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CHARTER



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CITY OF LOS ANGELES



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As Adopted January,


1889


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Amended January,


1905


Amended February,


1907


Amended February,


1909

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1913



PRESS OF

PARKER & STONE CO., LAW PRINTERS.

238 NEW HIGH STREET



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CHARTER



OF THE



CITY OF LOS ANGELES



As Adopted January,


1889


Amended January,


1903


Amended January,


1905


Amended February,


1907


Amended February,


1909


Amended March,


1911


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Amended April,


1913



PRESS OF
PARKER & STONE CO., LAW PRINTERS.
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OF THE

Charter of the City of Los Angeles



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Article I — Incorporation and Corporate Powers ... 1

Article II — Officers of the Municipality. . 28

Article III — Powers and Duties of Council 32

Article IV — Powers and Duties of Officers 42

Article V — Official Bonds 59

Article \'I — Salaries of Officers 61

Article VII — Department of Education 62

Article VIII — Library Department 65

Article IX — Police Department 71

Article X — Police Courts 73

Article XI — Fire Department 75

Article XII — Park Department 78

Article XIII — Health Department 81

Article XIV — Department of Public Works 83

Article XV — Department of Public Utilities 91

Article XVJ — Harbor Department ' 99

Article XVIII — Department of Public Service 122

Article XIX — Elections 133

The Initiative 134

" The Referendum 140

The Recall 146

" General Provisions 152

" Primary Nominating 157



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Article XX-
Article XXI-
Article XXII-
Article XXIII-
Article. XXIV-

Article XXV-



Article XXVI-
Article XXVII-



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-Contracts and the Sale of Property. . . . 167
-Taxation, Finance, Claims and Demands 173

-Miscellaneous Provisions 181

-Civil Service 184

-Consolidation of Duties, City and County

Officers 195

-Annexations, Consolidation of City and
County Governments, Establishment
and Government of Boroughs, Har-
bor Improvement Bonds 197

-Playground Department 204

-Municipal Art Commission 206



Charter of the City of Los Angeles.



ARTICLE I.
[Amendment, 1911.]

INCORPORATION AND POWERS.

Section 1. The municipal corporation now existing and
known as "The City of Los Angeles," shall continue to be a
municipal corporation under the same name and with the same
boundaries that it now has, to-wit:

Beginning at the northwest corner of section 2, township 1
south, range 14 west, S. B. M. ; thence south along the west line
of said section to the south line of lot 46 of Hollywood Heights,
as shown on a map recorded in Book 1, page 48, of Maps, Rec-
ords of Los Angeles County, State of California; thence west-
erly, northerly, westerly, southerly and westerly along the south-
erly line of said lot 46, to the west line of said lot; thence west
along the east and west center line of section 3 of the township
and range hereinbefore mentioned, to the west line of said sec-
tion 3 ; thence south along the said west line to the northwesterly
line of the Rancho La Brea; thence southwesterly along the
northwesterly line of said rancho to the north line of section 9
of the township and range hereinbefore mentioned; thence west
along the north line of said section 9 to the northeast corner of
section 8 of said township and range; thence west along the
north line of said section 8 a distance of eight chains ; thence
southerly and parallel to and distant eight chains west of the east
line of said section 8 to the south line of the northeast quarter
of said section 8 ; thence easterly along said line to the west line
of Crescent avenue, as said avenue is shown on a map recorded



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in Book 54, page 52, of Miscellaneous Records of said county;
thence south along the west line of said Crescent avenue to the
north line of Fountain avenue, as shown on said map, produced
westerly; thence easterly along said prolongation and the north
line of said Fountain avenue to its intersection with the easterly
line of La Brea avenue (formerly Flummer street), as shown
on map of Tonner and Garbutt's subdivision of the S. W. Little
Tract, as recorded in Book 19, page 30, of Miscellaneous Rec-
ords of said county; thence south along the easterly line of said
La Brea avenue to the north line of Fountain avenue, as shown
on map of Hollywood Square recorded in Book 9, page 77 , of
Maps, Records of said county; thence easterly along the present
north line of Fountain avenue to a point distant 225 feet west-
erly of the center line of Seward street, as shown on the map of
Colegrove, recorded in Book 53, page 10, of Miscellaneous Rec-
ords of said county; thence south 6 minutes east parallel to that
portion of said Seward street lying north of Santa Monica ave-
nue and its southerly prolongation, to an intersection with the
northerly prolongation of the westerly line of Victoria Park, as
recorded in Book 12, page 2, of Maps, Records of said county;
thence southerly along said prolongation and the westerly line
of said Victoria Park and its southerly prolongation, to its inter-
section with the westerly prolongation of the southerly line of
that portion of the right of way of the Los Angeles Pacific Rail-
way Company lying southerly of said Victoria Park and easterly
of Sherman Drive, as shown on the map of said Victoria Park;
thence easterly along the said production and the southerly line
of the right-of-way of said railway company, to the northwest
corner of lot 24 of the Crenshaw Boulevard Tract, as recorded
in Book 8, page 68, of Maps, Records of said county; thence
southerly along the westerly line of said Crenshaw Boulevard
Tract and the westerly line of Jackins Arlington Heights Tract,
as recorded in Book 8, page 22, of Maps, Records of said coun-
ty, and the southerly prolongation of the last mentioned line, to
an iron pipe in the center line of Washington street, as shown



CITY OF LOS ANGELES.

on the county surveyor's map No. 5330, on file in the office of
the county surveyor of said county; thence southerly in a direct
line to the northwest corner of lot 1 of Harry Jackins Tract No.
2, as recorded in Book 9, page 133, of ^laps, Records of said
county; thence southerly along the westerly line of said last
mentioned tract to the southwest corner of lot 50 of said tract;
thence southeasterly in a direct line to the southeast corner of
lot 61 of said tract; thence southeasterly in a direct line to the
southeast corner of lot 14 of the Home Villa Tract, as recorded
in Book 72, page 25, of Miscellaneous Records of said county;
thence southerly in a direct line to a point in the southerly line
of Adams street, said point being distant 47.30 feet easterly
from the north common corner of lots 12 and 13 of said Home
Villa Tract ; thence easterly along the south line of Adams street
65.15 feet to its intersection with the southerly line of ^lontclair
street; thence south 37 degrees 3 minutes east along the south-
erly line of Montclair street and its southerly prolongation, a
distance of 1216.60 feet to an iron pipe; thence south 63
degrees 38 minutes east parallel to and distanct 201.3 feet from
the center line of a portion of Montclair street, a distance of
596.3 feet to an iron pipe in the line between lots 3 and 5
of the hereinbefore mentioned Home Villa Tract; thence south
89 degrees 58 minutes east, parallel to and distant 180 feet from
the center line of the third portion of IMontclair street, a dis-
tance of 270 feet to an iron pipe; thence south 4 minutes west,
parallel to Eighth avenue, in the West Jefferson and Seventh
Avenue Tract, as recorded in Book 11, page 133, of ]Maps,
Records of said county, to the intersection of the center line of
West Jefferson street with the westerly line of said West Jef-
ferson and Seventh Avenue Tract; thence southerly along the
westerly line of said tract and its southerly prolongation to the
southeast corner of lot 4 of the hereinbefore mentioned Home
Villa Tract; thence south 15 degrees Zl minutes west, parallel
to the west line of the depot grounds of the Southern Pacific
Railroad as inclosed, a distance of 465 feet to an iron pipe set



CHARTER OF THE

40 inches in the ground ; thence south 74 degrees 23 minutes
east a distance of 3064.75 feet to an intersection with the east-
erly boundary Hne of the Rancho Cienega o' Paso De La Tijera;
thence northerly along the easterly line of said rancho a dis-
tance of 40 feet to the north line of section 11, township 2 south,
range 14 west, S. B. M. ; thence east along the north line of said
section to the northwest corner of the northeast quarter of said
section ; thence south along the north and south center line of
sections 11, 14, 23 and 26, township 2 south, range 14 west,
S. B. M., to the south line of said section 26; thence east along
the south line of sections 26 and 25 of said township and range,
and of section 30, township 2 south, range 13 west, S. B. M.,
to a point 10 feet distant east of the range line dividing said
ranges 13 and 14; thence south running parallel to and 10 feet
distant east of said range line, to its intersection with the north-
erly line of the Gardena Tract of the Rancho San Pedro, as
recorded in Book 8, page 89, of Maps, Records of said county,
and in Book 43, page 5, of Miscellaneous Records of said coun-
ty; thence southwesterly along the northerly line of said tract to
its intersection with a line parallel to and 10 feet distant east of
the center line of Orange avenue, as shown on the map of the
said Gardena Tract ; thence southerly along a line parallel to and
10 feet distant east of the center line of said Orange avenue, to
its intersection with the northerly line of lot 4 of the partition
of the estate of J. B. Ducazau, recorded in Book 59, pages 15
and 16, of Miscellaneous Records of said county; thence south-
erly in a direct line to the northeast corner of block 107 of the
McDonald Tract of Rancho San Pedro, recorded in Book 15,
pages 21 and 22, of Miscellaneous Records of said county;
thence southwesterly and westerly along the northerly line of
said block 107 and of block 105 of said tract, to the northwest
corner of said block 105 ; thence northwesterly in a direct line to
the southeast corner of lot 1 of the townsite of Avery, as re-
corded in Book 2, page 61, of Maps, Records of said county;
thence westerly in a direct line to the southeast corner of block



CITY OF LOS ANGELES.

72 of the hereinbefore mentioned McDonald Tract; thence
southerly in a direct line to the southeast corner of block 70 of
said McDonald Tract; thence southerly in a direct line to the
northeast corner of lot 14 of Peck's subdivision of lot J and a
portion of lot H of the partition of Rancho Los Palos Verdes,
as per recorder's filed map No. 141, and as shown on map
found in Book 4, page 48, of Licensed Surveys, Records of said
county; thence southerly along the easterly line of said lot 14
to the southeast corner of said lot; thence southeasterly in a
direct line to the point of intersection of the northerly prolonga-
tion of the westerly line of Meyler street of the City of San
Pedro, as said city existed prior to its consolidation with the
City of Los Angeles, with the southerly line of lot 1 of the sub-
division of lot M of the original partition of Rancho Los Palos
Verdes, as shown on map found in Book 1, page 47, of Licensed
Surveys, Records of said county ; thence westerly along the
southerly line of said lot 1 to its intersection with the northerly
prolongation of the westerly line of that portion of Meyler
street lying between First street and Seventh street in the said
City of San Pedro; thence southerly along said prolongation
and the westerly line of said Meyler street to its intersection
with the northerly line of said Seventh street ; thence southerly
in a direct line to the northeast corner of block 22 of Peck's
Grand View Tract, as recorded in Book 8, page 79, of Maps,
Records of said county; thence westerly along the northerly line
of said Peck's Grand View Tract, to the northwest corner of
said tract, being in the westerly line of Leland street of said
tract ; thence southerly along the westerly line of said Leland
street to its intersection with the northerly line of Hamilton
avenue ; thence northeasterly along the northerly line of Hamil-
ton avenue to its intersection with the westerly line of Gaflfey
street from the north (formerly Helena street of said City of
San Pedro) ; thence due south to the southerly boundary line of
the County of Los Angeles ; thence easterly along the southerly
boundary line of the said county, to a point due south of the



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northwest corner of block 10 of the townsite of East San Pedro,
as recorded in Book 52, pages 13 to 18, inclusive, of Miscel-
laneous Records of said county; thence due north to the north-
west corner of said block 10; thence northeasterly across inter-
vening streets by straight lines, and along the northerly line of
blocks 10, 11, 12 and 13 of said townsite, to the northwest cor-
ner of block 14 of said townsite ; thence northwesterly in a direct
line to the southeast corner of lot 2 of Terminal Island, as
shown on Recorder's filed map No. 133, Records of said county ;
thence northwesterly along the northeasterly line of said lot 2,
to the northeast corner of said lot; thence northeasterly in a
direct line to a point, said point being the most easterly point of
the City of Wilmington as incorporated on December 26, 1905 ;
thence northwesterly in a direct line to a point in the east line
of the right of way of the San Pedro branch of the Southern
Pacific Railroad Company, said point being the intersection of
the easterly line of said right-of-way with the easterly prolonga-
tion of the northerly line of New San Pedro or Wilmington, as
recorded in Book 6, pages 66 and 67 of Deeds, Records of said
county; thence westerly along the said prolongation and the
northerly line of the said New San Pedro and the westerly pro-
longation of said northerly line, to the easterly line of the
Rancho Los Palos Verdes, as recorded in Book 2, pages 544 and
545 of Patents, Records of said county; thence southerly along
the easterly line of said rancho to the southerly line of the Wil-
mington and Salt Works road, as shown on map of Peck's sub-
division of lot J and a portion of lot H of the partition of
Rancho Los Palos Verdes, hereinbefore mentioned ; thence west-
erly along the southerly line of the said Wilmington and Salt
Works road, to the northwest corner of lot 3 of the last men-
tioned Peck's subdivision ; thence northerly in a direct line to
the intersection of the easterly line of Tomlinson road with the
northerly line of Ocean street, as both are shown on a map filed
in case No. 3284, in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County,
State of California, entitled, *'In the matter of the ])ctition of



CITY OF LOS ANGELES.

Ana Josefa de Dominguez et al., for partition real property" ;
said point of intersection being the southwest corner of the real
property allotted to Victoria Dominguez de Carson by decree
of said court made and filed on June 26, 1885, in the above-
entitled matter; thence northerly along the easterly line of said
Tomlinson road to the northwest corner of the real property
allotted to Maria de Los Reyes Dominguez by the aforesaid
decree; thence easterly and northeasterly along the northerly
line of the last mentioned property to its intersection with the
prolongation of the easterly line of Olive street, as shown on
the map of the South Gardena Tract, recorded in Book 43, page
39, Miscellaneous Records of said county; thence northerly in
a direct line to the northwest corner of lot 14 of said tract;
thence westerly in a direct line to the southwest corner of lot 7
of the Ducazau Tract, recorded in Book 53, page 12, also in
Book 59, pages 15 and 16, both of Miscellaneous Records of
said county; thence northerly in a direct line to the northwest
corner of lot 2 of the Gardena Tract, as recorded in Book 99,
pages 85 and 86, Miscellaneous Records of said county; thence
northeasterly along the northwesterly line of said lot 2 to a
point distant 150 feet east of the north and south center line of
section 19, township 3 south, range 13 west, S. B. M. ; thence
north and parallel to and 150 feet distant easterly of the center
line of sections 19, 18, 7 and 6 of township 3 south, range 13
west, S. B. M., and of section 31, township 2 south, range 13
west, S. B. M., to south line of section 30 of said township and
range; thence east along the south lines of sections 30, 29 and
28 of last mentioned township and range, to a point 40 feet
distant "easterly of the west line of said section 28; thence north,
parallel with and 40 feet distant easterly of the west line of
sections 28, 21 and 16, said last mentioned township and range,
to a point 50 feet distant northerly of the south line of said
section 16; thence east through sections 16 and 15 of said last
mentioned township and range, parallel with and 50 feet north-
erly of the south line of said sections to the westerly line of the



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Street along which the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks are laid
(commonly known as Alameda street) ; thence northerly along
the westerly line of said street to the southerly boundary line
of the City of Los Angeles, as same is described in charter
granted by the Legislature of the State of California to said city
in the year 1889; thence east along the said south charter
boundary line to the southeast corner of said city; thence north
to the southeast corner of the patent boundary of the city lands
of the City of Los Angeles, as recorded in Book 2, pages 38 and
39 of Patents, Records of said county; thence north along the
east patent boundary of said city to the northeast corner of said
boundary; thence due north to the southerly line of Highland
Park Tract as recorded in Book 5, page 145, and in Book 6,
pages 392 and 393, both of Miscellaneous Records of said
county; thence easterly along said southerly line to its intersec-
tion with the center line of Avenue 57 (formerly Garvanza
street) ; thence northerly along the center line of said Avenue
57 to an intersection with the southeasterly line of the right-
of-way of the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railway
Company (formerly the Los Angeles Terminal Railway Com-
pany) ; thence northeasterly along the southeasterly line of said
right-of-way to its intersection with the southerly line of block
55 of Ralph Rogers subdivision of part of Garvanza Tract, as
recorded in Book 12, page 61, of Miscellaneous Records of said
county; thence easterly and northerly along the southerly and
easterly line of blocks 55 and 50 of the last mentioned subdi-
vision, to its intersection with the northerly line of the right-
of-way of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Com-
pany (formerly the Southern California Railway Company) ;
thence easterly along the northerly line of said right-of-way to
an intersection with the easterly line of the Rancho San Rafael,
as recorded in Book 3, pages 220 to 223, inclusive, of Patents,
Records of said county; thence easterly, northeasterly, northerly
along the said rancho line to its intersection with the center line
of San Pasqual avenue; thence northeasterly along the center

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line of San Pasqual avenue to its intersection with the easterly
prolongation of the southerly line of lot 63, block 17, of the
Garvanza Addition No. 1, as recorded in Book 9, page 45, of
Miscellaneous Records of said county; thence westerly along
said prolongation and the south line of lot 63 and its westerly
prolongation, to its .intersection with the center line of the alley
through said block 17; thence northerly along the center line
of said alley to its intersection with the easterly prolongation
of the northerly line of lot 43 of said block 17; thence westerly
along the said prolongation and the northerly line of said lot
43 and its westerly prolongation to its intersection with the cen-
ter line of Avenue 66 (formerly Cooper avenue) ; thence north-
erly along the center line of said Avenue 66 to its intersection
with the San Bernardino Base Line; thence westerly along the
said base line to its intersection with the center line of Avenue
}i7 (formerly Chicago street), as shown on the map of the New
York Tract as recorded in Book 19, pages 85 and 86, of Mis-
cellaneous Records of said county ; thence southerly along the
center line of said Avenue 57 to its intersection with the center
line of Aldama street (formerly Aliso avenue), as shown on
the last mentioned map ; thence westerly along the center line
of said Aldama street to the center line of Avenue 54 (formerly
Central avenue) ; thence northerly along the center line of said
Avenue 54 to the center line of Aldama street from the west;
thence westerly along and following the various courses of the
center line of said Aldama street to its intersection with the cen-
ter line of Avenue 50 (formerly Highland avenue), as shown
upon the diagram of the subdivision of the Highland Park
Tract as recorded in Book 5, page 145, of Miscellaneous Rec-
ords of said county; thence southerly along the center line of
said Avenue 50 to its intersection with the easterly prolonga-
tion of the northerly line of lot 24 of the said subdivision of
the Highland Park Tract; thence westerly along the said pro-
longation and the northerly line of the said lot 24, to the west
corner of said lot; thence southerly in a direct line to the north



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corner of lot 16 of the subdivision of the Hunter Highland View
Tract, as recorded in Book 4, page 570, of Miscellaneous Rec-
ords of said county; thence southerly to the west corner of said
lot 16; thence southwesterly to the west corner of lot 15 of the
last mentioned subdivision; thence due south to the north patent
boundary line of the City of Los Angeles, hereinbefore men-
tioned ; thence west along said patent boundary line to the south-
westerly line of the right-of-way of the Southern Pacific Rail-
road Company; thence northwesterly along the southwesterly
line of said right-of-way, following the various courses and
curves thereof, to its intersection with the easterly prolongation
of the northerly line of a strip of land conveyed by A. J. Haney
to G. J. Griffith by deed recorded in Book 155, page 357, of
Deeds, Records of said county; thence westerly along said pro-
longation and the northerly line of said strip of land or its west-
erly prolongation, to its intersection with the easterly boundary
line of the land conveyed to the City of Los Angeles by Griffith
Jenkins Griffith and Mary Agnes Christina Griffith, his wife, by
deed dated March 5, 1898, and recorded March 5, 1898, in Book
1226, page 40, of Deeds, Records of said county; thence north-
erly, westerly, northwesterly, westerly, southwesterly and south-
erly, following the various courses of the easterly, northerly,
northeasterly, northerly, northwesterly and westerly boundary
lines of the land conveyed by said deed, to a point in the San
Bernardino Base Line, said point being an angle point in the
boundary line of the City of Hollywood, as said city existed
prior to its consolidation with the City of Los Angeles; thence
westerly along the said base line to the point of beginning.

Sec. 2. The City of Los Angeles, in addition to any other
powers now held by, or that may hereafter be granted to it
under the constitution or laws of the state, shall have the right
and power:

(1) To provide and use a corporate seal, and to alter the
same at pleasure.

(2) To sue and be sued in all actions and proceedings.

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(3) To have perpetual succession.

(4) To provide, by purchase, lease, condemnation, con-
struction, or otherwise, and to estabHsh, own, equip, maintain,
conduct and operate Ubraries, reading rooms, art galleries,
museums, assembly or convention halls, schools, kindergartens,
parks, playgrounds, gymnasiums, baths, public toilets and com-
fort stations, markets, market houses, abattoirs, municipal lodg-
ing houses and tenement houses, dispensaries, infirmaries, hos-
pitals, charitable institutions, free employment bureaus, alms-
houses, jails, houses of correction, workhouses, farm schools,
municipal farms, work farms, detention homes, cemeteries,
crematories, morgues, garbage collection and garbage disposal
and reduction works, street cleaning and sprinkling plants, quar-


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