of citizens who are now out of the water supply district.
Supervisors to Sit as Board of Egualization.
The Supervisors will sit at as Board of Equalization until
July 15 at noon.
They will meet at 2 p. m., Tuesday, July 9, to
hear the protests of those who have filed sworn statements pro-
testing against the assessments levied on the property.
Geary Street Boad to Be Extended Westicard.
The Board declared its intention to proceed with the extension
westerly of the Geary Street Municipal Railroad just as soon as
the streets are properly graded. A resolution was adopted direct-
ing the Board of Public Works to prepare plans and estimates
of the cost of extending the road from Thirty-third avenue to the
Ocean Beach, along the route outlined in the report of Expert
Bion J. Arnold. Plans and estimates of the cost of constructing
the Geary street road from Kearny to Sutter street, there to
connect with the outer rails in Market street, from Sutter street
to the ferry landing, were also called for.
Still Fighting Acceptance of Carnegie Library Offer.
Supervisor A. J. Gallagher presented an ordinance, as a sub-
stitute for the ordinance passed to print a week ago authorizing
the Library trustees to build a library with $750,000 offered to
the city by Andrew Carnegie in 1901, and which offer was
accepted at that time. Gallagher sought to have the 1901 ordi-
nance repealed and the matter of accepting Carnegie's offer sub-
mitted to the people at the November election. The substitute
was refused passage to print by a vote ot 14 to 4, and the ordi-
nance passed to print last week was finally passed.
Bureau of Efficiency to 6e Created.
An ordinance providing for the creation of a Bureau of Effi-
ciency was passed to print. It authorizes the Civil Service Com-
missioners to employ a director of a Bureau of Efficiency, at a
salary of $2,400 per annum, and said director is empowered to
engage additional expert or clerical assistance for temporary
service. The bureau is to have access to all records in all city
departments or offices, for the purpose of determining unit costs,
recommending improvements, standardizing salaries and recom-
mending a uniform system of accounting. An advisory commis-
sion composed of the Mayor, Auditor, chairman of the Finance
Committee, president of the Civil Service Commission and chair-
man of the Committee on Public Efficiency and Civil Service is
also created and monthly meetings of the Commission provided
Lighting Company Will yot Contest Rates Fixed.
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company notified the Board that
although it was certain that the lighting rates fixed for the pres-
ent fiscal year would not yield an adequate return on its invest-
ment, it was not disposed to resort to litigation, and would accept
the rates under protest.
Supervisors Are Granted Leave of Ahsencc.
Supervisors Bancroft, Vogelsang and Payot were each granted
leave of absence for forty days, with permission to leave the
Welfare Committee to Arrange for Concerts.
The appropriation of $10,000 for municipal concerts to be given
in the smaller parks of the city being now available, the Board
authorized the Public Welfare Committee to arrange for concerts
with the least possible delay.
City to Exhibit at Municipal League Convention.
An appropriation of $100 was made for the purpose of install-
ing a photographic exhibit of recent public buildings and statuary
in San Francisco at the National Municipal League convention,
which will meet in Los Angeles on July 8.
Committees to Meet at Call of Chairmen.
It was decided to not hold regular weekly meetings of the
several committees of the Board during the vacation period.
Meetings will be called by the committee chairmen whenever
public business demands.
Ordinances Finally Passed.
Authorizing the Mayor to appoint two stenographers, one tele-
phone operator and one chauffeur in addition to the employes
allowed by law, and fixing their compensation.
Repealing Ordinance No. 1745, passed February 5, 1905, author-
izing the Sheriff to appoint two additional deputies.
Amending section 12 of the "Building Law" relating to fees
for building permits.
Accepting a deed of easement from the Southern Pacific Com-
pany of a sewer right of way under the tracks of the railroad
company at Tara street and Ocean avenue.
Ordering the performance of certain street work on King
street, between Second and Third streets; Quane street, between
Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth streets; crossing of Quane and
Twenty-first streets; Ninth avenue, between Geary and Clement
streets; Hyde street, between Greenwich and Filbert streets, east
side of Hyde street, between Greenwich and Lombard streets;
Filbert street, between Hyde and Larkin streets, and Texas street,
between Mariposa and Eighteenth streets.
Establishing grades on Lyell street, between Bosworth and
Springdale streets; on Havelock street, between San Jose avenue
and easterly line of Balboa Park, and on Circular avenue and
Edna street, between Havelock street and Marston avenue.
THIRTY ClYIL, SERVICE EX.IMINATIONS ANNOUNCED.
Commission Instructs Secretary to Prepare Tests to be Given
Those Seeking Employment on Municipal Raili-oad.
The Civil Service Commissioners, at their meeting last Mon-
day night, set the dates and announced the scope of examina-
tions to be held during this month and August.
Twent.v-five of the examinations are of a non-educational
character. These are to be held in the rooms of the commission
in the City Hall, Eighth and Market streets, beginning Thursday
morning, August 29. The examinations will he based on train-
ing, experience and fitness and pb.vsical ability.
Applicants must be 21 years of age and must have lived in
San Francisco at least one year preceding date of application.
Receipt of applications will close Monday. July 29.
The following is the list of non-educational examinations to
be held by the commission :
Pilots, marine ensineeis, marine stokers, engineers of sta-
tionary steam eneinps, firemen of stationary steam engines,
engineers of electrical enerines. machinist,"!, locksmiths, black-
smiths, blacksmiths' helners. horseshoers boilermakers, steam-
fitters steamfitters' helpers, harnessmakers. tinners, tinners'
helners. pranite cutters, bricklayers, hodcarrlers. carriage and
■waeron pointers, varnishers and polishers, cement finishers,
cement finishers' helpers, elevator operators.
The commission also set the dates for several educational ex-
aminations. The one for hospital stewards will take plnop July
25 and the receipt of applications will close July IS. The o
aminations for veterinarians will be held August 1, engineering
draughtsmen July 29. assistant civil engineers August 5 and In-
spectors of streets and sewers July 22. All of the educational
examinations will be held in the Mission High School, Eighteenth
and Dolores streets.
Secretary Maher was also instructed to prepare the examina-
tion of conductors, motormen and inspectors for the Geary-street
ANNOUNCES DISTRICT REGISTRATION BUREAU.
Registrar Zemansky has announced the following locations
for district registration:
rind District — Booth, south side Sixteenth street. 25 feet east
from Bryant street.
22nd Districi — Booth, east side Potrero avenue, 30 feet south
from Twenty-fourth street.
23rd District — Booth, southwest corner Twenty-ninth and
24th District — Booth, west side San Jose avenue. 75 feet
south from Ocean ayenue.
25th District — Booth, south side Twenty-second street, 60
feet East from Mission street,
26th District — Store, southwest corner Fillmore and Page
27th District — Hall. 1141 Masonic avenue near Haight street.
28th District — Booth, east side Sixth avenue. 60 feet north
from Clement street.
29th IMstrict — Booth, north side Sixteenth street, 100 feet
east from Mission street.
30th District — Booth, northwest corner Sutter and Fillmore
31st District — Booth,
32nd District — Booth.
west from Polk street.
33rd District — Booth, corner Battery and Market streets.
Additional — 1. Booth, south side Broadway street. 50 feet west
from Grant avenue: 2. Store, southeast corner Railroad and
Ne'wcomb avenues: 3, Booth, southwest comer Hartford and
Eighteenth streets: 4. Hall. 4441 Mission street: 5. Store, 2996
San Bruno avenue: 6. Store. 1221 Ninth avenue near Lincoln
way: 7. Booth, northwest comer Union and Fillmore streets;
S. Booth, southeast corner Fourth and Natoma streets.
southeast corner Jackson and Fillmore
north side Sacramento street, 25 feet
The Spring Valley Water Company has advised the Health
Officer that nothing can be done at the present time to remedy
the lack of water pressure at Twent.v-third and .\rkansas streets.
SUPERVISORS ACT UPON PETITIONS FOR PERMITS.
The Board of Supervisors has acted as follows upon applica-
tions for permits:
Referred to Fire Committee.
Oil Storage Tank — General Engineering Company, on south
side of Market street, 236 feet west of Noe street.
Blasting — Spring Construction Company, in Sutro Tract.
Referred to Public Health Committee.
Dog Kennel — Charles H. Dayton, at 1776 Forty-ninth avenue.
[Petition subsequently withdrawn.]
Referred to Police Committee.
Boxing — Canal Athletic Club, for class A boxing exhibition
PeiTuits Recommended — Passed to Pi-int.
Oil Storage Tanks — E. Hitte. in premises south side of "Wash-
ington street. 82 feet east of Mason street; Aug. F. Peterson, in
premises south side of Market street, 236 feet 9'4 inches west of
Noe street; W. S. Miller, at 743 Haight street; Old Piedmont
Bakery, at 1337-39 Grant avenue, and Joe Grassia. at 1624 Powell
Boilers — Barneson-Hibbard Warehouse Company, 20-horse-
power capacity, at premises east side of Michigan street, between
El Dorado and Alameda streets; Antone Beban. 2-horsepower^
capacity, at premises 651 Columbus avenue.
Blasting — Spring Construction Company, in Sutro Tract; J. B.|
Johnson, at southwest corner of Bach and Buchanan streets.
Stable — Mrs. Anna Baumsteiger. at 1501 T street, for onej
Applications for Permits Denied.
Boilers — A. B. Cozet. at north line of Howard street, 275 feet
east of Ninth street; Peart & Elkington, at 250 Golden Gate
Staile — Arthur Legrand, in rear of 2340 Geary street, for one
Permits Granted — Final Passage.
Blasting — F. Rolandi, at northwest corner of Geary street and
Laundry — Bluxome & Wooster. in premises situate north line
of Erie street. 185 feet west of Howard street; John Manant, in
premises at 4063 Eighteenth street, and James J. Whittle, in
premises at 367 Guerrero street.
Garage — O. F. Taber. in premises at east side of Valencia
street, 35 feet south of Twenty-sixth street.
CITV VICTOR IN COXDEMNATION SLITS.
TAX REVEXUK WILL EXCEED BUDGET E8TOL1TE.
Judge Seawell Oveprules the Demurrers Filed by Property Assessment Roll Prepared by Assessor Dodge Shows a Material
Owners in the Civic Center Litigation. Increase in l»roperty Valuations.
The taxes to be collected this year will show a surplus of a
quarter million dollars over the amounts provided in the budget.
The Supervisors, in fixing the budget, estimated that the assess-
ment roll for city and county purposes would total $500,000,000,
while the figures of Assessor Dodge show a total of $511,194,525
for that purpose. The surplus raised will be turned into the
general fund to be drawn upon for emergency purposes.
The taxation situation is explained by Assessor Dodge in the
following communication filed on Monday with the Supervisors:
Tlie expenditures of tliis city, as fixed by your honorable
Board for the ensuing fl.scal year, make It necessary that tlvere
sliould be collected as taxes during this year $10,250,000. ine
amount thus to be raised Is $1,000,000 more than that which
was required last year. With an assessment roll no greater
than that of last year It would have been necessary to Increase
the tax rate on property this year from $2.00, the rate of last
year for city and county purposes, to $2.23. As a result of t"?
increase in the assessment roll the tax rate will be but $i.0o
per $100 for city and county purposes. The slightly Increased
tax rate over that of last year will, it is true, make some
increase in all tax bills.
The large increase in the assessment roll of this year,
amounting to $60,330,562, has been brought about by a more
thorough equalization of assessments. It has not been the
result of a uniform increase of all assessments. Such property
as has not been subject to a raise of assessment will benefit
materially by the lower rate made possible through the
increased assessment roll.
Last year the total roil, including the operative property of
quasi-public corporations taxe<l by the State only, was $o45.-
057 591. This year our total roll is $605,488,153. That porUon
of tho roll on which city and county revenues will be collected,
amounts to $511,194,525, as against $461,850,025 in 1911, or a
gain of $49,344,500. This increase has been brought about by
raising the assessments of last year in many localities, and by
increasing personal property assessments. The assessment of
bufldings has not been raised. . . . ^
In conclusion. I would slate that durmg the past sixty days
this office has collected $760,469.50. This represents the taxes
paid on unsecured personal property. In addition, there has
been collected to date $104,532 in poll taxes.
ROUTINE BUSINESS BEFORE BOARD OP EDUCATION.
Superior Judge Seawell, on Friday last, overruled the
demurrers to condemnation suits filed by the city to secure
certain lands required for the Civic Center. The defendants
were allowed twenty days in which to file their answers to the
In rendering his decision, Judge Seawell dwelt upon the
purposes and aims of San Francisco in acquiring land for the
site of a collection of imposing municipal buildings worthy of
the metropolis o£ the west.
"The court had supposed," said Judge Seawell, "that the
citizens of San Francisco would be so patriotic that they
would come forward and say: 'Here is my property; give me
what it is worth," but it seems that they are unwilling to do
anything of the sort."
He then dwelt upon the fallacy of believing that a Legis-
lature of 1870 could take into consideration the needs of an
exposition city of 1915. It had been pleaded that the Legis-
lature of that year, in voting an appropriation of $1,500,000,
had definitely prescribed that the Civic Center should be at
Larkin and McAllister streets. The judge held that no Legis-
lature could make such a decision, and stated his belief that
no attempt had been made by the State body to confine the
location to a given point.
Judge Seawell also denied the plea of the demurrants that
the collection of ruins in which are at present housed the
Recorder, Election Commission and Treasurer, comprise a
City Hall In the accepted sense of the word.
APPLICATIONS FILED FOR VARIOUS PERMITS.
The following applications for permits will be considered
by the Police Commissioners at a meeting to be held July
•11 at 2 o'clock p. m.:
steamer Bar — Frederick C. Lauritzen. steamer "Empress."
Saloons — To remove: Enrico Calegari, from 4276 Mission
street to 309S Oct.avia street; John J. Gay, from northeast cor-
ner of Twenty-si.vtii and Folsom streets to 2815^4 Mission
street; Guiseppe C. Croce, from 431 Broadway to gore corner
of Columbus avenue and Lombard street.
Hotel and Bar — To remove: Enrico Tognoli, from 120 Con-
necticut street to 1530 Kentucky street.
Saloon — To purcliase and remove: Vlncenzo De VIrgilio. to
purchase of George D. Jones, 81 Jackson street, and remove to
3166 Laguna street.
Second-hand Dealers — New: Israel Goldman. 713 Howard
street; Harry Linden, 1243 Golden Gate avenue; Monroe Oakes,
819 Pacific street, and Benjamin Reuben, 807 Folsom street.
Second-hand Store — ^To remove: Louis Marcus, from 713 to
711 Howard street.
Intelligence Oflice Keeper— New: Calvin R. Worrall, south-
west corner Fourth and Market streets, room 222.
Directors Decide to Erect Primary School at Hayes and Stan-
yan Streets as Soon as Money is Available.
S.4.TISFACTORV COMPLETION OF STREET WORK.
The Board of Public Works has accepted street improve-
ments at the following locations:
Twenty-seventh street, between Sanchez and Noe streets;
crossing of Chenery and Mateo streets; Ulloa street, between
Thirtieth and Thirty-first avenues; Thirty-seventh avenue,
between Taraval and Vicente streets; Eighteenth street,
between Alabama and Harrison streets; Twenty-fourth ave-
nue, between Califoinia and Lake streets; northerly lialt of
Fulton street, between Forty-third and Forty-fourth avenues;
Lyon street, between Union and Filbert streets; Coleridge
street, between Esmeralda and Virginia avenues; Twenty-
eighth avenue, between Ulloa and Vicente streets; San Bruno
avenue, between .\rmy and Eve streets; Theresa street, be-
tween Mission street and Alemany avenue; San Bruno avenue,
between Twenty-first and Twenty-second streets.
The 500,000-gallon steel tank erected on Ashbury Heights
by Frederick C. Roberts & Co., has been accepted by the
Board of Public Works. The tank will be used in connection
with the auxiliary water system for fire protection.
SUPERINTENDENT OF STREET CLEANING RESIGNS.
John J. Rogerson has resigned as superintendent of the street
cleaning department and will go back to his former position as
foreman in the same bureau.
At the last regular meeting of the Board of Education, Mrs.
Katherine Turney, a teacher, was retired at her own request.
W. C. Davidson was appointed a special teacher of normal
training in the elementary schools for one year.
It was decided, as soon as the money is available, to erect a
primary school in the lot recently acquired in Hayes street, west
of Stanyan street.
Request was made of the Supervisors to set aside sufficient
money out of the 1908 bond fund to equip the Lowell High School.
Permission was granted to the South Mission Improvement
Association to plant trees around the schools m the southern
district, and to the Civil Service Commission, to use the Mission
High School for examination purposes during the vacation period.
The teachers who assisted in the recent competitive examina-
tions were allowed $4.00 per day for such service.
A four-year curriculum for the San Francisco Commercial
School, to include at least one course that will lead to the Uni-
versity of California, was adopted.
The report of the School Committee that !t considered it
inadvisable to establish sixth, seventh or eighth grades at the
Gratton School, was accepted.
A resolution was adopted requesting the consulting architects
of the Board of Public Works to adopt the recommendations of
the head of the drawing department of the Lowell High School
regarding the fixtures In the freehand drawing-room in the new
building, and to proceed with the necessary work.
The schools of the department were closed on June 28, and
will reopen on August 26.
Morris Collins has been appointed as usher to the Mayor
in the place of the late George Cuthbert.
!• published every Thursday by the Board of Supervisors of the City
•Jid County of San Francisco at City HaU. 1231 Market street, for the
purpose of furnishing Information concerning public municipal im-
provements and the work of the several municipal departments.
Copies can be obtained at the various department headquarters, or
ft copy will be msaled to any person who will furnish his address te
J. S. Dunnlgan, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, City Hall, 1231
Market street, San Francisco, Cal.
All matter Intended for publication should be received not later
than Tuesday noon.
The Recorder Press
28 Mongtomery St.
An alarm of fire can be transmitted by telephone by call-
ing Park 4381
Information relating to arrests, accidents, lost children,
etc., can be obtained by telephoning to Police Headquarters,
EXGIXEERS PliACE BLAJIE FOR DEPECTI^-E WORK.
Partial Report is Made on Twin Peaks Reservoir by Experts
Appointed by Mayor Rolph.
The blame for the leaking expansion joints in the Twin
Peaks reservoir rests on the designing architect, the Board
of Works and the contractors, according to a partial report
made to Mayor Rolph by the engineers appointed to inspect
the -work. These engineers, Howard C. Holmes, M. M.
O'Shaughnessey and W. R. Eckart, found inexperience, lack
of judgment, improper inspection and faulty construction as
causes for the leaks.
The engineers fix the blame as follows:
"Inexperience and lack of judgment is shown in the design-
ing of the joints and carelessness in the making and inspection
of them." H. D. H. Connick, former chief assistant city engi-
neer, and now engineer for the Panama-Pacific Exposition,
designed the reservoir. Healy & Tibbets constructed the res-
ervoir, and the inspection -was conducted by employes of the
Board of Public Works.
The joints can be fixed, the engineers report. The cost
will be determined when the complete report is rendered to
the Mayor at the end of this week.
Practically all the oakum calking is being taken out of the
expansion joints, which are in the bottom of the reservoir.
The cement slabs beneath the joints are laid upon unreliable
foundation, or, in fact, no real foundation, say the engineers.
This will have to be remedied. Unless the joints are fixed
the water would leak out within five days after the reservoir
was filled. The asphalt and oakum calking is being removed
to ascertain where the work has not been properly done, and
in order that the slabs beneath the joints may be placed on
In some places the joints were made small at the top and
large at the bottom, instead of vice versa. This permitted the
calking to slip through under the pressure of the water.
The Board of Public Works has recommended the full accept-
ance of Twenty-fourth avenue, between California and Lake
streets, and the fixing of sidewalk widths on Geary street, from
Presidio avenue to Emerson street, at 15 feet.
FIRE COM31ISSIOXERS HOLD BUSY SESSION.
Captain of Fireboat Xo. 2, Who Has Been Under Suspension,
Is Ordered Restored to Duty By Board.
Chief Murphy called the attention of the Fire Commission-
ers, at their meeting last Saturday, to a report from the Super-
intendent of Engines, that an inferior quality of coal had
been furnished the department by Thomas Morton & Son,
who had the coal contract during the last fiscal year. It was
decided to withhold approval from the firm's demand until a
better quality of coal is furnished in place of the coal deliv-
The request of Thomas Magner, captain of Engine Com-
pany 20, for thirty days' additional leave of absence, with pay,
The following leaves of absence, without pay, were
granted: Two weeks from July 1, to Alfred Girot; two months
from July 1, to Walter J. Olsen, hoseman of Engine Company
7; fifteen days from July 16, to Alfred ConnifE, hoseman of
Engine Company 39.
Owing to sickness, leaves of absence, with pay, were
granted to the following members: M. J. Higgins, of Truck
Company 4, sixty days from July 1; William Jeflers, lieuten-
ant of Engine Company 20, one month from July 1.
A communication from the Chief Engineer, submitting
reports of the low pressure of water at fire hydrants in differ-
ent sections of the city, was ordered transmitted to the Super-
The Secretary was directed to send a communication to
the Board of Public Works, requesting that duplicate plans
and specifications of all Fire Department buildings erected in
future be furnished the Commission.
Harry Xewman, of Truck Company 11; Thomas McGlynn,
operator of Battalion Xo. 11, and Edward Kehoe, lieutenant
of Truck Company 5, were allowed salary during the time
they were incapacitated by injuries received while discharg-
ing their duties.
The application of Charles Gavigan, a blacksmiths' helper
at the Corporation Yard, who was injured while at work, was
referred to Dr. Lagan, the Department physician, for report.:
August Engelke, captain of Fireboat Xo. 2, who had been!
under suspension pending hearing on accusation of having]
been intoxicated, was ordered back to duty. The Commis-|