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"Potrero Avenue, at its connection
with this highway, has been rebuilt
to connect with the traffic arteries
of the city.

"The State of California, through |
its Highway Commission, is now
actively engaged in completing the
link between the county line of San
Mateo County and the town of
South San Francisco. The highvvay
from South San Francisco, including \
the underpass under the Southern
Pacific right of way, is now in serv-
ice to the southerly boundary of the
city of San Mateo.




^H on the fVing at Mills Field

THE February report of business
at Mills Field, San Francisco's
municipal airport, shows 2085 flights
with 3217 passengers, a gain of ap-
proximately 20 per cent over Jan-
uary and 90 per cent over February
of last year.

The report, made by Supervisor
Milo F. Kent, chairman of the city's
airport committee, points out that
Mills Field is taxed to the fullest
capacity of its equipment, with a
daily average of seventy planes of
all types landing and taking oflf
with passengers and packages com-
ing from and going to all parts of
the United States.

During the month of February the
West Coast Air Transport, operat-
ing a daily passenger schedule be-
tween San Francisco and Portland
and Seattle, inaugurated an express
service between the same points.

In February 60,000 visitors were
recorded at Mills Field, more than
25,000 having attended the three
days' air show as part of San Fran-

.7 quartet of Fanchon and Marco beauties atop one of the Maddux airplanes at Mills Field

J. ir. Leavitt, Willys-Knight and If'/iippet car distributor of San Francisco, and
Mrs. Leavitt, luho recently fleiu from Mills Field to Los Angeles

Cisco's recognition of the anniver-
sary of George Washington's birth.

Fifteen-Mile Race

One of the features of the Wash-
ington day program included three
races over a course approximately
fifteen miles long. "Red" Williams
carried oflf the LX5 contest in a
Lincoln-Page. His time was 11 min-
utes, 34 seconds. Norman Goddard
in a Wacco was second and Elmer J.
Sinclair in an American Eagle was
third. Leland Peoples in a Travelair
won the Hisso race over the same
distance and Harvey Lemcke in a
Lockheed ^ ega took first place in
the whirlwind race.

Judges at the field included Super-
visors Milo F. Kent, Andrew J.
Gallagher and Frank J. McGovern.

Airplane vie<w of San Francisco's Municipal Airport at Mills Field




Municipal Civil Service ^Association

By Ivan Flamm

THE question is asked by active
members of the San Francisco
Municipal Civil Service Association :
"Why is it that all municipal civil
service employees do not join our
organization, especially when our
aims and objects 'To Protect the
Principles of Civil Service and to
Extend the Powers of the Merit
System' are for the direct personal
benefit of every civil service em-

The first class of employees are
those recently appointed ; who have
not heard of the good work that we
are doing; are not acquainted with
our activities, have not been solicited
by members to join, and also those
older employees who quietly ap-
plaud the work we are doing and
realize the benefits but put off join-
ing until later.

We Are Criticized

The second class are those who
enjoy the benefits of our work, al-
ways criticize what we do or do not
do, especially to tell us what we
should have done, and will not join
this association, unless their par-
ticular job is endangered or there is
a change in the administration of
their department which may affect
tliem adversely. Then they apply
for membership and immediately
clamor for the support and protec-
tion of this organization and when
the danger point has passed,
promptly proceed to stop pavino-
dues. f y J b

The third class are those who
have at one time been members and,
due to a difference of opinion with
the membership over matters of
action or policy, have dropped their

Organized in 1902

To the first class of employees we
call to your attention that we have
been organized since July 26, 1902,
and since that time we have been
endeavoring to "Protect the Prin-
ciples of Civil Service and to Extend
the Powers of the Merit System."
We have weathered many a stormy
year and in the face of many adverse
and hostile administrations have
prospered and so imbued the voters
with the Civil Service idea that the
Merit System has spread until it
covers nearly every city depart-

Don't think that this has been all
easy sailing. Many times we have
dug deep into our treasury to the

very last cent and even gone into
debt to uphold the principles of civil
service, and in times past our offi-
cers have been penalized for their
activities in this cause.

Civil Service employees often are
apt to believe that because of their
appointment they are fixed for life
and their status can never be
changed. No greater mistake can be
made than to believe that because
for seventeen years we have had a
comparatively friendly civil service
administration that we will always
have one. You should remember
that a majority vote at any election
could sweep away every civil service
provision of the charter and some
innocent phrase or sentence might
be the means of abolishing 3'our

Defeated Charter Amendment

Remember Civil Service is not a
divine right.

Don't forget that a few years ago
this association spent a vast sum
of money to defeat a Charter
Amendment that would have placed
your position at the mercy of your
superior officer without recourse of
trial, and in the present agitation of
a City Manager plan, one of the
proposals is the power of dismissal
without trial.

We have protected the interests
of our members when unjustly at-
tacked, to the highest courts of the
State. We employ a foremost attor-
ney on civil service law to attend
every meeting of the Civil Service
Commission to see that there is no
violation of the rules and that no
civil service employee's interests
adversely are affected.

We sponsored the present Pen-
sion System, and at all times have
been active in its betterment and

Represented at Hearings

We have been represented on all
hearings on standardization of sal-
aries and have been doing our ut-
most to see that our members are
duly protected and had our attorney
represent each individual complaint
before the Civil Service Commission.

Our efforts to have the higher paid
positions in the various departments
filled by civil service would give an
opportunity for promotion to many
employees, and our activities have
been broadcast in the public press
and are now before the courts.

These constant activities require

a vast sum of money and we have
dug deep into our reserve fund, to
maintain the principles of civil
service. The curtailment of any of
our activities would be a calamity
to every civil service employee and
we must have your active financial
support to continue this work.

Every member also receives each
week a copy of the Municipal Jour-
nal which contains the complete
proceedings of the following boards
and commissions: Board of Super-
visors, Fire, Police and Education,
with all appointments, dismissals!
trials, transfers, etc. Also the pro-
ceedings of the Civil Service Com-
mission, announcements of all com-
ing examinations and lists of suc-
cessful applicants who have passed

To the second class we say: Let
your conscience be your guide. Re-
member that if most of the em-
ployees felt the same, there would
not be any association to which you
could appeal for help and assistance
in time of distress.

Inactive Members
To the third class who have
dropped their membership through a
difference of opinion: Remember
that you are the membership and
most likely it was your own failure
to attend the meetings and voice
your opinion which was the cause of
the adverse action. It is the mem-
bers who do not attend that are to
blame if the policy adopted does not
suit. New officers are elected each
year and new members are con-
stantly being admitted. Why not
come back into the fold? You need
the organization and the organiza-
tion needs you.

In conclusion we wish to state that
every civil service employee should
consider the jeopardy in which he
or she would be placed should our
activities cease.

Could you afl^ord to be without an
organization such as ours?

Do you want our good work to
continue or shall we evade some
vital issue for lack of funds?

The answer lies in your hands.

Our initiation fee is |1 ; our dues
50 cents per month.

Inquiries for information should
be sent to San Francisco Municipal
Civil Service Association, 120 Par-
nassus Avenue, Apartment S.






By Veda Beresford Young

Secretary, Playground Conimissiori

took the honors in the 95-pound

* * *

One of the new activities recently
started on the playgrounds is hand-
craft involving coping saw work and
the making of wooden toys and nov-
elties. Hundreds are entered in the
classes and the children are very
pleased with their creative work. It
is hoped that before the year has
closed an exhibition of all the hand-
craft work, including model airplane
building, will be on display for
everyone to witness.

* * *

Plans for the Eleventh Annual
Tennis Tournament are all complete

and play will commence in the near

* * *

The Playground Commission is
glad to report that the playground
employees' quota for the 1929 Com-
munity Chest campaign was reached
very early during the drive.

* * *

The Playground Department is
engaged in a developmental and con-
struction program at the present
time under Homer B. Pack's super-
vision. A former school building, lo-
cated on Greenwich Street, between
Jones and Leavenworth streets, has
been completely altered and will be
a first-class communitv center to be


NINE hundred and eighty-eight
boys participated in the annual
basketball tournament held by the
Playground Department. It was ver-
itably a melting pot because more
than a score of nationalities were
represented b)- the entrants.

The tournament included a hun-
dred teams which were entered in
the 85-pound. 95-pound, 110-pound,
120-pound or 130-pound divisions,
respectively. The Margaret S. Hay-
ward Playground will be awarded
the trophy for having won in the
85-pound, 120-pound and 130-pound
divisions. The Chinese Playground
won the 110-pound championship,
while Spring Valley Playground

Championsliip Basketball Teams in 55. 95 and llO-f'OunJ Divisions. The hoys shov:n in this
picture are members of the Chinese, Spring /'alley and Margaret S. Ilayaard Playground}

— Moulin Photo

Right after that ball! Some of the 1929 Basketball champions in action

-Moulin Photos




Basketball cliampions in action at Chinese and Margaret S. [layvjard Playgrounds

— Moulin Photos

known as the Michaelangelo. The
building will include club and game
rooms for girls and boys, dramatic
facilities, adequate dressing rooms,
director's office and reception room.
The adjoining yard will have a chil-
dren's play apparatus area, basket-
ball and volley ball courts.
* * *

The employees of the various in-
dustrial plants in the vicinity of the
Bay View site, at Third, Armstrong

and Carroll streets, are jubilant over
the plans for developing this play-
ground area. A building, fully
equipped with shower and dressing-
room facilities, and which also will
include a director's office, is being
erected at this time. The field will
include a regulation and an indoor
baseball diamond, horseshoe lane
and tennis courts. This industrial
field will serve a great need in a very
rapidly growing district.

The newly planted green, lawns at
Ocean View make a vast improve-
ment in the development of that

* * *

The Construction Department also
is planning to develop the St. Mary's
Park Playground and at this time is
negotiating to fill in the lower por-
tion of the site near .Vleniany Boule-


GOLFING interest among em-
ployees of the municipality is
at fever pitch these days. Mashie-
wielders who have not swung a club
since Lincoln Park was a three-hole
course are digging up their golf
bats preparatory to entering the
San Francisco Municipal Employees'
Golf Championship to be staged at
Harding Park links the last two
week-ends of March. It is predicted
that fully 150 golfers, representing
every department of city and county
government, will tee off on Satur-
day, March 23, in the qualifying

The tournament, sponsored by the
San Francisco News, is designed
primarily to bring all government
workers into closer contact and to
promote healthful athletic rivalry
among the various branches. Actu-
ally it will bring forth a champion
golfer of the city's governmental

30 Firemen to Compete

The response has been great in all
lines. The San Francisco Fire De-
partment has been organized by
Chief Dennis J. O'Donnell and more
than thirty fire fighters will be after
a share of the cups and trophies to
be given to various flight winners
and runners-up. Captain Fred Lemon
has been named captain for the Po-
lice Department by Chief of Police
William J. Quinn.

Fred Boeken, superintendent of
the Municipal Railway, has issued
permission for any of the car men

who wish to compete to change their
working hours on the days of the

These three departments are the
most generously represented at the
present writing, but there are del-
egations from almost very office, in-
cluding the Board of Public Works,
Recorder's office. Park and Play-
grounds, County Clerk, Exposition
Auditorium, City Attorney, District
Attorney, City Engineer, Registrar
and Assessor.

Officials Are Interested

Even the departmental heads have
been aroused by activity of their
subordinates, and there will be a
large representation of the judiciary
as well as of administration heads.

The tournament is designed as a
free-for-all, with no bars to the nov-
ice golfer nor favors for the expert.
Merit alone will decide the various
flight winners, as well as the cham-
pion of the tourney. Present indi-
cations are that there will be nine or
ten flights of sixteen players each.
Each flight winner will receive a
trophy, as well the runner-up. The
winner of the qualifying round will
also receive a cup, while the cham-
pion will be rewarded by temporary
possession of a huge sterling silver
cup to be given by the San Fran-
cisco News. He also will receive a
medal which will be permanent evi-
dence of his golfing prowess.

The championship trophy goes
into the permanent possession of an
individual only after he has won it

three times. The tournament will
be an annual aflfair.

The qualifying round will be held
on Saturday, March 22'. Match play
begins on Sunday, March 24, and
continues on Saturday, March 30,
winding up with semi-finals and
finals on Sunday, March 31.


As a result of a recent joint ses-
sion of local and transbay Civil
Service executive committees, a
state-wide association of Civil Serv-
ice employees will be organized in
the near future, according to an-
nouncement of Ivan Flamm, presi-
dent of the San Francisco Municipal
Civil Service Association.

At the city employees' meeting
San Francisco was represented by
Ivan Flamm, Edward M. Cofley,
Graham Lee, Hans Warncke, Daniel
J. McGloin, George E. Bosch, A. G.
Knight, William J. Carr, W. A.
Robison, William McMahon, Daniel
V. Drew and Grover O'Connor.

The following represented the
Alameda County Civil Service Asso-
ciation : Paul W. Wuthe, J. J. Scan-
nell, H. M. Leighton and H. A.
Bruntsch. The Oakland Civil Serv-
ice Association was represented by
Sid Wilson, J. W. McNiece, W. J.
Campbell, William H. Dwyer and
R. M. Hamb.

The purpose of the state-wide or-
ganization will be to bring about
observance by all officials of the
Civil Service laws of the State and




Not ^11 Boys and Girls ^re Bad

Chief Probation Officer, San Francisco Juvenile Court

FROM time to time the statement
is made that juvenile delin-
quency in this country is greatly on
the increase, with the person so af-
firming expressing surprise when
told that, according to the best in-
formation available throughout the
nation, juvenile delinquency is not
on the increase, but actually is de-
creasing. This information ema-
nates from both the Children's Bu-
reau at Washington, D. C, and from
the National Probation Association.
The experience of the San Francisco
juvenile court corresponds with
those findings, as the following fig-
ures attest :

Comparative Figures

1924-25 1925-26 1926-27 1927-28


New cases 505

Keappearances ....248




New cases

Reappearances ..














If the increase in population is
taken into consideration during the
period above indicated, it will be
clear that there is no increase in
delinquency among minors in our
City of St. Francis.

Understanding Parents

Undoubtedly there are a number
of reasons for this condition. First.
I would say, is the large group of
understanding parents, for, if we
have in mind the proportion of chil-
dren that appear before Judge Mu-
rasky, compared with the number of
•children in the community, it will
be seen that approximately 99 per
cent of the children of this city so
conduct themselves as to make any
juvenile court action unnecessary.
Parents, generally, must be credited
with the wisdom and understanding
in the upbringing of their children
which makes correctional agencies
unnecessary for their good conduct.

Again, if we have in mind the de-
velopment of the Playground during
the last ten to fifteen years, the es-
tablishment of Boys' Clubs and
Neighborhood Centers, together with
the efforts of the various civic bodies
and the women's clubs, all working
tt)\vard the betterment of conditions
in our cities, we have potent reasons
why delinquency should be on the

From my experience in this Ju-
venile court, I would name first on
the list of agencies preventing delin-


JUVENILE delinquency is
not on the increase, but ac-
tually is decreasing through-
out the nation, we are told by
Mr. Astredo in this timely ar-
ticle. Understanding parents
largely are responsible for the
condition, says Mr. Astredo,
for, if we have in mind the pro-
portion of children that appear
before Judge Murasky, com-
pared with the number of chil-
dren in the community, it will
be seen that approximately 99
per cent so conduct themselves
as to make any juvenile court
action unnecessary.

quency the public playground. Some
years ago boys were brought to the
attention of the court for playing
ball on the streets or for some simi-
lar reason which had its origin in
the child's desire for an inherent
right in play. Today playgrounds
have been established in so many
sections of our city that the major-
ity of children can play — play legiti-
mately and, because such play must
be done in groups, play under
a supervision which gives them the
best in the way of health-giving
sport that play offers.

Many boys' organizations have
come into being. The Boy Scouts
is one of the finest of boy organiza-
tions, having as basic principles
such a high standard of ideals that
a check of our case records shows

not more than four or five Scouts
brought to the attention of the Ju-
venile court during the last five or
six years. There are other boys'
organizations, all contributing their
part toward the character building
of the boy — the San Francisco Boys'
Club, Boys' Working Clubs, the
"Y's" and similar organizations
which keep boys off the streets and
properly and helpfully occupied.
Neighborhood centers — places where
parents and children can congregate
for legitimate recreation and pleas-
ure — contribute to the well-being of
the community and keep children
away from the Juvenile court.
Educational Cooperation

The Parent-Teachers' Association
has done much to awaken parents
and to bring about a better under-
standing between the parent, the
child and the school. The schools,
too, are doing their best to cooperate
with the community in behalf of the
child, to see that he fits better into
his grade and into the school than

The compulsory educational law,
which keeps children in school up
to the age of 18, gives them less un-
occupied time, and the fine work
done by the Part-time High School
in securing employment for children
also is a contributing factor.

The churches and church organi-
zations do their part in the great
task of keeping our youth in the
straight and narrow path.

Men's organizations have taken
hold of the "boy problem" in a most
whole-hearted and helpful way —
such groups as the Rotarians, the
Kiwanis, the Elks, the Optimists —
all are doing much in an understand-
ing way to prevent delinquency.
Attitude of Police

There is a changed attitude on the
part of the police which is produc-
tive of friendly cooperation between
the officer of the law on the one hand
and the child on the other. Where
arrests once were made for minor
violations of ordinance or statute
and the boy booked at the police sta-
tion, he now is taken to his home and
the parents requested to appear at
the probation office on a certain date
and at a stated hour when the mat-
ter is gone into by a probation officer
in a friendly and cooperative spirit.
Court action in many instances he-
comes unnecessary.




The advent of the automobile has
brought with it certain temptations
toward wrong-doing, but it also has
brought about the need of traffic
direction, and daily children may be
seen waiting for the friendly hand of
the officer to stay the traffic and
guide them across the street. This
engenders a feeling of protection
under and confidence in the repre-
sentative of the law rather than his
being considered as one from whom
one must flee as was the attitude not
so many years ago.

Boys' traffic organizations tend to
bring about a closer cooperation be-
tween the boy and the police. "Boys'
Day," annually celebrated in San
Francisco, reminds all of us that the
boy is the man of the future and

spurs on public spirited legislation
in his behalf.

The Girl Delinquent
I realize that thus far the boy has
been the subject of this thesis. It
is true that there is the girl delin-
quent as well as the boy delinquent.
Perhaps she does not seem as im-
portant because she comes to us in
less numbers. Some of the reasons
for no increase worthy of notice in
girl delinquents is due to the same
reasons given for the decrease in boy
delinquents. A statement came to
us a few days ago from the East to
the effect that while boy delinquents
were on the decrease, girl delin-
quents were increasing. Fortunately
that situation is not true of the
West, at least it has not been thus

far. It may behoove us, however,
to keep our eyes open for such a
contingency. In our community ef-
forts in behalf of our youth it does
seem that the boy has been more
prominently in our minds than the
girl ; we have done more in his be-
half; there are more organizations
for his benefit, but girls' organiza-
tions, too, are coming to the fore and
we now have our Camp Fire Girls
and our Girl Scouts and some girls'
clubs supplying housing facilities
and recreational opportunity.

These statements are based en-
tirely on the exceedingly small num-
ber of boys and girls who, happily,
come to the attention of the Juvenile
court and must be taken as applying
only to that group.


By J. Everett Sharp

ONE of the matters of deep
interest in this department of
late has been that of the action
brought by the Maritime Investment
Company against the City and
County of San Francisco, and the
bondsmen of the Mayor, the Audi-
tor and the Treasurer aflfecting pay-
ments by the city for acquisition of
lands constituting the new McLaren

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