
1 y order of the Council, and thereafter said person, firm 
or corporation shall not be entitled to a license without 
the consent of the Council. 

SEC. 8. It shall be the duty of the police officers 
to enforce this article, and to seize and safely keep all 
chips, checks, cards, boxes, tables, boards, dice, balls, 
cues, and all other articles and devices used in or 
pertaining to the gaires herein prohibited, and to produce 
the same in court as evidence, and the same shall be 
retained until the final disposition of any case prosecuted 
under this article in which said articles may be used in 
evidence, and the same shall not be released except on 
order of the Court, after trial or disposition of any 
case in which the same may be used in evidence ; the 
same may then be returned to the owner thereof on 
order of the Court. 

SEC. 9. No person being duly subpoenaed as a 
witness by and giving testimony for or on behalf of the 
prosecution in any proceeding under this article, shall 



POLICE REGULATIONS Jl 

1 e afterwards prosecuted for any offense concerning 
which he testified, or any other offense under this 
aiticle committed by him prior to the giving of such 
testimony. 

SEC. 10. Any person violating any provision of Penalty 
this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and on 
conviction shall be punished by imprisonment for not less 
than two days nor more* than ninety days, or by a fine of 
not less than five dollars nor more than three hundred 
dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE VI 
NICKEL IN SLOT 

SEC. i. The maintenance or use, within the corpor- Use of slot 
ate limits of the City of Palo Alto, of all machines or machines 
apparatus of any kind or description is hereby prohibited, l 
in which, on deposit of a five-cent piece, or any other 
piece of money or article representing money, within, 
or in connection with said machine or apparatus, certain 
cards or combinations of cards are exposed, or certain 
tickets, checks, numbers, names, or marks or combina- 
tions thereof, are exposed or ejected from said machine 
or apparatus, whereby the player or person operating 
the machine or apparatus, or any other person, is 
entitled to receive money or any other service or con- 
sideration, upon the chance of the said machine or 
apparatus exposing or ejecting certain cards, figures, 
tickets, checks, numbers, names, marks or combinations 
thereof. 

SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or i n connection 
corporation within the corporate limits of the City of with any 
Palo Alto to maintain or use in a place of business or in business 
connection therewith any nickel-in-the-slot machine, or 
similar machine as described in section I hereof, or 
dice, or allow or permit any person to play or operate 
any such machine or throw dice in any manner or form, 
in any place of business conducted by or under the charge 
or control of said person, firm or corporation, when said 
dice is used in connection with said business. 

SEC. 3. The license granted to any person, firm License 
or corporation to conduct business may be revoked by the revoked 
Council if any nickel-in-the-slot machine or similar 
machine or device or dice is used in connection with said 
business in any manner. 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Possession of 
slot machine, 
dice, etc., 
for chance 
unlawful 



Penalty 



SEC. 4. Every person who has in his possession or 
under his control, either as owner, lessee, agent, em- 
ployee, mortgagee, or otherwise, or who permits to be 
placed, maintained or kept, in any room, space, enclosure 
or building owned, leased or occupied by him, or under 
his management or control, any slot or card machine, 
contrivance, appliance or mechanical device, upon the 
result of action of which money or other valuable thing 
is staked or hazarded, and which is operated, or played, 
by placing or depositing therein any coins, checks, slugs, 
balls, or other articles or device, or in any other manner 
and by means whereof, or as a result of the operation of 
which any merchandise, money, representative of articles 
of value, checks, or tokens redeemable in or exchangeable 
for money or any other thing of value, is won or lost, 
or taken from or obtained from such machine, when the 
result of action or operation of such machine, contrivance, 
appliance or mechanical device is dependent upon hazard 
or chance is guilty of a misdemeanor. 

SEC. 5. Every person who has in his possession 
or under his control, either as owner, lessee, agent, 
employee, mortgagee, or otherwise or who permits to 
be placed, maintained or kept, in any room, space, 
enclosure, or building, owned, leased or occupied by him, 
or under his management or control, any card dice, or 
any dice, upon the result of action of which any money 
or other valuable thing is staked or hazarded, or as a 
result of the operation of which any merchandise, money, 
representative of article of value, check or token, redeem- 
able in or exchangeable for money or any other thing of 
value, is won or lost or taken, when the result of action 
or operation of such dice is dependent upon hazard or 
chance, is guilty of a misdemeanor. 

SEC. 6. Any person violating any provision of this 
article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon 
conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment for 
not less than two days nor more than ninety days, or by 
a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than three 
hundred dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment. 



Public 

pound 



ARTICLE YTT 
ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE 

SKC. I. A public pound is hereby authorize;! and 
established, which pound shall be located at a place to 



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1 e designated from time to time by the Hoard of Public 
Safety. 

SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the Board of Public 
Safety to take up, seize and impound all horses, mules, 
asses, goats, cows, bulls, calves, sheep, swine, untagged 
dogs, other domestic animals or fowls, or any of such 
animals or fowls, found running at large or estrayed, or 
herded in charge of any person, or staked, or in any 
iranner grazing or being grazed or fed, upon any public 
street, way, sidewalk, square, park or place in said City, 
or any of said animals which is upon or being led or 
driven upon any sidewalk in said .City. 

SEC. 3. Any animal or fowl found trespassing upon 
any private property in said City may be taken up by any 
person and committed to the custody of the Board of 
Public Safety, who shall hold the same subject to 
reasonable demands for actual damage done by said 
animal or fowl in addition to the fees prescribed herein ; 
and it shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper, after 
receiving written notice that an animal or fowl is tres- 
passing upon any private property, to allow or permit 
said animal or fowl to continue to trespass. 

SEC. 4. The Board of Public Safety shall keep a 
true and faithful record of the number and description of 
all animals taken into its custody, with the date of their 
receipt and the date and manner of their disposal, with 
the fees and charges collected on account of said animals 
and the disposition thereof. Said record shall be kept 
by the Board of Public Safety in a book or books pro- 
vided for that purpose, which shall be the record book 
or books of said Board for this purpose and shall not 
be removed therefrom. Said Board shall also keep 
conspicuously posted at the entrance of the pound a list 
of all animals therein detained. Said Board shall also 
provide necessary subsistence for all animals while in 
its custody. 

SEC. 5. All animals, except dogs, taken into the 
custody of the Board of Public Safety, if not reclaimed 
within two (2) days thereafter, shall be advertised in 
the official paper of the City as follows : 

Horses, cows, bulls, oxen, mules or asses for seven 
(7) days; all other animals five (5) days; 

Provided, that swine, sheep, lambs and goats, dogs 
and other small animals or fowls, may be advertised by 
written notice conspicuously posted on the pound gate, 
and on the bulletin board at the City Hall for five (5) 
days. Said notice shall describe the animals impounded 
and give time and place of sale. 



Animals 
to be 
impounded 



Animals 
trespassing 
on lots 



Board of 
Public 
Safety 
to keep 
record 



Animals 
to be 
advertised 



Proviso 



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Balance of 
proceeds 



Redemption 



Unlicensed 
dogs not to 
run at large 
on streets 



Li cense 



SEC. 6. At the time specified in and after said 
advertisement, as provided in Section 4 of this article, 
or at any postponement thereof, the Board of Public 
Safety shall sell for cash all animals so advertised, and 
out of the proceeds of the sale thereof shall pay their 
proper fees and charges and all reasonable and proper 
demands made under the provisions of Section 3 of this 
article. 

Any balance from the proceeds of a sale of any 
animal remaining after the payment of such fees, charges 
and demands, shall be paid into the City Treasury for the 
use of the owner of such animal, if claimed within six (6) 
months thereafter; if not, the same shall be turned into 
the general fund of such Treasury. 

SEC. 7. The owner or person entitled to the control 
of any animal impounded, may, at any time before the 
sale or other disposition thereof, redeem the same by 
paying to the City all proper fees and charges thereon 
made by virtue of any of the provisions of this article. 

SEC. 8. No person owning or having possession of 
any dog shall suffer or permit the same to be upon any 
public street of the City without being held or led by a 
cord, chain or other thing, or confined in a vehicle, unless 
such dog has around its neck such a collar as is in this 
article provided, having attached thereto such a metallic 
plate or tag with such inscriptions thereon as are in this 
article p'ovi 'ed, nor unless a license tax for the then 
current year has been paid as herein stated ; provided 
that any dog taken up by the Board of Public Safety 
shall be released without charge upon its being shown 
that such dog does not belong in the City and is not 
kept or harbored here and that it has not been within the 
City limits for more than twenty-four hours continuously 
next preceding the time when it was taken up. 

SEC. 9. An animal license of two dollars shall be 
raid on every male dog, and of four dollars on every 
female dog, over six (6) months old, owned or harbored* 
in said City. Every person owning or harboring any dog 
in said City shall pay such license tax therefor, which 
shall be paid in advance, on or before the first day of 
July of each year. Licenses herein provided for shall 
be s'gned by the City Clerk and the Auditor, and issued 
in the same manner as licenses are or may hereafter be 
issued for doing business for which a license tax is or 
may be required, and the money collected for such license 
shall be paid into the General Fund of the City. The 
license shall be numbered by the Clerk. 

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on such collar and tag, found or being in any public 
street of said City, and not being held or led by a cord, 
chain or other thing, nor confined in any vehicle, shall 
be taken by the Board of Public Safety to and impounded 
in the public pound, where it may be redeemed by the 
owner or person theretofore entitled to the possession of 
it within five days thereafter, on payment t to the City of 
two dollars ; but if not so redeemed such dog shall be 
killed and buried by the Board of Public Safety ; provided, 
that the said Board is authorized to keep valuable dogs 
and sell them, and its receipt for the sale thereof, en- 
dorsed by the City Clerk, shall be a valid title to the 
purchaser. If a license tax has not been paid for the 
then current year, for any impounded dog, the party 
redeeming must, before redemption, pay such license 
tax ; provided, that in case of loss of tag, a duplicate of 
the same may be obtained from the Board of Public 
Safety as provided in Section 13 and on presenting said 
duplicate tag, the owner of said impounded dog shall 
be entitled to the possession of the same on payment to 
the City of the sum of fifty cents and costs. Whenever 
a dog is redeemed, the party redeeming must give to the 
Board of Public Safety duplicate receipts for the same., 
o^e of which shall be delivered by said Board with its 
monthly report to the City Clerk. The Board of Public 
Safety must give to any person redeeming a dog, a receipt 
for the redemption money. 

In case it is satisfactorily proven to the Board of 
Public Safety that a license tax for the then current year 
has been paid upon any dog so impounded, said dog shall 
be released upon the payment of a fee of fifty cents and 
costs. 

SEC. ii. A female dog in heat running at large 
upon the public streets is hereby declared a public 
nuisance, and the Board of Public Safety is hereby 
directed to abate all such nuisances as soon as reported 
by impounding such dog if she can be caught, and shoot- 
ing the same if she evade capture. This shall apply to 
all female dogs whether licensed or not. 

SEC. 12. It shall be, and is hereby made, unlawful 
for any person to keep or maintain more than one (i) 
female dog at any place within the corporate limits of 
the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 13. It shall he, and is hereby made unlawful 
for any person to carry on and conduct a dog fancier's 
bus : ness within the corporate limits of the City of Palo 
Alto. 

SEC. 14. The Board of Public Safety is hereby 



Unlicensed 
does to be 
impounded 



Female 
dogs 



Number of 
female dogs 
to be kept 
at any one 
place 

Dog 

fancier's 

business 



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Dog collars 



Tags 



Duplicate 
tags 



Board of 
Public Safety 
to make 
report 



Care of 

impounded 

dogs 



Bull or 
jack 



Badge of 
officers 



Interference 

with 

officials 



require:! to procure, at the expense of the City, metallic 
plates or tags having thereon the number of the license 
and figures indicating the year for which the tax has 
been paid, and shall register, in a book to be kept for 
that purpose, the name of the owner or possessor and a 
description of the dog for which the license is issued, and 
the number of the license, and shall deliver such tag, 
having thereon the number of the license, to the person 
paying for such license. 

The cost of such plates or tags shall not exceed 
twenty-five cents each, unless the Council shall authorize 
a larger expenditure. 

SEC. 15. Every registered dog shall be provided by 
the owner or possessor of such dog with a collar at least 
three-fourths of an inch in width, and have attached to 
such collar such a metallic plate or tag having such 
inscription thereon as is specified in Section 14. 

SEC. 1 6. Whenever a tag, issued for the then current 
year by the Board of Public Safety, has been stolen or lost, 
the owner or possessor of the dog for \vhich the same 
was issued, may, on the payment of twenty cents to the 
said Board, and on making and subscribing to an 
affidavit of such loss, and filing the same with the said 
Board, receive from the said Board a duplicate tag for 
the remaining portion of the then current year. 

SEC. 17. The Board of Public Safety shall make a 
true and correct report to the Council on the first Mon- 
day of each month, of the number of dogs impounded 
during the preceding month, and of the disposition made 
of them, and of the number redeemed and by whom 
redeemed, and of the amount of money received for 
redemption of dogs. 

SEC. 1 8. The Board of Public Safety shall feed one 
( i ) pound of meat each day to each dog impounded, at a 
cost net exceeding five cents per day. It shall also pro- 
vide sufficient water for all dogs impounded, and food 
and water for all other animals impounded. 

SEC. 19. It shall be and it is hereby made unlawful 
for any person to keep or maintain a bull or jack at any 
place within the corporate limits of the City of Palo 
Alto. 

SEC. 20. Officers appointed by the Board of Public 
Safety shall each wear, while engaged in the discharge 
of their duties, a plain badge designating their office, 
except that so long as the policemen act as poundmaster 
their badge as policemen shall be sufficient. 

SEC. 21. No person shall resist or interfere with 
any official of the Board of Public Safety in the discharge 
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SEC. 22. It shall be unlawful for the owner or 
owners, or person or persons having the control of any 
animal mentioned in Section 2 of this article, except 
the owner or owners or person or persons having the 
control of such horses or mules, or asses, or oxen, 
harnessed or saddled, and at the same time in actual 
custody of some person or persons, and of licensed dogs, 
to permit or allow the animals or any of them not men- 
tioned in said exception to run at large or to be found 
grazing, or being grazed or herded, or in charge of any 
person or persons upon any public street or square, or 
public ground, or place, or court, or alley, or sidewalk 
in the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 23. No sheep, cattle, horses or other stock 
shall be herded or corralled within the corporate limits 
of the City of Palo Alto within five hundred (500) feet 
of any residence. 

SEC. 24. No person or persons shall tie any animal 
or animals to any shrub or tree growing upon or along 
any of the sidewalks or streets of the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 25. All cows and horses within the City of Palo 
Alto, when not in use, must be kept inside of enclosures 
at night and no person shall stake or tie or leave staked 
or tied during the night time any cow or horse in an open 
lot in the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 26. . The Board of Public Safety shall, within 
twenty-four hours after the impounding of any animal 
or animals, cause to be delivered to the owner or keeper 
of the same, if a resident of said City and if known to 
said Board, or cause to be left at the place of business or 
residence of any such person if in said City, a written 
notice that such animal has been impounded and with a 
description of the animal or animals impounded and date 
of impounding. If the owner or keeper of said animal 
or animals is not known to the Board of Public Safety, 
or is not a resident of said City, the Board of Public 
Safety shall, within said period of twenty-four hours, 
post up a like notice on the bulletin board at the 
City Hall. If said owner or keeper is not a resident of 
said City and his place of residence or of business is 
known to the Board of Public Safety, it shall, within 
said period of twenty-four hours, send him a like notice 
by mail. 

SEC. 27. The Board of Public Safety shall be en- 
titled to charge and receive for services in impounding 
animals the following rates : ( i ) For every horse, mule, 
ass, bull, ox, cow or calf, the sum of two dollars and also 
fifty cents per day or a fraction of a day for keeping 



Unlawful to 
allow animals 
to run at 
large 



Herding 



Tying horses 
to trees 



Cows and 
horses to be 
kept in enclo- 
sure at night 



Notice to 
owners of 
animals 
impounded 



Fees for im- 
pounding 
and 

publishing 
notice 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Sale of 
animals 
impounded 



Reclaiming 
animals 



Removal 
of dead 
animals 



Escaping 
animals 



Penalty 



each of said animals, to be paid by the owner 
thereof; (2) For every sheep, goat, or hog impounded, 
the sum of fifty cents and twenty-five cents per day or 
fraction of a day for keeping each of said animals, to be 
paid by the owner thereof; (3) For posting notice of 
animals impounded other than the notice posted at the 
pound, the sum of one dollar for each notice; (4) For 
publishing notices, the sum of fifty cents for each notice, 
in addition to the actual cost of publication ; ( 5 ) For 
conducting sales, the sum of one dollar for each animal 
sold; (6) For impounding any unlicensed dog the sum 
of two dollars; (7) For impounding any licensed but 
untagged dog, the sum of fifty cents; (8) For feeding 
dogs, at the rate of five cents per day each, to be paid by 
the owner. 

All of said sums shall be deposited with the City 
Auditor, to be placed in the Police Incidental Fund of 
the Board of Public Safety. 

SEC. 28. If sale is not made by the Board of Public 
Safety at the time stated in its published or posted 
notice, the sale may be postponed from day to day until 
the animals offered are sold. Notice of such postpone- 
ment shall be given in the same manner as provided for 
the original notice of sale. 

SEC. 29. Any animal may be reclaimed by the owner 
or person entitled to its control before the sale thereof, 
by paying all fees and charges that have been incurred or 
accrued up to the time of reclamation, and any such 
animal may be reclaimed after having been taken up by 
the Board of Public Safety and before it has been placed 
in the pound by paying the same fee that the said Board 
would be entitled to if the animal were actually im- 
pounded. 

SEC. 30. It shall be the duty of the Board of Public 
Safety to remove from any public street, square, public 
ground, place, court, alley or sidewalk, any animal or 
fowl found c'ead thereon, the cost of the removal to be 
paid by the owner thereof. 

SEC. 31. The Board of Public Safety may retake any 
animal directly or indirectly conveyed or delivered out 
of the pound without lawful authority, and again im- 
pound and retain the same, and proceed as heretofore, 
proceeding in the saire manner as if said animal had 
never been released from the pound. 

SEC. 32. Any person who shall violate any of the 
provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a 
misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be pun- 
ished by a fine not exceeding three hundred doHars. or by 



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imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months, 
or by both such fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE VIII 

OBSTRUCTIONS ON STREETS AND SIDE- 
WALKS 

SEC. i. No owner or driver of a hack, automobile, Hacks 
omnibus, coach, hackney coach, carriage, carry-all, truck carry -alls and 
or job- wagon shall allow such vehicle to stand in front s t an di^ a g g "n 
of any house or place of business longer than is neces- streets 
sary to take in or discharge passengers or freight, with- 
out first obtaining the written consent of the owner or 
occupant of such house or place of business ; and no such 
vehicle shall be left standing upon any street crossing 
or within ten feet thereof, or in such a manner that any 
part of said vehicle shall be at a greater distance than 
nine feet from the curb line of the sidewalk nearest there- 
to. Wood and hay wagons shall not be allowed to stand 
on any street for the purpose of selling wood or hay 
therefrom, or for any other purpose, except when load- 
ing or unloading. No vehicle shall be allowed to stand 
upon any part of the Circle formed by the intersection of 
Alma street and University avenue and the extension- 
thereof, and drivers of such vehicles on the Cirlce shall 
1 e subject to the orders of the Chief of Police and his 
deputies. 

SEC. 2. No person owning or occupying any Displaying 
premises fronting on a public street shall place any goods, goods on 
wares or merchandise, for the purpose of exhibition, dis- 
play or advertisement, on any portion of the sidewalk in 
front of said premises, nor suffer any such goods, wares 
or merchandise to remain thereon, nor suspend any goods, 
wares or merchandise, or any advertising banner or device 
over any portion thereof. No person shall place any 
crates, cases, barrels or boxes on the sidewalk, nor 
suffer anything to remain thereon in front of premises 
occupied by him which will in any manner restrict the 
public use thereof. No business sign, both ends of 
which are attached to any building, shall project more 
than eighteen inches over the inner line of any sidewalk, 
nor shall any such sign be placed at a less distance than 
ten feet above the sidewalk. No flag, canvas, banner, nor 
any advertising device of any description whatever shall 



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Awnings 



Horses 

standing 

unhitched 



Restrictions 

Fast 
driving 



Games 



Obstructing 
sidewalk 



Crowding 



Lounging 

public 
squares 

Driving 
animals 



be stretched across any street or sidewalk without the 
permission of the Street Superintendent given in writing. 

SEC. 3. All awnings extending over the sidewalk in 
front of any building must be suspended or placed upon 
iron or wooden stays, fastened to said building, and shall 
not extend beyond the outer or curb-line of the sidewalk, 
and the said awning must be so constructed as to pre- 
vent either accident or injury to pedestrians; and no 
person shall, in front of his premises, permit, for any 
length of time whatever, the lower edge of any drop 
awning to remain suspended at an altitude less than 
seven feet from the sidewalk. 

SEC. 4. No person shall leave standing in any of 
the streets, alleys or highways of this City any horse or 
work animal attached or hitched to any wagon, cart, 
carriage, buggy or other vehicle, unless attended by some 
person of suitable age and discretion (who shall occupy 
a ?eat in the vehicle and hold the reins, or shall stand 
at the head of the animal or animals) or hitched in a 
good and substantial manner. The provisions of this 
section shall not apply to persons carrying on the business 
or occupation of selling and furnishing regularly to the 
citizens of said City, meats, vegetables, bread, ice, milk, 
groceries or other goods, while actually engaged in the 
delivery thereof. 

SEC. 5. It shall be unlawful for any person : 

1. To ride or drive any animal within the limits of the 
City at a rate of speed sufficient to endanger the public 
safety. 

2. To play any game of football, town-ball or base- 
ball upon any street or public square of the City, or to 
engage in any sport or exercise tending to frighten 
horses or to annoy persons passing upon the street or 
being upon adjacent premises. 

3. To stand in front of any theatre, public hall, church 
or other place then being used as a place of public resort, 
after being requested to move on by the police or the 
person in control of such place of public resort. 

4. To stand in a crowd of two or more persons so 
as to obstruct the free passage of any part of a street or 
sidewalk, after being requested to move on by the police. 

5. To lie upon any of the benches, or upon the grass 
plots, or pluck flowers from any grass plot or flower 
bed in any of the public squares or parks in the City. 

6. To lead, drive, ride or hitch any horse or mule 
upon a sidewalk or in any public square within the City 
or to lead or cause to be led or driven along any street 
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horses exceeding five (5) in number, without a written 
permit from the Chief of Police designating the route 
to be traveled. 

7. To discharge mucus from the nose or mouth or spit 
upon any sidewalk of any public street or highway or 
upon any part of any public building, stage, street car or 
other vehicle used for the transportation of the public. 

SEC. 6. It shall be unlawful to remove, break, ex- 
tinguish or injure any light maintained for street lighting 
or as a warning signal of any dangerous place in the 
roadway or sidewalk of the street. 

SEC. 7. No person shall deface, destroy or remove 
any street sign placed to indicate the name of any street. 

SEC. 8. Any person by whom, or under whose 
immediate direction, or by whose immediate authority as 
principal, or as contractor, or employer, any portion of a 
public street may be made dangerous, shall: 

(1) Erect, and, so long as the danger continues, 
n aintain around the portion of the street or highway 
so made dangerous, a good and substantial barrier. 

(2) Cause to be maintained during every night, 
from sunset until sunrise, a lighted lantern on that 
portion of the street or crossing so made dangerous. 

SEC. 9. No person shall destroy, injure or remove 
any monument erected or placed by the City Engineer; 
provided, if it shall become necessary for any person, in 
pursuit of any lawful purpose, to have any such monu- 
ment removed, notice of such necessity must be given 
to such City Engineer, who shall proceed forthwith, at 
the cost of the person requiring such removal, to remove 
such monument, and replace the same in its original 
position as soon as the object shall be attained for which 
the removal shall have been made. 

SEC. ID. It shall be unlawful to post, stick, stamp, 
paint or otherwise affix, or cause to be done by another, 
any notice, placard, bill, poster or advertisement, to or 
upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, curbing, hydrant, shade 
tree or tree box, fence, enclosure or building, or upon 
any telegraph, telephone, electric lighting or electric 
railway pole, without first obtaining the permission of 
the owner, agent or occupant thereof; or to distribute 
or cause to be distributed or thrown upon any street, 
square or sidewalk, or upon any private premises any 
handbill, dodger, circular or other advertisement. 

SEC. ii. No person or persons shall throw, deposit 
or leave upon any yard, doorstep or porch, within the cor- 
porate limits of the City of Palo Alto, any patent 
medicine or medicines, drugs or medicine of any des- 
cription. 



Spitting on 
sidewalk 



Injuring 

street 

lights 



Removing 
or defacing 
street signs 

Barriers and 
lights where 
work is 
being done 



Removal of 

street 

monuments 



Posting 
handbills 
Throwing 
dodgers 



Patent medi- 
cine, drugs, 
etc., left in 
yards, etc. 



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Declared 
to be a 
nuisance 

Business 
stands on 
sidewalks 



Carrying 
baskets on 
sidewalk 



Garbage and 

street 

sweepings 



Street and 

sidewalk 

obstructions 



Breaking up 
streets 



SEC. 12. The commission of any act prohibited by 
Section n is hereby declared to be dangerous to public 
health and shall be deemed a nuisance. 

SEC. 13. No person shall place, erect, or maintain 
any business stand or other obstruction on any portion 
of any street or sidewalk of the City. Provided, however, 
that the Street Superintendent may issue permits grant- 
ing such privileges for special occasions. 

SEC. 14. No person upon any sidewalk shall carry 
a basket or baskets, bag or bags, suspended from or 
attached to a pole upon or across the shoulder, and no 
person upon any sidewalk shall carry, so as to be 
offensive to pedestrians, any rubbish, garbage or -filth. 

SEC. 15. It shall be unlawful for any person to 
deposit any sw r eepings from shops or stores, or any paper, 
feathers, straw, broken glass, crockery or rubbish, garb- 
age, manure, or debris of any description from dwelling 
houses or places of business upon any public street, 
lane, alley or public place, or in the creeks of said City, or 
to sweep any of the rubbish above mentioned into the 
gutterways of said City. 

SEC. 1 6. No person shall place or cause to be placed 
anywhere, upon any public way, street or sidewalk, and 
no person owning, occupying or having control of any 
premises shall suffer to remain in front thereof, upon the 
sidewalk of the street or way next to such premises, 
anything which shall obstruct the free passage of any 
portion of such street or sidewalk for more than one hour 
at a time. 

This Section shall not apply to : 

Goods or merchandise in actual course of receipt, 
delivery or removal; 

Lamp posts or hydrants erected by permission of the 
Board of Public Works ; 

Ornamental trees planted along the outer line of the 
sidewalk and within the curb, and barriers for the pro- 
tection of the same; 

Water troughs placed by permission of the Board of 
Public Works upon sidewalks for the accommodation of 
the public; 

Materials used in the construction or repair of any 
building during the existence of a written permit issued 
by the Superintendent of Streets. 

SEC. 17. No person shall dig up, remove, displace, 
break, or otherwise injure or destroy any public street, 
highway or sidewalk of the City of Palo Alto without 
permission of the Board of Public Works of said City. 

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a ],enrit in accordance with the provisions of Section 17 Removal of 
to remove any dirt or material composing the roadway dirt from 
of any street of said City, shall dig up and remove such ' 
dirt or material out of the City or upon private property 
without further permission from the Board of Public 
Works. 

Sic. 19. It shall be unlawful for any person to fill Condition of 
any lot with dirt or material and allow or permit the lots 
surface of the same to remain unlevel. 

SKC. 20. No person shall lead, drive or hitch or Horses and 
ride any horse or mule upon any sidewalk within the ^ewTlks 11 
City of Palo Alto, or drive or propel any wagon, buggy, 
cart or automobile upon or over any sidewalk of said City, 
except where proper crossings are provided for such 
vehicles. 

SKC. 21. It shall be unlawful for any person to Bicycles on 
ride any bicycle or tricycle upon the sidewalks of the City sidewalks 
of Palo Alto during the months of May, June, July, 
August, September and October, except as hereinafter 
provided. 

SKC. 22. It shall be unlawful for any person to Dismounting 
ride any bicyjle or tricycle upon any sidewalks of the 
City of Palo Alto during the months of November, 
December, January, February, March and April unless 
the rider in every case dismount completely before meet- 
ing or overtaking any pedestrian and remain dismounted 
until he or she shall have passed such pedestrian. 

SEC. 23. It shall be unlawful for any person at any Riding 
time to ride upon any sidewalk along any improved and after dark 
accepted street of the City of Palo Alto, or to ride upon 
any sidewalk of said City after dark. 

SEC. 24. It shall be lawful, however, for the police Exceptions 
officers of the City of Palo Alto and the United States 
mail carriers, when on duty, and newspaper carriers 
when on regular routes to ride bicycles upon any 
of the sidewalks of the City of Palo Alto on streets 
which are unimproved; provided, that said officer, mail 
carrier or newspaper carrier slow up and pass to the right 
when meeting or passing a pedestrian. 

SEC. 25. It is hereby declared unlawful for any Roller 
person to skate with roller skates or propel any coaster- skates and 
brake wagons or vehicles upon and along any sidewalk in coasters 
the following limits: 

Commencing at a point which would be on the center 
line of the intersection of University avenue and Alma 
street, and running thence northerly along the center line 
of University avenue to a point of intersection of said 
University avenue with Waverly street, and ex- 



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tending back a depth of two hundred feet on either side 
of University avenue, from the property line, including 
two hundred feet on either side of Alma, High, Emerson, 
Ramona and Bryant streets from University avenue. 
Seizure of SEC. 26. Police officers may seize and hold the 

bicycles, etc. bicycle, tricycle, roller skates, coaster-brake wagon or 
vehicle belonging to any person violating the provisions 
of this article, for a period of time not exceeding 
thirty days. 

Penalty SEC. 27. Every person who shall violate any of the 

provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a 
misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be pun- 
ished by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars, or by 
imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or by both 
such fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE IX 

REMOVAL OF GRASS, WEEDS AND POISON" 
OAK AND TRIMMING OF TREES AND 
HEDGES 



Grass, 
weeds, or 
poison oak 



Trees and 
hedges 



Require- 
ments 



Failure to 
comoly 



SEC. i. No person owning or occupying any build- 
ing, lot or premises fronting upon any street or sidewalk 
shall suffer, allow or permit to remain upon said side- 
walk or upon said street between said building, lot or 
premises and the center line of said street any grass, 
weeds or poison oak. ' 

SEC. 2. Any owner or occupant of a building, lot 
or premises shall keep all sidewalk trees and hedges 
properly trimmed in such a manner that the same shall 
not interfere with the free use of sidewalks. 

SEC. 3. It shall be unlawful for the owner, agent, 
lessee or other person having charge or control of any 
lot within the City of Palo Alto to suffer thistles, weeds, 
mustard or any indigenous grasses, noxious trees or 
brush, to grow, or remain thereon. 

SEC. 4. Whenever the owner or occupant of any 
property in the City of Palo Alto fails to remove grass, 
weeds, or poison oak or to trim trees or hedges as here- 
inbefore provided, it shall be the duty of the Superinten- 
dent of Streets of said City to give written notice of such 
failure to comply with the provisions of this article to 
the owner, if known, or to the occupant if there be any, 
or, if the owner is not known and there is no occupant, 
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notice shall briefly describe the work to be done and shall 
refer to this article and shall contain a notification that 
unless said work shall be done within ten days after the 
service or posting of said notice the Superitendent of 
Streets \\ ill do the same, and that the costs and expenses 
thereof will !;e charged up and made a lien against said 
property. 

Tf said work be not done within ten days after the Duty of 
service or posting of said notice, it shall be the duty of Supermtend- 
the Superintendent of Streets forthwith to proceed to 
do the same and put said property in the condition 
required by this article. 

He shall keep a record of said notices, and shall also 
keep a separate record of the work done on each piece, 
lot < r parcel of land, and the cost of the same. 

SEC. 5. As soon as said work is completed, the Lien agai; st 
Superintendent of Streets shall render a statement show- property 
ing the cost thereof and deliver the same to the City 
Assessor, who shall note the amount thereof on the 
assessment roll against the property charged, and there- 
after said amount shall be a lien against said property, 
and shall be collected at the same time and in the same 
manner as other City taxes. 

SEC. 6. Any person willfully failing to comply with Penalty 
or enforce the requirements of Sections i, 2 and 3 of this 
article, or allowing any property owned or occupied by 
him to be in a condition contrary to the provisions of 
this article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and" 
upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not 
exceeding one hundred dollars or by imprisonment for a 
period not exceeding thirty days, or by both such fine 
ar.d imprisonment. 



ARTICLE X 
GARBAGE 

Si 7 -C. i. No person or persons shall dump or place Dumping of 
on any lot, land or street, or in any water or waterway, refuse 
within the corporate limits of the City of Palo Alto, 
except such place or places as may be designated by 
ordinance, and under and in accordance with and subject 
to the rules and regulations of the Board of Public Safety 
of said City, any house refuse, butchers' offal, garbage, 
refuse, filth, sludge, bones, or other like matter, nor 
putrid vegetable matter, manure, or any matter or sub- 



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Accumula- 
tion of 
refuse 



Refuse in 

business 

district 



Not to be 
burned on 
premises 



Duty of 
Chief of 
Police 



Removal of 
manure, etc. 
from stables 



Boxes for 
manure 



stance condemned by the Board of Health, or any other 
deleterious or offensive substances. 

SEC. 2. No person owning or occupying any build- 
ing, lot, or premises in the City of Palo Alto shall suffer, 
allow or permit to collect and remain upon said lot or 
premises any paper, feathers, straw, broken glass, or 
crockery, or rubbish, garbage or debris of any des- 
cription, and no person shall dump upon any lot or 
premises in said City, piles of paper, feathers, straw, 
broken glass, crockery, old barrels, boards, brick, stone, 
cement, plaster or rubbish of any description in such a 
manner as to make a rubbish heap on said lot or 
premises and allow or permit the same to remain there, 
(provided that this provision shall not be construed as 
interfering with building under a building permit, or 
wood neatly piled for kitchen or household use). 

SEC. 3. No person owning, occupying, or in charge 
of any store or building situated upon University 
avenue, Hamilton avenue or Lytton avenue, and between 
Alma street and Waverly street, in the City of Palo 
Alto, shall deposit or throw loose or waste paper, or 
loose or waste straw or hay or excelsior, or rubbish of 
any kind in the rear or about such store or building and 
sutler the same to remain there for more than forty- 
eight hours. 

SEC. 4. No person owning, occupying, or in charge 
of any store or building within the limits above described 
shall set fire to, or cause to be burned, any paper, straw, 
hay, boxes or rubbish of any kind in the rear of such 
store or building. 

SEC. 5. The Chief of Police of the City of Palo 
Alto is hereby directed and required, in person or by 
deputy, to notify all persons failing to comply with the 
provisions of Sections I, 2 and 3 of this article, to remove 
immediately from their lot or premises all such rubbish 
or debris as is described in said Sections. 

SEC. 6. Every owner, lessee, tenant or occupant of 
any stable, stall, pen or apartment in which any horse, 
cow, barnyard fowls, or other animal shall be kept, or 
of any place in which manure or liquid discharge of any 
such animal shall collect or accumulate shall cause such 
manure or liquid to be removed to some other place, and 
shall at all times keep, or cause to be kept such stables, 
stalls, pens and appurtenances thereof in a cleanly and 
wholesome condition. No swine shall be kept within 
three hundred feet of any dwelling house. 

SEC. 7. For this purpose, boxes for holding manure 
shall be provided by each owner, lessee, tenant, or 



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occupant of a stable, and such boxes shall be provided 
with lids, and said boxes shall be kept closed, except 
when manure is being placed therein or taken therefrom, 
and in no instance shall manure be placed in or upon any 
such box so as to prevent the closing of the lid. 

SEC. 8. If said box is placed outside of the stable 
and on an open lot, the same shall be made of galvanized 
iron. The contents of the box are to be removed as often 
as filled. All manure not utilized for the fertilizing of 
gardens or lawns within the City, shall be disposed of 
by the owner or occupant of the premises wherein such 
material has accumulated either by conveying or causing 
the same to be conveyed beyond the City limits or other 
place, as directed by the Board of Public Safety or the 
police officers of said City. Such manure in being 
hauled shall be hauled in such manner as to prevent any 
part of it being dropped upon the streets. 

Any person keeping two or less horses, cows, or 
other animals on the premises shall have the manure 
removed at least once a week; any person keeping 
more than two of such animals and not more than ten 
shall have the manure removed twice a week ; any 
person keeping more than ten of such animals shall 
have the manure removed th*ree times a week. 

SEC. 9. For the purpose of this article the word 
"garbage" shall be held to include and mean kitchen 
and table refuse and offal, swill, and also every accumu- 
lation of animal and vegetable and other matter that 
attends the preparation, consumption, decay or dealing 
in or storage of meats, fish, fowl, birds, fruits or vege- 
tables. 

The term ''waste matter" shall include and be held 
to mean crockery, bottles, broken brick, tin vessels, trim- 
ings from lawns and flower gardens, pasteboard boxes, 
berry boxes, paper,, straw, sawdust, packing material, 
shavings, boxes, natural soil, street sweepings, earth and 
stone, and all non-combustible waste matter. The term 
"ashes" shall be held to include and mean the residue of 
material burned. 

SEC. 10. No garbage or manure, or manure and 
straw shall be burned upon any street, alley, park, water- 
way, highway, or pubilc place, or upon any premises, in 
the open air within the corporate limits of said City. 

SEC. n. It shall be the duty of every tenant, lessee, 
or occupant of any private dwelling house in said City 
to provide within such dwelling house or building, or 
on the lot or premises, upon which such building or 
dwelling house is situated, in a suitable place, a tin or 



Regulating 
removal of 
manure 



Number of 
times per 
week 



Definition 

of 

"garbage" 



"waste 
matter" 



"ashes" 



Burning of 

refuse 

prohibited 



Garbage 
receptacle 



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Garbage to 
be placed in 
receptacle 



Garbage at 

private 

dwellings 

Garbage at 
hotels, etc. 



Sanitary 
condition of 
receptacle 



Garbage 
wagon 



Permit for 

garbage 

business 



iron garbage receptacle with cover, for receiving and 
holding all the garbage produced, created, or accumula- 
ted upon such premises between the times for the col- 
lection of garbage, as hereinafter provided ; and all such 
receptacles shall be at all times located in such places 
as to be readily accessible for removing or emptying the 
same; but shall not be placed within the limits of any 
street, in said City, or anywhere so as to constitute a 
nuisance. 

SEC. 12. It shall be the duty of each such tenant, 
occupant or lessee to place in such receptacle, all garbage 
created, produced, or accumulated upon the premises 
occupied by him between the times established in this 
article for the removal of the same. Nothing but gar- 
bage as defined in this ordinance shall be placed in such 
receptacle. 

SEC. 13. All garbage accumulating at private dwell- 
ing houses or residences shall be removed by the gar- 
bage collector twice a week, or oftener if necessary. 

SEC. 14. All garbage accumulating at hotels, board- 
ing houses, restaurants or business houses, shall be re- 
moved by the garbage collector as often as every other 
day. 

SEC. 15. All garbage cans or receptacles shall be 
kept clean and sanitary by the owner or person using 
the same, and covered at all times except when garbage 
is deposited or removed therefrom. 

SEC. 16. It shall be unlawful for any person to use 
any cart or vehicle for the conveyance of "garbage" or 
"waste material," filth, offal of any kind, or any offensive 
or ill-smelling matter unless the cart or vehicle is staunch, 
tight and closely covered with a wooden or metal cover 
s-> as to wholly prevent leakage or smell; or to use any 
cart or vehicle for the conveyance or removal of manure, 
rubbish, or street sweepings unless the said cart or vehicle 
1 e provided with a canvas cover securely fastened over 
the top thereof, and be so constructed as to prevent the 
deposit of such manure, rubbish or street sweepings, or 
any portion thereof, in or upon the streets through which 
such cart or vehicle may be driven. 

SEC. 17. It shall be unlawful for any person to 
engage in or carry on the business of hauling or re- 
moving garbage or waste material in said City without 
first obtaining a permit from the Board of Public Safety 
of said City to engage in or carry on said garbage 
business, and it shall be unlawful for any person to 
engage in or carry on such business without first having 
obtained from the Eoard of Safety of said City a certifi- 



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cate to the effect that the provisions of this article in 
regard to vehicles for said business have been complied 
with. The permit and certificate herein provided for 
shall be revoked unless the cart or wagon shall be kept 
clean, \\ell painted on the outside and marked "Garbage 
Wagon." 

SEC. 1 8. The garbage collectors shall call regularly Regular 
as provided in this article at all dwellings, residences, collections 
boarding houses, restaurants, hotels and business houses 
and other places where garbage is produced or created 
in said City, and remove therefrom as promptly as 
possible all garbage placed in the can or receptacle 
provided for the same on the premises. All garbage shall 
be removed in such manner as not to be needlessly 
offensive or filthy in relation to any person, place, 
building, premises or highway. 

SEC. 19. In all cases of disputes or complaints Disputes or 
arising as to or concerning the place where the recep- complaints 
tacle containing garbage shall be put awaiting removal by 
the garbage collectors, the Health Officer shall forthwith 
designate the place, and his decision shall be final. 

SEC. 20. Maximum rates for services to be charged Rates for 
by garbage collectors are hereby fixed as follows: collection 

For private dwelling-houses: 

Garbage removal 75 cents per month 

Ashes, one barrel 25 cents per month 

Waste material, one barrel ... 25 cents per month 

For hotels, business houses, restaurants, boarding, 
houses, etc: 

Garbage, ashes and waste material at the rate of 
$1.25 per cubic yard, provided all garbage is 
placed in one receptacle. 

SEC. 21. No person or persons shall erect, maintain Distance of 
or use any barn, stable, chicken or pigeon house or pen in outbuildings 
which animals or fowl are kept within forty feet of the mises of 
dwelling house of another. Provided, however, that any another* 
person who finds that it is impossible from the size of his 
lot or premises to so erect or maintain such outbuildings 
for said purposes at a distance of forty feet from the 
dwelling house of another may apply to the Board of 
Public Safety of said City for a permit to erect or main- 
tain such outbuilding at a less distance than above pro- 
vided from the dwelling of another. 

SEC. 22. Upon receiving such application, the Permit of 
Health Officer shall go upon the premises and investigate Health 
the proposed location of such outbuilding, and may grant officer 



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meanor 



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a permit for the erection or maintenance of such out- 
building under such rules and regulations for the pre- 
vention of the escape of obnoxious odors and gases and 
the maintenance of a sanitary condition as he may 
prescribe in writing, to which the person applying must 
consent in writing. 

Thereafter, any person who, in the use of said out- 
buildings, fails to comply with said rules and regulations 
shall be deemed to maintain a nuisance and shall be sub- 
ject to the fines and penalties hereinafter provided. 

SEC. 23. Any person who refuses or neglects to 
comply with the requirements of Sections I, 2 and 3 of 
this article within five days after the notice provided in 
Section 5 is given, shall be deemed guilty of a mis- 
demeanor. 

SEC. 24. Any person violating any of the provisions 
of this article, either by act or omission, shall be deemed 
guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof 
shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars and 
not exceeding three hundred dollars, or by imprisonment 
ivot exceeding one hundred days or by both such fine 
and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE XI 

GOVERNING THE SALE OF TOBACCO,, CIG- 
ARETTES, OR CIGARETTE PAPERS OR ANY 
PREPARATION OF TOBACCO IN THE CITY 
OF PALO ALTO. 

Sale of SEC. I. Every person, firm or corporation which 

tobacco, etc. sells' or gives or in any way furnishes to another person 
to minors wno is in fact under the age of eighteen years, any 
and penalty to b accOi cigarettes or cigarette papers, or any other prep- 
aration of tobacco, is guilty of a misdemeanor and upon 
conviction thereof shall be punished for the first offense 
by a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more 
than one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not 
more than sixty days ; and for the second offense by a fine 
of not less than fifty dollars nor more than two hundred 
dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than ninety 
days ; and for each subsequent offense by a fine of not 
less than one hundred dollars and not more than three 
hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not less than 
ninety days, nor more than six months, or by both such 
fine and imprisonment. 



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Sue. 2. Every person, firm or corporation which Ordinance 
sells or deals in tobacco or any preparation thereof shall to be 
post conspicuously and keep so posted in his or their P ste< 
place of business a copy of Section I of this article, and 
any such person failing to do so shall, upon conviction, 
he punished by a fine of five dollars for the first offense, 
and twenty-five dollars for each succeeding violation of 
this provision, or by imprisonment for not more than 
thirty days. 

SEC. 3. No tobacco, cigars, cigarettes or cigarette Sale ot - 
paper shall be sold within one thousand feet of any public tobacco, etc. 
school house or high school building in the City of Palo near school 
Alto. houses 

SEC. 4. Any corporation, company or person violat- penalty 
ing the provisions of Section 3 of this article shall be 
deeired guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction 
shall be punished by a fine not exceeding three hundred 
dollars or 1 y imprisonment for a period not exceeding 
ninety days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE XII 
GOVERNING HYPNOTIC EXHIBITIONS 

SEC. i. It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any Forbidding 
person, other than a regularly licensed physician, to hypnotism 
place another person under the influence of hypnotism 
within the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person to expose Exhibiting 
another person either publicly or privately under the hypnotic 
influence of hypnotism, or while represented to be under sub J ects 
the influence of hypnotism, in any place in the City of 
Palo Alto. 

SEC. 3. Any person violating the provisions of this Penalty 
article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon 
conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceed- 
ing one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for a period 
not exceeding thirty days, or by both such fine and 
imprisonment. 



ARTICLE XIII 
GOVERNING MOVING PICTURE SHOWS 

SEC. i. It shall be unlawful for any person, com- Restrict;. > 
pany or corporation to exhibit at any entertainment, 



ORDINANCES OF THE 1'ITY OF PALO ALTO 



Misde- 
meanor 

Powers of 
Board of 
Public 
Safety 



Penalty 



performance or show any moving pictures representing 
prize fights, glove contests, assaults, lewd or obscene 
conduct or acts, criives of violence, the enacting of any 
crime or any act forbidden by the laws of the State of 
California. 

SEC. 2. The exhibition of any moving picture show 
hereby declared to be unlawful shall constitute a mis- 
demeanor. 

SEC. 3. The Board of Public Safety or any member 
or officer thereof shall have full authority to enter any 
place of amusement in the City where moving picture 
shows are exhibited and prevent the exhibition of any 
moving picture hereby declared unlawful. 

SEC. 4. Any person, company or corporation vio- 
lating the provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty 
of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be 
punished by a fine not exceeding three hundred dollars 
or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding ninety 
days or by both such fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE XIV 

GOVERNING PUBLIC LAUNDRIES AND WASH 
HOUSES, ENGINES, BOILERS, OIL STOR- 
AGE TANKS, HOSPITALS, UNDERTAKING 
ESTABLISHMENTS, PLANING MILLS, 
STABLES, HALLS FOR PUBLIC ENTER- 
TAINMENTS, MACHINE SHOPS, JUNK 
YARDS, STORAGE YARDS AND SPUR 
TRACKS. 

Permit SEC. i. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm 

or corporation to establish and maintain on any premises 
within the City limits of Palo Alto, any public laundry or 
wash house, engine, boiler, oil storage tank, hospital, 
undertaking establishment, planing mill, public stable, hall 
for public entertainment for which an admission fee is 
charged, junk yard, storage yard, machine shop or spur 
track without first obtaining a permit therefor from the 
Board of Public Works, specifying the name of the 
permittee and the location of the premises to be used 
for such purpose. 

Purposes of SEC. 2. Whenever application is made to the 
set rm forth hi Board of Public Works of the City of Palo Alto by any 
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93 



the same shall be in writing setting forth in detail the 
purposes for which the permit is to be granted. Said 
written application must be signed by the owners of the 
property to be used for said purposes. 

The applicant shall also cause to be posted con- 
spicuously in front of his premises a notice to the effect 
that application has been made to the Board of Public 
Works for the granting of such permit, and setting forth 
the purposes for which said premises are to be used, said 
notice to be posted immediately after the filing of the 
application and kept posted for at least two weeks. This 
provision shall not apply to the temporary erection, 
maintenance or use of any steam engine and boiler or 
steam boiler for building or construction purposes. 

SEC. 3. If the application is for the erection or 
use of any steam engine or boiler or steam boiler, said 
application shall be accompanied by a Board of Under- 
writers Inspector's Certificate of the soundness of such 
steam engine and boiler or steam boiler. 

SEC. 4. Permits for the erection, maintenance and 
use of steam engines and boilers or steam boilers are 
not transferable and may be revoked by the Board of 
Public Works, when defective, unsound, or a menace 
to public safety. 

SEC. 5. Any person, company, or corporation 
making application as aforesaid and failing to comply 
with the provisions hereinbefore specified, shall be denied 
the permit sought in said application. 

SEC. 6. No gas works, electric lighting plant, 
laundry, factory, foundry, or manufactory requiring 
steam, lumber mill or yard, planing mill, or engine or 
boiler in connection with the foregoing establishments, 
oil storage tank in excess of fifteen hundred gallons, junk 
yard, veterinary hospital, storage yard where lumber, 
building material, poles, wires, ties, rails and similar 
materials are kept, or spur track, shall be built or main- 
tained at any place within the corporate limits of the City 
of Palo Alto, except in blocks 102, 105, 106 and 109, and 
those blocks or portions of blocks of Palo Alto bounded 
by Hamilton avenue, Ramona street, Addison avenue, 
and Alma street, and being the southwesterly half of 
blocks n, 10, 9 and "E" and all of blocks "A," 8, 7 
and 6. 

The above shall constitute a district within which 
said places or businesses may be erected and maintained, 
and rio rermit shall be granted for the erection or main- 
tenance of ^aid places outside of said district and within 
the corporate limits of the City. 



Posting of 
application 



Permit for 
steam engine 
or boiler 



Permits 
to be 
revoked 



Non- 
compliance 



Restrictions 

upon 

location 



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Penalty SEC. 7. Any person, firm or corporation that shall 

violate any of the provisions of this article shall be guilty 
of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall 
be punished by a fine not to exceed three hundred dollars, 
or by imprisonment for not more than three months, or 
by both such fine and imprisonment. 



Number of 
exits 



Compliance 



Locking exit 
doors during 
assemblage 



Obstructing 
aisles, etc. 



ARTICLE XV 

EXITS, AISLES, PASSAGEWAYS, CORRIDORS 
AND STAIRWAYS IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS 

SEC. i. All theatres and public halls now con- 
structed, or hereafter to be constructed in the City of 
Palo Alto, shall be provided with at least two means of 
exit from the assembly hall to the sidewalk, one of which 
may be a fire escape. 

SEC. 2. All doors to exits leading from such build- 
ings shall swing freely outward; provided, however, 
that where such doors are so constructed as to swing 
freely outward and inward to their full extent during all 
the time of the assemblage of persons in such bulding, so 
that a free passageway shall be open at all times to the 
street, then the provisions of this article shall be deemed 
complied with. 

SEC. 3. It shall be unlawful for the lessee, manager, 
owner or person in charge of any church, assembly hall, 
or other public building within said City to permit any 
exit door to be locked or fastened immediately preceding, 
during or immediately after any service, performance, 
lecture, exhibition, concert, ball or other public gather- 
ing. 

SEC. 4. It shall be unlawful for any person to 
obstruct any aisle, passage-way, corridor or stairway of 
any church, assembly hall or other public building in 
said City, and used for the purpose of worship, instruc- 
tion, entertainment or public assemblage, by standing 
in or occupying said aisles, passage-ways, corridors 
or stairways during or preparatory to any service, per- 
formance, exhibition, lecture, concert, ball or other public 
gathering, or by placing therein any chair, settee, camp 
stool or other obstruction. And it shall be unlawful for 
the lessee, manager, owner or person in charge of such 
building to suffer, allow or permit any such obstruction. 

Aisles shall be defined as the space between seats, or 
between the seats and wall, which shall not be less than 
32 inches. 



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SEC. 5. Any person violating any of the provisions Penalty 
of this article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, 
and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine 
not exceeding one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment 
for a period not exceeding thirty days, or by both such 
fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE XVI 

(lOYERNrNG VEHICLES OF EVERY DESCRIP- 
TION 

SEC. i. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, Speed O f 
operate or propel any wagon, carriage, vehicle, motor vehicles 
vehicle, automobile, bicycle, motor cycle or motor bi- 
cycle, or other riding machine within the corporate limits 
of the City of Palo Alto at a greater rate of speed than 
one mile in six minutes, and any person operating, pro- 
pelling or driving any such vehicle at any higher rate of 
speed than one mile in six minutes shall be guilty of a 
misdemeanor. 

SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, signals 
operate or propel any motor vehicle, automobile, motor 
cycle or motor bicycle, within the corporate limits of the 
City of Palo Alto without having attached to the same 
a bell, gong or horn in good working order and sufficient 
to give warning of the approach of such vehicle to pedes- 
trians, and to riders and drivers of other vehicles and to 
horses and other animals, and to persons entering or 
leaving the street cars. Such bell, gong or horn shall be 
sounded when approaching pedestrians who may be on 
or passing over the roadway of any street, such sounding 
or ringing to begin a reasonable time before reaching 
such person or persons, and such bell, gong or horn 
shall be sounded clearly from any street crossing at any 
street intersection before passing over the same. 

SEC. 7. It shall be unlawful for any rider or riders 

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or driver or drivers of any vehicle or motor vehicle men- t h e road 
tioned in Section I, to ride upon any street, lane or alley 
of the City to the left side of the center line of said 
highways, except to cross over said highways for the pur- 
pose of stopping upon the left-hand side of said highways, 
it being ordered that the custom or usage known as "The 
Law of the Road" and obtaining among the American 
people relative to riding, to the overtaking and passing of 
vehicles and ridden animals, shall obtain for all vehicles 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Driving 
from streets, 
lanes, 
alleys, etc. 



Lamps on 
autos. etc. 



Railway cars 
speed 



Sounding 
gongs on 
cars at all 
crossings 



referred to and described in this article, and for the rider 
or riders, and driver or drivers thereof, and be the law 
in the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 4. It shall be unlawful for any rider or riders, 
or driver or drivers of any vehicle or motor vehicle 
mentioned in Section i, to ride or drive any of said 
vehicles from any street, lane or alley into any intersect- 
ing street, lane or alley, by turning nearer to the curb- 
corner than four feet. It shall be unlawful to ride or 
propel any vehicle or motor vehicle mentioned in Section 
I, so that in turning from any street, lane or alley into 
any intersecting street, lane or alley, the vehicle will be 
ridden or driven upon the left hand of the said last named 
highway, except for the purpose of stopping and dis- 
mounting within fifty feet from the curb-corner referred 
to. In all such changing of direction, where the change 
requires a street or way to be crossed to reach the right 
hand side of the new direction, the rider or riders, driver 
or drivers, must make the change of direction at or 
beyond the junction of the center line of such intersecting 
highways and not before, as prevailing conditions will 
permit, except as hereinbefore provided. 

SEC. 5. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive 
or propel any automobile or motor vehicle within the 
corporate limits of the City of Palo Alto without having 
attached to the front of said automobile or motor vehicle 
one or more lamps, which shall show a light during the 
period from one hour after sunset to one hour before 
sunrise, and also at least one lamp on the rear of said 
automobile or motor vehicle, which shall show a light 
during the same period. 

A motor cycle or motor bicycle shall have at least 
one lamp on said machine, which shall show a light 
during the same period, while being propelled upon any 
street or highway. 

SEC. 6. It shall be unlawful for any person as 
motorman or conductor or otherwise, to run or operate 
any street railway car across or around street intersec- 
tions in the City of Palo Alto at a greater rate of speed 
than ten miles per hour. 

SEC. 7. It shall be unlawful for any person as 
motorman, conductor or otherwise, having charge of any 
street railway car to allow it to be propelled across any 
street within the City of Palo Alto without having 
sounded said car's alarm gong or bell while within a 
distance of not more than one hundred feet nor less than 
fifty feet from the street about to be crossed. 

SEC. 8. It is hereby declared unlawful for any 



POLICE REGULATIONS 97 

motorman, gripman, conductor, or other person oper- p as sing 

ating, controlling or having charge of any street railway another car 

car or cars, operating in the streets of the City of Palo 

Alto, to cause, permit or allow the same to pass another 

car or cars within the intersection of any cross street or 

within twenty-five feet of either side of the intersection 

of any cross street. 

SEC. 9. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive Reckless 
or propel any wigon, carriage, car, vehicle, motor vehicle, driving 
automol ile, bicycle, motor cycle or motor bicycle in the 
City of Palo Alto in a manner reckless and dangerous to 
cither person or property. 

SEC. 10. The violation of the provisions of this Penalty 
article by any person, motorman, conductor, owner, 
chauffeur, or operator or driver of any wagon, carriage 
vehicle, street car, motor vehicle, automobile, bicycle, 
motor cycle or motor bicycle shall be deemed a misde- 
meanor, punishable upon conviction thereof by a fine of 
not less than ten dollars nor more than three hundred 
dollars, or by imprisonment not exceeding ninety 'days, 
or by both such fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE XVII 

BILL POSTING, PLACING OF SIGNS, PAINT- 
ING AND POSTING OF ADVERTISING 
MATTER 

SEC., i. It is hereby declared to be unlawful for Bill-board 
any person, firm or corporation to paint, post, put up or advertising 
display any sign, bill poster, picture, lithograph, map, 
plat, sample or other device for advertising purposes of 
any kind, upon any bill board, fence, post, pole or tree 
within the corporate limits of the City of Palo Alto, ex- 
cept as hereinafter provided. 

SEC. 2. It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any Regulation 
person, firm or corporation, to paint, post, put up or of same 
display any sign, bill poster, picture, lithograph, plat, 
map, sample or other device for any advertising purposes 
of any kind upon any wall or building without the express 
permission of the occupant, owner, lessee or person 
having possession thereof, except as hereinafter provided. 

SEC. 3. It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any Erection of 
person, firm or corporation to construct, erect or permit bill - boar ds, 
to exist, use or permit to be used, any bill board or bulletin etc ' 
board for advertising purposes, upon any lot, piece or 



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Construction 
of article 



Penalty 



parcel of land within the City of Palo Alto, except where 
said bill board or bulletin board is fixed or located on a 
place of business conducted in said City of Palo Alto, and 
is used solely for advertising said business. 

SEC. 4. The provisions of this article shall not be 
construed to prohibit or include any notice or advertise- 
irent prescribed or required by law in any case, or any 
notice posted by any lawful officer. 

SEC. 5. Any person, firm or corporation violating 
any of the provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty 
of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be 
punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars, 
or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days or by 
both such fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE XVIII 



Destruction 
of trees, 
shrubs, etc. 



Penalty 



PROTECTION OF TREES, SHRUBS AND 
PLANTS 

SEC. I. No person, unless duly authorized so to do 
by the Board of Public Works, shall in any manner 
destroy, tear up, break or injure in any manner, any 
tree, ornamental shrub or plant growing upon any of the 
public lands, streets, avenues, alleys or sidewalks of 
the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 2. Any person violating the provisions of this 
article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon 
conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not ex- 
ceeding one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment not 
exceeding thirty days, or by both such fine and imprison- 
ment. 



ARTICLE XIX 

PROVIDING FOR A BOND IN CASE OF VIO- 
LATION OF AN ORDINANCE 

SEC. i. When any person is arrested for violating 
ofTrrestlor any ordinance of the City of Palo Alto, the Police Judge 
violating or magistrate before whom the person charged with the 
any violation of the ordinance is brought, may require of the 

of defendant a bond in a penal sum of not less than twenty- 
Palo Alto five dollars or more than three hundred dollars, payable 



Bond in case 



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to the City of Palo Alto, and conditioned to the effect that 
the defendant will not violate or continue to violate 
the ordinance under which he is charged by committing 
the same act or similar acts during the pendency of the 
trial. The fact that the defendant is required to give said 
bond shall not in any way affect the rights of the defend- 
ant at the trial of the case. 



PART IV 

PUBLIC HEALTH 



General 
provisions 



Nuisance 
denned by 
Board of 
Public 
Safety 

Misde- 
meanor 



Notice to 
non-resi- 
dents and 
others 



ARTICLE I 
GENERAL HEALTH REGULATIONS 

SEC. i. The Board of Public Safety shall have 
charge of the public health of the City, and for this 
purpose shall establish all needful rules and regulations 
necessary to preserve the health of the City, and shall 
exercise the powers and perform the duties of boards of 
health of cities as prescribed by the laws of the State of 
California, which laws are made a part hereof insofar as 
they do not conflict with the ordinances of the City of 
Palo Alto. 

SEC. 2. The Board of Public Safety is hereby vested 
with power to act upon, define, determine and adjudge 
what shall constitute a nuisance in said City, and to re- 
quire the same to be abated in a summary manner. Any 
person who maintains, permits or allows a nuisance to 
exist upon his or her property or premises, after the 
same has been determined by the said Board to be a 
nuisance, and after notice to remove the same has been 
served upon such person, shall be deemed guilty of a 
misdemeanor, and shall be punished accordingly; and 
each day of the existence of s-uch nuisance after notice 
shall he deemed a separate and distinct offense, and it is 
the duty of the Health Officer to prosecute all persons 
guilty of violating the provisions of this section by con- 
tinuous prosecutions until such unlawful nuisance is 
abated or removed. 

Whenever a nuisance shall exist on the property of 
any non-resident, or on any property, the owner or owners 
of which cannot be found by the Health Officer, after 
diligent search, or on the property of any owner or 
owners upon whom due notice may have been served, and 



PUBLIC HEALTH IOI- 

who shall, for three days, refuse or neglect to abate the 
same, or on any City property, it shall be the duty of the 
Board (if Public Safety to cause the said nuisance to be 
at once removed or abated, and to draw upon the Health 
Incidental Fund for such sums as may be required for 
its removal or abatement, not to exceed one hundred 
dollars ; provided, that whenever a larger expenditure is 
found necessary to be made for the removal or sup- 
pression of any nuisance, the Council of said City shall, 
upon written application of the Board of Public Safety, 
transfer from the General Fund to the Health Incidental 
Fund, such sum or sums as may be necessary for that 
purpose. Said sum or sums so paid shall become a lien 
upon the property from which said nuisance has been 
removed or abated, in pursuance of this section, and may 
be recovered by an action against such property. 

And it shall be the duty of the City Attorney to fore- Duty of 
close all such liens in the proper court, in the name of and the City 
for the benefit of the City of Palo Alto, and, when the Attorney 
property is sold, enough of the proceeds shall be paid into 
the City Treasury to satisfy the lien and costs (such sums 
to be accredited to the fund from which the expenditure 
was made) and the overplus, if any there be, shall be paid 
to the owner of the property, if he be known, and if not, 
then into the court for his use when his identity is estab- 
lished. 

SEC. 3. Whenever it shall be certified to the Board 
of Public Safety by the Health Officer that any building, 
or part thereof, is unfit for human habitation by reason of 
its ^eing so infected with disease as to be likely to cause 
Mckiiess among the occupants, or has become dangerous 
to life by reason of its want of repair, said Board may 
issue an order and cause the same to be affixed conspicu- 
ously on the building, or the part thereof which is unfit for 
human habitation, and to be personally served upon the 
owner, agent or lessee, if the same can be found in this 
State, requiring all persons therein to vacate such 
building, for reasons to be stated in said notice as afore- 
said. Such building, or part thereof, shall be vacated 
within ten days thereafter, or within such shorter time, 
not less than twenty-fours hours, as in said notice may 
be specified; but said Board if it shall become satisfied 
that the danger from said house or part thereof, has 
ceased to exist, may revoke said order, and it shall thence- 
forward become inoperative. 

SEC. 4. (a) Every physician in said City shall report 
immediately to the Health Officer, every patient he shall 



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Physicians 
to report 
patients who 
have contag- 
ious diseases 

Diseased 
lodgers to 
be reported 

Confinement 
of persons 
afflicted with 
dangerous 
diseases 



Rules and 
regulations 
concerning 
quarantine 



Vaccination 



Certificate of 
death 



Supervision 
of death 
record by 
Board of 
Public 
Safety 



have suffering from an infectious or contagious disease, 
and report to said officer every case of death from such 
disease immediately after it shall have occurred. 

(b) The head of every household in said City, shall 
forthwith report to the Health Officer the name of 
every boarder or inmate whom he shall have reason to 
believe sick of any infectious or contagious disease, and 
any deaths occurring therein from such disease. 

SEC. 5. Whenever a case of infectious or conta- 
gious disease shall exist in any house or tenement, and 
it shall be deemed inexpedient to remove the person or 
persons so affected to the proper hospital, it shall be the 
duty of the Health Officer to require all such persons to 
be kept closely confined in their respective dwellings, or 
places of abode, and he shall immediately cause to be 
erected in a conspicuous place in front of such dwelling 
or place of abode, a suitable notice, setting forth the fact, 
and it shall be unlawful for the occupants thereof, or 
any other person to remove such notice so long as, in the 
opinion of the Health Officer, the same ought to remain 
on the said premises. 

SEC. 6. Section 13 of "an act to amend sections 
2, 3, 13 and 21 of an act entitled 'an act for the preserva- 
tion of the public health of the people of the State of 
California, and empowering the State Board of Health to 
enforce its provisions, and providing penalties for the 
violation thereof" approved April i, 1911, shall be and 
the same is hereby adopted and made the rules and 
requirements to be observed in all cases of quarantine in 
the City of Palo Alto, and said section 13 is hereby made 
a part of this article. 

SEC. 7. The Board of Public Safety shall enforce 
compulsory vaccination whenever in their judgment it 
may become necessary. 

SEC. 8. It shall be unlawful for any person to 
bury within the City of Palo Alto, or to remove beyond 
the City limits for burial, the body of any deceased per- 
son without first having filed with the Health Officer 
a certificate of death signed by the attending physician. 

SEC. 9. The Board of Public Safety must exercise 
a general supervision over the death records of said 
City and may adopt such forms and regulations for the 
use and government of physicians, undertakers, and 
superintendents of cemeteries as in their judgment may 
be best calculated to secure reliable statistics of the mor- 
tality in the said City and prevent the spread of disease. 

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103 



resist or attempt to resist the entrance of any member of 
the Board of Public Safety or the Health Officer into 
any railroad car, stage, vehicle, room, lot or other place 
in said City in the performance of his duty, or for any 
person to lease any house or premises where any person 
is or has been sick with quarantinable, contagious or 
infectious disease, as mentioned in section above, without 
having first obtained permission so to do from the Board 
of Public Safety, or for any person to refuse to obey any 
lawful order of the Board of Public Safety when made 
in the performance of duties or powers conferred by law 
or by Charter, or by this article. 

SEC. ii. No person shall expose or offer for sale, 
or sell for human food, any blown, meager, diseased or 
bad meat, poultry or game, unsound, diseased or un- 
wholesome fish, meat, vegetables or other market pro- 
duct, or bring within the City for sale, or sell, any sick 
or diseased animal that died a natural or accidental 
death. 

SEC. 12. Any article or animal that shall be offered 
for sale or exhibited in any market or elsewhere as 
though it were intended for sale, shall be deemed offered 
and exposed for sale within the intent and meaning of 
this article. 

SEC. 13. Any person who, in violation of the pre- 
ceding sections of this article, shall bring within the City, 
slaughter or sell or expose for sale any article or animal 
which is unfit or unsafe for human food shall forfeit 
the same to the City, and the Chief of Police or his 
deputy shall seize and forthwith remove the same, at 
the expense of the owner, in such manner and under 
such directions of the Board of Public Safety as will 
insure the safety and protection of the public health. 

SEC. 14. Every person who shall violate any of the 
provisions of this article or any of the rules and regu- 
lations made and established by the Board of Public 
Safety under and by virtue of this article, or shall fail 
or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction 
of the Board of Public Safety or Health Officer without 
delay, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon 
conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceed- 
ing one hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for a perio'd 
not exceeding thirty days, or by both such fine and im- 
prisonment. 



Resisting 
Board of 
Public 
Safety 



Unwhole- 
some 
foodstuffs 



Goods 

offered 

sale 



for 



Chief of 
Police to 
seize un- 
wholesome 
foodstuffs 



Penalty 



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ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



ARTICLE II 
MILK AND CREAM 



Permit 



Application 



Regulation 
of permits 



Milk from 

diseased 

cows 



SEC. i. No person shall sell, expose or offer for 
sale, in the City of Palo Alto, any milk or cream with- 
out a permit so to do from the Board of Public Safety 
of said City, except as provided in Section 3 hereof. 

SEC. 2. Application for such permit shall be made 
on a blank furnished by said Board and shall be accom- 
panied by such information as said Board may require, 
of the premises which are used or intended to be used in 
connection with the production, storage and shipment of 
such milk or cream, and of the cows which are used, or 
intended to be used for the- production of such milk or 
cream. 

The Board shall, upon receipt of such application in 
clue form, make or cause to be made, an examination 
of the premises and milk cows, and if after such examin- 
ation the said Board shall approve of such premises and 
cows, the Board of Public Safety shall issue, without 
charge, such permit as is hereinbefore specified. 

SEC. 3. It is hereby provided that no applicant shall 
be restrained from conducting business until his applica- 
tion has been acted upon by the Board of Public Safety, 
but that no applicant whose application has been rejected 
shall be permitted to file a new application within ten 
days after the date of such rejection, and any such new 
application shall not be considered by the Board of Public 
Safety unless accompanied by the payment of five dollars 
to the City of Palo Alto ; and it is provided further that 
any permit may be suspended or revoked at any time 
without previous notice by said Board, whenever in the 
judgment of the Board of Public Safety the applicant 
neglects or refuses to comply with the provisions of this 
article. 

SEC. 4. No person shall sell, exchange or deliver, 
in said City, or have in his possession, with intent to 
sell, exchange or deliver, any milk or cream taken from 
any cow less than fifteen days before or ten days after 
calving, or from any cow which is suffering from any 
general or local disease, condition or injury which is 
liable to render the milk or cream from said cow 
unwholesome, or from any cow insufficiently fed, or fed 



PUBLIC HEALTH IO5 

on any substance liable to injuriously >affect the milk or 
cream from such cow ; and the presence, on any premises 
on which milk or cream is produced for sale in said City, 
of any cow which is suffering from any general or local 
disease, condition or injury which is liable to render the 
milk or cream from said cow unwholesome, or of any 
cow which is insufficiently fed or has been fed on any 
substance liable to injuriously affect the quality of the 
milk or cream, shall be prima facie evidence of intent to 
sell such milk or cream and of producing, holding and 
offering such milk or cream for sale. 

SEC. 5. No person shall in said City sell any milk Unwhole 
or creim, or hold or offer any milk or cream for sale, some m iik 
which is not clean and wholesome and free from foreign 
substances, nor unless the same has been cooled im- 
mediately after coming into his possession sufficiently to 
remove the animal heat by a process satisfactory to the 
Board of Public Safety, nor under any misrepresenta- 
tion in respect thereof as to name or quality, or as being 
what the same is not as respects wholesomeness, sound- 
ness or safety. 

SEC. 6. No person shall, in the City of Palo Alto, f 

sell or exchange or expose or offer for sale or exchange, ^i^ 1 3 
any milk or cream unless the same be pure, and free from 
preservatives ; nor any milk from which a part of the 
cream has been removed, or milk containing less than 
three-and-one-half per centum of butter fat, unless the 
same be plainly marked and sold as skimmed milk. 

SEC. 7. No person shall, in said City; sell, exchange Q lit of 
or deliver, or have in his custody or possession, with cr eam y 
intent to sell, exchange or deliver, cream containing 
less than eighteen per centum of butter fat. 

SEC. 8. Every person in said City selling, ex- 
changing or delivering milk or cream, or having the same 5 
in his custody or possession to sell, exchange or deliver, 
shall furnish to said Board of Public Safety, or its duly 
authorized representative, who shall apply to him for the 
purpose, a sample sufficient for the purpose of testing. 

SEC. 9. No person shall sell, exchange, deliver or 
buy any cow to be used for the production of milk or a nd sate of 
creim for sale in said City, knowing that such cow is diseased 
unfit for that purpose by reason of disease or injury; cows 
and whenever any veterinary surgeon duly authorized by 
said Board of Public Safety to act as its inspector, shall 
in the course of inspections made under authority of 
this act, find any cow on any premises on which milk 
or cream is produced for sale in the City of Palo Alto in 



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Board to 
notified 



such condition as to be permanently unfit for the pro- 
duction of such milk or cream, he shall mark such cow 
so as to enable it to be permanently identified as inspected 
and condemned by said Board, and no person shall 
remove or deface such mark or cause any such mark to 
be removed or defaced without written authority from 
the said Board. 

Diseased SEC. io. No person suffering from any communi- 

persons cable disease, or who is liable to communicate any such 

disease to other persons, shall assist in or about the pro- 
duction of milk or cream for sale in said City, or in or 
about the sale thereof. No person having power and 
authority to prevent shall knowingly permit any person 
aforesaid to work in or about the production or sale of 
milk. 

be SEC. ii. Every person holding a permit to sell milk 
or cream, or to hold, offer or produce milk or cream for 
sale in said City, shall notify the Board of Public Safety 
of the occurrence of any communicable disease what- 
soever among the persons employed by him in connection 
with the business authorized by such permit, or among 
'persons dwelling on premises where such business is 
conducted, and of the occurrence of any communicable 
disease among cattle on the premises on which the milk 
or cream sold by him is produced, such notice to be for- 
warded to said Board immediately after the person 
holding such permit shall become aware of the existence 
of any such disease aforesaid. 

SEC. 12. No person shall, in said City, use any 
wagon or other vehicle for the delivery of milk or cream 
unless such wagon or vehicle has painted on or affixed 
to the outside thereof, plainly and legibly, and so that 
the same may be easily read by passersby, the name of the 
dairy. No person shall use any wagon or other vehicle 
for the delivery of milk or cream, which is not clean 
and free from garbage or other material or thing liable 
to contaminate such milk or cream. 

Sanitation .SEC. 13. The Board of Public Safety is hereby 

authorized to make rules and regulations to secure the 
proper sanitation of all premises on which milk or cream 
is sold, held, offered or produced for sale, and to secure 
the proper care of such milk or cream, and to secure 
the isolation on such premises of cattle suffering from 
contagious disease. 

SEC. 14. It shall be the duty of the Board of Public 
Safety and of its duly authorized representatives to 
enforce the provisions of this article and of all regula- 



1 Delivery 
wagons 



PUBLIC HEALTH IO/ 

tions made by authority thereof. And said Board and Powers 
representatives are hereby authorized, in the performance of the 
of such duty, to enter and inspect all places in said City || c 
where milk or cream is sold, or held, offered or pro- Safety 
duced for sale, and to board and examine all wagons and 
other vehicles and to stop all wagons and other vehicles 
for that purpose. No person shall interfere with any 
such representative in the performance of his official 
duty, nor hinder, prevent or refuse to permit any in- 
spection or examination aforesaid. 

SEC. 15. No person shall, in said City, counter- 

,. ., i *.* 11-1 1 1 Counterfeit 

feit, or make any imitation of, or publish, or have in his permits 

possession any counterfeit or imitation of any permit 
authorized by this article. 

SEC. 1 6. The presence in or about the place of 
business of any person dealing in milk or cream, or in or 
about any vehicle used by any such person for the delivery 
of the same, of any milk or cream which is forbidden 
by law to be sold shall be prima facie evidence of an 
intent on the part of such person to sell the same and of 
the fact that he is holding or offering the same for sale. 

SEC. 17. Every person selling milk or cream in the 
City of Palo Alto shall, upon request of the Board of List 
Public Safety, furnish said Board, on a blank to be 
supplied by it, with a list of the names of his customers 
and their places of residence by street and house number, 
and with a list of dairymen who supply him with milk 
or cream and their addresses. 

SEC. 1 8. Any person violating any of the provisions 
of this article, whether acting for himself or as the agent Pen aity 
or servant of another person, or of a firm, company or 
corporation, or as an officer, agent, employee or repre- 
sentative of any municipal corporation or of the State, 
shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five 
nor more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment 
for a term of not more than ninety days, or by both such 
fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation of any 
of the provisions of this article shall continue, and each 
day that any thing forbidden by the terms hereof to be 
erected, constructed, maintained, operated or permitted, 
shall continue to exist or be maintained, operated or per- 
mitted, shall constitute a separate offense. 



PART V 

REGULATING CONSTRUCTION, 

ETC 



Sidewalk 
space 



Specifica- 
tions 



Name 

stamped or 
imbedded in 
cement 



Non-com- 
pliance 



ARTICLE I 
SIDEWALKS 

SEC. i. The width of the space for sidewalks in 
the streets of the City of Palo Alto is hereby established 
as follows : 

(a) In all streets seventy-five feet wide, at fifteen 
feet, except that the sidewalk space on University avenue 
from Alma street to Waverly street shall be twelve feet 
wide. 

(b) In all streets sixty feet wide, at twelve feet. 

(c) In all streets fifty feet wide or less, at ten feet. 
SEC. 2. All sidewalks, curbs and culverts shall be 

constructed according to the specifications adopted by 
the Board of Public Works. 

SEC. 3. Every person, firm or corporation doing 
cement work in the City of Palo Alto shall have the 
name of said person, firm or corporation plainly imbed- 
ded or stamped on the cement of each separate sidewalk 
laid by him. 

SEC. 4. The permit granted to any person, firm or 
corporation to lay cement sidewalks in the City of Palo 
Alto shall be revoked in case such person, firm or cor- 
poration shall fail to comply with the requirements of 
of this article. 



REGULATING CONSTRUCTION, ETC. 1 09 

ARTICLE IT 
CREATING FIRE LIMITS 

SEC. i. T*hat portion of the City of Palo Alto in- Defining 
eluded in the following limits shall be known as, and is fire dlstnct 
hereby established and created as the fire district : 

Commencing at a point of intersection of the center 
line of Alma street and the center line of Lytton avenue, 
running thence southeasterly along said center line of 
Alma street 1290 feet to the center line of Forest avenue, 
thence northeasterly along the center line of Forest 
avenue to a point midway between the northeasterly 
line of Alma street and the southwesterly line of 
High street, thence at right angles northwesterly and 
parallel with Alma street 230 feet to a point midway 
between the northwesterly line of Forest avenue and the 
southeasterly line of Hamilton avenue, thence at right 
angles and parallel with Hamilton avenue northeasterly 
697^ feet to the center line of Ramona street, thence 
northwesterly along the center line of Ramona street 
460 feet to a point midway between the northwesterly 
line of Hamilton avenue and the southeasterly line of 
University avenue, thence at right angles and parallel 
with University avenue northeasterly 840 feet to the 
center line of Waverly street, thence at right angles 
northwesterly along the center line of Waverly street 475 
feet to a point midway between the northwesterly line of 
University avenue and the southeasterly line of Lytton 
avenue, thence at right angles ancl parallel with 
L^niversity avenue southwesterly 840 feet to the center 
line of Ramona street, thence northwesterly along 
the center line of Ramona street 230 feet to the center 
line of Lytton avenue, thence southwesterly along the 
center line of Lytton avenue to the point of commence- 
ment. 

SEC. 2. No buildings or structures, or additions Building 
thereto, whose exterior walls are of any other material 
than brick, stone, concrete or artificial stone, shall be 
erected, built, constructed or placed within the fire limits. 
All buildings hereafter erected within the fire limits of 
the City of Palo Alto shall be constructed under the plans 
and specifications which shall be in accordance and com- 
ply with the latest adopted building code of the National 
Board of Fire Underwriters. 



no 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Penalty SEC. 3. Every person, firm, company or corporation 

violating any of the provisions of this article shall be 
deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction 
thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding three 
hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for a period not 
exceeding three months, or by both such fine and im- 
prisonment. 



ARTICLE III 



Building 
permit 



Cost of 
building 
permit 



Building 
permits 
outside fire 
limits 



SUPERVISION OF PRIVATE BUILDING CON- 
STRUCTION; FEES AND PERMITS 

SEC. i. No person, company or corporation shall 
erect a building or structure of any kind, remodel or 
enlarge, add to or extend any building or structure al- 
ready erected within the City of Palo Alto without first 
obtaining a permit from the Board of Public Works. 

The applicant for such permit shall state the exact 
site to be occupied, the material, dimensions and esti- 
mated cost of the proposed building or structure, and the 
probable time to be occupied in building. 

All applications shall be filed in duplicate. 

The person, company or corporation applying for 
such permit shall file with the Board of Public Works 
the complete plans and specifications of the proposed 
building or structure, or in lieu of said plans and speci- 
fications a statement in writing setting forth what 
repairs, alterations or improvements are contemplated, 
and describing the general character, nature and extent 
of the same and particularly describing the material and 
size of chimneys and flues. 

SEC. 2. The applicant or applicants for each build- 
ing permit for buildings erected within the fire limits of 
the City shall pay to the Auditor the sum of five dollars 
when the estimated cost of the building does not exceed 
the sum of ten thousand dollars. When the estimated 
cost is over ten thousand dollars, one dollar additional 
shall be paid for each one thousand dollars or fraction 
thereof over ten thousand dollars. 

SEC. 3. The applicant or applicants for each build- 
ing permit for buildings outside the fire limits of said 
City shall pay to the Auditor, one dollar when the esti- 
mated cost of the building does not exceed one thousand 
dollars, and fifty cents additional shall be paid for the 



REGULATING CONSTRUCTION, ETC. 



I I I 



permit for each additional one thousand dollars or frac- 
tion thereof of cost of said building. 

SEC. 4. Before a permit is issued for the construe- Twenty-five 
tion of any building or structure facing upon any im- dollar 
proved street in said City, a deposit of twenty-five dollars de P sit 
shall he made with the Auditor, which deposit shall be 
returned upon certificate of the Superintendent of Streets 
that all rubbish has been removed and the street left in 
the same good condition as it was in before the construc- 
tion of said building or structure was commenced. 

SEC. 5. No building shall be moved upon or along M ov j ng 
the public streets of said City unless a permit be first permit 
obtained therefor from the Board of Public Works, which 
permit will be issued upon the payment of the sum of five 
dollars to the Auditor. The moving of buildings shall be 
subject to the provisions of Section 13 and Section 14 of 
Article IV of Part VI hereof. 

SEC. 6. All buildings shall be subject to the inspec- i nspect i on 
tion of the Board of Public Works to ascertain if the con- 
struction of said buildings complies with the ordinances 
of the City of Palo Alto relating thereto. 

SEC. 7. Every person, firm, company or corporation Misde _ 
violating any of the provisions of this article shall be mean or 
deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction 
thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding three 
hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for a period not 
exceeding three months, or by both such fine and im- 
prisonment. 



ARTICLE IV 
RELATING TO STREET WORK 

SEC. i. Whenever a street or sidewalk is improved incidental 
by private contract, an estimate shall be made by the expenses for 
City Engineer of the necessary incidental expenses of the Jmprovement 
Board of Public Works, and covering all expenses of the 
City, including the laying of sewer and water pipes, en- 
gineer, street inspection and supervision of street work. 

SEC. 2. The contractor or person desiring to make Deposit for 
said improvement shall deposit with the City Auditor a estimated 
sum equal in amount to the estimate made by the City expense 
Engineer for the necessary incidental expenses. If said 
sum of money so deposited with the City Auditor is not 
sufficient to cover cost of the incidental expenses on said 



112 



ORDINANCES OF THE CfTY OF PALO ALTO 



Permit 
revoked 



Soliciting 
private 
contracts for 
street im- 
provements 



Application 
for permit 



Granting 
of permit 



street, the contractor shall pay to the City Auditor for 
the City, an additional sum to cover said cost. If the 
sum so deposited should be more .than the actual cost 
for incidental expenses on said stret, then the difference 
in cost shall be returned to the contractor or person 
making such deposit. 

SEC. 3 If the contractor or person desiring to make 
said street improvement does not deposit such sum with 
the Auditor as estimated by the City Engineer, then, any 
permit granted to him by the Board of Public Works shall 
be revoked. 

SEC. 4. Whenever a contractor or person desires to 
solicit for private contracts with property owners to im- 
prove any roadway of the streets or avenues of the City 
of Palo Alto, said contractor or person shall file with the 
Board of Pubilc Works before signing up any contract 
for improvement of said street or avenue with property 
owners, a statement in writing naming the street or 
avenue on which and between what points the proposed 
improvement is to be made, the contract for the work, 
and under what plans and specifications, and the pro- 
posed cost of each item of the street improvement. 

SEC. 5. Thereafterwards, and upon application for 
a permit to improve said street or avenue, the Board of 
Public Works shall require of the contractor or person 
a statement in writing showing the names of the property 
owners and the number of front feet contracted for, and 
the items of the proposed improvement and the prices 
of each item as stated in the contract, and the contractor 
or contractors shall be required, before a permit is grant- 
ed, to agree with the Board of Public Works on a time in 
which such work shall commence and a time when the 
same shall be completed. 

SEC. 6. Before any permit is granted to any con- 
tractor to improve the roadway of any of the streets or 
avenues of the City of Palo Alto, a contractor must file 
with the Board of Public Works a statement in writing 
verified under oath before an officer authorized to admin- 
ister oaths, showing that property owners owning at least 
eighty (80) per cent of the front footage of any portion 
of the street or avenue proposed to be improved, have 
signed contracts or have requested in writing that said 
improvement 1 e made, and no permit shall be granted in 
any event to do any roadwork unless the consent of the 
property owners owning at least eighty per cent of said 
front footage of the street or avenue between the points 
to be improved has been obtained. 



REGULATING CONSTRUCTION, ETC. 



Filing 
bond 



of 



SEC. 7. Any contractor proposing to do roadwork 
upon any of the streets or avenues of the City of Palo Alto 
before obtaining a permit shall file a bond for. a sum not 
less than twenty-five per cent of the cost of the work pro- 
posed to be done with the Board of Public Works. Said 
bond shall be conditioned that the said contractor will 
commence the work within a certain time, and that he will 
complete the same within a certain time after the permit 
is granted, said time for commencing and completing the 
work to be fixed by the Board of Public Works. Said 
bond shall also provide that the work will be completed 
according to the plans and specifications and to the satis- 
faction of the Street Superintendent. 

SEC. 8. Not more than four blocks on any street or Portion 
avenue shall be torn up at any time during the progress a ^ anyone 
of street work, or remain torn up for a longer period of time 
time than four weeks. 

SEC. 9. Unless the above requirements are complied Com P hance 
with by the contractor or person seeking to improve any 
street or avenue of the City, the Board of Public Works 
shall refuse to grant any permit for the proposed work. 

SEC. 10. Any person violating the terms of this Penalty 
article shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon 
conviction thereof shall be fined in the sum of not more 
than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not 
more than thirty days, or by both such fine and imprison- 
ment. 



to 



ARTICLE V 

CITY SEWER CONNECTIONS AND COST OF 

SAME 



SEC. i. No new street, avenue or alley other than 
those already officially accepted by the City shall hereafter 
be accepted by the City of Palo Alto until sewer and water 
pipes have first been laid in and upon said proposed street, 
avenue or alley, to the satisfaction of the Board of Public 
Works of the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 2. The Board of Public Works shall make all 
connections to the public sewer. Notice must be given in 
writing to the Board of Public Works at the office of the 
City Clerk by the person intending to connect to the City 
sewer, fixing the day on which he wishes to make the con- 
nection. Such notice must be given at least forty-eight 



Sewer and 
water pipes 
to be laid 
in all streets 
before 
acceptance 

Notice of 
intention to 
make 
connection 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Cost of 

making 

connection 



Owners to 
lay all 

sewer, water 
and gas 
pipes, mains, 
connections, 
etc. 



Every 

separate lot 
to be so 
connected 

Superintend- 
ent of Streets 
to give 
notice 



Records 
kept by 
Superintend- 
ent of 

Streets 

Liens 



hours previous to the time when the connection is to be 
made. 

SEC. 3. A sewer connection shall be made for the 
applicant on an unimproved street for the sum of nine 
dollars. A connection on an improved street shall be made 
at the actual cost of making said connection, and the sum 
estimated for the purpose shall be deposited with the 
City Tax Collector before such connection is made. 

If the estimated cost for making a connection on an 
improved street should not prove to be a sufficient sum to 
pay for said work, then the additional cost shall be 
charged against the applicant. If said estimated sum de- 
posited shall be in excess of the cost, then the difference 
shall be returned to the applicant. 

SEC. 4. All property owners owning or controlling 
property facing upon any of the streets or avenues of 
the City of Palo Alto shall lay or cause to be laid all neces- 
sary sewer and water pipe connections with the mains and 
all gas mains and connections before said streets or ave- 
nues are bitumenized, macadamized or otherwise perma- 
nently improved. Gas companies shall comply with the 
above provisions in laying gas mains and making con- 
nections. 

SEC. 5. Every separate lot of twenty-five or fifty 
feet shall be connected with the sewer and water mains as 
provided by Section 4. 

SEC. 6. It shall be the duty of the Superintendent 
of Streets of the City of Palo Alto to give written notice 
to the property owner or his agent, if known, or to the 
occupant of the property, if there be any, or if the owner 
or his agent is not known and there is no occupant, to post 
said notice conspicuously on said property, that sewer or 
water pipe connections shall be made. Said notice shall 
briefly describe the work required, referring to this article, 
and shall contain a notification to the effect that unless 
said work shall be done within ten days, the Superintend- 
ent of Streets will do the same, and the costs and expenses 
of said work will be charged up and made a lien against 
the property. If said work be not done within ten days, 
after the service or posting of said notice, it shall be the 
duty of the said Superintendent of Streets forthwith to 
proceed to do the same. 

SEC. 7. The Superintendent of Streets shall keep a 
record of such notices. He shall also keep a separate 
record of the work done upon each piece, parcel or lot of 
land and the costs and expenses of the same. 

SEC. 8. As soon as said work is completed, the 
Superintendent of Streets shall render a statement of 



REGULATING CONSTRUCTION, ETC. 115 

the costs thereof and deliver the same to the City Assessor 
who shall note the amount thereof upon the margin of the 
assessment roll against the property charged, and there- 
after the said amount shall be a lien against the said 
property and shall be collected at the same time and in 
the same manner as City taxes. 

SEC. 9. Any owner or person who desires to build O f jj en 
upon any property affected by such a lien shall first pay 
the lien before he will be allowed to make any house con- 
nection with any of the sewer or water pipes so laid. 
Every property owner who fails to make any such street 
connection when so notified by the Superintendent of 
Streets shall pay, in addition to the lien for the costs and 
expenses of making such street connection, the sum of ten 
dollars before he will be permitted to make any house con- 
nection with the sewer or water pipes so laid. 



ARTICLE VI 



HOUSE NUMBERING 

SEC. i. All houses within the City of Palo Alto al- 
ready constructed, and all houses in said City hereafter 
constructed, as soon as completed, must be numbered in 
accordance with the following system : 

Beginning at the Palo Alto tree near the railroad 
bridge crossing the San Francisquito creek, the first full 
block on Alma street, shall be the 100 block, the second, 
the 200 block, and so on ; and the corresponding blocks 
on all streets parallel with Alma street shall have cor- 
responding numbers. 

Beginning at the point of intersection of Alma street 
with University avenue, the first full block on Univer- 
sity avenue shall be the 100 block, the second, the 200 
block and so on ; and the corresponding blocks on all 
streets running parallel with University avenue shall have 
corresponding numbers. 

Every twelve and one-half feet shall have a separate 
number. 

The odd numbers shall be on the northwest and the 
even on the southeast side of all streets parallel with 
University avenue ; the odd numbers on the northeast 
side and the even on the southwest side of all streets 
parallel with Alma street. 



System of 
numbering 



Streets 
parallel with 
Alma street 



Streets 
parallel with 
University 
avenue 



Number 
each 12 
feet 

Odd and 

even 

numbers 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Size and 
material 



Penalty 



SEC. 2. The numbers must be of the style, size and 
material adopted by the Board of Public Works. 

SEC. 3. Any violation of this article shall be pun- 
ished by a fine of five dollars. 



Publication 



Licenses 



ARTICLE VII 
PLUMBING REGULATIONS 

Registration SEC. i. Every master or journeyman plumber carry- 

ing on his trade or business, or laboring as a master or 
journeyman plumber, in the City of Palo Alto, shall 
register his name, age, nativity and place of residence 
at the office of the City Clerk of said City. It shall not 
be lawful for any person to carry on the trade of plumb- 
ing in the City of Palo Alto unless he fulfills the require- 
ments of registration as above provided. 

SEC. 2. A list of the registered plumbers shall be 
published in the yearly report of the Board of Public 
Safety. 

SEC. 3. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or 
corporation to carry on the business of, or to labor as 
a master or journeyman plumber, in the City of Palo Alto, 
unless said person, firm or corporation shall first have 
obtained from the Board of Public Safety of said City 
a license authorizing such person, firm or corporation 
to carry on said business, or to labor as such plumb- 
er. A license so to do shall be issued only after a satis- 
factory examination of each applicant by the Board 
of Public Safety as to his or its qualifications to conduct 
such business or to so labor; provided, however, that 
when a firm or corporation is an applicant for such license, 
such examination shall be taken by some member of the 
firm or corporation or by some duly appointed and 
authorized agent of said firm or corporation who shall 
act as its master plumber, and every such firm or corpora- 
tion must, at all times, have at least one (i) master 
plumber in actual charge of its plumbing business. When 
any agent is authorized to take the examination as above 
provided, the authorization must be in writing and filed 
with the application. 

Examination SEC. 4. Examination of plumbers shall be held by the 
Board of Public Safety at the City Hall and at such time 
or times as the Board may determine. It shall not be 
necessary for any plumber having successfully passed one 



REGULATING CONSTRUCTION, ETC. 117 

examination in the City of Palo Alto to be again 
examined. 

SEC. 5. Every master plumber, before he shall regis- Bonds 
ter, must give a bond to the City of Palo Alto in the sum 
of five hundred dollars, with good and sufficient surety, 
conditioned upon the faithful performance of his duties 
as master plumber, which said bond shall be approved by 
the Board of Public Safety and filed with the City Clerk. 

SEC. 6. All licenses shall expire on the first day of Expiration 
July of each year, unless sooner revoked. Upon the ex- 
piration of the yearly license, every master plumber carry- 
ing on the business of plumbing in the City of Palo Alto, 
shall be required to again register and file a new bond as 
above provided. 

SEC. 7. All licensed plumbers shall be held strictly Correction 
responsible for any and all acts of agents or employees after notice 
done under this ordinance by virtue of his or their 
licenses, and upon being notified by the Plumbing Inspec- 
tor of any defect in the plumbing system of a building 
or violation of this ordinance, the person or persons 
having charge of the work shall immediately correct the 
same. 

SEC. 8. When any plumbing or drainage work shall Filing of 
have been commenced in any building now erected or p lans and 
hereafter to be erected in the City of Palo Alto, or in any *" 
addition to any building now erected in said City, and 
before the rough work is ready for inspection, the per- 
son, firm, association or corporation doing the same 
shall submit to the Plumbing Inspector of said City, plans 
and specifications accurately and correctly describing in 
detail the plumbing work to be done, and, at the same 
time, shall pay to the City Auditor a fee of fifty cents for 
each and every fixture up to six in number, and ten cents 
for each and every fixture over and above six in number. 
Upon the payment of said fees, the City Auditor shall 
give receipt for same, and the Plumbing Inspector shall 
issue a permit for the proposed work, and shall file the 
plans and specifications with the Board of Public Works. 
The word "fixture" means any plumbing device having 
a waste pipe to carry the waste water to the sewer. 

SEC. 9. When any changes are made in waste, soil Work in old 
or drain pipes in old houses, the said waste, soil or drain buildings 
pipes shall, in all cases, be run and vented in accordance 
with the provisions of this ordinance. Plans and specifi- 
cations for such work shall be submitted to the Plumb- 
ing Inspector, the fees provided in section 8 of this article 
shall be paid to said City Auditor, proper receipts and 



n8 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Buildings 
moved, 
raised or 
altered 



Installation 
or alteration 
in old or 
new 
buildings 



Notice of 
completion 



Tests 



Sectional 
and final 
tests 



Smoke tests 

Testing 
plugs 

Test 
certificates 



Inspector, 
notice 



permit shall be given, anl the plans and specifications 
shall be filed with the Board of Public Works. 

SEC. 10. When a building is removed from one part 
of the City to another, or when an addition is made to a 
building or to any drainage in connection therewith (ex- 
cept in case of repairs, which are herein defined to con- 
sist of leaks in drain, soil, waste or vent pipes and repairs 
on faucets, valves or water supply pipes), the rules and 
regulations herein set forth must be followed. 

SEC. ii. The installation or alteration or change in 
the plumbing work or fixtures in any old or new build- 
ing or buildings, shall not be made until the provisions 
of this article are complied with. 

SEC. 12. When the rough plumbing in any building 
is completed, it shall be completely filled with water and 
the Plumbing Inspector notified that the same is ready for 
inspection. Any person, firm or corporation doing work 
under the provisions of this article shall, at the request of 
the Plumbing Inspector, remove one or more pieces of 
pipe, or one or more fittings, in order to facilitate the 
thorough inspection of said work. Immediately upon the 
completion of the plumbing system of a building, notice 
must be given the Plumbing Inspector to that effect by 
the plumber in charge of the work, and the work must 
he ready for the final inspection. 

SEC. 13. All sewer, drains, soil, waste, vent and 
leader pipes (except sheet metal leaders), which are 
not of ironstone, must have all openings stopped and 
be filled with water. The Plumbing Inspector shall have 
the right to demand such water or other test applied to 
ironstone pipes as he may deem necessary. 

SEC. 14. When a system of plumbing has been test- 
ed in sections, then final tests shall be made with a water 
pressure equal to a column ten feet above the highest 
point of the sewer or drain located within the premises. 

SEC. 15. The smoke or peppermint test shall be 
made wherever demanded by the Plumbing Inspector. 

SEC. 16. Wooden plugs shall not be allowed in the 
testing of a plumbing system. 

SEC. 17. The testing of a plumbing system must be 
made in the presence of the Plumbing Inspector, and, if 
the test prove satisfactory to him, he shall issue a proper 
certificate for the same. 

SEC. 1 8. In all cases twenty-four hours' notice must 
be given the Plumbing Inspector when the work is suffi- 
ciently advanced for inspection. 



REGULATING CONSTRUCTION, ETC. 



RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR PLUMBING 
AND DRAINAGE OF BUILDINGS 

SEC. 19. All material must be of good quality and Material 
free from defects. The work must be done in a thorough 
and workmanlike manner. The interior of all fittings 
and cast-iron pipe and ironstone pipe shall be free from 
obstructions, and all wrought metal pipe shall have ends 
reamed out and be free from burrs. 

SEC. 20. Where under these rules it is not requisite Standard 
to use extra heavy cast-iron pipe and fittings, then either P'P e 
standard cast-iron pipe or galvanized wrought iron pipe 
may be used ; provided, however, that in waste lines, gal- 
vanized wrought iron or steel pipe may be used of a bore 
not smaller than one and one-half inches in diameter, and 
of the average weight and thickness provided for in 
section twenty-two hereof. 

SEC. 21. Where under these rules it is requisite to Extra heavy 
use heavy cast-iron pipe, then the pipe, inclusive of the cast P'P e 
hub, shall average the following weight to each five-foot 
length : 

Diameter Weight per Lin. Ft. 

Ibs. 

2 Inches 5.50 

3 Inches 945 

4 Inches 13 

5 Inches 17 

6 Inches 20 

7 Inches 27 

8 Inches 34 

W T here heavy pipe is required, all fittings used in 
making connections with such pipe must correspond in 
weight and quality and all such pipes and fittings must 
have the extra heavy stamp exposed to view for the 
Plumbing Inspector. 

SEC. 22. As laid down in these rules, galvanized In u eu of 
wrought iron or steel pipe may be used in lieu of cast-iron cast iron 
pipe. The pipe shall not be less than the following pipe 
average thickness and weight per lineal foot: 



120 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Table of 
various 
kinds of 
pipe 



Sewers 
separate 



Sewers 



Old 
sewers 



Diameter 
Inches 

i^'. . 


Thickness 

14.. . 


Wt. per Lin. Ft. 
Ibs. 
2 68 


2 


i 1 ^. . 


^ 61 


2 1 /. - 


. 20 


o >vy 

57/1 


^- 


22 


/4 
7 ^4 


3^ 


.2^. . 


. Q OO 


A 


24. 


10 66 


4. l /2- 


2C . 


12 ^4. 


5 


^o 

26 


"""OT- 
14. =10 


6 


28 


.18.76 


7- 


^O 


.2^.27 


8.. 


o w 
.^2. . 


..28.18 



Intermediate 
sections 



SEC. 23. Every house and building must be separ- 
ately and independently connected with the sewer; pro- 
vided, however, that where there are two or more build- 
ings on the same lot, the total street frontage of which 
does not exceed fifty feet, separate sewer connections 
need not be made with the main sewer. 

SEC. 24. Every house or building hereafter erected 
must have the house drain, except as provided for in 
these rules for the use of galvanized wrought iron or 
steel pipe, constructed of cast-iron pipe when the drain 
lies unc'er the building and for three feet beyond the 
front wall or of any area wall or any wall of adjoining 
premises, where it shall connect with not less than four 
inch ironstone pipe, classed as No. I Grade. The cast- 
iron drain pipe shall leave the building at a point nearest 
to the street sewer connection. 

Where any section of the cast-iron sewer is below the 
surface of the ground, or where the joists of the first 
floor are two feet or less, from the ground, or in places 
that have been excavated, such as basements or sumps, the 
said sewer shall be constructed of extra heavy cast-iron. 

Ironstone pipe must be laid in accordance with specifi- 
cations for such work adopted by the Board of Public 
Works. 

SEC. 25. When either an old or new building is 
placed upon a lot, or when an alteration is made in a 
building which has an old sewer or drain in a defective 
or unsanitary condition lying within the lines of any part 
of the foundation, then the said sewer or drain must be 
replaced with cast-iron pipe and be run in accordance with 
these rules and regulations. 

SEC. 26. The use of intermediate sections of pipe 
of different quality or kind, such as the introduction of 



REGULATING CONSTRUCTION, ETC. 



121 



sections of ironstone pipe between cast iron pipe, or of 
standard cast iron pipe between extra heavy sections, 
or of cast-iron pipe between ironstone pipe, or of wrought 
iron or steel pipe between ironstone and similar pipe, will 
not be allowed. 

SEC. 27. In plating works, chemical works, acid 
works and manufactories where chemicals are used, the 
waste of same shall discharge into the main sewer in the 
street through a separate vitrified ironstone pipe, which 
shall be laid in a manner conforming to all the require- 
ments of this article. 

SEC. 28. All surface drains, soil and waste pipes dis- 
charging below the sewer line of any building, and all 
sumps receiving drainage or wastage, must be connected 
in a sanitary manner satisfactory to the Board of Public 
Works and receive the approval of the Plumbing In- 
spector prior to use. 

SEC. 29. All joints on cast-iron pipe and the fittings 
for same must be made with suitable packing of oakum, 
properly caulked and run full with molten lead, properly 
caulked; and all cast-iron pipes must be coated both 
inside and outside with coal tar pitch applied hot. 

SEC. 30. When possible, all sewer, drain, soil, waste 
and leader pipes shall have a continuous fall of not less 
than one-quarter of an inch to the foot, and, if practical, 
more. When not possible to secure one quarter inch fall 
to the foot, provision shall be made for regular and effi- 
cient flushing. 

SEC. 31. Where practical, iron sewers, drains, soil 
and waste pipes running in a cellar or lowest story of a 
building shall run along the wall of the building, or, if 
this is not practical, be hung on iron hangers securely 
fastened to the floor joists. Straps or hangers shall be 
placed at intervals not exceeding five feet. 

SEC. 32. When it is not practical to run and fasten 
the iron sewer, drain, soil or waste pipes as above di- 
rected, then they may be run in a trench cut to a uniform 
grade and shall be subject to the provisions of section 24 
as to weight of pipe. 

SEC. 33. No openings shall be provided in the sewer 
pipes of any building for the purpose of rain-water drain- 
age, except by special permission by the Board of Public 
Works, in writing. A copy of such permit, together with 
the area drained, shall be filed by the Plumbing Inspector 
with the Board of Public Works. 

SEC. 34. Heavy brass-made threaded "clean-outs" of 
at least one-eighth of an ich in thickness in the ferrule 



Sewers for 

chemical 

works 



Sumps and 

surface 

drains 



Caulked 
joints 



Fall of pipes 



Hanging 
pipes 



Trenching 



Rain water 
drainage 



Clean-outs 



122 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Clean-outs 
to be 
accessible 

Pipes 



Lead pipe 
and joints 



Fastening 
pipes 



Fastening 
outside 



Size of soil 
pipe 

Galvanized 
pipe and 
angle 
fittings 



Steam 
exhaust 



part and with three-sixteenths of an inch thickness in the 
cover, the cover to have a solid cast square head of one 
inch square and one inch in height, shall be placed at the 
end of each horizontal line of sewer or waste pipe and its 
contributory laterals of five feet or longer. 

SEC. 35. All clean-outs shall be the same size as the 
pipe they serve and must be so placed as to be accessible. 

SEC. 36. Except as provided for in these rules, every 
sewer, drain soil, waste and leader pipe must be of either 
cast-iron or of galvanized wrought iron or steel, and the 
fittings to same must be of the same material. 

SEC. 37. Waste pipes may be of lead, but only for 
branches not exceeding five feet in length and where used 
to connect with cast or wrought-iron or steel ; provided, 
however, that no lead pipe shall be allowed outside of a 
building or in the ground. Whenever practical, and 
where under these rules and regulations lead waste pipe 
is used, it must intersect at the same angle as given by 
Y's 1-16, 1-6 or 1-8 bends. 

All connections of lead pipe with either cast-iron or 
wrought iron pipe must be made with brass ferrules of 
the same size as the receiving opening, and be connected 
to same by a wiped joint, and be properly caulked with 
oakum and molten lead. 

SEC. 38. All iron sewers or drains not trenched, and 
ajl soil, waste and leader pipes, shall be properly fastened 
and secured with either heavy bands, wrought iron straps 
or hooks, forged out of one piece of iron, and not welded. 

SEC. 39. All horizontal and vertical lines of soil, 
waste and leader pipes shall be secured with heavy bands, 
wrought iron straps with four screws to each strap and 
the straps placed at intervals not exceeding five feet. 

SEC. 40. No soil pipe of an inside diameter less 
than four inches shall be permitted. 

SEC. 41. When galvanized wrought iron or steel 
pipe is used for sewer, drain, soil, waste or leader pipes, 
it shall be of the quality known as 'Standard' thickness, 
and all changes of direction shall be made with Y's, 1-16, 
1-6 or 1-8 fittings, threaded on the inside, and so con- 
structed as to form a bore uniform with the pipe without 
any burrs or recesses. All fittings shall be either cast- 
iron, hot tar dipped or galvanized, or galvanized mal- 
leable iron. 

SEC. 42. No steam exhaust shall connect with any 
sewer, drain, soil, leader or waste pipe. A steam con- 
denser, however, may be permitted to receive the steam 
exhaust and the condensation pipe be connected to the 
sewer system. 



REGULATING CONSTRUCTION, ETC. 123 

SEC. 43. All of the provisions of the various sec- Outside and 
tions of this article relating to pipes, including sections inside P 1 ? 68 
15, 1 6, 17 and 39, shall apply to both outside and inside 
pipes of the plumbing system of building. 

SEC. 44. Except as provided for in the next section, Reveals and 
no sewer, drain, soil, waste, leader or vent pipe of any recesses 
kind shall be built in brick, stone or concrete walls. 
When necessary to conceal pipes of this class, they must 
be run in suitable reveals or recesses. 

SEC. 45. When and wherever any sewer, drain, soil, p as sing 
waste, leader, vent or supply pipe passes through any through 
foundation, wall or partition and there is a surrounding walls 
space, then this space shall be satisfactorily filled or 
guarded with the same material as that of which the 
foundation, wall or partition is made, or it may be cov- 
ered with suitable metal flashing or collars, so as to 
effectually prevent leaving an avenue for the entrance 
of vermin into the premises. 

SEC. 46. Water filters, ice boxes or refrigerators R e f r iger- 
shall in no case be directly connected to or with the ators; 
sewerage or drainage system, but they may be indirectly filters 
connected, provided the manner of connecting be ap- 
proved by the Plumbing Inspector. 

SEC. 47. No brick or sheet metal or earthen flue Flue 
shall be used as a sewer or drain ventilator, nor shall any restrictions 
chimney flue be used for this purpose. 

SEC. 48. In every building where the drop exceeds Extra heavy 
fifty feet, reckoning from the top of the floor on which 
the highest fixture is located to top of the first floor, the 
entire soil and waste pipe shall be of extra heavy cast- 
iron pipe, and the fittings to same shall be extra heavy; 
or standard galvanized wrought iron or steel pipe and 
cast iron tar dipped threaded fittings may be used. 

SEC. 49. The term "soil pipe" is that applied to Soil pipe 
any pipe receiving the discharge from one or more water 
closets, with or without other fixtures. 

SEC. 50. All vent pipes, including soil pipe stacks Standard 
continuing above the highest fixture and serving as a stacks 
vent pipe, may be of standard cast-iron pipe or of gal- 
vanized wrought iron or steel pipe, but there shall not 
be intermediate sections of different materials or 
qualities. 

SEC. 51. " Waste pipe" is the term applied to any 
pipe receiving the discharge of any fixture except water 
closets. The waste pipe, either vertical or horizontal, 
receiving the discharge of sixteen or more fixtures shall 
not be less than two and one-half inches internal 
diameter. 



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ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Alignment 
of pipes 

Angle of 
fitings 



Offsets 



Prohibitions 

Heel 
outlets 

Leader 
restrictions 



Leaders 



Leaders, 
inside 



Leader 
connections 



Leaders on 
street lines 



Roof water 



Deck and 

light-well 

drains 

Safe 
wastes 



SEC. 52. The arrangement of sewer, drain, soil, 
waste, vent, and leader pipes must be as direct as possible. 
SEC. 53. Except as provided for in these rules, all 
changes in the direction of sewer, drain, soil, waste 
and leader pipes shall be made with Y branches, 1-16, 
1-6, or 1-8 bends. 

SEC. 54. Offsets may be used, provided the angle 
they present is not more acute than that presented by a 
1-16 bend. 

SEC. 55. Straight crosses, bands and saddles are 
prohibited. 

SEC. 56. No heel outlet will be allowed to act as a 
waste or vent pipe on either vertical or horizontal lines. 
SEC. 57. Except as provided for in these rules, rain 
water leaders must never be used as a soil, waste or vent 
pipe, nor shall a soil, waste or vent pipe be used as a rain 
water leader. 

SEC. 58. Excepting outside leads or leader pipes 
exceeding fifty-five feet perpendicularly reckoning from 
the roof's outlet to the point where the leader emerges 
from a building shall be of either extra heavy cast-iron 
or of standard galvanized wrought iron or steel pipe from 
top to bottom. Outside leaders, however, may be of 
standard cast-iron pipe or of sheet metal. 

SEC. 59. When rain water leaders are placed inside 
of a building, they must be of cast-iron or steel, and be 
properly caulked with oakum and molten lead, just as 
if they were to be used as soil or waste pipes. 

SEC. 60. The connection between sheet metal and 
cast-iron leader pipes must be made by caulking the sheet 
metal with oakum and molten lead into the cast-iron. 
Brass sleeves are prohibited. If the leader connects to 
galvanized wrought iron or steel, then a satisfactory 
soldered connection must be made. 

SEC. 61. When a building is erected on a street line, 
or when it is desired to run the roof water to the gutters, 
the same shall be run in a cast-iron pipe from a point 
five feet above the curb level to and under the sidewalk 
to the gutter. The running of roof or surface water 
on sidewalks is hereby prohibited. 

SEC. 62. All decks and light-wells must be provided 
with adequate drainage. 

SEC. 63. Every safe waste under a bath, basin, tank 
or other fixture must be drained by a special pipe of lead 
or galvanized wrought iron or steel pipe of a diameter 
not less than one inch bore, and in no case shall it be 
connected directly to any soil, waste, drain, sewer, or 
vent p'pe, but made to discharge outside the building. 



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125 



SEC. 64. Urinals and water closet floor drains may 
be connected to and with main waste soil or sewer pipe, 
provided said floor drain be properly trapped and vented 
and supplied with water, but no urinal waste shall act as 
the feed to any floor drain. All shall be done to the satis- 
faction of the Plumbing Inspector. 

SEC. 65. Excepting flushometer closets, all water 
closets within a building must be supplied from separate 
tanks or cisterns, the water of which should not be used 
for any other purpose. 

Excepting flushometer, a group of water closets may 
be supplied from one tank, but water closets located on 
different floors must not be supplied from one tank. 

SEC. 66. Plug, pan valve closets and common hop- 
per closets are strictly prohibited in any part of a build- 
ing or premises. 

Flush rim hopper closets, offset and washout closets 
are not allowed, excepting they are located outside the 
building proper. 

SEC. 67. When water closets are supplied from 
tanks, the down or flush pipe shall in no case be less than 
one and one-quarter inches inside diameter. 

No rubber connection shall be allowed between water 
closets and vent pipes, nor shall any closet be set in 
plaster or similar substance. 

SEC. 68. When a water closet is connected to the 
soil pipe, by and through a lead bend, then the outlet side 
of the bend must be properly wiped to a brass ferrule 
and the ferrule be properly caulked into receiving hub. 

SEC. 69. When a water closet is not connected to 
the soil pipe by a lead bend, then it may be connected by 
and through a lead pipe lengthening piece, which shall 
be properly wiped to a heavy brass ferrule, and the 
ferrule be properly caulked into receiving hub. 

SEC. 70. When under the two preceding sections, 
closets are connected by and through lead pipes, then suit- 
able brass floor flanges shall be used, or when the closet 
is connected to either cast-iron or galvanized wrought 
iron or steel and regular brass ferrules, lead pipe and 
wiped joints are not used, then the connection between 
the closets and the soil pipe must be made with an ap- 
proved adjustable and threaded, or threaded and caulked 
floor flange connection. 

Sec. 71. When water closets are so constructed that 
the trap is a part of the closet, then they must be of 
all earthenware, or enameled iron, or of a combination of 
these materials. 



Urinal and 
closet safes 



Closets, 
flushometers 



Closets 
prohibited 



Closets, 
flush pipes 
and 
connections 



Closet 
lead bend 



Closet lead 
connections 



Closets, 
flanges, etc. 



Materials 
for closets 



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ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Ratio of 

closets 

Male and 
female 



Closets 
named 



Closets, 
ratio to 
tenants 



Closets in 
hotels and 
lodging 
houses 



Closets, 
family 



Urinals, 
supply 



Group of 
urinals 



All water closet receivers must be made of earthen- 
ware or of enameled iron ; no stone, cement, brick, 
wooden or other porous substance will be permitted. This 
shall apply to both single water closets built in series or 
ranges. 

SEC. 72. Each tenement, flat or store shall be por- 
vided with not less than one water closet. 

SEC. 73. In all places of employment where men and 
women are employed, separate and sufficient water 
closets shall be provided for males and females as re- 
quired by these rules and regulations. 

SEC. 74. The water closets provided for males shall 
be plainly marked "Men's Toilet" and water closets pro- 
vided for women shall be plainly marked "Women's 
Toilet." 

SEC. 75. In all places of employment mentioned in 
this article, not less than one water closet shall be pro- 
vided for every twenty-five males, or less number, and 
not less than one water closet shall be provided for every 
twenty-five females, or a less number, and these water 
closet facilities shall be provided upon at least every 
second story. Where there are employees in a basement, 
such basement shall be considered as being one story. 

SEC. 76. In lodging houses or hotels, hereafter 
erected or altered, there shall be provided not less than 
one water closet for every twenty-five females, or less 
number, and not less than one water closet for every 
twenty-five males, or less number. The number of water 
closets required shall be determined from the number of 
lodging quarters provided in said lodging houses or 
hotels. 

SEC. 77. In all buildings used jointly for residence 
and business purposes, separate and sufficient water 
closets shall be provided for the use of families, em- 
ployees and patrons of the place. 

SEC. 78. Except in private residences, urinals must 
be supplied from an automatic tank flush. A group of 
urinals may be supplied from one tank, the capacity of 
which is to be proportionate to the number of urinals 
supplied, but in no case shall the capacity be less than 
one gallon for each urinal served. The flush pipes must 
be sufficiently large. 

SEC. 79. More than two urinals shall be construed 
as being a group of urinals, and the flush pipe or pipes 
thereto must be so arranged as to provide an equalized 
pressure and volume of water to all and each urinal on 
the range. 



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127 



SEC. 80. Except flushometer urinals, urinals situated 
on different floors or stories of the same building must be 
supplied by tanks located on the same floor or story as 
that on which the urinals are respectively located. 

SEC. 81. Slop hoppers and scullery sinks, when set 
upon a floor, must be connected to the waste pipe with 
lead pipe wiped on to a brass ferrule, the same to be 
caulked with molten lead, or they may be connected with 
an approved iron or brass connection. Sinks of hotels, 
restaurants and boarding houses must be supplied with 
grease traps where required by the Plumbing Inspector. 
Such traps must be of approved design and water- jacket- 
ed and cooled by running cold water through the jacket. 

SEC. 82. All slop hoppers and slop sinks shall be 
provided with suitable traps of not less than two inches 
internal diameter. They must be provided with a water 
faucet. 

SEC. 83. When located upon a porch, four enameled 
slop hoppers or slop sinks may be wasted into a three inch 
pipe, and provided the crown of the trap is within two 
feet of the stack waste pipe, it shall not be necessary to 
back vent these fixtures, but the waste stack shall be 
carried full bore to above roof line. 

SEC. 84. When and where, under these rules and 
regulations, it is required that the size of the waste be 
increased, as, for instance, in the maximum number of 
hoppers and of slop sinks, then the increased size shall 
be run up to above the roof line of undiminshed bore. 

SEC. 85. Basins may be wasted by one and one-half 
inch trap. 

SEC. 86. Dentists' cuspidors shall waste through a 
one and one-quarter inch trap, and the trap shall have 
a one and one-quarter inch vent pipe. The trap shall be 
within two feet of the vent pipe. 

SEC. 87. On the inlet side of the trap an extension 
of one inch waste pipe may be run to a length not exceed- 
ing six feet, reckoning from the trap's seal to the end 
of the one inch extension. 

Five or more cuspidors must be wasted and vented by 
not less than a two inch main waste pipe and vent. 

SEC. 88. No wooden sink or wash tray shall be 
allowed on any premises. 

SEC. 89. Bath tubs, the frame of which is wooden, 
and which said frame is lined with sheet metal, are not 
allowed. 

SEC. 90. All fixtures must be open to the free circu- 
lation of air and not enclosed. 



Urinal 
supply, 
floors 



Hoppers ; 
grease traps 



Hoppers ; 
traps 



Hoppers on 
porches 



Hopper 
stack 



Basin waste 
traps 

Dentist's - 
cuspidors 



Extension on 
inlet side of 
trap 



Wooden 
fixtures 

Bath tubs 



Fixtures 
not enclosed 



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ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Carriage 

wash rooms 



Traps 



Traps, 
restrictions 



Traps 
relative to 
vent 



Abutting 
sink and 
tray 



Trap, foot 
stacks 



Size of 
traps 



Range 
traps 



Bell traps 
Vents 



Vents to 
roof 



Vents, 
angles and 
sizes 



SEC. 91. All carriage wash rooms connected with 
the sewer system must be provided with means of inter- 
cepting mud and constructed in a manner satisfactory to 
the Plumbing Inspector. 

SEC. 92. As provided for in these rules, all fixtures 
must be effectively trapped and vented, and the traps and 
vents must be placed as near to the outlet of the fixtures 
served as practical, all in conformity with this article. 

SEC. 93. Excepting as provided for ranges of closets 
and urinals, and for sectional basins, every fixture must 
be separately trapped. 

Excepting as specified in these rules, in no case shall 
the trap of one fixture connect with the trap of another 
fixture. 

SEC. 94. Excepting as provided in these rules, in no 
case shall the trap serving a fixture be placed at a distance 
greater than one foot from the outlet of the fixture it 
serves, nor shall the vent pipe serving a trap be placed at 
a distance greater than two feet from the trap it serves. 

SEC. 95. When a sink and a wash tray or a range of 
laundry tubs abut on one another and they are practically 
one fixture and are in the same room, then they or it may 
be served by one trap. 

SEC. 96. No traps shall be placed at the foot of any 
vertical soil or waste pipe. 

SEC. 97. No fixtures shall have a trap of less than 
one and one half inches internal diameter,, provided, 
however, that dental cuspidors may have one and one- 
quarter inch traps. 

SEC. 98. A range of closets, or a range of urinals, 
or a range of basins, may be served by one trap, provided 
the arrangement thereof receives the approval of the 
Plumbing Inspector. 

SEC. 99. Bell traps are strictly prohibited in every 
and all cases. 

SEC. 100. Vent pipes and all fittings shall be of gal- 
vanized wrought iron, steel or cast-iron and, excepting as 
provided in this section and section 97, they shall be of a 
bore not less than that of the trap served, and if to serve 
a water closet or slop sink or hopper, not less than two 
inch bore. 

SEC. 101. All vent pipes shall be run separately or 
combined through the roof, and for one foot above, and 
are to be left open. 

SEC. 102. Vent pipes must be run with as few bends 
as possible, and, excepting as provided for, must connect 
to and with the main vertical vent at an angle of 45 or 
60 degrees. When combined, the vent pipes must be in- 



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129 



creased in size according to the following table. Branch 
vents serving water closets shall not be of a size less 
than described in the following table : 

2 basins or dental cuspidors, into a i l / 2 inch vent; 

i to 3 water closets or 7 small fixtures, into a 2 inch 
vent ; 

4 to 5 water closets or 10 small fixtures, into a 2.y 2 
inch vent ; 

6 to 8 water closets or 16 small fixtures, into a 3 inch 
vent; 

9 or more water closets or 16 or more small fixtures, 
into a 4-inch vent ; 

SEC. 103. The term "branch vent" as here applied 
shall be construed to mean all that vent pipe located 
1 etween the fixtures served and the point where the vent 
joins and intersects the main vertical vent. 

SEC. 104. All vent pipes and the fittings to same must 
be so arranged that no sediment shall discharge into the 
waste pipes so as to be carried ofT by the waste discharge, 
and, where architectural conditions require, the bottom 
of the vent shall be carried to and below the lowest fix- 
ture on the line. 

SEC. 105. In no case shall a vent pipe serving any 
fixture intersect with a main or a branch vent at a point 
of intersection less than three feet six inches above the 
floor upon which the fixture to be vented shall be located. 

SEC. 106. Water closets, located either within the 
building or upon any portion of the premises (excepting 
as provided for yard fixtures in eection 108) if the soil 
drop does not extend ten feet, may be vented by a two 
inch vent pipe for a distance of thirty-five feet, then the 
entire vent shall be two and one-half inches. Single 
water closets may be vented by a two inch vent pipe. 

SEC. 107. In each and every building to be used as 
a residence, or otherwise, and where a water closet, or 
closets, is or are, situated, either within the building or 
upon any portion of the lot outside of said building, it 
shall be required, in any and all cases, that at least one 
four inch .vent pipe shall be continued to a point one foot 
above the roof line, and this irrespective of the location 
of the closet or closets or drop. 

SEC. 108. When a fixture is located in a yard, and 
it is ten or more feet from any building and the room 
in which the fixture is located is not connected with any 
buildirg, then the fixtures, trap or traps, need not be 
vented. 

SEC. 109. Where, under these rules, cast-iron vent 
pipe is allowed, then double hubs are allowed, but on the 
vent pipe only. 



Table of 
sizes of 
vents ; 
branch ; 
sizes of 
vents and 
fixtures 
allowed 



Branch 
vents 



Sediment 



Three feet 
six inches 
intersections 



Vents for 
pipes 



Soil stacks 
and vents 



Yard fixtures, 

ten-foot 

limit 



Double hubs 
on vents 



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ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Combination 
waste and 
vent fittings 

Kitchen 
extensions 
and roofs 



Vent 
terminations 



Caps and 
cowls 



Air shaft 
requirements 



Air shaft 
restrictions 



Air shaft 
enlargements 



Air exhaust 



Ventilation 
requirements 



Water pipe ; 
inspection 



SEC. no. Combination waste and vent fittings 
which are tapped at all openings, or tapped and belled 
for caulking, are allowable. 

SEC. in. When fixtures are located within kitchen 
and similar extensions or when a roof is used for yard 
purposes, or when an opening in the main building is to 
be guarded, vents must be carired over to the main 
building to a point not less than one foot above the line 
of the main roof, and where any vent extends more than 
four feet through the roof, the vent stack must be of 
galvanized wrought iron or steel. 

SEC. 112. No soil or vent pipe shall terminate at 
a point within ten feet of the bottom of any door or win- 
dow or house tank of main structure. 

SEC. 113. No cap or cowl shall be affixed to the top 
of any ventilating pipe. 

SEC. 114. Each and every compartment wherein a 
hath, water closet, urinal or slop or scullery sink is situ- 
ated, shall be ventilated by means of a window opening 
directly to -the external atmosphere, or by means of an 
air shaft having an area of at least two square feet. This 
air shaft shall continue of undiminished size to the roof, 
and at this point its opening shall equal in area not less 
than that of the shaft. 

Every gas water heater shall be properly vented 
through a conductor leading to outside air, said vent pipe 
to have an inside end area of at least six and three- 
quarters square inches. 

SEC. 115. No air shaft or window ventilating either 
a bath, water closet, urinal, slop or scullery sink com- 
partment shall discharge into or ventilate any other 
compartment whatsoever. 

SEC. 116. The provisions of section 114 shall not 
prevent the enlargement of air shafts to a size suitable 
and adequate to ventilate a series of closets, urinals, slops 
or scullery compartments. 

SEC. 117. The requirements of these rules shall not 
apply to a ventilating system of sufficient capacity to 
exhaust to a point above the roof all the air in the com- 
partment, or compartments, referred to in this section, 
every ten minutes. 

SEC. 1 1 8. In all cases covered by this article, the 
manner and system of ventilating must meet with the 
approval of and be installed to the satisfaction of the 
Plumbing Inspector. 

SEC. 119. All water pipe work done in any building 
in the City of Palo Alto shall be subjected to the inspec- 



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tion of the Plumbing Inspector and tested as hereinafter 
described. Notice must be given the Plumbing Inspec- 
tor in writing, when the water piping is ready for inspec- 
tion, and the work must be uncovered and convenient 
for examination. All necessary tools, labor and assist- 
ance for the requisite tests and inspections shall be 
furnished by the person, firm or corporation having 
control of the work. 

SEC. 1 20. When upon examination by the Plumbing 
Inspector, it appears that any water pipe work is de- 
fective, either in construction or material, the same 
shall be altered or repaired to conform to the regula- 
tions set forth in this article. It shall be unlawful for any 
person, firm or corporation to use any water through or 
by means of any piping or fittings in any building until 
the same shall have been inspected and approved by the 
Plumbing Inspector and a certificate shall have been 
issued by him approving the work. 

SEC. 121. The size of the water pipe used must vary 
with the length of the pipe, the height of building and 
the number of openings : 

(a) Not more than two openings shall be made on a 
half-inch branch pipe, nor shall any one- half-inch branch 
be more than ten feet long. 

(b) The service pipe to a one story building having 
not more than fourteen openings within the building and 
about the grounds shall be at least three-quarter inch 
pipe. No faucet or opening larger than three-quarter 
inch shall be permitted. 

(c) For a two-story building having plumbing fix- 
tures on the second floor, a one inch service pipe must 
be laid from the street main to the first second-story 
riser within the building. A total of not more than 
twenty-four openings shall be made on a one inch service, 
and no opening shall be larger than three-quarter inches. 

(d) For large buildings and for cases where the 
openings in the piping system are more than one hundred 
feet from the house meter, the size of pipes shall be deter- 
mined by the Plumbing Inspector. 

(e) All wash trays shall be supplied through three- 
quarter inch pipe and have three-quarter inch openings 
and faucets. 

(f) All piping and fittings shall be of standard gal- 
vanized iron or steel. Short lengths of lead piping 
known to the trade as (A. A.) or brass piping may be 
used to attach plumbing fixtures. 

(g) All faucets on the inside of a building shall be 



Use of 
defective 
pipes, etc., 
prohibited 



Size of pipe 
Openings 



One story 
building 



Two story 
building 



Large 
buildings 



Wash trays 



Galvanized 
iron or 
steel 



Faucets 



132 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Piping, 
supporting, 
cutting, 
inspection 



Valves 



Water 
pressure 



Boilers 

Leaks, etc. 
exempt 

Condemna- 
tion 



Penalty 



provided with air chambers consisting of a section of 
pipe equal in size to the riser supplying the opening, and 
not less than eighteen inches long. 

(h) All piping shall be firmly supported by strap- 
ping same to building with approved straps placed not 
more than five feet apart. After cutting, or where the 
pipe is found contracted, it shall be reamed out to full 
bore, and it must be thoroughly cleared of cuttings and 
dirt on the inside before being used in the work. The 
Plumbing Inspector shall have the right to order one or 
more fittings, or any part of the piping system, to be 
opened up for inspection at any time during the progress 
of the work. 

(i) There shall be one gate valve provided on the 
main service at the house line, also an approved valve 
at each water closet and on the inlet pipe to each boiler. 

(j) All water piping shall be made perfectly tight 
and suitable for a water pressure of 100 pounds to the 
square inch. The person, firm or corporation installing 
the piping shall subject the system to a water test of 125 
pounds per square inch when requested so to do by the 
Plumbing Inspector. 

SEC. 122. All range boilers installed shall be of the 
style known as "extra heavy." 

SEC. 123. The requirements of these rules and regu- 
lations shall not be construed to include leaks, the repair 
of faucets, breaks in pipes or stoppages of pipes. 

SEC. 124. When a building has been inspected and 
the plumbing work condemned by the Plumbing Inspector 
as being in an unsanitary condition, then the Board of 
Public Safety shall give a written notice to that effect, 
infonring the agent or owner to repair the defective 
plumbing therein, so as to place the building in a sanitary 
condition, and it shall be unlawful for the owner or agent 
to suffer, allow or permit an occupied building to remain 
in an unsanitary condition. 

SEC. 125. Any person who shall violate any of the 
provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty of a 
misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be pun- 
ished by a fine not exceeding three hundred dollars, or 
by imprisonment not exceeding ninety days, or by both 
such fine and imprisonment. 



PART VI 

PUBLIC SERVICE CORPORA- 
TIONS 



ARTICLE I 
GOVERNING ELECTRIC LIGHTING PLANTS 

SEC. i. By the term "company" as used in this 
article is meant any corporation, co-partnership, asso- 
ciation or person engaged in the business of furnishing 
or selling electricity for lighting, power and heating 
purposes in the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 2, For the purposes of this article, a "meter" 
is defined to be an instrument or appliance for measuring 
quantity of electric energy, so adjusted and maintained 
as to correctly register, in kilowatt hours, within two per 
cent, plus or minus, the amount of electric energy 
measured by it, when compared with and tested by a 
standard wattmeter. Whenever a meter is required by 
this article it shall conform to the definition and require- 
ments of this section. 

SEC. 3. The City Electrician may at any time ex- 
amine and test any electric meter installed or about to be 
installed in the City of Palo Alto for measuring electric 
energy, and for such purpose may disconnect and remove 
any ir.eter from any place where installed or placed to 
the testing place selected by him. It shall be unlawful for 
any person, firm or corporation to hinder, impede or inter- 
fere with the City Electrician in making examination or 
test of any meter. 

SEC. 4. Every company shall install and maintain 
at or upon the premises of each of its customers a meter 
for the purpose of measuring and determining the amount 
of electric energy furnished to such customer. It shall 
be unlawful for any company, or any officer, agent, ser- 



Definition of 
"company" 



Of "meter" 



City Electri- 
cian to test 
ineters 



Company to 
furnish all 
meters 



134 



ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Rates 
classified 



Establishing 
rates 



vant or employee of any company, to sell or furnish 
electric energy to any consumer or person in the City of 
Palo Alto unless such energy be measured by a meter so 
installed and maintained. It shall be unlawful for any 
company or any officer, agent, servant or employee of 
any company, directly 'or indirectly, in any form or man- 
ner, to charge, demand, collect or receive payment or 
compensation for electric energy furnished which is not 
based upon and proportioned to the amount of energy 
actually furnished and determined and measured by a 
meter installed and maintained as herein provided. 

SEC. 5. For the purpose of fixing and establishing 
rates, electric energy sold or furnished in the City of 
Palo Alto by any company, for lighting, power and 
heating shall be classified as follows, beginning July i. 
1911 : 

For lighting: From a maximum of 7^ cents per 
Kw. hour to a minimum of 4 cents per Kw. hour, depend- 
ing upon the monthly consumption as indicated by the 
rate curve diagram on file in the office of the City Clerk. 

For motor and poiver loads : Any quantity at 4 cents 
per Kw. hour. 

For heating, cooking and household electrical appli- 
ances: Any quantity at 3 cents per Kw. hour. 

Provided, however, that a minimum monthly charge 
may be collected for electric service, which charge shall 
be one dollar ($1.00) per meter. 

SEC. 6. Any company desiring to establish rates 
for electric energy by it furnished in the City of Palo 
Alto less than the rates fixed by Section 5 of this article 
may do so by filing with the City Clerk of the City of 
Palo Alto, and publishing for a period of thirty (30' 
days, commencing with the day of said filing, in a news- 
paper of general circulation published at least six (6) 
days a week in said City, a schedule of rates it desires 
and elects to establish. The rates thus established must 
he based upon and proportioned to the amount of electric 
energy actually furnished as measured and registered by 
a meter. They must follow and conform to the classifica- 
tion established by Section 5 of this article. No rate shall 
he higher than the rate fixed by Section 5 of this article 
for the corresponding class of energy, and the minimum 
monthly charge in said section provided shall not be 
increased. 

SEC. 7. All electric energy sold or furnished for 
power, heating or purposes other than lighting, when not 
measured by a separate meter installed and maintained 



ITBLIC SERVICE CORPORATIONS 135 

for the purpose of measuring such energy, shall he Rates for 
deemed ard considered as electric energy furnished for power, heat- 
lightirg purposes, and the furnishing and sale thereof 
and the rates therefor, shall be in all respects subject to 
the conditions and provisions of this article. 

SEC. 8. It shall be unlawful for any company which Governing 
has not, as provided by Section 6 hereof, established rebates, 
rates different from those fixed by Section 5 hereof, or ^ 
for any officer, agent, collector or employee of such 
company, directly or indirectly, by the use of false or 
inaccurate meters, or by false or inaccurrate reading of 
meters, or by any special rebate, drawback or other de- 
vice, or in any manner or form, to charge, demand, col- 
lect or receive any rate or rates, or payment or compensa- 
tion or consideration for electric energy furnished for 
lighting purposes in the City of Palo Alto, greater or less 
than or different from the rates herein fixed. 

It shall be unlawful for any company which has, as False meters 
provided by Section 6 hereof, established rates different or meter 
from those fixed by Section 5 hereof, or for any officer, 
agent, collector or employee of such company, directly 
or indirectly, by the use of false or inaccurate meters, 
or by false or inaccurate reading of meters, or by any 
special rebate, drawback or other device, or in any 
manner or form, to charge, demand, collect or receive 
any rate or rates, or payment or compensation or con- 
sideration for electric energy by it furnished for lighting 
purposes in the City of Palo Alto, greater or less than 
or different from its said rates so established. 

The furnishing to each customer or person of electric Meter meas- 
energy other than by meter measurement as herein pro- ure at rates 
vided, or at rates other than as herein fixed or established 
as herein permitted, shall be deemed unlawful, and 
a separate and distinct offense, and each such offense 
shall be punished as herein provided. 

For each customer or person to, or upon whom, any Separate 
charge or demand is made, or from whom any money or offenses 
thing of value is collected or received, as, or for, rate, 
payment, compensation or consideration for electric 
energy at rates other than, or different from, those herein 
fixed or established as herein permitted, a separate and 
distinct offense shall be deemed committed and each 
such offense shall be punished as herein provided. 

SEC. 9. Any person, firm, corporation, whether as Penalty 
owner or lessee, principal, agent, clerk or employee, 
either for himself or itself, or for any other person, 
firm or corporation, which, or who, shall violate any of 
the provisions of this article, shall be guilty of a mis- 



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Changing 
rates 



Electric 
energy furn- 
ished to 
City 



demeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be pun- 
ished by imprisonment for a period not exceeding six 
months, or by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars, 
or by both such fine and imprisonment. 

SEC. 10. Nothing herein contained, nor any action 
or circumstance taken or arising hereunder, shall be 
deemed a waiver of, or abridge, the powers of the City 
to, at any time, fix or change rates or regulate the furn- 
ishing or sale of electricity for any purpose. 

SEC. ii. Nothing in this article contained shall 
apply to the furnishing of electric energy to the City of 
Palo Alto for lighting its streets, alleys, or parks, or for 
operating its Public Ltilities. 



ARTICLE II 

GOVERNING TELEPHONE SERVICE AND 
RATES 

Fixing rates SEC. i. The maximum rates or compensation to 
te collected by any person, company or corporation for 
telephonic service supplied to the City of Palo Alto or 
to the inhabitants thereof, subject to change by the 
Council, shall be as follows: 

Business Business and Professional Rates: 

The following maximum charges shall be made for 
business and professional service : 

Single party For a single-party line telephone, business or profes- 

sional, including all exchange switches as per present 
schedule of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Com- 
pany, $3.25 per month; 

Two party For a two-party line telephone, business or profes- 

sional, including all exchange switches as per present 
scheiule of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Com- 
pany, $2.25 per month. 

Residence Residence Rates: 

The following maximum charges shall be made for 
residence flat rate service : 

Single party For a single-party line residence telephone, including 
all exchange switches as per present schedule of the 
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, $2.00 per 
month ; 

Two party For a two-party line residence telephone, including 

all exchange switches as per present schedule of the 
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, $1.75 per 
month ; 



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For a four-party line residence telephone, including Four party 
all exchange switches as per present schedule of the 
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, $1.50 per 
month. 

For each extension of a residence telephone the Extensions 
maximum charge shall be a sum not to exceed 50 cents 
per month. 

For each extension of a business telephone the maxi- 
mum charge shall be a sum not to exceed $1.00 per 
month. 

SEC. 2. The term "telephone" as used in this article Apparatus 
is hereby defined to mean both a transmitter and a 
receiver. It shall be optional with the person demand- 
ing telephonic service to elect to take or use either 
portable or stationary telephonic apparatus and it shall 
be the duty of the person, company or corporation supply- 
ing telephonic service in the City to furnish such appa- 
ratus without additional cost, except as in this article 
provided. 

Single conversation on party lines shall not exceed Five-minute 
five minutes. rule 

Upon the application in writing of the owner or occu- 
pant of any building or premises distant not more than Service 
three hundred feet from any underground conduit or se ^ en da ^ 
pole line of the person, company or corporation furn- 
ishing telephonic service, and payment by the applicant 
of all money due from him, the person, company or cor- 
poration must within seven days supply telephonic ser- 
vice as required for such building or premises, and can- 
not refuse on the ground of any indebtedness of any 
former owner or occupant thereof, unless the applicant 
has undertaken to pay the same. No deposit shall be 
required for service requested by any taxpayer of the 
City of Palo Alto. 

It shall be unlawful for any person, company or , 
corporation furnishing telephonic service in the City of 
Palo Alto to refuse to give said service to any applicant 
or subscriber upon any party line herein designated, or 
to charge a greater monthly rental than provided by this 
article for any service given ; and 

It shall be unlawful for any person, company or cor- 
poration to discontinue any service on party line or lines 
herein designated so long as any demand for said service 
is made by any inhabitant or inhabitants of said City. 

Provided, that the rates herein established and fixed Present free 
for service on any of the party lines herein designated exchange 
are expressly fixed at said maximum charge on the con- 
sideration that said rates shall include the present free 



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Amendments 



Penalty 



exchange telephone service with Stanford University, 
Mayfield, Menlo Park, Fair Oaks, Redwood City, and 
all other points to which free exchange is now given 
to the inhabitants of the City of Palo Alto. 

This article may be amended by the Council at any 
time a change is made by any person, firm or cor- 
poration doing a telephone business in the City which 
affects the value of the service rendered, or the present 
free exchange telephone service above stated. 

SEC. 3. Any person, company or corporation, or any 
officer or agent of any person, company or corporation 
violating any of the provisions of this article shall 
be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon convic- 
tion thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding 
three hundred dollars ($300.00), or by imprisonment 
not exceeding three (3) months, or by both such fine 
and imprisonment, and such person, company or corpor- 
ation, or officer or agent of any such person, company or 
corporation, shall be guilty of a separate offense for 
every day that such violation shall continue, and shall 
be subject to the penalty imposed by this section for 
each and every separate offense. 



Fixing rates 
for meters 
at fifty cents 
per month 



Meters to be 
installed 
within five 
days after 
receipt of 
written 
notice 



Unlawful to 
collect de- 
posit from 
taxpayers 



ARTICLE III 
GOVERNING GAS SERVICE AND RATES 

SEC. i. The minimum charge for gas consumed by 
consumers, independent of reading, is hereby fixed at 
the sum of fifty cents per month, and it shall be unlaw- 
ful for any person, company or corporation selling gas to 
consumers in the City of Palo Alto to make or collect 
any sum in excess of said minimum charge unless the 
meters of said company show that the company is entitled 
to a larger sum for the actual amount of gas consumed at 
the rates fixed by ordinance. 

SEC. 2. Any person, company or corporation furn- 
ishing gas to consumers in the City of Palo Alto shall 
install meters at the request of the consumer within five 
days after receiving written notice requesting said instal- 
lation ; provided that this rule shall not apply where 
new pipes have to be laid on streets or avenues and until 
existing bills for gas against the applicant have been 
paid. 

SEC. 3. It shall be unlawful for any person, com- 
pany or corporation furnishing gas to consumers in the 
City of Palo Alto to require any deposit from consumers 
who are tax payers in the City of Palo Alto. 



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SEC. 4. It shall be unlawful for any person, com- Fixing rate 
pany or corporation to make a greater charge than fifty for installing 
cents for the installment of any meter in any house after j 
the first installation in said house has been made. at i n at 

SEC. 5. It shall be unlawful for any person, com- 50 cents 
pany or corporation to turn back or change the dial or 
dials of any meter unless same is done in the presence of Dials to be 
the consumer or his agent. turned back 

SEC. 6. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, JJ52S 
company or corporation supplying gas for light or fuel O f consumer 
purposes to the City of Palo Alto, or any of the inhabi- 
tants thereof, or any consumer therein, to charge for charge for 
making any connection between his, their or its pipes, laying pipe 
and to those of any person applying for gas, more than ?" d 
the actual cost of doing the same. Gas shall be delivered pressure 
into the consumer's pipes at an even pressure, which 
shall not be less than two inches water pressure, and 
such gas shall be supplied promptly and in sufficient 
quantity to all paying consumers thereof and to all per- 
sons applying therefor on or adjacent to any street, 
avenue or alley along which the mains of said person, 
firm, company or corporation shall have been extended. 

SEC. 7. The owner of any premises in the City of Providing 
Palo Alto shall have the right upon obtaining a permit that owners 
from the Board of Public Works so to do, to lay gas ^ tha/the 
pipes from his premises to the curb in any street, avenue company 
or alley in this City. After said pipes have been so laid shall furnish 
by said owner, and he has had the same properly inspect- sas 
ed by the City Engineer and received a certificate from 
the City Engineer to the effect that said pipes have been 
properly and safely laid, it shall then be unlawful for 
any person, firm, company or corporation supplying gas 
in said City, to refuse to connect said pipes with his, 
their or its main and deliver gas to said owner or con- 
sumer requesting the same. 

SEC. 8. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm. Removal of 
company or corporation to remove any meter from the meters from 
house, store, factory or premises of any consumer of gas, F 
in this City, against the will and consent of any such con- 
sumer of gas, who is willing to pay for gas furnished 
him, and tenders the amount due at the price estimated 
and fixed by ordinance of this City and in accordance 
with this article. 

SEC. 9. It shall be unlawful for any person, com- Unlawful to 
pany or corporation to take, collect or accept any charge charge in 
for gas or meters which does not comply herewith or ^ e atlon c 
with the ordinances of this City, fixing the charge per 
thousand feet for the use of gas for the fiscal year. 



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Penalty SEC. io. Any person, company or corporation vio- 

lating the provisions of this article shall be deemed guilty 
of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall 
te punished by a fine not exceeding three hundred 
dollars, or by imprisonment not exceeding ninety days 
or by both such fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE IV 



Certificate 
of registra- 
tion 



Certificate 
necessary 



Installation 
of wires, etc. 



Bond 



PLACING, INSTALLING, OPERATING AND RE- 
MOVING ELECTRICAL WIRES AND AP- 
PARATUS 

SEC. i. Every person, firm or corporation engaged 
in conducting the business of placing, installing or oper- 
ating* electrical wires, appliances, apparatus or construc- 
tion in or on any buildings in the City of Palo Alto shall 
appear in person, or by a duly authorized representative, 
at the office of the City Electrician, and shall there 
register his name and place of business in said City, 
which act, upon his being sworn, shall entitle him to 
a certificate of registration ; provided, however, that 
no certificate of registration shall be granted for a 
period of time of more than one fiscal year or the unex- 
pired portion thereof. 

SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm 
or corporation to engage in conducting the business of 
placing, installing or operating electrical wires, appli- 
ances, apparatus or construction in or on buildings in the 
City of Palo Alto without first obtaining a certificate of 
registration from the City Electrician, and said certifi- 
cate shall be renewed, as provided for in Section i of 
this article, within thirty days after the first day of July 
of each year. 

SEC. 3. The placing, installing or operating of elec- 
trical wires, appliances, apparatus or construction in 
or on buildings in the City of Palo Alto shall be exe- 
cuted in accordance with the provisions of this article 
and under the supervision of the City Electrician. 

SEC. 4. Every person, firm or corporation engaged 
in conducting the business of placing, installing or oper- 
ating electrical wires, appliances, apparatus or construc- 
tion in or on buildings in the City of Palo Alto, shall 
hefcre registration, give a bond to the City of Palo Alto 
in the sum of three hundred dollars, with good and 
sufficient sureties, for the faithful compliance with the 



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141 



provisions of this article, and said bond shall be approved 
by, and filed with, the City Electrician. 

SEC. 5. The failure, neglect or refusal on the part 
of any person, firm or corporation, after due notification 
by the City Electrician, to correct, obviate or remove 
any fault, error or deficiency in placing, installing 
or operating electrical wires, appliances, apparatus or 
construction in or on buildings, in the City of Palo Alto, 
shall be deemed sufficient cause for the City Electrician, 
and he is hereby authorized, to suspend said certificate 
of registration for a period not exceeding thirty days. 

SEC. 6. No person, firm or corporation shall supply 
electric current to, equip with wiring, fixtures or appara- 
tus, or make any alterations of, or changes in, or addition 
to, any electrical wiring or apparatus in any building 
without first notifying the City Electrician in writing, 
and receiving from him a written permit to do the work. 
Such permit shall state the kind of work to be done, and 
shall cover only the kind of work so designated. Such 
permit shall also state the location by street and number 
of the building where such work is to be done, and 
shall he valid only for the location so stated. And when 
an equipment is found to conform to the rules and regu- 
lations adopted herein, the City Electrician shall issue 
a certificate that such rules and regulations have been 
complied with ; but no certificate shall be granted until 
the equipment is made to conform to the rules prescribed 
herein, and it shall be unlawful to use any current for 
such building until a certificate has been furnished 
according to the terms of this article. 

SEC. 7. The City Electrician may, before such certi- 
ficate is issued, grant a temporary permit to furnish and 
use electric current through any wires, apparatus and 
appliances, for a period not exceeding ten days if, in his 
judgment, such wires, apparatus or apppliances are in 
such condition that current may be safely used therein, 
and there exists an urgent necessity for such use. 

SEC. 8. The rules and regulations of the National 
Board of Fire Underwriters as embodied in their Nation- 
al Electrical Code, as amended and published from time 
to time, are hereby adopted as the rules and regulations 
of the Department of Electricity, and this Section shall 
be construed as a continual adoption of the latest rules 
and regulations of said Board of Fire Underwriters. 

SEC. 9. It shall be the duty of the City Electrician 
to inspect all electrical equipment from time to time, 
and if any part of any electrical equipment in or about 



Suspension 
of certifi- 
cate 



Permit and 
certificate 



Temporary 
permit 



Rules 



Inspection 
notice to 
repair 



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Fees 



Building 
permit issued 
before elec- 

Piping to be 

in place 

before 

inspection 



Unlawful to 
remove 
buildings 
with electri- 



notice 



any building in the City of Palo Alto shall be found to 
he dangerous to life or property the City Electrician 
shall have the right and power, and it shall be his duty, 
to notify the owner of the building or equipment to 
cease using electric current in such dangerous equip- 
ment, and to have the defects in such equipment repaired 
within a reasonable time, not exceeding ten days from 
the date of notice. The City Electrician is also 
authorized to give written notice to the company furnish- 
ing the electric current to any such dangerous equipment 
to cease to supply the same until the defects are repaired. 
In a prosecution for a violation of the provisions of this 
Section each day's neglect to comply herewith shall be 
considered and taken as a separate violation. 

SEC. io. When an application for a permit for wir- 
ing in or about any building is made, the person, firm or 
corporation desiring to install such equipment shall, 
before the permit is given, pay to the City Auditor the 
following fees : 

For each outlet at which current is to be controlled 
or issued, five cents. Provided, however, as a minimum, 
the total amount of any bill of fees to be charged shall 
not be less than seventy-five cents. 

For inspection of electrical apparatus for which no 
fee is herein prescribed, or for any inspection service 
rendered, a fee of seventy-five cents per hour shall be 
charged for the time actually consumed in making the 
inspection. 

SEC. ii. In cases where a building permit is neces- 
sary, the electrical permit shall not be issued until after 
fa^ building permit has been issued. 

SEC. 12. All plumbing and other piping or tube work 
must be in place on work to be concealed before the elec- 

, . . . L . . j j . . . ... i 

tncal wiring is inspected, and no such wiring will be con- 
sidered as completed until such piping is in place. Upon 
making an inspection of any electrical equipment, the in- 
spector shall leave a notice at a conspicuous place on 
the building stating that the electrical work has been in- 
spected by the Department of Electricity. It shall be 
unlawful to lath, seal or in any manner conceal any 
electrical wiring or other work until the same has been 
inspected as herein required. 

SEC. T 3- ^ sna ^ ^ e unlawful for any person, firm 
or corporation to remove any building, where such remov- 
al will require the removal or displacement of any over- 
head electrical wires, until after forty-eight hours after 
notice in writing has been given by the person, firm, or 
corporation proposing to remove such building to the 



PUBLIC SERVICE CORPORATIONS 143 

person, firm or corporation owning or operating such 
electrical wires or appurtenances. 

SEC. 14. Upon receipt of such notice the person, Persons 
firm or corporation owning or operating such electrical removing 
wires or appurtenances shall, within twenty-four hours 
thereafter, furnish the person, firm or corporation pro- rem0 val of 
posing such removal an estimate showing the maximum wires 
cost of removal and displacement of such wires; and 
such wires shall be removed and replaced in such manner 
as the person, firm or corporation owning or operating 
them shall determine to be necessary for the safety of 
the public; and the entire expense of such removal and 
replacement shall be borne by the person, firm or corpor- 
ation proposing such removal. 

SEC. 15. Any person, firm or corporation who shall Penalty 
do, or attempt to do, electrical installation, fixture or 
service connection work, whether original work or altera- 
tions, without giving notice in writing to the City Elec- 
trician, and without first obtaining a permit to do such 
work, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon 
conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine in the sum 
of not less than twenty dollars nor more than one hun- 
dred dollars, or by imprisonment for a period not exceed- 
ing fifty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment 
for each offense ; and any person, firm or corporation 
who shall violate any of the provisions of this article 
for which a penalty is not otherwise provided herein, 
and any occupant or owner of premises where electrical 
wiring or apparatus is used, who shall prevent or inter- 
fere with any inspector in the discharge of his duties 
under this article, shall be deemed guilty of a misde- 
meanor, and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine 
of not less than five dollars nor more than one hundred 
dollars, or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 
fifty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. 

SEC. 1 6. This article shall not be construed to re- construction 
lieve any party owning, operating, controlling or install- of article 
ing any electrical equipment from responsibility for dam- 
ages to any person injured by any defect therein, or to 
lessen the liability of such party for such damages, nor 
shall the City be held as assuming any such liability by 
reason of the inspection authorized herein or certificate 
issued hereunder. 



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ARTICLE V 

REGULATING THE ERECTION OF TELEPHONE, 
TELEGRAPH AND ELECTRIC LIGHT POLES 
AND THE STRINGING OF WIRES THROUGH 
AND ALONG THE STREETS OF THE CITY 
OF PALO ALTO. 



Erection 
poles 



of 



Distance 
above ground 

Distance 
from curb 



Uniform 
painting 

Mutilation of 
trees 



Poles to 
conform to 
this article 



Prohibition 



Consent of 
owner or 
agent 



SEC. * ^ person, firm or corporation having 
a permit for such work, shall erect telephone, telegraph or 
electric light poles and string wires through and along the 
streets of the City of Palo Alto on said poles, unless said 
poles conform in size and shape to the poles in use by 
the City of Palo Alto for electric light wires, and unless 
said poles are so placed as to be perpendicular to the line 
of the sidewalk. 

SEC. 2. No telephone, telegraph or electric light 
wires shall be strung upon any poles at a distance of less 
than twenty-five feet above the surface of the ground. 

SEC. 3. All telephone, telegraph and electric light 
poles shall be placed within the curb line of the street at 
a distance of twelve inches from the outside line of the 
curb. 

SEC. 4. Ml telephone, telegraph and electric light 
poles shall be painted a uniform color of green. 

SEC. 5. No telephone, telegraph or electric light 
wires shall be so strung in the City of Palo Alto as to 
cause injury or mutilation to any tree in said City, with- 
out the consent or upon a permit from the P>oard of 
Public Works so to do. 

SEC. 6. All telephone, telegraph and electric light 
poles erected upon improved streets which do not con- 
form to the provisions of this article are hereby declared 
to be a nuisance, and shall be removed at the expense of 
the person, firm or corporation owning said poles and 
replaced by poles conforming to this article. 

SEC. 7. It shall be unlawful for any person, com- 
pany, or corporation, its agent or employees, to attach 
or string wires (electric or telephone wires) upon or 
over the building or premises of another without the 
consent of the owner or agent of said building or 
premises. 

SEC. 8 - Jt sna11 be unlawful for any person, corn- 
pany or corporation, its agents or employees, to go on 
the roof of any building for the purpose of doing any 



PUBLIC SERVICE CORPORATIONS 145 

work in connection with the electric or telephone business 
without the consent of the owner or agent of said 
building. 

SEC. 9. Any person, firm or corporation who, after Penalty 
having been duly notified, refuses to comply with the 
terms of this article, shall be punished by a fine of not 
less than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hundred 
dollars or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 
thirty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. 



ARTICLE VI 

ESTABLISHING RATES FOR WATER AND 
POWER, AND RULES FOR THE MANAGE- 
MENT OF THE WATER AND POWER DE- 
PARTMENT 

SEC. i. Every person taking the City water and Rules for 
power, or either, shall be considered as having expressed consumers 
his consent to be bound hereby, and whenever any one 
of the rules and regulations is violated, the right is 
reserved to shut off the water and power, or either, 
without notice, and the person whose water and power, 
or either, is thus shut off, shall forfeit all payments and 
deposits made to the extent of his indebtedness, and the 
water and power, or either, shall not be turned on again 
until all unpaid rents and charges are paid, together 
with the additional charge of one dollar for turning 
it on again. 

SEC. 2. In case the owner of premises on which Discontinu- 
water or power is used, desires to discontinue the use of ance . of 
same, he must make an application for that purpose to s 
the Board of Public Works, and after the date of said 
application, the rents accruing for said service shall cease 
for the period during which said service shall be shut 
off, provided the period of such discontinuance be not 
less than one month. 

SEC. 3. No persons except the duly appointed repre- Connections 
sentatives of the Board of Public Works will be per- 
mitted to tap any of the water mains or power lines of the 
distributing systems. 

Service connections to the inside of the curb line 
of the street for water or to the building for power, 
will be made by the Board of Public Works in such 
manner as they shall determine. 



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Plumber or 
electrician to 
give notice 



Repairs to 

service 

connections 



Disconnected 

service 

mains 

Inspection 



Fixed 
charges 



Estimated 
costs 



Meters 



Meters, 
how set 



Power meters shall be placed in or at all dwellings 
so that the meters can be read from the outside without 
entering the main building. 

SEC. 4. Notice must be given in writing to the 
Board of Public Works by the plumber or electrician 
intending to connect to a service main, fixing the day on 
which he wishes to make the connection. Such notice 
must be given at least forty-eight hours previous to the 
time when the connection to the service main is to be 
made. 

SEC. 5. The City of Palo Alto will maintain and 
keep in repair each service connection as above; pro- 
vided the failure of said service or the injury thereto 
rendering repairs necessary does not result from some 
improper act or omission on the part of the owner or 
tenant of the premises supplied with water or power. 

SEC. 6. Where services are found disconnected they 
may be reconnected only by application to the Board of 
Public Works. 

SEC. 7. Duly authorized representatives of the 
Board of Public Works shall have the right of access at 
all reasonable hours to any premises where water or 
power is used, for the purpose of inspection and exam- 
ination. 

SEC. 8. On unimproved streets taps will be made, 
corporation and curb cocks and boxes for the curb cocks 
will be furnished, and three-quarter inch pipe laid one 
foot inside the curb line for the sum of six dollars. 

All water connections of larger size or on improved 

streets shall be made at the actual cost of making said 

. connections, and the sum estimated for this purpose shall 

be deposited with the City Tax Collector before such 

connections are made. 

If the estimated cost for making connections for 
improved streets should not prove to be a sufficient sum 
to pay for said work, then the additional cost shall be 
charged against the applicant. If said estimated sum 
deposited should be in excess of the cost then the dif- 
ference shall be returned to the applicant. 

SEC. 9. The Board of Public Works shall have full 
authority to set water meters and to charge for the use 
of water at meter rates. All meters thus set shall be 
and shall remain the property of the City of Palo Alto, 
and may be removed at any time by the Board of Public 
Works. 

SEC. 10. One meter shall be allowed and set for 
each fifty foot lot and all premises shall be metered. 
Consumers demanding more than one meter shall pay for 
the same at the cost price of the meter. 



PUBLIC SERVICE CORPORATIONS 



147 



SEC. ii. All persons, firms or corporations requir- 
ing a meter larger than a three-quarter inch meter 
shall pay the difference in cost of the larger meter. 

SEC. 12. It shall be the duty of the Board of 
Public Works to keep track of all houses vacated and 
promptly report such vacated houses to the Tax Collector 
of said City, and to shut off water and power on premises 
which have been vacated, and make prompt reports of all 
matters coming to their knowledge in connection with 
the water and power departments which will enable the 
Tax Collector to promptly enforce the collection of fees 
or water and power bills due the City. 

SEC. 13. In case of fire or an alarm of fire, or in 
making repairs, or construction work, the Board of 
Public Works through its duly authorized agents, shall 
have the right to shut off water from any consumer, or 
any number of consumers, without notice and to keep it 
shut off as long as it may be necessary. 

SEC. 14. In case of fire or an alarm of fire, the 
use of fountains or yard or street sprinklers or house 
faucets is prohibited. 

SEC. 15. No person shall, except in case of fire, 
use water from or tamper with any City hydrant without 
a permit from the Board of Public Works. 

SEC. 16. The owners of premises taking water must 
keep their service pipe, stop-cocks, and all apparatus con- 
nected therewith on said premises in good repair at 
their own expense ; and no claims shall be made against 
the City of Palo Alto, by reason of bursting or any other 
disarrangement of any service pipe or any apparatus 
or any appliance connected therewith. 

SEC. 17. The Board of Public Works shall have 
the right to limit the amount of water furnished to any 
consumer should circumstances seem to warrant such 
action, although no limit may be stated in the application 
or permit for such use. 

SEC. 1 8. No hydrant, gooseneck, hosebit or hose 
attachment shall be placed in any yard or area of any 
premises situated so as to be accessible to persons living 
in or occupying neighboring premises; nor shall water 
takers be allowed to supply water to others, or to other 
premises owned by themselves, except by special permit 
from the Board of Public Works. 

SEC. 19. All water shall be sold to consumers by 
meter rates at the following schedule : 

For any quantity not exceeding twenty thousand gal- 
gallons, twenty cents per one thousand gallons. 

For all amounts used in excess of twenty thousand 



Meters, 
price 

Reports 



Authority to 
shut off 
water 



Prohibiting 
use of 
sprinklers 

Use of 
hydrants 

Repairs 



Limiting 
water 



Supplying 
water to 
others 



Meter rates, 
water 



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Meter rates, 
power 



Payment 



Prepay 
meters 



Requiring 
permits 



Deposit 



gallons, fifteen cents per one thousand gallons ; provid- 
ed that the minimum rate in all cases shall be one dollar 
per month. 

The reduction for quantity used shall not apply to 
consumers outside the City limits. 

SEC. 20. All electric current sold and delivered to 
consumers in the City of Palo Alto by any person, firm 
or corporation, shall be in accordance with the following 
schedule of rates-meter measurements : 

For Lighting Purposes. From a maximum of 7^ 
cents per kilowatt hour to a minimum of 4 cents per 
kilowatt hour, depending upon the monthly consumption 
as indicated by the rate curve diagram on file in the office 
of the City Clerk. 

For Motor and Power Loads. Any quantity at 4 cents 
per kilowatt hour. 

For Heating, Cooking, and Household Electrical 
Appliances. Any quantity at 3 cents per kilowatt hour. 

Provided, however, that a minimum monthly charge 
may be collected for electric service, which charge shall 
be one dollar per meter. 

SEC. 21. Water and power bills commence to accrue 
when water or power is turned on, and all water and 
power bills shall be paid at the office of the Tax Collector 
on or between the first and fifteenth day of each month, 
and if not paid by the twentieth day of that month, 
power and water, or power or water shall be shut off. 

SEC. 22. Whenever the Board of Public Works so 
directs, a prepay meter for water and light shall be 
installed upon the premises of any consumer. 

SEC. 23. No person, except a duly authorized offi- 
ical of the City, shall in any manner interfere with the 
water system or power system of the City of Palo Alto 
or make or sever connections with such systems, except 
as provided by this article. 

SEC. 24. All tenants of buildings and lots within 
the City of Palo Alto, or transient consumers of water 
and power, or water or power of said City, upon filing 
their application for the City to supply them with water 
and power, or water or power, shall make a deposit of 
five dollars with the Tax Collector; provided that in 
lieu of said deposit, the owner of the premises may give 
a written guarantee to pay for water and light used on 
the premises in the event of delinquency or the tenant 
may give a bond in the sum of twenty-five dollars, with 
two good and sufficient sureties who are tax-payers of 
the City. Said bond shall be conditioned to pay all sums 
due the City for water and light. 



IT III. 1C SERVICE CORPORATIONS 



149 



SEC. 25. Such tenant or transient consumer shall Discontinue 
give notice when he desires to discontinue the use of use 
water and power, or water or power, and thereupon, if 
all sums of money due to the City of Palo Alto for the 
use of water and power or water or power have been 
paid, the Tax Collector shall return to the said tenant or 
transient consumer the amount of his deposit. Said 
deposit shall he placed to the credit of said tenant or 
transient consumer by the Tax Collector. 

SEC. 26. The Board of Public Works of the City of Accounts 
Palo Alto shall keep a set of accounts showing the names 
of persons to whom water and power are furnished by 
said City, the amounts due and the disposition of said 
accounts. 

One working day before the first of each month, the 
Board of Public Works of the City of Palo Alto shall 
deliver to the Tax Collector, receipts numbered conse- 
cutively for amounts due from consumers, and charge 
him therewith. Three working days before the end of 
each month, the Tax Collector shall return to the Board 
of Public Works all stubs of receipts, and all receipts 
which have not been issued, including those which have 
for any reason been cancelled. The Board of Public 
Works shall credit the Tax Collector with all moneys 
collected for receipts issued, and for all unissued or can- 
celled receipts returned, and charge the consumer on the 
following month with any arrearage due on water or 
power. 

SEC. 27. At the end of each month the Board of Reports 
Public Works shall make complete reports of the water 
and power business for the month to the City Council. 

SEC. 28. No other or further notice need be given 
the water and power consumers as to the manner of pay- 
ment or the amount due for water and power bills than 
that contained in this article. 

SEC. 29. These rules and regulations are subject Amended 
to amendment and alteration at any time without special rules 
notice to consumers, in such matters as may be deemed 
expedient by the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 30. Any violation of this article shall con- Penalty 
stitute a misdemeanor and each offense shall be punished 
by a fine not exceeding three hundred dollars, or by im- 
prisonment not exceeding three months, or by both such 
fine and imprisonment. 



Notification 
of bills due 



PART VII 

MISCELLANEOUS 



ARTICLE I 

RATES FOR OFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS AND 
ADVERTISEMENTS 

Fixing rates SEC. i. All publications and advertisements of the 

City of Palo Alto required to be published in a news- 
paper of general circulation, published and circulated in 
said City, shall be printed and published at the following 
rates, to wit : 

For Publication in a Daily Newspaper 

1 Insertion per line $0.05 

2 Insertions per line .07^2 

3 Insertions per line .10 

4 Insertions per line 

5 Insertions per line .15 

6 Insertions per line 

10 Insertions per line .25 

12 Insertions per line .26 

20 Insertions per line .28 

30 Insertions per line .30 

For Publication in a Weekly Newspaper 

1 Insertion per line $0.09 

2 Insertions per line .12 

3 Insertions. per line .15 

4 Insertions per line .18 

6 Insertions per line .21 

9 Insertions per line .25 

Publication to be printed in 8 point type, single leaded 
and single column. 



PUBLIC SERVICE CORPORATIONS 151 

SEC. 2. Any newspaper of the City of Palo Alto Acceptance 
accepting any work ordered to be done shall be deemed of rates 
to have accepted said work at the rates specified in Sec- 
tion i hereof, and no charge in excess of said rates shall 
be allowed or audited for said work, unless expressly 
authorized by ordinance so to do. 

SEC. 3. Any newspaper designated and authorized 9fficial 
to make said publication shall be deemed the official news P a P er 
newspaper for the work so ordered. 



ARTICLE II 
CHANGING NAMES OF STREETS 

SEC. i. Those certain streets and that certain alley changes in 
as shown on a map of the City of Palo Alto, prepared names of 
August 5th, 1907, by J. F. Byxbee, Jr., City Engineer, streets 
and adopted by an ordinance of the City of Palo Alto, 
and thereafter recorded in the office of the County 
Recorder, shall hereafter be known and designated and 
are hereby established as public streets by the names set 
forth in this article. 

(a) Midway street intersecting Block 34 of the City Tasso 
of Palo Alto, shall be known and designated hereafter street 
as Tasso street, and the uniform name of Tasso street 
shall be given to all of said street as now extended 
through Blocks 34, 37, 92 and 99, of the City of Palo 
Alto. 

(b) All that certain street sometimes known as Kipling 
Margarita street in Block 32, shall hereafter be known street 
and designated as Kipling street, making the street of 

the uniform name of Kipling street as at present extend- 
ed through Blocks 32, 31, 30 and 26 of the City of Pak> 
Alto. 

(c) That certain street extending through Block 51 Lytton 
between Guinda street and Seneca street of the City of avenue 
Palo Alto, and now known as Chauburn place, shall be e 
hereafter known and designated as Lytton avenue, of 
which said avenue it is properly an extension. 

(d) That certain street of the City of Palo Alto now Pope street 
known as Chaucer street shall hereafter be known and 
designated as Pope street, the said Chaucer street being 
properly an extension of Pope street, as said Pope street 

is now laid out between Pope street bridge and Hamilton 
avenue. 

(e) That certain alley running between Bryant and 



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ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



Little 
Kingsle} 

Alleys 
closed 



Waverly streets in Block 77 of the City of Palo Alto 
shall be known and designated as Little Kingsley. 

(f) On recommendation of the Board of Public 
Works, it is hereby declared and ordained that those cer- 
tain alleys in Blocks 66, 67 and 71 are private alleys, and 
that the same shall be and are hereby closed at the request 
of the property owners of said blocks. 



Repealing 
clause 



ARTICLE III 
CONFLICTING ORDINANCES REPEALED 

SEC. i. All ordinances or parts of ordinances, in so 
far as they conflict with any of the provisions of this 
ordinance, are hereby repealed. 



Enactment 



Passage 



ARTICLE IV 
ENACTMENT 

SEC. i. A copy of this ordinance shall be posted by 
the City Clerk on the Bulletin Board at the City Hall, and 
shall take effect and be in force from and after the date 
of its passage. 

SEC. 2. The foregoing Codified Ordinance No. i. 
of the City of Palo Alto, and being a codification of 
ordinances that had been previously duly and regularly 
passed, was introduced and read by parts from time to 
time at regular or regular adjourned meetings, and was 
finally passed at a regular adjourned meeting of the 
Council on the 26th day of June, 1911, by the following 
vote: 

Ayes: Hettinger, Henry, Jordan, Millis, Mosher, 
Thoits, Umphreys, Vail. 

Noes: La Peire. 

Absent: Congdon, Downing, Hyde, Spencer, Wil- 
son, Wing. 
Approved by me this 1st day of July, 1911, 

CHAS. B. WING, Mayor. 

I hereby certify that the foregoing ordinance was 
duly passed at a regular adjourned meeting of the 
Council held on the 26th day of June, 1911, and there- 
after duly posted on the bulletin board at the City Hall. 

FRANK KASSON, City Clerk. 



PART VIII 



ORDINANCE NO. 1. INITIATIVE 

AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING THE RUNNING OF ANY 
THEATRE (WHEREIN is ENACTED ANY OPERA, DRA- 
MA, MELODRAMA OR VAUDEVILLE PERFORMANCE), 
MERRY-GO-ROUND, CIRCUS, CIRCUS PARADE, WILD 
WEST SHOW, SKATING RINK, PATENT MEDICINE 
SHOW OR DANCE HALL ON SUNDAY IN THE CITY OF 
PALO ALTO, AND PROVIDING A PENALTY FOR VIOLA- 
TION THEREOF. 

The People. of the City of Palo Alto do ordain as follows: 

SEC., i. No theatre (wherein is enacted any opera, 
drama, melodrama or vaudeville performance), merry- 
go-round, circus, circus parade, wild west show, skating 
rink, patent medicine show or dance hall, to which an 
admission fee is charged, shall be run or given at any time 
on Sunday in the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 2. Any person or persons violating any of the 
provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a mis- 
demeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished 
by imprisonment not exceeding ninety days, or by a fine 
not exceeding three hundred dollars, or by both such fine 
and imprisonment. 

SEC. 3. Ordinance Number 188 of the City of Palo 
Alto entitled: "An ordinance prohibiting certain enter- 
tainments, shows and exhibitions on Sunday" is hereby 
expressly repealed and all other ordinances and parts of 
ordinances inconsistent with the provisions of this ordi- 
nance are hereby expressly repealed." 

Duly passed at an election held on Thursday, the 
26th day of May, 1910. 



Theatres, 
etc, on 
Sunday 



Penalty 



Conflicting 
ordinances 
repealed 



154 ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



CERTIFICATE OF CITY CLERK AS TO RE- 
ENACTMENT OF "CODIFIED ORDINANCE 
No. I" OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO. 

State of California } 
County of Santa Clara > SS 
City of Palo Alto ) 

This is to certify that "Codified Ordinance No. i" 
was re-enacted and duly adopted by the Council of the 
City of Palo Alto as printed in book form as the existing 
laws and ordinances of the City of Palo Alto, at a 

meeting of the said Council held on the day 

of '. 1911. 

Attest 

Clerk of the City of Palo Alto. 



CHARTER OF 

THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

1909 



Senate concurrent resolution No. 6, approving the 
charter of the City of Palo Alto, State of California, and 
the additional proposition submitted therewith, voted for 
and ratified by the qualified voters of said town of Palo 
Alto at a special municipal election held therein for that 
purpose on the 2ist day of January, 1909. 

[Adopted February 20, 1909.] 

Whereas, The town of Palo Alto, a municipal corpor- 
ation of the county of Santa Clara, State of California, 
now is and was at all times herein referred to a city 
containing a population of more than three thousand 
five hundred inhabitants; and 

Whereas, At a special municipal election duly held 
in said town on the 24th day of August, A. D. 1908, 
under and in accordance with the laws and with the pro- 
visions of section eight of article eleven of the Con- 
stitution of the said State of California, a board of 
fifteen freeholders, duly qualified, was elected in and by 
said town, by the qualified electors thereof, to prepare 
and propose a charter for the government of said city; 
and 

Whereas, Said board of freeholders did, in accord- 
ance with law, and within ninety days after said election, 
prepare and propose a charter for the government of the 
said City of Palo Alto, and 

Whereas, Said board of freeholders did, at the same 
time and place prepare and propose with said proposed 
charter the following additional proposition I, article X 
alcoholic liquors ; and 

Whereas, The said proposed charter and the said 
.additional proposition were, on the 2Oth day of Novem- 
ber, A. D. 1908, signed in duplicate by the members of 



156 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

said board of freeholders, and one copy thereof was, on 
the 2 ist day of November, A. D. 1908, duly returned and 
filed with the president of the board of town trustees of 
the town of Palo Alto, and the other copy thereof was 
duly returned and filed with and in the office of the 
county recorder of said county of Santa Clara ; and 

Wheras, Such proposed charter and said additional 
proposition were thereafter published in the Palo Alto 
Daily Times, a daily newspaper of general circulation 
in said town of Palo Alto, for a period of twenty days 
and more, the first publication thereof having been made 
within twenty days after the completion of said proposed 
charter and said additional proposition ; and 

Whereas, Said proposed charter and said additional 
proposition were, within thirty days after the completion 
of said publication, submitted by the board of town trus- 
tees of the town of Palo Alto, to the qualified voters of 
said town at a special municipal election previously duly 
called and therein held on the 2ist day of January, 1909; 
and 

Whereas, At said last mentioned special municipal 
election a majority of said qualified electors of said town 
voting at such special municipal election, voted for and in 
favor of the ratification of such proposed charter as pro- 
posed as a whole, and also voted in favor of the ratifi- 
cation of the said additional proposition; and 

Whereas, Said board of town trustees of the town 
of Palo Alto, after canvassing said returns, duly found 
and ('eclated that the majority of said qualified electors 
voting at such special municipal election had voted for 
ratifying said proposed charter and had voted in favoi 
of and for ratifying said additional proposition ; and 

Whereas, The same is now submitted to the legisla- 
ture of the State of California for its approval and ratifi- 
cation as a whole without power of alteration or amend- 
ment, in accordance with section eight of article eleven 
of the constitution of the State of California; and 

Whereas, . Said proposed charter and said additional 
proposition are in the words and figures following, to wit : 



CHARTER PREPARED AND PROPOSED FOR 
THE CITY OF PALO ALTO BY THE BOARD 
OF FREEHOLDERS, ELECTED ON THE 
TWENTY-FOURTH DAY OF AUGUST, A. D. 
1908. 



CHARTER OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

ARTICLE I 
BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY 

The boundaries of the City of Palo Alto shall be as 
follows : 

All that certain land situated in the county of Santa 
Clara, State of California, included in the townsite map 
of the town of Palo Alto (formerly University Park) as 
laid down and designated upon a map of said town filed 
by Timothy Hopkins on the 27th day of February, A. D. 
1889, in the office of the county recorder of said Santa 
Clara county, in book "D" of maps, page 69, and the pro- 
posed boundaries of the said municipal corporation are 
the boundaries of the said University Park (now Palo 
Alto) as set forth and particularly described upon said 
map, to wit: 

Commencing at the point of intersection of the center 
line of the San Francisquito creek with the northeasterly 
line of the right of way of the Southern Pacific Railroad ; 
thence southeasterly along said northeasterly line of said 
right of way of the Southern Pacific Railroad to the 
northwesterly line of the Embarcadero road; thence- 
northeasterly along said line of the Embarcadero road 
to the easterly line of block number one .hundred eight 
(108) as designated upon said map; thence northerly 
along said easterly line of said block number 108 and the 
easterly line of block number 109 as laid down upon said 
map to the northerly line of block number 109: thence 
westerly along the northerly line of blocks numbers 109, 
106, 105, 102 and 101 as laid down on said map to a point 
on the said northerly boundary line of block 101, being 
upon an extension southerly of the easterly lines of blocks 
numbers 96 and 97 as laid clown upon said map ; thence 
northerly along the easterly lines of blocks numbers 97 



158 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

and 96 aforesaid to the northerly line of a road (now 
known as ^Channing lane); thence westerly along the 
northerly line of said road as laid down on said map and 
parallel to the northerly lines of blocks numbers 95 and 
87jto the northeasterly line of Guinda street as laid down 
on said map; thence along said line of Guinda street 
northwesterly to the easterly line of block number 83 as 
laid down on said map ; thence northerly along the east- 
erly lines of blocks numbers 83, 84, 85 and letters "H" 
and "G" as laid down on said map to the center line of 
the San Francisquito creek; thence southwesterly mean- 
dering the center line of said creek to the point of com- 
mencement.- 

SEC. 2. The boundaries above described may be al- 
tered, and the territory embraced therein may be added 
to or diminished in accordance with the laws of the State 
of California governing the annexation and exclusion ot 
territory by municipalities. 



ARTICLE II 
POWERS 

The City of Palo Alto shall have and exercise the 
following powers : 

1. To have perpetual succession. 

2. To have and use a corporate seal and alter it at 
pleasure. 

3. To sue and to be sued in all courts and places, and 
in all actions and proceedings whatsoever. 

4. To purchase, receive, have, take, hold, lease, use 
and enjoy property of every kind and description, both 
within and without the limits of said City, and to control 
and dispose of the same for the public benefit. 

5. To receive bequests, devises, and donations of 
property of every kind, either absolutely or in trust for 
any purpose, and to do all acts necessary to carry out 
the purposes of such bequests, devises and donations, and 
to manage, control, sell or otherwise dispose of such 
property in accordance with the terms of such bequests, 
devises or donations. 

6. To exercise police powers and make all necessary 
police and sanitary regulations, and to adopt ordinances 
and prescribe penalties for the violation thereof. 

7. To levy and collect taxes and assessments, impose 
license fees for revenue or regulation, and provide all 
means for raising the revenue necessary for the City. 



CHARTER 159 

8. To borrow money, incur municipal indebtedness 
and provide for the issuance of bonds or other evidences 
of such indebtedness. 

9. To acquire, construct, maintain and operate all 
necessary works for the supplying of the city and its in- 
habitants with water, light, heat, power, telegraphic and 
telephonic communication, and for the conveyance of 
passengers and freight over, under and upon public 
streets and rights of way secured therefor; to fix rates 
for all commodities furnished or services rendered, and 
to dispose of commodities produced or render service in 
connection with such works outside of the boundaries of 
said City. 

10. To improve the rivers, streams, bays, inlets and 
channels flowing through the City or adjoining the same ; 
to widen, straighten and deepen the channels thereof, 
and remove obstructions therefrom ; to control and im- 
prove the water front of the city ; to construct and main- 
tain embankments and other works to protect the City 
from overflow ; and to acquire, own, construct, maintain, 
and operate on any lands bordering on any navigable 
bay, inlet, river, creek, slough or arm of the sea, within 
the limits of the City or contiguous thereto, wharves, 
chutes, piers, breakwaters, bath houses and life saving 
stations. 

11. To establish and change the grade and lay out 
open, extend, widen, change, vacate, pave, re-pave, or 
otherwise improve all public streets and highways and 
public places, construct sewers, drains and culverts, to 
plant trees, construct parking, and to remove shrubs and 
weeds ; to levy special assessments to defray the whole or 
any part of the cost of such works or improvements. 
Also to provide for the repair, cleaning and sprinkling 
of such streets and public places. 

12. To acquire, construct and maintain all works 
necessary for the disposition of sewage, garbage and 
waste; and to define and abate nuisances. 

13. To establish and maintain hospitals, indigent 
homes, and all other charitable institutions. 

14. To acquire and maintain parks, play-grounds, 
theaters, and places for recreation, and to establish boule- 
vards and regulate traffic thereon. 

15. To acquire and maintain markets, baths, and 
public halls. 

1 6. To establish and maintain schools, libraries, 
museums, gymnasiums, and to do all things to promote 
the education of the people. 



I6O THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

17. To equip and maintain a fire department and to 
make all necessary regulations for the prevention of fires. 

1 8. To acquire, construct and maintain all buildings 
necessary for the transaction of public business. 

19. To exercise the right of eminent domain for the 
purpose of acquiring real and personal property of every 
kind for any public use. 

20. To grant permits to use the streets or public 
property, revokable at any time without notice. 

21. To regulate and establish rates and charges to be 
imposed and collected by any person or corporation for 
commodities or services rendered under or in connection 
with any franchise, permit or license heretofore or here- 
after granted by the tpwn or city or other authority. 

22. To exercise such other powers as are now or 
may be hereafter granted by the legislature to the munici- 
palities within the state unless the exercise of such powers' 
is contrary to the provisions of this charter. 

23. To exercise all other needful powers for the effi- 
cient adminstration of the municipal government, whether 
such powers are herein expressly enumerated or not. 

24. Lastly, this grant of power is to be liberally con- 
strued for the purpose of securing the well being of the 
municipality and its inhabitants. 



ARTICLE III 
COUNCIL 

SEC. i. All powers herein granted to and vested in 
the City of Palo Alto shall, except as herein otherwise 
provided, be exercised by a council to be designated the 
Council of the City of Palo Alto ; and said council shall, 
except as herein otherwise provided, have the power to 
fix and establish the method and manner in which such 
powers shall be exercised. 

SEC. 2. Said council shall be composed of 15 mem- 
bers, each of whom shall have been an elector of the City 
of Palo Alto for at least three years next preceding his 
election. 

The members of said council shall be known as coun- 
cilmen, and their terms of office shall be six years, com- 
mencing on the first day of July next succeeding their 
election, except that the terms of those first elected and 
designated to serve as councilmen shall be as herein pro- 
vided. 



CHARTER l6l 

SEC. 3. On the second Monday of May, 1909, an 
election shall be held within said City for the purpose of 
electing 15 members of said council. 

The 15 members elected at such election shall, at the 
first regular meeting in July, 1909, so classify themselves 
by lot that five of said members shall hold office for the 
term of two years ; five for the term of four years, and five 
for the term of six years. 

Thereafter on the second Monday in May of each odd 
numbered year, an election shall be held at which coun- 
cilmen shall be elected to succeed the members whose 
terms expire on the first day of July next following. 

SEC. 4. All elections called and held in said City, 
shall be held and conducted in manner and form as re- 
quired by the general laws of the state governing elections 
within municipalities, provided, that after the first election 
the council may provide that said elections may be held 
in such manner as said council may by ordinance deter- 
mine, or as may be provided by an ordinance adopted by 
the electors of said City as hereinafter provided. 

SEC. 5. Said council shall fix a time and place for 
its regular meetings and adopt rules to govern its pro- 
ceedings. 

SEC. 6. Eight members of the council shall be neces- 
sary to constitute a quorum for the transaction of busi- 
ness; but a less number may adjourn from time to time 
and compel the attendance of absent members, and impose 
such fines as it may deem proper upon members refusing 
or neglecting to attend such meetings. 

SEC. 7. No ordinance shall be passed, no appoint- 
ment made, nor officer removed, no contract shall be 
awarded and no obligation incurred in excess of three 
hundred dollars ($300.00) without the affirmative vote 
of at least eight members of the council. 

SEC. 8. Said council shall elect one of its number 
as its presiding officer, who shall be known as mayor, and 
who shall serve for one year after his election. 

The said mayor shall preside at all meetings of the 
council, shall be the chief executive of the said City, and 
perform such other duties as may from time to time b 
assigned to him by the council. In all other respects he 
shall exercise the same duties as any other member of the 
council. 

SEC. 9. The council shall appoint or provide for the 
appointment of a clerk, treasurer, auditor, tax collector, 
assessor, attorney, and except as otherwise provided, 
such other officers as may be necessary for the trans- 
action of the affairs of the municipality. 



1 62 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

SEC. 10. A vacancy in the council shall be filled by 
the remaining members of the council, and the appointee 
shall hold office until the first day of July succeeding the 
next election at which councilmen are to be elected. At 
the next election succeeding any vacancy a councilman 
shall be elected to serve for the unexpired term. 

SEC. ii. The council shall by ordinance provide for 
the assessment, levy and collection of taxes, and shall act 
as a board of equalization in equalizing the value of pro-> 
perty listed upon the assessment roll. During the month 
of September in each year, it shall levy such tax as may 
be necessary to raise revenue for the maintenance of the 
City and the several departments during the fiscal year, 
but such tax levy, for all municipal purposes, except the 
payrr.ent of interest and principal on the bonded debt, 
shall not exceed the sum of 85 cents upon each $100.00 
of assessed valuation as the same appears upon the assess- 
ment roll. If in the judgment of the council it should be 
necessary to provide a revenue in excess of the sum 
realized from the levy herein provided, the question of the 
levy of an additional tax shall be submitted to the electors, 
and a special election may be held for that purpose. The 
additional sum or rate required to be raised by such ad- 
ditional tax levy shall be expressed upon the ballot. If a 
majority of the votes cast upon such proposition shall 
be in favor of authorizing the council to levy such ad- 
ditional rate, then the council may levy the additional tax 
so authorized. 

SEC. 12. The council shall annually appropriate for 
the use of the several offices and departments, such sums 
as may be necessary to support the same during each year. 
Additional appropriations may be made from time to time 
in case of urgent necessity, by a vote of two-thirds of the 
members of the council. 



ARTICLE IV 
DUTIES OF OFFICERS 

SEC. i. Clerk. It shall be the duty of the clerk to 
keep a true record of the proceedings of the council and 
of th2 several boards established by this charter and 
record the same in proper books kept for that purpose. 
He shall have power to administer oaths in connection 
with all matters relating to the municipality. 



CHARTER 163 

SEC. 2. Auditor. It shall be the duty of the auditor 
to act as bookkeeper and accountant of the municipality 
and to record all financial transactions in books kept for 
that purpose. He shall draw warrants upon the treasurer 
for all claims against the City which have been allowed 
by the council and the several department boards. He 
shall render each month a statement to the council show- 
ing the financial condition of the City, and annually a 
like statement covering all of the financial transactions of 
the City during the year previous. 

SEC. 3. Tax Collector. It shall be the duty of the 
tax collector to receive and collect all sums due the City 
for taxes and licenses and from other sources, and he shall 
pay all moneys received into the treasury of the City, 
within three days after the receipt thereof. 

SEC. 4. Treasurer. The treasurer shall receive and 
safely keep all moneys belonging to the City and shall pay 
the same only upon warrants drawn by the auditor for 
claims which have been previously allowed either by the 
council or the several department boards, provided that 
the approval of the council or department boards shall not 
be necessary to pay the monthly salaries of officers and 
employees. The treasurer may deposit all or such por- 
tion of the public moneys as may be determined by the 
council, in any bank within the City authorized by law to 
receive deposits of public money, in accordance with the 
provisions of the constitution and act of the legislature 
entitled : "An act to provide for and regulate the deposit 
of county and municipal moneys in banks and banking 
corporations, limiting the amount of public moneys that 
may be deposited therein and providing a penalty for the 
illegal deposit and use thereof." (Approved March 23, 
1907). And the provisions of such act, except as herein 
otherwise provided, are hereby made applicable to the 
government of the City of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 5. Assessor. It shall be the duty of the assessor 
to make annually, between the first Monday of March and 
the first day of July next succeeding, a complete assess- 
ment of all property within the City, and shall upon said 
last named date turn over to the City council the assess- 
ment roll so prepared by him. He shall act as tax collector 
for the purpose of collecting taxes upon personal property 
when the same are unsecured by a lien upon real estate. 

Si?c. 6. Attorney. The attorney shall act as the legal 
advisor of the council, the several boards, and any officer 1 
of the City who requests his advice. He shall prepare all 
orJina ces and contracts whenever required so to do by 



164 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

the council or the several department boards. He shall 
prosecute all violators of the City ordinances and shall 
represent the City in all actions at law. 

SEC. 7. The council may require any of the above 
officers to give official bonds in such sums as it may deem 
proper, and the council shall pay all premiums upon surety 
bonds when such bonds are given. It may provide for the 
appointment of such deputies and assistants as may be 
required, and shall fix the compensation of such officers 
and such deputies and assistants. All of the above officers 
shall perform such other services as the council may 
require and shall serve during its pleasure. 

SEC. 8. Whenever the public interest may require, 
the council may consolidate the following officers : 

(a) Clerk and auditor; 

(b) Clerk and tax collector; 

(c) Clerk and assessor; 

(d) Clerk, auditor and assessor; 

(e) Auditor and assessor; 

(/) Auditor and tax collector; 
(g) Assessor and tax collector; 
(h) Treasurer and tax collector. 
Until the council shall by ordinance otherwise provide, 
the following offices are hereby consolidated: 

(a) Clerk, auditor and assessor; 

(b) Tax collector and treasurer. 



ARTICLE V 
THE SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS 

SEC. i. The administration of the affairs of the 
City shall be divided among three departments, viz : 

(1) The department of public works; 

(2) The department of public safety; 

(3) The department of public library. 

BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS 

SEC. 2. The department of public works shall be 
under the management and control of a board of public 
works, which shall consist of three members, to be ap- 
pointed by the council. They shall serve for the term 
of six years from and after their appointment unless 
sooner removed by a majority of said council ; provided, 



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that the members first appointed shall classify themselves 
by lot so that the terms of the members shall expire, 
respectively, two, four and six years after their appoint- 
ment. Vacancies are to be filled by the council for the 
unexpired terms. The members of the board of public 
works shall receive no compensation. The board of public 
works shall have and exercise the powers and perform 
the duties herein enumerated, to wit : 

1. To construct, maintain and operate all necessary 
works for the supplying of the City and its inhabitants 
with water, light, heat, power, telegraphic and telephonic 
communication, and for the conveyance of passengers 
and freight over, under and upon the public streets and 
rights of way secured therefor; to fix rates for all com- 
modities furnished or services rendered and to dispose of 
commodities produced or render service in connection 
with such works outside of the boundaries of said City. 

2. To improve the rivers, streams, bays, inlets and 
channels flowing through the city or adjoining the same; 
to widen, straighten and deepen the channels thereof, and 
remove obstructions therefrom ; to control and improve 
the water front of the City; to construct and maintain 
embankments and other works to protect the City from 
overflow; construct, maintain and operate on any lands 
bordering on any navigable bay, inlet, river, creek, slough 
or arm of the sea, within the limits of the City or contigu- 
ous thereto, wharves, chutes, piers, breakwaters, bath 
houses and life-saving stations. 

3. To establish and change the grade and to lay out 
open, extend, widen, change, vacate, pave, re-pave, or 
otherwise improve all public streets and highways and 
public places, to construct sewers, drains, culverts thereon, 
to plant trees, construct parking and remove shrubs and 
weeds. Also to provide for the repair, cleaning and 
sprinkling of such streets and public places. 

4. To construct and maintain all works necessary for 
the disposition of sewage, garbage and waste. 

5. To establish and maintain hospitals, indigent homes 
and all other charitable institutions. 

6. To maintain parks, playgrounds, theaters and places 
tor recreation, and to establish boulevards and regulate 
traffic thereon. 

7. To construct and maintain markets, baths and 
public buildings other than school and library buildings. 

SEC. 3. Whenever any street work or other improve- 
ment is to be done or performed and the cost of the whole 
or any portion thereof is to be paid by any special as- 



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sessment levied upon property, all such proceedings shall 
be had and carried on by the council upon the recom- 
mendation of the board of public works. 

SEC. 4. The board of public works shall appoint as 
its executive officer a competent engineer, and upon the 
latter's recommendations such other employees as are 
necessary to supervise, manage and construct, operate and 
maintain the properties and things under the control of 
said bQard, and shall fix the compensation for all em- 
ployees. 

The engineer so appointed shall be the City engineer 
and street superintendent, and shall, in addition to his 
other duties, 

1. Advise the council and the several department 
boards upon all matters of an engineering nature. 

2. Supervise the construction and have charge of ad- 
ditions and repairs of all public buildings irrespective of 
departments. 

SEC. 5. Board of public safety. The department of 
public safety shall be under the management and control 
of a board of public safety, which shall consist of three 
members, to be appointed by the council. They shall serve 
for the term of six years from and after their appointment 
unless sooner removed by a majority of said council; 
provided, that the members first appointed shall classify 
themselves by lot so that the terms of the members shall 
expire respectively two, four and six years after their 
appointment. Vacancies are to be filled by the council for 
unexpired terms. Members of the board of public safety 
shall receive no compensation. 

SE:. 6. The board of public safety shall have and 
exercise the powers and perform the duties herein en- 
umerated, to wit : 

1. To enforce all police and sanitary ordinances and 
regulations adopted by the council. 

2. To have charge of the police department. 

3. To maintain and have charge of the fire depart- 
ment and provide rules for its government; to establish 
all needful regulations necessary to preserve the health of 
the City, and to exercise the powers and perform the 
duties of boards of health as prescribed by the laws of 
the State of California. 

4. To establish and maintain a public pound. 

5. It shall appoint such officers and employees as 
may he necessary, determine their duties and fix their 
compensation. 

SEC. 7. Library board. The department of public 



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library shall be under the management and control of a 
library board, which shall consist of three members, to 
be appointed by the council. They shall serve for the 
term of six years from and after their appointment, unless 
sooner removed by a majority of said council ; provided, 
that the members first appointed shall classify themselves 
by lot so that the terms of the members shall expire 
respectively two, four and six years after their appoint- 
ment. Vacancies are to he filled by the council for unex- 
pired terms. Members of the library board shall receive 
no compensation. The library board shall have and exer- 
cise the powers and shall perform the duties herein en- 
umerated, to wit: 

1. To manage and control public libraries, reading 
rooms, museums and art galleries that are now or may 
hereafter be established, to maintain buildings necessary 
for the purposes above set forth. 

2. To employ librarians, assistants, and such other 
employees as may be deemed necessary. 

SEC. 8. All of the above boards shall have authority 
to make all contracts necessary for the full exercise of 
the powers respectively conferred, but shall have no 
authority to incur a debt or obligation in excess of any 
fund or appropriation made by the council. 

SEC. 9. Said boards shall perform all other duties 
assigned to them by the council, whether such duties are 
herein expressly enumerated or not. 

SEC. 10. In case the council shall for a period of 
twenty days fail to appoint the boards provided for in this 
article, or any member thereof, then it shall be the duty 
of the mayor to make such appointment. 



ARTICLE VI 
BOARD OF EDUCATION 

SEC. i. The school department of the City of Palo 
Alto shall comprise all the schools within the town of 
Palo Alto, the Palo Alto school district, and all the terri- 
tory that is now or may hereafter be annexed for school 
purposes and shall consist of primary, grammar, and high 
schools as now established and such other schools as may 
hereafter be established, under the provisions of this 
charter; and shall be known as "Palo Alto City School 
District," which shall succeed to all the obligations, prop- 
erty rights, and privileges of the Palo Alto school district. 



l68 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

SEC. 2 All territory included within the limits of the 
Palo Alto City school district, but not within the City 
limits, shall be deemed a part of said City for the purpose 
of holding the general municipal elections and shall con- 
stitute one or more separate election precincts, and the 
qualified electors therein shall vote only for the board of 
education and on questions submitted to a vote of the 
people pertaining to school matters ; and said outside 
territory shall be deemed a part of said City for all matters 
connected with the school department and with the levy- 
ing and collecting of all taxes for school purposes. 

SEC. 3. The board of education shall consist of five 
irembers, who shall have been residents of the school 
district for at least three years immediately preceding 
their election, and who shall serve without compensation ; 
provided, the board of trustees of the Palo Alto school 
district shall be and constitute the board of education 
herein provided for and shall exercise the powers hereby 
conferred thereon until the election of their successors at 
the election provided for in section 4 of this article. 

SEC. 4. The board of trustees of Palo Alto school 
district shall order and provide for an election to be held 
in said district on the third Saturday of April in the year 
1909, for the election of a board of education. The mem- 
bers so elected shall classify themselves by lot so that the 
terms of the members shall expire respectively one, two, 
three, four and five years after the first day of May, 1909. 

SEC. 5. The term of office* of the members of the 
board of education, excepting as provided in section 4 
of this article, shall be five years from and after the first 
day of May succeeding their election. 

SEC. 6. An election shall be held on the third Satur- 
day of April, 1910, and on the third Saturday of April 
of each year thereafter for the election of a member of 
said board for the full term and for any unexpired term 
that may exist. 

SEC. 7. Said board of education shall have and exer- 
cise all the powers conferred upon boards of trustees and 
boards of education by the laws of the State of California, 
and in addition thereto shall have power: 

1. To annually appoint a superintendent of schools, 
define his duties and fix his compensation. 

2. To provide a system of tenure of employment and 
compensation of teachers, but teachers shall be liable to 
removal at any time when the welfare of the schools 
demands such removal. 



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3. To provide for the establishment of kindergartens, 
manual training schools, night schools, technical schools, 
and to prescribe the studies to be taught therein. 

4. To construct school buildings when necessary, and 
no special election need be held to authorize such con- 
struction. 

5. To provide free text-books when authorized so to 
do by the electors voting on such proposition. 

6. To prescribe the requirements for graduation from 
the public schools and issue certificates of graduation. 

7. To provide the manner in which all elections shall 
be held and conducted for the election of members of said 
board and such special elections as may be authorized by 
law. 

8. To receive bequests, devises and donations of prop- 
erty of every kind, either absolutely or in trust for any 
purpose, and to manage, hold or dispose of such property 
in accordance with the terms of , any bequest, devise or 
donation. 

9. To fill any vacancy in the membership of the board 
by appointment, the person appointed to hold office until 
the first day of May following the next election held for 
the election of members of such board. At the next 
election succeeding any vacancy a member shall be elected 
to serve for the unexpired term. 

SEC. 8. The board of education shall determine an- 
nually the amount of money necessary to be raised by 
taxation for the maintenance of the public schools, in ad- 
dition to the amount of money to be received from the 
state and county; and the board shall, on or before the 
first day of September of each year, submit in writing to 
the board of supervisors of Santa Clara County, a careful 
estimate of all money required to be raised by taxation in 
addition thereto, and said estimate shall state separately 
the amount required to be raised by taxation upon prop- 
erty within the school district for the support of high 
schools, and the amount required to be raised by taxation 
upon the property of the school district for the support of 
the schools other than high schools; and the board of 
supervisors of Santa Clara County shall, and they are 
hereby authorized and directed, in each year when fixing 
the annual tax rate to levy and assess as a school tax 
for the maintenance of high schools, such amount as the 
board of education shall report necessary for that pur- 
pose, and shall levy and assess as a school tax for the 
support and maintenance of the schools other than high 
schools, such amount as the board of education shall 



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report to be necessary for that purpose. In addition to 
the taxes levied for the support and maintenance of the 
schools, the board of supervisors shall annually levy 
a tax sufficient to pay the principal and interest on all out- 
standing bonds of the Palo Alto school district. 



ARTICLE VII 
POLICE COURT 

SEC. i. There is hereby created, in and for the City 
of Palo Alto, a court which shall be known as the police 
court of the City of Palo Alto. Said court shall consist 
of one judge, who shall be appointed by the council, and 
who shall serve during its pleasure and who shall receive 
such compensation as the council shall determine. 

SEC. 2. Said court shall have exclusive jurisdiction: 

1 I ) In all prosecutions for violations of the City ordi- 
nances. 

(2) In all actions for the recovery of any fine, penalty 
or forfeiture, and the enforcement of any obligation or 
liability prescribed or created by the City ordinances and 
in which the sum sued for does not amount to three 
hundred dollars. 

SEC. 3. Within the City limits said court shall have 
concurrent and co-ordinate jurisdiction with township 
justices' courts in all matters and things in which said 
justices' courts now or may hereafter have jurisdiction; 
and the judge of said police court shall have as aforesaid 
like authority, power and jurisdiction as the justices of 
said justices' court. 

SEC. 4. Appeals may be taken to the superior court 
of the State of California, in and for the county of Santa 
Clara, from the judgments and orders of said police court, 
in all cases in which appeals now are or may hereafter be 
provided by law to be taken to said superior court from 
said justices' courts and police courts. 

SEC. 5. In all proceedings in and appeals from said 
police court, the pleadings, practice, procedure and laws, 
now applicable or that may hereafter be made applicable 
to said justices' or police courts, are hereby adopted and 
made applicable to said police court. 

SEC. 6. All fines and other moneys received or col- 
lected by the judge of said police court, for or on account 
of the City of Palo Alto, shall be paid into the City 
treasury on the first Monday in each month. 



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SEC. 7. All actions and proceedings pending and 
undetermined in the existing recorder's court of the town 
of Palo Alto shall be proceeded with, heard, tried, and 
determined in said police court hereby provided for, 
before said judge, the same as if said actions or pro- 
ceedings had been originally commenced in said police 
court. 



ARTICLE VIII 
THE RECALL, INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM 

SEC. i. Any elective officer may be removed by the 
electors qualified to vote for the successor of the officer 
sought to be removed. The procedure to effect the re- 
moval of an incumbent of an elective office shall be as 
follows: A petition signed by electors entitled to vote 
for a successor to the incumbent sought to be removed, 
equal in number to at least twenty per centum of the en- 
tire vote cast at the last preceding general municipal elec- 
tion, demanding an election of a successor of the incum- 
bent sought to be removed shall be filed with the clerk, 
and said petition shall contain a general statement of the 
grounds for which the removal is sought. 

The signatures to the petition need not all be appended 
to one paper, but said petition may be presented in sec- 
tions. The number of signatures to each section shall 
be at the pleasure of the person soliciting signatures to 
the same. Any qualified voter or taxpayer of the muni- 
cipality shall be competent to solicit said signatures. 
Each section shall have attached thereto the affidavit of 
the person soliciting signatures to the same, stating that 
all the signatures to the attached section were made in 
his presence, and that to the best of his knowledge and 
belief each signature to the section is the genuine sig- 
nature of the person whose name purports to be thereunto 
subscribed, and no other affidavit thereto shall be re- 
quired. Each signature, the genuineness of which is not 
called in question by the sworn affidavit of the alleged 
owner thereof, shall be presumed to be genuine. Unless 
and until it be proven otherwise by official investigation, 
it shall be presumed that the petition presented contains 
the signatures of the requisite number of qualified voters. 
Each signer of said petition shall add to his signature 
his place of residence, giving the street and number. 

Within ten days from the date of filing such petition. 



172 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

the clerk shall examine and ascertain from the records 
of registration whether or not said petition is signed by 
the requisite number of electors entitled to vote, and if 
necessary the council shall allow the clerk extra help for 
that purpose, and the clerk shall attach to said petition 
his certificate showing the result of said examination. 
If, by the said certificate, the petition is shown to be in- 
sufficient, it may be amended by additional signatures 
within ten days from the date of said certificate. The 
clerk shall, within ten days after such amendment, make 
like examination of the amended petition, and if his cer- 
tificate shall show the same to be insufficient, it shall be 
returned to the person filing the same without prejudice, 
however, to the filing of a new petition to the same effect. 

If the petition shall be found to be sufficient, the clerk 
shall submit the same to the council without delay, and 
the council shall thereupon order and fix a date for hold- 
ing the said election, not less than thirty days nor more 
than forty days from the date of the clerk's certificate 
to the council that a sufficient petition is filed. 

All arrangements for said election shall be made and 
the same shall be conducted, returned, and the results 
thereof declared, in all respects as are all other municipal 
elections ; provided, that if there be any conflict of pro- 
visions, this charter shall control. 

Any person sought to be removed may be a candidate 
to succeed himself, and, unless he requests otherwise, in 
writing, the clerk shall place his name on the official 
ballot without nomination. In any such removal elec- 
tion, the candidate or candidates receiving the highest 
number of votes shall be declared elected. At such elec- 
tion, if some person other than the incumbent receives 
the highest number of votes, the incumbent shall there- 
upon be deemed removed from his office upon qualifi- 
cation of his successor. The successor of any officer 
so removed shall hold office during the unexpired term 
of his predecessor. In case the party who receives the 
highest number of votes should fail to qualify within 
ten days after receiving notification of election, the office 
shall be deemed vacant. If the incumbent receives the 
highest number of votes he shall continue in office. In 
case more than one councilman is sought to be removed, 
whose terms shall not expire at the same time, there 
shall appear on the ballot the date of the expiration of 
the respective terms and the offices to be filled for such 
different terms shall be deemed separate and distinct 
offices to be filled at such election. 



CHARTER 173 



SEC. 2. Any proposed ordinance may be submitted 
to the council by a petition signed by qualified and regis- 
tered electors of the city equal in number to the percent- 
age hereinafter required. The petition shall set forth a 
copy of the proposed ordinance, and the form of such 
petition, signatures, verifications, and duties of the clerk 
in respect thereto, provided in section i of this article 
for petitions for recall shall apply to petitions of initiative. 

If the petition accompanying the proposed ordinance 
be signed by qualified and registered electors equal in 
number to ten per centum of the entire vote cast at the 
last preceding general election, the council must either 
pass such ordinance without alteration or submit the 
same to the electorate at the next general municipal elec- 
tion that shall occur at any time after thirty days from 
the date of the clerk's certificate of sufficiency. But if 
such petition is signed by qualified and registered elect- 
ors equal in number to twenty per centum of said vote 
and contains a request that such ordinance be submitted 
to a vote of the people at a special election, then the 
council must either pass the ordinance without alteration 
or submit the same to the electorate at a special election 
to be called within sixty days from the riling of such 
petition. 

The ballots used when voting upon such proposed 
ordinance shall contain the words "For the Ordinance," 
and "Against the Ordinance" (stating the nature of the 
proposed ordinance). If a majority of the qualified 
electors voting on said proposed ordinance shall vote in 
favor thereof, such ordinance shall thereupon become a 
valid and binding ordinance of the City. The council 
may at such election submit any amendment thereto that 
it may deem proper, and the ballots used at such elec- 
tion shall contain the words "For the Amendment," or 
"Against the Amendment," or ordinance (naming the 
ordinance) and also stating the nature of the proposed 
amendment. If a majority of the qualified electors 
voting on said proposed amendment shall vote in favor 
thereof, such ordinance shall thereupon be deemed 
amended in accordance therewith. The council may also 
propose and submit any ordinance to the electors, and 
such ordinance, upon receiving a majority of the votes 
of the electors, voting thereon, shall be deemed to have 
been adopted and shall be the valid and binding ordinance 
of the City. Any ordinance adopted by the electors un- 
der the provisions of this article can not be repealed or 
amended, except by a vote of the people obtained in the 



1/4 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

manner hereinbefore stated, unless such ordinance shall 
otherwise provide. 

Any number of proposed ordinances may be voted 
upon at the same election in accordance with the pro- 
visions of this section ; provided, that there shall not be 
held under this section of the charter more than one 
special election in any period of twelve months. 

SEC. 3. Any ordinance or resolution, other than 
such as may be required to be passed at a particular time 
or for the purpose of complying with a charter or statu- 
tory law and excepting such ordinances or resolutions as 
may be declared by the council to be necessary as emerg- 
ency measures for the immediate preservation of the 
public peace, health or safety, shall be subject to a refer- 
endum as herein provided ; provided further that the pe- 
tition for such referendum be filed within sixty (60) 
days from the final passage of such ordinance or reso- 
lution. 

Whenever a petition shall be presented to the coun- 
cil, asking that a particular ordinance or resolution named 
therein be submitted to a vote of the electors, and signed 
as required for an initiative petition in section 2 of 
this article, it shall be the duty of the council to submit 
the question of the approval or rejection of such ordi- 
nance or resolution to the electors at a regular or special 
election, and until such election is held and the ordinance 
approved by the electors the provisions of such ordi- 
nance or resolution shall be suspencfed and be inoper- 
ative. 

All the proceedings relative to the submission of or- 
dinances by initiative shall apply to ordinances submitted 
by a referendum petition, and the vote thereon shall be 
of the same force and effect as provided in section 2. 



ARTICLE IX 
MISCELLANEOUS 

SEC. i. The ordaining clause ,of ; all ordinances 
adopted by the council shall be, "The council of the City 
of Palo Alto do ordain as follows," and the ordaining 
clause of all ordinances adopted in accordance with the 
provisions of article VIII shall be, "The people of the 
City of Palo Alto do ordain as follows." 

SEC. 2. No franchise shall be granted by the council, 
but may be granted by the electors by ordinance proposed 



CHARTER 175 

and adopted as provided in section 2 of article VIII of 
this charter; provided, that the petition therefor shall be 
signed by qualified and registered voters equal in number 
to at least twenty per centum of the votes cast at the last 
preceding general municipal election ; and provided fur- 
ther, that no franchise shall be granted for a longer 
term than twenty-five years. 

SEC. 3. No officer of the City shall be interested in 
any contract entered into by the City, and the general 
laws of the state forbidding city officials to be so inter- 
ested is hereby made a part of this charter. 

SEC. 4. The council shall publish annually a finan- 
cial report of the City and furnish a copy thereof to each 
taxpayer residing therein. 

SEC. 5. The revenue of each public utility shall be 
kept in a separate fund from all other receipts and shall 
be used for the purposes and in the order as follows : 

1. For the payment of the operating and maintenance 
expenses of such utility. 

2. For the payment of interest on the bonded debt in- 
curred for the construction or acquisition of such utility. 

3. For the payment of the principal of said debt, as it 
may become due. 

4. The remainder shall be paid into the general fund. 
SEC. 6. No ballot used at any municipal election 

shall contain any reference to a political party, and no 
designation or symbol shall be placed in connection with 
the name of any candidate. Any person otherwise quali- 
fied may be a candidate for an elective office at any elec- 
tion, regular or special, by filing with the clerk, not less 
than ten days prior to the day of election, a petition 
signed by qualified and registered voters equal in number 
to three per centum of the votes cast at the last general 
municipal election. 

SEC. 7. No member of the council shall hold any 
other municipal office, or hold any office or employment, 
the compensation of which is paid out of the municipal 
moneys ; or be elected or appointed to any office created 
or the compensation of which is increased by the council 
while he was a member thereof, until one year after the 
expiration of the term for which he was elected. 

SEC. 8. No person, firm or corporation shall ever 
exercise any franchise, license, permit, easement, privil- 
ege or other use,, except in so far as he or it may be en- 
titled to do so by direct authority of the constitution of 
the State of California, or of the constitution or laws of 
the United States, in, upon, over, under or along any 
street, highway or other public place in the City unless 



176 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

he or it shall have first obtained a grant therefor in ac- 
cordance with the provisions of this charter. 

SEC. 9. Liens for taxes levied shall attach to the 
property charged therewith on the first Monday in March 
at 12 o'clock M. 



ARTICLE XI 
AMENDMENTS 

SEC. i. This charter may be amended at intervals of 
not less than two years by proposals therefor, submitted 
by the council to the qualified electors of the City at a 
general or special election, held at least forty days after 
the publication of such proposals . for twenty days in a 
daily newspaper of general circulation in said City and 
ratified by a majority of the electors voting thereon, and 
approved by the legislature as provided in the constitution 
of the State of California. Whenever fifteen per centum 
of the qualified voters of the City shall petition the coun- 
cil to submit any proposed amendment or amendments 
to this charter to the qualified voters thereof for approval 
the council must submit the same. In submitting any 
such amendment or amendments to the charter any alter- 
native article or proposition may be presented for the 
choice of the voters and may be voted on separately with- 
out prejudice to the others. 

SEC. 2. The petition herein provided for must be 
made, presented, examined, and certified to in the man- 
ner and form required for petitions in section I of article 
VIII of this charter. 

SEC. 3. The council must make all necessary pro- 
visions for submitting proposed amendments to the elect- 
ors, and shall canvas the votes in the same manner as in 
other elections. 

SEC. 4. The ballots used at such elections shall con- 
tain the words "For the Amendment" and "Against the 
Amendment" ( stating the nature of the proposed amend- 
ment). 



ARTICLE XII 

This charter shall take effect at noon on July i, 1909; 
provided that all provisions relative to public schools, to 
elections, the qualifications of candidates, the nomination 



CHARTER 177 

of candidates for public office shall be operative upon the 
approval of this charter by the legislature, and the board 
of trustees of the town of Palo Alto are hereby directed 
to provide for all elections provided herein to be held 
prior to the first day of July, 1909, and to issue certificates 
of election to the persons elected to the office of coun- 
cilmen. 

All the present officials of the town of Palo Alto shall 
continue to perform the duties now required of them 
until their successors are appointed and qualified as in 
this charter provided. 



CERTIFICATE 

WHEREAS, The town of Palo Alto, a city of more than 
three thousand five hundred inhabitants, did on the 
twenty-fourth day of August, A. D. 1908, have a special 
election, and under and in accordance with the provisions 
of section 8, article XI of the constitution of the State 
of California, elect the undersigned, a board of fifteen 
freeholders, to prepare and propose a charter for said 
City; 

BE IT KNOWN, That in pursuance of said provisions 
of the constitution of the State of California, and with- 
in a period of ninety days after such election, we, the 
members of the said board of freeholders, have prepared 
and do hereby propose the foregoing articles signed in 
duplicate, as and for the charter of the said City of Palo 
Alto. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our 
hands, at the town of Palo Alto, county of Santa Clara, 
in the State of California, this twentieth day of Novem- 
ber, A. D. 1908. 

MARSHALL BLACK, President 

C. E. JORDAN, Secretary 

WALTER E. VAIL 

E. C. THOITS 

S. W. CHARLES 

BENJAMIN P. OAKFORD 

A. N. UMPHREYS 

H. W. SIMKINS 

STANLEY FORBES 

CHAS. B. WING 

JOHN T. COULTHARD 

C. S. DOWNING 

C. B. STINSON 



178 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



ADDITIONAL PROPOSITION SUBMITTED TO 
A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE AND PROPOSED 
TO BE INCORPORATED IN THE CHARTER 
FOR THE CITY OF PALO ALTO. 

PROPOSITION I 

ARTICLE X 
ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS 

SEC. i. It shall be unlawful for any person or per- 
sons, firm, corporation, club or association or member of 
such club or association to establish, carry on, keep or 
maintain a place where spirituous, vinous, malt or in- 
toxicating liquors or any admixture thereof or any al- 
coholic drinks whatsoever are sold, kept for sale, offered 
for sale, furnished, distributed, divided, delivered or 
given away. 

SEC. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person, either 
as owner, employer, agent, servant, clerk or employe, 
to sell or deliver any of the liquors herein mentioned, or 
to solicit the sale of or take orders for the same within 
the limits of the city of Palo Alto. 

SEC. 3. It shall be unlawful for any person directly 
or indirectly, to keep or maintain, by himself or by as- 
sociating or combining with others, or in any manner to 
aid, assist or abet in keeping or maintaining any club 
room or other place within the City of Palo Alto, in 
which any intoxicating liquors are kept for the purpose 
of gift, barter or sale, or for distribution among the 
members of any club or association. 

SEC. 4. Any violation of the foregoing provisions 
in this section shall constitute a misdemeanor, punishable 
upon conviction by a fine of not more than $300.00 or by 
imprisonment in the City jail for a period of not more 
than three months, or by both such fine and imprison- 
ment. 

SEC. 5. The council may by proper ordinance pro- 
vide additional penalties, not inconsistent with the law, 
for the violation of the provisions of this section and 
may adopt such further restrictions as will make the said 
provisions effective. 

SEC. 6. Nothing in this article shall be held or 



CHARTER 179 

construed as prohibiting the sale or use of alcoholic 
liquor for medicinal, industrial, sacramental or scientific 
purposes, but the council shall impose such regulations 
governing such sale and use of such liquors as will pre- 
vent the violation or evasion of the provisions of this 
article. 



CERTIFICATE 

WHEREAS, The town of Palo Alto, a city of more 
than thirty-five hundred inhabitants, did on the twenty- 
fourth day of August, A. D. 1908, have a special election, 
and in accordance with the provisions of section 8, article 
XI of the constitution of the State of California, elect 
the undersigned, a board of fifteen freeholders, to pre- 
pare a proposed charter for said City ; 

BE IT KNOWN, That in pursuance of said provisions 
of the constitution of the State of California and within 
a period of ninety days after such election, we, the mem- 
bers of said board of freeholders, have prepared and do 
hereby propose the foregoing additional article signed in 
duplicate as and for a part of the charter of the said City 
of Palo Alto, to be presented for the choice of the voters 
of the City of Palo Alto and to be voted on separately 
without prejudice to said proposed charter or to any or 
either of the articles or propositions herewith presented. 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our 
hands, at the town of Palo Alto, county of Santa Clara, 
in the State of California, this twentieth day of Novem- 
ber, A. D. 1908. 

MARSHALL BLACK, President 

C. E. JORDAN, Secretary 

WALTER E. VAIL 

E. C. THOITS 

S. W. CHARLES 

BENJAMIN P. OAKFORD 

A. N. UMPHREYS 

H. W. SIMKINS 

STANLEY FORBES 

CHAS. B. WING 

JOHN T. COULTHARD 

C. S. DOWNING 

C. B. STINSON 

Filed November 21, 1908, at 8:30 a.m., with Charles 
D. Marx, president of the board of trustees of the town 
of Palo Alto. 



l8o THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



MEMORANDUM 

The first official publication of the foregoing charter 
was made in the Daily Palo Alto Times, a daily news- 
paper of general circulation, on Tuesday, December 8, 
1908, in accordance with a resolution adopted by the 
board of trustees of the town of Palo Alto on Tuesday, 
December i, 1908, and by direction of the president of 
said board and the town clerk as provided for in said 
resolution. 

State of California, ( ss 

County of Santa Clara j 

I, Charles D. Marx, president of the board of town 
trustees of the town of Palo Alto, California, do hereby 
certify that I now am and at all of the times herein men- 
tioned was the duly elected, qualified and acting president 
of said board of town trustees of the, town of Palo Alto ; 
that the board of freeholders whose names appear signed 
to the foregoing proposed charter and the alternative 
proposition were, and each of them was, on the 24th 
day of August, A. D. 1908, at a special municipal elec- 
tion held in said town of Palo Alto, on said last named 
day, duly elected by the qualified voters of said town as 
such freeholders, to prepare and propose a charter for 
said town ; that each of the persons so elected was a free- 
holder and was at the time of said election, and had been 
continuously for more than five years immediately prior 
thereto a qualified elector of the said town of Palo Alto ; 
that said board of freeholders, in accordance with law, 
prepared and proposed a charter and prepared and pro- 
posed the foregoing alternative proposition for said town, 
in duplicate ; that the foregoing is a full, true and correct 
copy of said proposed charter of the said town of Palo 
Alto, including the said alternative proposition I, which 
were prepared and proposed by said board of freehold- 
ers, one copy of which said proposed charter and of said 
proposed alternative proposition was duly returned to me 
as president of the said board of town trustees of the town 
of Palo Alto, and the other copy thereof was duly re- 
turned to and filed with the recorder of the county of 
Santa Clara, all within ninety days after said election, as 
required by section eight of article eleven of the consti- 
tution of this state ; that such proposed charter and the 



CHARTER l8l 

said alternative proposition I, were then published in the 
Daily Palo Alto Times (the same being a daily newspaper 
of general circulation in said town) for more than 
twenty days, and the first publication thereof was made 
within twenty days after the completion of said proposed 
charter and said alternative proposition ; that within 
thirty days after the publication of said proposed char- 
ter and said alternative proposition I as aforesaid, and 
as required by said section eight of the constitution, to 
wit: On the 2ist day of January, A. D. 1909, said pro- 
posed charter and said alternative proposition I, were 
submitted to a special municipal election duly held in 
the said town of Palo Alto, for the purpose of ratifying 
or rejecting said proposed charter and the said alter- 
native proposition. 

That said proposed charter as a whole and the said 
alternative proposition were duly ratified at said last 
mentioned election by the majority of the votes of the 
qualified electors of said town voting thereon, and that 
the returns of said last mentioned election were duly 
canvassed by the board of town trustees of said town 
of Palo Alto on the 2nd day of February, A. D. 1909, 
and the result thereof declared as above set forth. 

And I further certify that all the times herein men- 
tioned said town of Palo Alto contained a population of 
more than three thousand five hundred, and that in all 
matters and things pertaining to said proposed charter 
and the said alternative proposition, the provisions of 
section eight of article eleven of the constitution and of 
the laws of the State of California pertaining to the 
adoption of said proposed charter and the said alternat- 
ive proposition have, in every particular, been fully com- 
plied with. 

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and 
affixed the corporate seal of said town this 2nd day of 
February, A. D. 1909. 

CHAS. D. MARX, 

President of the Board of Town Trustees 
[SEAL] of the Town of Palo Alto. 

Attest : C. H. JORDAN, 

Town Clerk and ex-officio Clerk of the Board 
of Town Trustees of the Town of Palo Alto. 



1 82 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 



JOINT RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATURE 
OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, APPROV- 
ING THE FOREGOING CHARTER OF THE 
CITY OF PALO ALTO 

Now, therefore, be it 

Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the 
Assembly thereof concurring (a majority of all the mem- 
bers elected to each house voting for the adoption of 
this resolution and concurring therein), That said char- 
ter of the City of Palo Alto including said additional 
proposition No. I, as presented to and adopted and rati- 
fied by the electors of said town of Palo Alto as herein 
above set forth, be and the same is hereby approved as 
a whole, as and for the charter of said City of Palo Alto 
as aforesaid. 



AMENDMENTS TO CHARTER OF 
THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

APPROVING TEN CERTAIN AMENDMENTS TO THE CHAR- 
TER OF THE CITY OF PALO ALTO, COUNTY OF SANTA 
CLARA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, VOTED FOR AND RATI- 
FIED BY THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE SAID CITY 
OF PALO ALTO, AT A SPECIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION 
HELD THEREIN FOR THAT PURPOSE ON THE FIRST 
DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1911. (ADOPTED MARCH 24, 1911) 

WHEREAS, The City of Palo Alto, in the County of 
Santa Clara, State of California, contains a population 
of more than thirty-five hundred inhabitants, and has 
been ever since the year 1909, and is now, organized and 
acting under a freeholders' charter, adopted under and 
by virtue of section eight of article eleven of the consti- 
tution of the State of California, which charter was duly 
ratified by a majority of the qualified electors of said 
City, at a special election held for that purpose on the 
2 ist day of January, A. D. 1909, and approved by the 
legislature of the State of California on the 2Oth day of 
February, 1909 (Statutes of 1909, page 1175) ; and 

WHEREAS, The City council of the said City of Palo 
Alto did by ordinance duly adopted by said City council 
and approved by the mayor of said City on the 22nd day 
of November, 1910, and pursuant to section 8 of article 
ii of the constitution of the State of California, duly 
propose to the qualified electors of said City of Palo Alto, 
certain amendments to the Charter of said City of Palo 
Alto, to be submitted to the said qualified electors at a 
special municipal election to be held in said City on the 
first day of February, 1911 ; said amendments being six- 
teen in number ; and 

WHEREAS, Said proposed amendments were, and each 
of them was, published for twenty days in a daily news- 
paper printed and published in said City of Palo Alto, 
and having a general circulation therein, to wit: The 
Daily Palo Alto Times ; said publication beginning on 
the 23rd day of November, 1910, and ending the i6th 
day of December, 1910 ; and 



184 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

WHEREAS, The City council of said City did by said 
ordinance, duly adopted by said City council and approv- 
ed by the mayor of said City, order the holding of a spe- 
cial municipal election in said City of Palo Alto on the 
first day of February, 1911, said day being at least forty 
days after the publication of said proposed amendments 
for twenty days in said daily newspaper of general cir- 
culation in said City of Palo Alto, to wit: The Daily- 
Palo Alto Times ; and did provide in said ordinance for 
the submission of the proposed Charter Amendments 
numbers I, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, n, 12, 13, 14, 15 
and 1 6, and alternative amendments numbers 3, 4 and 5, 
to the qualified electors of said City for their ratification 
at said election ; and 

WHEREAS, Said election was duly called and held on 
said ist day of February, 1911, and at said election a 
majority of the qualified electors voting thereon voted in 
favor of the ratification of and did ratify ten of the pro- 
posed amendments to said charter ; and 

WHEREAS, The City council of the said City of Palo 
Alto in accordance with the law in such cases made and 
provided, did meet on Wednesday, the 8th day of Feb- 
ruary, 1911, at their usual time and place of meeting, and 
duly canvas the returns of said election as certified by 
the election boards, and duly found, determined and de- 
clared that a majority of the qualified electors of said 
City voting thereon had voted for and ratified ten of said 
proposed Amendments to the Charter of said City of 
Palo Alto; and 

WHEREAS, The council of the City of Palo Alto are 
in doubt as to the legality of the ratification and adoption 
of Amendment number seven, owing to an error in the 
instructions to voters on said specific Amendment num- 
ber seven ; therefore said Amendment number seven is 
herein set forth as a distinct and separate amendment 
for the consideration of the legislature without prejudice 
to the nine other amendments herein set forth ; 

That said Amendment number seven is in words and 
figures as follows, to wit: 



CHARTER AMENDMENT NUMBER SEVEN 

Section 7 of article 9 of the Charter of the City of 
Palo Alto shall be amended to read as follows : 

No member of the council shall hold any office or 
employment the compensation for which is paid out of 
municipal moneys ; or be elected or appointed to any 



AMENDMENTS TO CHARTER 185 

office created, or the compensation of which is increased 
by the council while he was a member thereof, until one 
year after the expiration of the term for which he was 
elected. 

WHEREAS, The said nine subsequent amendments to 
the charter so ratified by a majority of the qualified elect- 
ors of said City voting at said election are in words and 
figures as follows, to wit: 

CHARTER AMENDMENT NUMBER EIGHT 

Article 9 of the Charter of the City of Palo Alto shall 
be amended by adding thereto a new section, to be known 
as section 10, and to read as follows : 

SEC. 10. In the erection, improvement and repair 
of all public buildings and works, in all street and sewer 
work, done under and by authority of the laws of the 
State of California creating a bonded indebtedness of 
the municipality, or done under and by authority of any 
of the street laws of the State of California, which laws 
are hereby made a part of this Charter, the work shall 
be let to the lowest responsible bidder; provided, how- 
ever, the council may reject any and all bids if deemed 
excessive, and readvertise for bids or provide for the 
work to be done by the Department of Public Works. 

In case no bid is received, the council may likewise 
provide for the work to be done by the Department of 
Public Works. 

When the estimate of the cost of said work by the 
City engineer shows that said work can be done for an 
equal or less cost than that of the lowest bid, then any 
of the work herein mentioned may be done by the Depart- 
ment of Public Works, and the said department shall be 
deemed the contractor, with the right to enforce all liens, 
and with the same powers, rights, duties and obligations 
as are made and provided by the laws of the state for 
contractors who have entered into contracts to do such 
work as the lowest responsible bidder. 

The council shall have power to adopt ordinances for 
the purpose of carrying out these provisions, and such 
ordinances shall be supplemental to the existing laws of 
the State, and shall have the same force and effect. 

CHARTER AMENDMENT NUMBER NINE 

Article 9 of the Charter of the City of Palo Alto shall 
be amended by adding thereto a new section to be known 
as section n, and to read as follows: 



1 86 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

SEC. ii. Upon a petition of the owners of the ma- 
jority of the frontage abutting upon any street or part 
thereof, the council shall have the power by ordinance to 
require, or provide, or adopt general law or laws for the 
planting, maintenance, or care of grass plots between the 
sidewalk and roadway in such street or part thereof, and 
to make the cost thereof a lien and charge upon the abut- 
ting property, and to make provisions for the enforce- 
ment of such liens by the sale of property or otherwise. 

CHARTER AMENDMENT NUMBER TEN 

Article 9 of the Charter of the City of Palo Alto shall 
be amended by adding thereto a new section, to be known 
as section 12, and to read as follows : 

SEC. 12. The council shall have power, by ordi- 
nance, to require or provide for the removal of grass, 
weeds or other obstructions from the sidewalks, park- 
ings or streets and to make the cost of same a lien or 
charge against the abutting property, and to make pro- 
vision for the enforcement of such liens by the sale of 
property or otherwise. 

CHARTER AMENDMENT NUMBER ELEVEN 

Article 9 of the Charter of the City of Palo Alto shall 
be amended by adding thereto a new section to be known 
as section 13, and to read as follows: 

SEC. 13. The council shall have power, by ordinance, 
to require or provide for the removal from property, 
lands, or lots, all weeds, rubbish or other material which 
may endanger or injure neighboring property, or the 
health or welfare of the residents of the vicinity, and to 
make the cost thereof a lien or charge upon such proper- 
ty, lands, or lots, or otherwise. 

CHARTER AMENDMENT NUMBER TWELVE 

Article 9 of the Charter of the City of Palo Alto shall 
be amended by adding thereto a new section to be known 
as section 14, and to read as follows : 

SEC. 14. The council shall have the power, by ordi- 
nance, to enforce the laying of sewer, water or gas pipes 
or other mains or conduits on streets to be improved be- 
fore the same are improved ; and to require the owners 
of real property fronting upon any street, lane, alley, or 
other public place, in which there are or in which it is 



AMENDMENTS TO CHARTER 187 

proposed to be constructed, sewer, water or gas pipes, 
or other mains or conduits, to connect their several prem- 
ises therewith, or to cause such connection to be made, 
and to make the cost of same a lien upon the property so 
connected, and to make provision for the enforcement 
of such lien by the sale of property or otherwise. 

CHARTER AMENDMENT NUMBER THIRTEEN 

Article 9 of the Charter of the City of Palo Alto shall 
be amended by adding thereto a new section to be known 
as section 130, and to read as follows: 

SEC. 130. The City of Palo Alto shall have the 
power to repair or improve all streets or avenues in said 
city upon which street railway tracks are laid between 
the rails of said tracks and for two feet on either side 
thereof ; said City shall also have the power to repair all 
excavations made in streets by any public service cor- 
poration, company or person. 

All said work done by the City on account of street 
railways or excavations to be a lien upon any property 
of the corporation, company or person on whose account 
the work is done. 

The person, company or corporation owning or oper- 
ating any street railway in said City shall pay to the City 
one-third of the annual cost of watering, oiling, or other- 
wise treating such streets for laying dust thereon. 

The council shall have power to adopt ordinances for 
the purpose of carrying out and enforcing this provision. 

CHARTER AMENDMENT NUMBER FOURTEEN 

Article 8 of the Charter of the City of Palo Alto shall 
be amended by adding a new section thereto to be known 
as section 4, and to read as follows : 

SEC. 4. The majority vote of the electors required 
to pass an initiative ordinance, as provided by section 2 
of this article, shall be not only a majority of the votes 
cast on the ordinance, but shall be an affirmative vote on 
such ordinance equal to a majority of the total number of 
those cast at the last preceding general municipal election. 

CHARTER AMENDMENT NUMBER FIFTEEN 

Article 7 of the Charter of the City of Palo Alto shall 
be amended by adding thereto a new section to be known 
as section 8, and to read as follows: 



l88 THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

SEC. 8. The judge of said police court shall have 
power to administer oaths, take and certify affidavits in 
the same manner and like effect as justices of peace. He 
shall have and use a seal, on which shall be engraved 
the arms of the State and the words "Judge of the Po- 
lice Court of the City of Palo Alto." 

He shall have power to issue warrants, writs and 
summons in all respects as if issued by the justice of 
peace. 

Any warrant, writ or summons issued out of said 
court may be served in any county -of the state provided 
that there is attached to it a certificate under seal by the 
county clerk of Santa Clara County to the effect that the 
person issuing same was the acting judge of said court 
at the time of the issuance of said process. 

Any justice of peace of Palo Alto township shall pos- 
sess the same powers herein conferred upon the police 
court of said City, and in case of the disability or ab- 
sence, or upon the request of the judge of said court, 
shall act as judge of said court; but the authority herein 
conferred upon said justice of the peace shall not be 
construed as impairing, reducing or taking from the 
police judge any right, power or jurisdiction vested in 
him. 

CHARTER AMENDMENT NUMBER SIXTEEN 

Article 7 of the Charter of the City of Palo Alto shall 
be amended by adding thereto a new section, to be known 
as section 9, and to read as follows : 

SEC. 9. The chief of police shall be appointed by 
the Board of Public Safety. He shall have the same 
powers that are now, or may be hereafter, conferred up- 
on sheriffs by the laws of the State, and shall in all re- 
spects be entitled to the same protection. He shall serve, 
and is hereby authorized to execute and return all pro- 
cesses, both civil and criminal, issued and directed to 
him by any legal authority; and 

WHEREAS, The said proposed Amendments to the 
Charter of the City of Palo Alto so ratified are now sub- 
mitted to the legislature of the State of California, for 
approval or rejection without power of alteration or 
amendment in accordance with section eight of article 
eleven of the State of California. 



AMENDMENTS TO CHARTER 189 



State of California ") 
County of Santa Clara > ss - 
City of Palo Alto } 

This is to certify that we, Charles B. Wing, mayor of 
the City of Palo Alto, and Frank Kasson, clerk of the 
City of Palo Alto, have compared the foregoing proposed 
and ratified Amendments to the Charter of the City of 
Palo Alto with the original ordinance proposing such 
Amendments and submitting the same to the qualified 
electors of said City at a special municipal election, call- 
ed for that purpose on Wednesday the ist day of Febru- 
ary, 1911, and find that the foregoing is a full, true, cor- 
rect and exact copy thereof and of each of them ; and we 
further certify that the facts set forth in the preamble 
preceding such Amendments to said Charter are and each 
of them is true, save^nd excepting that as to Amendment 
number seven, hereinbefore separately set forth, Charles 
B. Wing, as mayor of said City, refuses to certify said 
Amendment number seven as having been duly and legal- 
ly adopted at said election by the voters of said City of 
Palo Alto, on the ground that said electors were misled 
in casting their vote on said Amendment number seven 
by reason of the fact that in the "Instructions to Voters" 
an error was made as to said Amendment number seven 
only, at said election ; that this reservation or refusal to 
certify as to Amendment number seven is made without 
prejudice to Amendments numbers eight, nine, ten, elev- 
en, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen herein- 
before set forth ; 

That as to all of said amendments, except Amendment 
number seven, this certificate shall be taken as a full and 
complete certification as to the regularity of all proceed- 
ings had and done in connection therewith. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, We have hereunto set our 
hands and caused the corporate seal of the City of Palo 
Alto to be attached, this 9th day of February, 1911. 

[SEAL] CHAS. B. WING, 

Mayor ; 

FRANK KASSON, 
City Clerk of the City of Palo Alto. 



THE CITY OF PALO ALTO 

AND WHEREAS, The said ten amendments so ratified 
as hereinbefore set forth have been duly presented and 
submitted to the legislature of the State of California, for 
approval or rejection without power of alteration or 
amendment, in accordance with said section 8 of article 
XI of the constitution of the State of California; now, 
therefore, be it 

Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, 
the Assembly concurring (a majority of all members 
elected at each house voting for the adoption of this 
resolution and concurring therein), that the said ten 
amendments to the said Charter of the City of Palo Alto 
hereinbefore set forth as presented and submitted to, 
and adopted and ratified by the qualified electors of said 
City, be and the same are hereby approved as a whole 
for, and as amendments to the said Charter of said City 
of Palo Alto. 



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