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back through the last few years to sum up the
accomplishments attained for our membership and
the entire force of clerical and semi-clerical workers
employed by the city of San Francisco. The assist-
ance of the San Francisco Labor Council has been an
invaluable asset, for which we owe a great debt of
gratitude. Without that active and powerful influence
our strides ahead would have been few. To The
Municipal Employee we are more than thankful for
offering to us a medium
which has conveyed our
message to those interested.
All progress today is made
through organization, and
yet it is exceedingly difficult
to impress upon men and
women their dire need of
union organization. It is
true that we always find
those who do appreciate the
accomplishments of organ-
ized labor and do become a
part of it and carry on the
union work which not only
benefits themselves, but also
those who see fit neither to
assist in the work involved
nor even to become members

of the particular union with which their work corre-
sponds. It would be most refreshing if all the men
and women who work would realize what the Amer-
ican Federation of Labor and its affiliated bodies have
done for them, whether or not they are members. On
the statute books of our land there is hardly a piece
of humanitarian legislation that has not been spon-
sored or fathered by labor. Legislation for women
and children in industry is advocated by labor in
every state of the Union. Increased wages, lesser
hours and better working conditions are the direct
results of the activities of the labor movement.


City workers have benefited from these efforts much
more than any other class of employees, and still we
find those who feel that their personal assets alone
have gained for them what they now enjoy. For the
city employees all sorts of beneficial legislation has
had the cooperation of labor of this city. In the mat-
ter of increased wages labor always has placed to the
front the organized efforts to attain same. Since 1909
our association has carried the banner for the clerical
and semi-clerical workers on each and every occasion.
In fact the favorable conditions of today' were in all
instances sponsored by our Union and the Labor

One of the hardest workingmen in our organization
is President Sylvain J. Rosenblum, who has been
guiding the destinies of the Association for several
years past. He has been unselfish to give of his time
and talents in the interests of his fellow workers. He
is blessed with an active and keen mind and surplus
energy and is one who has the courage of his convic-
tions. He is willing to let the world know just how
he stands on any and all questions. Few of the office
workers have a realization of the real vi'orth and value
of this most capable and efficient official.

Another hard worker in our ranks is Treasurer Sid-
ney J. Hester, the genial Secretary of the Board of
Public Works. He is ever ready with sensible and
wise counsel as to the proper conduct of our affairs.
In passing we might say that he is a real treasurer
and carefully notes receipts and disbursements and
always wants to know why John or Jane is not paying
his or her dues.

During the last few months we had placed on the
ballot a proposal which would have released the
employees of the city from paying the premiums on
surety bonds and place the burden on the city, where
it rightfully belongs. All private concerns pay such
premiums for their employees, as do all other govern-
mental agencies except the city of San Francisco. No
one objected to this or actively opposed the charter
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Upper left — Esplanade, looking toviard Cliff House. Upper right — A section of the massive sea wall. Lower left — View along beach
side of Esplanade. Lower right — Ramp leading from promenade east of sea wall down to beach.

Great Highway and Esplanade

Sy J. G. Stalker


UCH of San Francisco's fame as a city that wins men's hearts is due

r streets. All these
elements are to be combined in a new item of civic beautification

to the beauty of her vistas, her parks and her streets. All these


that soon will be thrown open to San Franciscans and their visitors.

It will be the improved Great Highway and Esplanade at the ocean
beach. For nearly a year hundreds of men and batteries of steam shovels
and derricks have been at work along the shore leveling sand dunes,
pouring concrete and laying pavement.

The public will enjoy the first fruits of that labor within a few weeks,
when the first section of the new Esplanade is to be opened. The entire
project will be completed in the near future.

Costing more than §1,000,000 and representing the combined efforts
of the City Engineer's office, Park Commission and the Board of Works,
the new highway will be one of the most beautiful drives of its kind in
the world. Moreover, it will advance to near the ideal San Francisco's
most popular holiday rendezvous by eliminating the congestion of traffic
that now mars the pleasure of many visits to the beach.

Stretching from Fulton Street, at the northern border of Golden Gate
Park, to Fleishhacker Pool at Sloat Boulevard, the new Great Highway
will offer motorists nearly three miles of double driveway.

Two fifty-foot roadways — one reserved for northbound and one for
southbound traffic — are the central features of the plans. Down them the
motorists may roll to enjoy an unobstructed view of the beach and surf,
free from the annoyance of passing traffic. Separating the driveways will




be a twenty-five-foot strip of grass and ornamental

Bordering the westward thoroughfare from Fulton
Street to Lincoln Way will be a sea wall and twenty-
foot promenade, to accommodate those who prefer to
take their sea air on foot. The wall and walk will be
a continuation of those heretofore existing from the
Cliflf House to Fulton Street. Westward of the wall
are being constructed bleachers where one may sit to
enjoy breeze and sun and rest from frolics on the

To the eastward of the eastern highway will be
another parkway, and bordering that a twenty-foot
bridle path that will make it possible for equestrians
to ride through Golden Gate Park and along the
highway to the trails around Lake Merced without
descending to the ocean beach.

Beyond the bridle path another parkway will slope
gently to a forty-foot service road situated below the
level of the Great Highway and designed to relieve
the main thoroughfares of slow-moving trucks and
other vehicles that might mar the day for pleasure-
seeking motorists on the high road.

The entire project has been designed as a boule-

vard of pleasure, and everything that Supervisor
Andrew J. Gallagher, chairman, and Supervisors
Alfred Roncovieri and Fred Suhr, Jr., of the city
streets committee can do to preserve it for pleasure is
being done.

In this connection the matter of parking along the
highway developed as a puzzling problem. Should
indiscriminate parking be allowed. Supervisor Gal-
lagher and his colleagues reasoned, the view-seeking
motorist probably would find his vista of the sea shut
off entirely by a solid line of parked cars along the
westward roadway. Therefore parking will be limited
to certain points along the highway, where sectors of
the road will be widened so that parked cars will offer
no obstruction to the flow of traffic.

The entire highway will be illuminated by orna-
mental lights set in the central parkway. To allow
egress from the streets and avenues of the Sunset
district to the beach, underpasses have been specified
at Judah, Taraval and Wawona streets, most con-
venient to the terminals of street car lines. Plan.-
call for comfort stations near the underpasses. The
comfort stations, however, are not included in the
contracts now being executed.

The Election of ig28

By J. Harry Zemansky, Registrar of Voters

THE political parties of this country, through
their platforms, demand the right of every citizen
to cast one free ballot, and have that ballot duly
counted. Our entire system of government depends
upon honest elections and a fair count. Improvements
in the form of paper ballots and regulations attending
their use, have not prevented illegal counting and

New forms of corruption seem to be invented as
fast as the old evils are suppressed, and the inherent
evils seem to be innumeraJjle.

There never has been a paper ballot devisecl but
the voter can so mark it that it can be identified as
his vote ; and the corrupt voter will in consequence
receive the price agreed upon from the buyer soon
after he has voted.

At no precincts here or at any other place where
paper ballots are used are they counted according to

The ballot was unnecessarily long and it took five
to seven minutes to count each ballot. The election
officers, after counting for eight or ten hours became
tired, and, in many cases had to return to the places
of employment the next day.

In counting paper Isallots the voter leaves too much
to the canvassing board to judge.

Sometimes it is impossible to tell just what the voter
intended to do — how he intended to vote or what he
intended to vote for.

In 1923, in an election contest before Judge Walter
Perry Johnson, twenty-five hundred ballots were dis-
regarded and not counted. At our recent election many
election officers informed me that it was impossible
to count a great many ballots correctly as the stamp
impression repeated itself and they could not count the
votes correctly and only guessed at it. This repeating
is done when folding the ballot to deposit it in the

l>allot box. In some states the rubber stamp has been
aljandoned and pencils used entirely.

Where voting machines are used secrecy and the
integrity of the ballot are preserved, and it is impos-
sible, without detection, to change the result of the
votes cast.

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and "Blue-printing


By Horace B. Chaffee

IN THE City Hall attic, or roof garden, unknown
to many cit}- employees, is located a photographic,
photostat and blue-printing division, consisting of
seven rooms and 3 dark rooms, and is under the direc-
tion of City Engineer M. M. O'Shaughnessy and the
Board of Public Works, with Horace B. ChafTee, pho-
tographer, in charge.

There are several good reasons why we are here.
Photographs are made of all construction work, street
improvements, tunnels, public buildings, a complete
photographic record of the construction wor'k on
Hatch Hetchy water supply, Municipal Railway
equipment, buildings, and claims department for evi-
dence in wrecks, etc. ; photographs of rights of way
for use in damage suits ; pictures of important events
and public celebrations of completion of works as a
historical record.

Many photographs are used to illustrate engineers'
reports in magazines and periodicals, and requests are
often received from other cities for pictures of our
projects, and many are used for advertising our city.
Pictures are made of all condemned buildings for the
Board of Health and of school buildings for the
Bureau of Architecture.

All negatives are numbered and filed in steel cases
and card indexed. Prints from negatives are placed
in albums in the City Engineer's office for reference.

The photographic equipment is complete, with a
good motion picture camera and portable projector.

Motion pictures are
made of the Hetch
Hetchy water sup-
ply construction and
completed work, and
the pictures shown
in theatres, clubs,
lodges and associa-
tions during bond
campaigns and
to show the people
what has been ac-
complished for the
water supply. There
are also motion pic-
tures of the Spring
\'alley Water Com-
pany's properties,
made by this depart-
ment, which were
used in promoting
the purchase by


Top — Henry If. Adami, making a pliotostat print. Center —

lieiu of photographic tuork room. Bottom — Harry B. Dodge and

blue-printtng machines

bonds of that company's holdings. Motion pictures
were taken for the Playground Commission of festivi-
ties for the children and recreation camp at Mather.

H. W. Adami. the photostat operator, knows his
stuff and is not afraid of work. The photostat makes
photo copies on bromide paper, which conies in 350-
foot rolls and makes copies eighteen by twenty-two
inches in size. It has a prism for reversing, and prints
may be read in black and white. The equipment,
made by the Photostat Corporation, costs about $1500.
Cooper-Hewitt mercury lamps are used for lighting
and the photostat is used for copying, enlarging or
reducing maps, plans, books, magazines, blue prints,
engineers' reports, etc. The birth and death certifi-
cates are copied each week for the Board of Health.
The originals go to Sacramento for filing. When the
method of describing city property was changed to lot
and block numbers by Assessor John Ginty, every
property owner received a copy of the location of his
property and 1000 photostat sheets per day were made.

Harry B. Dodge, the blue printer, has had many




years experience, formerly with Eugene Dietzgen
Company, and knows all about blue printing. Sun
printing frames are no longer used. Blue prints, blue
line prints, negatives and black lines are made on
electric machines. One continuous machine costs
$2500, and prints, washes, dries and rolls up the prints,
and has a capacity of seventy-five yards per hour.
Another machine, costing $1200, is for special work.
We have large tables, wash tanks, steam dry room,
and all necessary equipment. Blue prints are nearly
always wanted in a rush, and producing them in the
City Hall near the City Engineer's office saves time
and expense.

Prints are made here for all construction work per-
formed by the city — streets, boulevards, sewers, Es-
planade, Hetch Hetchy, Municipal Railways, all pub-
lic buildings, school buildings, fire houses, etc., for
the Bureau of Architecture.

One big job we have every year is making seven
sets of the Assessor's block books for the city offices.
There are 6000 sheets fifteen by twenty-one inches to



each set, making 42,000 blue line prints and 6000

All work furnished other city departments is sup-
plied at cost.

Schools ^id in Chest Drive

HEADED by Ira W. Coburn, member of the Board
of Education as colonel, the public schools of San
Francisco have completed a division of team workers for
the Community Chest campaign, March 4 to March 15.

This division is in

addition to the Mu-

nicipal unit in charge
of Leonard S. Leavy,
purchaser of sup-
plies, which is com-
posed of five battal-
ions numbering lead-
ers from the City
Hall, Parks and
Playgrounds, De-
partment of Public
Works, Police, Jails
and Enforcement Of-
fices, Fire Depart-
ment and the De-
partment of Health.

Colonel Coburn's
co-workers in the
school division in-
clude deputy super-
intendents, principals
and teachers, many
of whom have served
the Community
Chest cause in pre-
vious fund-raising endeavors.

While the principals and teachers have enlisted for
the actual fund-solicitation, thousands of students are
also helping the Community Chest.

Mrs. Ernest J. Mott, member of the Board of Edu-


cation, is chairman of the School Cooperation Com-
mittee. Under her leadership a number of activities in
support of the Chest campaign for $2,275,000 are under

A song writing contest is engaging the attention of
students. This is under the direct supervision of
Charles J. Lamp, director of music at Polytechnic
High School. Covering all the schools, the contest is
being conducted in three divisions. The latter are in
charge of Miss Bertha Roberts, W. H. de Bell and
John McGlade, deputy superintendents.

The lyrics will be judged by Alexander Fried and
Arthur Garbett and the music will be judged sep -
arately by Alfred Hertz, conductor of the San Fran-
cisco Symphony, and Edward G. Stricklen, of the
University of California Department of Music.

While the song writers are producing stirring lyrics
for the Community Chest, Aaron Altmann, director of
Art in the School Department, has inaugurated a
poster contest among students in the senior and junior
high schools and the seventh and eighth grades of the
elementary schools. Entries will be submitted by
February 8.

Following a process of elimination, the posters will
be placed on exhibit at the Public Library February 20
to March 6, where they will be viewed by thousands
of parents and friends.

Still another activity is a composition contest among
students in all grades from the fourth to the eighth.
This feature is in charge of Susre J. Convery.

The Department of Social Work of the Community
Chest reports that during 1928 more than 160,000
persons — men, women and children — received kindly
ministrations by Chest agencies.

Give to the Community Chest




Conquering y^vmft'on's Greatest Enemy

By Lyle M. Brown

AMERICAN telephone experts are grappling with
. what is probably aviation's greatest immediate
enemy — lack of constant communication with airports
to learn weather conditions in a plane's path hundreds
of miles ahead.

"San Francisco Airport, this is Plane 20, fifty miles
out of Reno. How is your weather?"

"Fog moving in from west. Will report later. Rain
at Napa, coming south."

This imaginary conversation by radio telephone be-
tween airports and ships may become the usual thing.
so that aviators may be warned in time to provide
against weather hazards, which have, perhap.s, been
the cause of more mishaps and delays on regular
flying routes than any other.

For the past two years. Bell Telephone Labora-
tories, Inc., of the American Telephone and Telegraph
Company, have worked unceasingly to achieve a prac-
tical system of radio telephone talk between planes in
flight and landing fields.

Experiments have been carried out by the Bell
Laboratories on both coasts. In the East, at Whip-
pany, New Jersey, the Laboratories were equipped
with an especially built and equipped monoplane. In
the West, a plane was supplied lay the Boeing Air
Transport Company.

While the radio telephone test was going on in the
western states, work was also being done to develop
a weather distribution system in California with head-
quarters on San Francisco Bay. In the weather experi-
ment, there was close cooperation between the Pacific
Telephone and Telegraph Company, the Boeing Com-
pany, the Department of Commerce, and the Guggen-
heim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics.

The radio telephone plans of the Bell Laboratories
in this second year of experimenting, call for full scale
tests during the present season.

Frank Flynn, Superintendent, Mills Field Airport, reading

weather reports from other coast airports, transmitted and

received by Teletype machines shov.'n in the picture

Executive {^ice-President E. B. Craft of the Bell Laboratories,

photographed in the cabin of the experimental monoplane, shoimng

radio telephone apparatus

The Boeing plane laboratory uses the transcon-
tinental airway as a testing ground. The plane carries
telephone and flying experts constantly working to
perfect the radio telephone apparatus through more or
less continual communication with airports along the
route. They are seeking to perfect short-wave, two-
way telephony for planes.

The laboratories first began experiments at Whip-
pany. New Jersey, at the Radio Experimental Station
of the Bell System. As a matter of fact, however, the
work on radio telephony goes back to 1917. when Bell
engineers established communication between an army
airplane in flight and the ground. Successful telephone
talk between airplanes in flight was also accomplished
at that time. Scientific obstacles were encountered,
however, which blocked further development. The
problem was taken up again two years ago, and tele-
phone and aviation authorities anticipate its solution.

As an independent project, but one that will be used
with the plane-to-ground commimication, full scale
experiments on securing and distributing weather re-
ports to scores of points are now being conducted in
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By Veda Beresford Young

Secretary Playground Commission

MUSIC plays an extremely interesting and impor-
tant part in the activities of the Playground
Department. Ever since the inception of the
Music Department, last year, remarkable progress
has been made.

Longfellow said, "Music is the universal language
of mankind." This has been demonstrated on the
San Francisco playgrounds, where children of every
nationality join wholeheartedly in the programs of
music. Especially is this true at the Chinese play-
ground. There is a boj^s' harmonica band at this
pla3'ground, and several members have distinguished
themselves. The Chinese girls' quartet is a remark-
able group of sisters who are attracting noteworthy
attention. They sing both American and Chinese
songs, and at present are practicing Chinese Mother
Goose rhymes.

These Chinese girls are members of a large familv

in which there are ten children. Their mother was
born in America, while the father, who was one of the
first Chinese dentists in San Francisco, was born in
China. Both parents are musical. The daughters,
who are members of the quartet, are all athletic.
May Y. and Clara Y. Lee are both attending high
school. Alice Y. Lee is manager of the Oriental de-
partment of the French American Bank on Sutter
Street. Rosie Y. Lee is a secretary and bookkeeper
in one of the largest Chinese exporting and importing
houses. These girls will be on the Playground Depart-
ment's program at the Civic Auditorium on May 4,
during Music Week. This will give everyone an
opportunity to hear and see this lovely group of Chi-
nese singers.

The Italian group of boy singers at North Beach
playground are making creditable strides with their
glee club. A number from this group will participate

in the playground pro-
gram during Music Week.
Two toy symphony classes
have just been started. One
is held at Southside and the
other at Margaret S. Hay-
ward playground. There
are at least fifty-five chil-
dren receiving instruction in
these toy symphony classes.

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Upper: Chinese

Playground in the heart

of Chinatown. A mecca

for thousands of children.

One of the San Francisco

Playgrounds inhere

music is taught.

Lower: The Harmonica

Band of the Chinese





Parks and Museums

By W. M. Strother


HACKER, President
of the Park Commis-
sion and of the Board of
Trustees of the M. H. de
Young Memorial Museum,
and the California Palace of
the Legion of Honor, is
making a tour of the world,
accompanied by Mrs. Fleish-
hacker and their two sons,
Herbert Jr., well-known
Stanford football player, and
Allen. The party will be
gone several months.

William Sproule has been
appointed by Mayor James
Rolph Jr., to his third term
as a member of the Park
Commission. Mr. Sproule's
first appointment was in

Park Superintendent John
McLaren will be the guest
of honor at the Robert Burns
birthday celebration of the
Richmond St. Andrews So-
ciety, on February 9.

Negotiations are under
way for the purchase of
thirty-one acres of the top
of Mt. Davidson as a City
park. The location will in-
clude the cross and the site
where the annual Easter
morning sunrise services are
held. An item of $15,000 was
held over in the budget from
last year for this purpose.

The Board of Supervisors
has appropriated $10,000 for
the improvement of Heroes'
Grove near Funston Avenue
and Fulton Street in Golden
Gate Park. Superintendent
McLaren is having loam and
fertilizer hauled to the

The Portal of the Past be-
side Lloyd Lake in Golden
Gate Park, together with
some of the sheep which
roam Lindley Meadow,
formed the models for San
Francisco's float in the Pasadena Tournament of
Roses. The float took first prize in the Municipal
Division of the celebration.

Superintendent McLaren has a crew of men work-

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