Page images
PDF
EPUB

The Sixth Ward shall be bounded on the north and northeast by the Bay of San Francisco; on the south by Vallejo to Powell, Powell to Sutter, Sutter to Jones street; and on the west by Jones street to the Bay of San Francisco.

The islands in the Pacific Ocean known as the Farallones, and the islands in the Bay of San Francisco known as Alcatraces and Yerba Buena, shall be included in and form a part of the said Sixth Ward.

The Seventh Ward shall be bounded on the north by the Bay of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean; on the east by Jones street; on the south by Sutter street to Van Ness avenue, Van Ness avenue to Washington street, Washington street to the southerly line or boundary of the Presidio Reservation, thence along said southerly line or boundary to the southwesterly corner of the said Presidio Reservation; and on the west by the westerly boundary of the said Presidio Reservation and the Pacific Ocean.

The Eighth Ward shall be bounded on the north by the Pacific Ocean to the westerly line or boundary of the Presidio Reservation, along said westerly line to the southerly boundary of the said Presidio Reservation, and by the southerly boundary of the said Presidio Reservation and Washington street; on the east by Van Ness avenue to Eddy street; on the south by Eddy to Broderick, Broderick to Turk, Turk to First avenue, First avenue to B street, and B street to the Pacific Ocean; and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

The Ninth Ward shall be bounded on the north by B street to First avenue, First avenue to Turk, Turk to Broderick, Broderick to Eddy, Eddy to Van Ness avenue; on the east by Van Ness avenue to Market, Market to Guerrero, Guerrero to Eighteenth street; on the south by Eighteenth street, a straight line drawn from the westerly extremity of Eighteenth street to the easterly extremity of L street, and L street to the Pacific Ocean; and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

The Tenth Ward shall be bounded on the north by L street, a straight line drawn from the easterly extremity of L street to the westerly extremity of Eighteenth street, Eighteenth street to Guerrero, Guerrero to Market, and Market to Eleventh street; on the east by Eleventh to Howard, and Howard street extended to Army, Army to Mission street, Mission street to the old County Road, and the old County Road to the southerly boundary of the city and county; on the south by the southerly boundary of the said city and county to the Pacific Ocean; and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

The Eleventh Ward shall be bounded on the north by Eleventh street to Bryant, Bryant to Seventh, Seventh street to Pennsylvania avenue, Pennsylvania avenue to Islais Creek

Channel, and Islais Creek Channel to the Bay of San Francisco; on the east by the Bay of San Francisco; on the south by the southerly boundary of the City and County of San Francisco; and on the west by the old County Road, Mission street to Army, Army to Howard street extended, Howard street extended and Howard street to Eleventh street.

The Twelfth Ward shall be bounded on the north by Harrison street; on the east by the Bay of San Francisco; on the south by Islais Creek Channel; and on the west by Pennsylvania avenue and Seventh street.

SEC. 2. The The Supervisors shall, in the year 1890, and every tenth year thereafter, re-district the city and county into twelve wards. The wards shall be made as nearly equal in population and as geographically compact as possible; and the division shall be made in such manner as to make the population in the several wards as nearly equally divided between the political parties as possible.

ARTICLE II.

Of the Legislative Department.

CHAPTER I.

SECTION 1. The Legislative power of the City and County of San Francisco shall be vested in two Boards of Supervisors or Houses of Legislation, one of which shall be styled the Board of Aldermen and the other the Board of Assistant Aldermen. Said Boards, taken together, shall constitute the Boards of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, but may be designated, styled and known as the "Supervisors" of said city and county.

The powers of the Supervisors are those expressly granted in this Charter.

SEC. 2. The Board of Aldermen shall consist of twelve persons, who shall be elected by general ticket from the city and county at large, by the qualified voters thereof, at the election hereinafter provided for, and shall hold office for the term of four years, subject to the exception stated in the next section, by which they shall be so classified that after the first election only six shall be elected every two years. Every member of the Board of Aldermen shall be a qualified elector, at least thirty years of age, and shall have been a citizen of this State, and an inhabitant of the city and county for at least five years, next before the day of his election.

SEC. 3. Of the members of the Board of Aldermen first elected, under this Charter, the six receiving the highest number of votes shall hold their office for four years, and the other six for only two years, and in case of a tie vote at the first election the right to hold for two years or for four years shall be determined by lot between the contestants. At each election thereafter, members of the Board of Aldermen shall be elected to succeed those whose terms are about to expire.

SEC. 4. The Board of Assistant Aldermen shall consist of one member from each ward who shall have been a resident therein for at least two years, to be elected likewise by general ticket every two years by the qualified voters of the city and county at large at the election herein provided for, and they shall hold office for the term of two years. The qualifications of members of the Board of Assistant Aldermen shall be the same as those herein prescribed for members of the Board of Aldermen.

SEC. 5. No person shall be eligible as a member of the Board of Aldermen or Board of Assistant Aldermen who shall have been convicted of malfeasance in office, bribery, or any other infamous crime, and any such conviction during his term of office shall cause the forfeiture of his seat in the said Board, and the vacancy shall be filled as in other cases.

SEC. 6. Any vacancy occurring in the office of Alderman or Assistant Aldermen shall be filled by the Mayor, and the person so selected by him shall possess the qualifications herein above prescribed for the members of either of said Boards, and shall hold office for the unexpired term.

SEC. 7. The Boards shall meet in separate chambers, and the majority of all the members elected or appointed to each shall be a quorum; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day and compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as each Board may prescribe.

SEC. 8. Each Board shall:

First-Choose a President from its own members, and when chosen he can be removed before the expiration of his term as Alderman or Assistant Alderman only by the vote of three-fourths of all the members of the Board of which he shall have been chosen President.

Second-Appoint a Clerk, and when authorized to do so by ordinance, such other clerks-not exceeding three for the Aldermen, and one for the Assistant Aldermen, and one Messenger for each Board-as may be found necessary for the transaction of business.

Third-Determine the rules of its own proceedings.

Fourth-Be the judge of the qualifications and election returns of its own members.

Fifth-Keep a journal of its proceedings, and allow the same to be published, and the yeas and nays of the members on any question shall, at the desire of any member, be taken and entered therein.

Sixth-Have authority to punish its members for disorderly or contemptuous behavior in its presence during its session, and to expel any member with the concurrence of two-thirds of the members elected or appointed to the Board, specifying in the order of expulsion the cause thereof. Every member expelled from either Board shall thereupon forfeit all his rights and powers as Alderman or Assistant Alderman.

Seventh-Have power to compel attendance of witnesses and production of papers pertinent to any business before the Board. All sessions, meetings and proceedings of either Board shall be open to the public.

SEC. 9. The Boards shall each meet upon the first Monday of each month, or if that day shall be a legal holiday, then upon the succeeding day, and neither Board shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than seven days at any one time, or to any other place than that in which the two Boards may be sitting. They shall also meet at such times as are otherwise provided for in this Charter.

SEC. 10. The Clerk of the Board of Aldermen shall hold office during the pleasure of the Board. He shall have power to administer oaths and affirmations in all cases pertaining to his duties and the affairs of his office without charge for the same, and shall perform such other services as shall be prescribed by the Board. He shall, by virtue of his office, be Clerk of the Supervisors, and shall perform all of the duties of Clerk of the Supervisors except such as are assigned or appertain to the Clerk of the Board of Assistant Aldermen, without additional compensation_to that paid him as Clerk of the Board of Aldermen. It shall be his duty to keep in his custody the seal of the City and County, and all leases, grants, deeds of conveyance, and other documents, records and papers not specially pertaining or applying to the Board of Assistant Aldermen; and his signature shall be necessary to all leases, grants, contracts and conveyances; he shall also keep and retain in his custody all resolutions and ordinances of the city and county after the same shall have received the approval of the Mayor, or otherwise become valid under this Charter; it shall be his duty to keep open for inspection at all reasonable times, any and all papers and

documents, instruments, records, resolutions or ordinances in his custody, and to furnish copies thereof certified under his name and the seal of the City and County, to all persons demanding the same and paying therefor the proper fees.

SEC. 11. The Clerk of the Board of Assistant Aldermen shall hold office during the pleasure of the Board. He shall have power to administer oaths and affirmations in all cases pertaining to his duties and the affairs of his office without charge for the same, and to certify and authenticate copies of all records, papers and documents in his official custody to all persons demanding the same, and paying therefor the proper fees, and shall perform such other services as shall be prescribed by the Board. It shall be his duty to keep open for inspection at all reasonable times the records and minutes of the proceedings of the Board, and all documents in his official custody.

SEC. 12.

No member of the Supervisors shall, hold any other office, Federal, or State or Municipal, nor shall he be an employee of the City and County, or of either of the said Boards in any capacity whatever, and no claim for compensation shall be audited or paid for services as such officer or employee, nor shall he directly or indirectly be interested in any contract with the city and county, or any Department or institution thereof, nor shall he advance moneys or furnish material or supplies for the performance of any such contract, nor shall he either directly or indirectly, recommend, solicit, advise, request, or in any manner use his influence to obtain the appointment of any person to any office, position, place or employment under the city and county government, or any department, board, or officer thereof. A violation of any of the provisions of this Section shall cause a forfeiture of his office.

SEC. 13. Every Legislative Act of the city and county shall be by ordinance. The style of ordinance shall be: "Be it ordained by the Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, as follows:" No ordinance shall be passed, except by bill, and no bill shall be so amended in its passage through either Board as to change its original purpose.

SEC. 14. No bill shall become an ordinance unless on its final passage a majority of the members elected or appointed to each Board vote in its favor, and the vote be taken by yeas and nays, and the names of the members voting for and against the same be entered in the Journal.

SEC. 15. No amendment to bills by either Board shall be concurred in by the other, except by a vote of the majority of the members elected or appointed thereto, taken by yeas

« PreviousContinue »