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During the nearly twenty years
of leadership in San Francisco, he
has been constantly in touch with
other California communities. He
has made it a particular point to
attend gatherings of various kinds,
where local problems were under
discussion. He has stood solidly
behind every movement that would
in any way advance the interests of
the entire state, as well as his own
city. He brings to the Governorship
a splendid business record. He has
been looked upon as one of the out-
standing humanitarians in public of-
fice. The human side of his record
has commanded attention far be-
yond the borders of his own State.

Rolph is perhaps the most widely

known Maj'or of any city in the
country. Evidence of this was
brought out in the congratulatory
telegrams, cablegrams and radio-
grams that he received from every
corner of the globe, upon his hav-
ing been successfully nominated.
These messages came from far-away
Alaska to South Africa, from the
Orient to European cities and
poured in by the thousands from all
over America.

It is safe to predict that as Gov-
ernor this outstanding American
will bring further fame and glory to
his native State.

The Republican State Central
Committee which is conducting his
campaign is endeavoring to roll up
a majority of 1,000,000 votes, which,
according to present indications,
will be realized.

Proposition 38 Provides

Sheriff, City and County of San Francisco

New Jail


Present Structure
Inadequate and Unsafe-
Tragedy Impends


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N November 4, the voters of
San Francisco will decide
whether or not San Francisco is
going to continue to keep their pris-
oners in a death and fire trap, which
the present Ingleside County Jail is
known to be.

On that day a two-thirds approval
of the $850,000 bond issue by the
voters of San Francisco is necessary
if a new, modern, fireproof jail is
going to be constructed. A jail that
will be placed on a tract of land big
enough to allow all of the inmates to
work at various farming occupa-

A picture of the architect's draw-
ing of the new jail is shown on the

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cover of this issue. If this bond
issue is passed, a building of this
type will be placed on a tract of land
of approximately 150 acres with a
capacity of 600 prisoners, so planned
that additional wings may be added
if necessary.

Site in San Mateo

The site will be in San Mateo
County in an out of the way tract,
so situated that it will not be a
hindrance to the future growth along
the peninsula.

Joseph J. Tynan, chairman of the
Citizens' Jail Removal Committee,
gave the following reasons why he
felt that the voters of San Fran-
cisco should vote for measure 38.

First. The present Ingleside
County Jail is without question a
dangerous fire and death trap. Prob-
ably one of the worst menaces in
the county and state. A jail built
in 1872, shortly after the Civil War,
condemned as a death trap, a fire
hazard, a health menace, over-
crowded in the winter, necessitating
150 or more prisoners being crowded
into an improvised and makeshift
quarters in an old storeroom of the
county jail.

Present Structure Situated

Second. The present structure is
situated in practicallj' the center of
Balboa Park, the very heart of a fast
growing community of pretty little
homes. This building with its old
whitewashed fence and partially de-
stroyed exteriors, blights the whole
district, especially so as Balboa Park
is in a small recession and the homes
look down upon this ramshackled
structure from the surrounding
knolls. This land is badly needed
for a playground for this growing-
district, for while the jail uses only
thirteen acres of this 100-acre tract,
it necessarily blights the whole acre-
age for mothers who do not like to
have their children playing around
prison walls. There has been much
agitation on the part of the residents
of this district and recently on the
part of the playground commission-
ers to move the jail and utilize this
land for a park and plaj'grounds.

Third. The passage of this prop-
osition in the November election
will result in the major portion of
this $850,000 being spent in San
Francisco, buying from San Fran-
cisco firms and above all emplo} -
ing San Francisco men at a time
when many men are out of work.

Fourth. Leaving out the fact that
the old building has been condernned
as a fire trap, the old jail is still a
very poor investment indeed for the
tax payers* of San Francisco. From
an economic standpoint, it is a very


Top ■ Jfomen's Dormitory, Jail So. 3, Ingleside; Center: County Jail No. 2,

Ingleside; Bottom: County Jail So. 3, shovstng Out-Houses

expensive jail despite the fact that
it is an old ramshackled building. In
many ways the present structure
costs the voters of San Francisco
much more than a modern type jail
building would cost them. In the
matter of guarding: the o'.d "Y"'
shaped plan of the Insgleside County
Jail makes the cost of guarding prac-
tically double that of a one wing
structure. Also, every time a few
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men go outside the adjoining walls
to the small vegetable garden, it is
necessary that a guard accompany
them, making the raising of vege-
tables an expensive luxury, except
of course from the health standpoint
of the prisoners. In the matter of
heating, as in many other items, a
new building would save the tax
pavers a large sum of money.

Fifth. WUh a 150-acre tract in-



stead of the small thirteen acrSs,
everyone bf the inmates that were
able to, would be kept busy. To
fully understand what this means,
you should realize the present con-
ditions of the men at the Ingleside
County Jail. In their present
cramped quarters, there is only
enough work for one out of three,
and that for only part of their time.
This work consists of the usual
cleaning of the cell blocks, cooking,
washing dishes and work of that
sort, with gardening for a few more.
The balance of the prisoners idle
about, not doing anything during the
whole time of their confinement, ex-
cept eating and sleeping. In other
words, you have from 200 to 400
men in the Ingleside Jail, where usu-
ally, because they were too lazy to
make an honest day's living, kept
idle for another sixty days up to
the length of time of their sentence,
which under the new law may be
as long as ten years. When they
are released it is plain to see that
this period of idleness has done
nothing to change their way except
to make them even more lazy than
they were before.

Much Better Picture

What a much better picture this
would be if every able man was
made to put in a good day's work
on the proposed 15U-acre farm. The
men could raise vegetables and farm
products for their own consumption,
learn the arts of farming and in
many cases probably would be
turned out into the world partially

Sixth. The present crowded con-
ditions at the Ingleside Jail do not
allow the segregaion of prisoners

which modern authorities recom-
mend. Young men confined for
sixty days for some minor crime are
thrown in with hardened men who
may be in for as long as ten years,
nor is there any way of segregating
the men from the diseased, aged, or
criminal. The new structure is so
planned, according to Sheriff W. J.
Fitzgerald, so that this segregation
can be carried out to the greatest
degree that it is practical.

Asking all the voters to cooperate
with the Citizens' Jail Removal
Committee and with Sheriff W. J.
(Dick) Fitzgerald, who has done
much to further this new jail propo-
sition, Mr. Tynan stated that the
voters should vote Yes on 38 and rid
the city for all times of the Ingle-
side County Jail.

Proposition 38 Endorsed

Proposition 38 has been endorsed
and approved by practically every
civic society in San Francisco, in-
cluding all the newspapers, the Cen-
tral Council of Civic Clubs, the West
of Twin Peaks Council, the San
Francisco Senior Chamber of Com-
merce and the Junior Chamber of
Commerce, the grand jury, the
Board of Health, and the Fire De-

Fire Chief Brennan, who person-
ally investigated the conditions at
the present jail, in a talk before the
members of the County Jail Re-
moval Committee, likened the pres-
ent Ingleside County Jail to a
bundle of inflammable wood wait-
ing for the torch at any moment to
ignite it, which could easily turn
the Ingleside County Jail into a ca-
tastrophe even worse than the ter-

rible Ohio Prison holocaust, where
322 inmates were smothered and
burned to their death last Easter

Chief Brennan Stated

In comparing the ill-fated Colum-
bus Prison to the San Francisco
County Jail, Brennan stated that
our structure is even much worse
than that building, for it was a more
modern structure, fireproof with the
exception of the wooden roof, hav-
ing concrete stairs as well as con-
crete floors to the cells, while the
old Ingleside Jail has wooden stairs
and wooden floors to the cells. Be-
sides, he tells us that the timber in
the obsolete Ingleside Jail is over
58 years of age, dry rotted to the
point of being the highest type of
inflammable material.

Therefore, vote Yes to rid San
Francisco of a death and fire trap
county jail. To rid the Balboa Park
district of the present antiquated
and ramshackled structure. To aid
the youngsters and residents of the
West of Twin Peaks district in hav-
ing a 100-acre playground and park.
To provide work and employment
for many now out of employment.
To allow segregation of the pris-
oners, so that the young may not
be thrown in with the old hardened
criminal. To cut down the cost to
the tax payers of San Francisco of
guarding and heating, etc., and
mainly to make all of the prisoners
work at some farming occupation,
eliminating idleness, as well as cut-
ting down their expense to the com-

Let's make it unanimous for
Proposition 38.

San Francisco Police and Fire Department Heroes
Awarded Gold Medals For Outstanding Bravery

Sergeant Eugene J. Egan of the
Golden Gate police station is the
police officer who performed the
bravest deed during the past year.

Battalion Chief John F. Kearney
has been adjudged the member of
the San Francisco fire department
who showed the greatest heroism in
performance of duty during the
same period.

These announcements were made
by officials of the Ninety-first Di-
vision Association which gathered
in San Francisco September 28 and
29 for its twelfth annual convention.

Gold Medals for Heroes

Gold medals on which their names
were engraved were awarded Egan

and Kearney at the City Hall fol-
lowing the parade by the veterans of
the famed Ninety-first "Wild West"
Division through the down town

Egan's valorous deed, of which
the police department took official
cognizance, was his attempt to ar-
rest two robbers who were holding
up the Bank of Italy branch at
Divisadero and Hayes streets on
March 14. Egan was shot and seri-
ously wounded by one of the ban-
dits he was attempting to arrest.
He was off duty at the time, but
boldly entered the bank where the
bandits were at work. A bullet from
one of the bandits struck him below
the heart, but he staggered after
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them, firing three shots as they
fled in an automobile.

Called World's Bravest

Battalion Chief Kearney has been
called "the bravest man in the best
fire department in the world." He
has a consistent record for courage, J
and on one occasion saved eleven 1
lives at the risk of his own, eight
from San Francisco Bay and three
from the hold of a ship filled with
deadly cyanide fumes. He is the J
possessor of numerous medals for 1
bravery, including two from San
Francisco and one from King
George V of England. Now he has
the Ninety-first Division medal also.









Mammoth Project Will Join

Kindred Communities

Now Separated by

Waters of Pacific




Here is li-hat the San Francisco motorist iiill sec li-hen he drives on the
bridge bound for northern points. Inset: Frank P. Doyle of Santa Rosa,
member of board of directors. Golden Gate Bridge and Highviay District.


JCH has been said to bring-
3ut the relation of the Golden
Gate Bridge to the needs of the en-
tire Bay Region. However, in view
of the large equity of San Francisco
in the project it will be of interest
to voters in San Francisco to sepa-
rately indicate in what manner and
to what extent the Golden Gate
Bridge meets the need of San Fran-
cisco in itself and what benefit it
conveys to her.

Should Be Observed

First it should be observed, how-
ever, that the frequently repeated
statement that San Francisco bears
85 per cent of the cost of the bridge
is incorrect and misleading. Neither
San Francisco nor any of the coun-
ties in the District bear the cost of
the bridge. It is the traffic, the
user of the bridge only that bears
the cost. The tolls pay the entire
cost of the bridge and the interest

and carrying charges and leave a
profit bes'ides of $17,242,800 in forty

What the district does is to place
behind the bonds the security of its
assets', so that these bonds may be
salable and since San Francisco's
assets are 85 per cent of the whole
assets of the district, she is 85 per
cent of the security' behind the
bonds. She also, for the same rea-
son, has paid 85 per cent of the pre-
liminary tax of S-WO.OOO tax levy to
prepare the project. Since no one
can show that the Golden Gate
Bridge will not be self-supporting
and redeem the bonds, no one has
the right to say that San Francisco
or the other counties bear the cost
of the bridge or any part of it. The
district desires to make that state-
ment immistakably clear.

1. Now what return does San
Francisco get for its 85 per cent
equity in the project? First of all.
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she gets 85 per cent of whatever
surplus the bridge earns. On the
conservative laws of the traffic re-
report, she will thus get, in fortv
vears, 85 per cent of $17,242,800, or

2. Having already paid 85 per
cent of the $400,000 preliminary tax
to initiate the project, the passage
of the bond issue will complete the
acquirement, without further cost of
an income-bearing propertv of $35.-
000,000, which in forty years will
pay a total dividend of 50 per cent
and which in a few vears will have
a valuation of $100,000,000.

Brings New Highway

3. San Francisco, through the
Golden Gate Bridge, brings a new
and great trunk line highway di-
rectly to the city. Additional high-
ways to a city mean just as much
to a city as an additional railway
line in increased travel and busines.'*.




Just as San Francisco welcomed fhe
Western Pacific on this account so
should she realize the value of the
Golden Gate Bridge to her on this

4. San Francisco has seven high-
way outlets to the South built and
to be built, but to the north and
east she has none. The Golden Gate
Bridge is the first step toward the
construction of the badly needed
northern and eastern outlets.

than San Francisco would have had
if she had such homesites.

7. The commuters are an essen-
tial element of a modern metropolis.
They are the city's working per-
sonnel that man its offices and shops.
It is essential that the city take the
best possible care of its commuters
and move them as rapidly, safely and
comfortably as possible. This can
be done in no other way than by a
bridge. Whatever expands the vol-

disturbances which so often disrupt
ferry service and delays him in
reaching his work. The value to
San Francisco merchants and firms
of unfailing regularity of its work-
ing personnel in reporting to work,
is incalculable. One hour delay a
month avoided for each commuter
would in forty years approximate
the cost of the bridge if the number
of commuters remain as now. With
the rapidly growing numbers this

Architect's dratmng
shotving San Fran-
cisco entrance to
Golden Gate Bridge.
Inset: How proposed
bridge will look from
the air.

5. If San Francisco fails to secure
the northern outlet through the
Golden Gtae Bridge, the Richmond-
San Rafael Bridge proposed will di-
vert the through traffic into Oak-
land and San Francisco will lose all
the business that the Redwood
Highway traffic is ready to deliver
to her.

Metropolitan Center

6. Every metropolitan center re-
quires complete suburban environ-
ment to provide homesites and liv-
ing conditions within reach of its
working population. San Francis-
co's develonment in this respect is
one-sided instead of three-sided, as
it should be. The Golden Gate
Bridge will furnish San Francisco
with suburban homesites for many
more workers and wealth producers

ume of commuter traffic correspond-
ingly provides the city with an in-
creased working oersonnel to take
care of its expanding growth. The
Golden Gate Bridge nuts San Fran-
cisco on a parity with other modern
metropolitan centers in this vital

8. Each commuter will save via
the Golden Gate Bridge an average
of 53 minutes per day. Since there
are now 9000 commuters per day.
the total time saved per vear to the
commuter population is seen to be
enormous. The saving means not
only a vast benefit to the commuter
but also to the San Francisco busi-
ness world, of which these commu-
ters are a vital part.

9. The Golden Gate Bridge makes
the San Francisco commuter inde-
pendent of fogs and other weather

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loss becomes increasingly serious to
San Francisco.

10. The Golden Gate Bridge frees
San Francisco from the peril it faces
in the overtaxing and breakdown of
the San Francisco-Sausalito ferries.
With the opening of the San Rafael-
Sausalito cutoff the capacity of the
roads to the ferry is double the max-
imum capacity of the ferry, at its
maximum schedule. This is both a
serious and dangerous situation for
San Francisco and makes relief not
a matter of choice but of necessity.

Unlimited Capacity

11. The Golden Gate Bridge with
its unlimited capacity furnishes this
relief to San Francisco. It compares
with the present ferry service in ca-
pacity and efficiency iust as the pres-
ent ferry service comoares with the









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San Francisco Office and Plant

2050 Bryant St. San Francisco

'lowers for tiudson Kiver tirtdge


will pay for the


It will be built Tax Free out of a $35,000,000 Bond Issue to be voted upon



Bonds will be retired over a 40-year period out of revenues collected from users

Other Great Toll Bridges Pay— The Golden Gate Bridge Will Do Likewise

IT WILL: Increase Property Values — Bring More Tourist Dollars to Your Community and While Paying

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Cables on above and many other large suspension bridges were
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Pboat S. R. 464 BEDS, BEDDING

Res. Phone S. R. 235-W FLOOR COVERING


515 Fourth Street, San Rafael, Calif.
Simmons Beds and Mattresses
Upholstering i Draperies

Window Shades, Awnings i Furniture
Repaired, Re6nished, Enameled


San Anselmo Sanatorium

Via Red Hill Ave. (Main Highway)
and Broadmoor Avenue

Phone San Anselmo 2706

Telephone GArfield 2444



320 Market Street



Success to the Bonds

Milton A. Purdy Company


Phone DAvenport 0955

San Francisco

N. H. Sjoberg & Son


632 Call Building

Phone GArfield 6359

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Franks Contracting Company


260 California Street

DAvenport 6684 San Francisco


Phone SAN ANSELMO 2844




461 Market Street

Phone SUtter 6438

Tel. DAvenport 2500


Iron Founders - Machinists' Engineers

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ferry service of one or two boats
when first opened. That kind of
service sufficed for San Francisco
then. No kind of ferry service will
suffice now.

12. The Golden Gate Bridge will
increase the tloating population of
San Francisco, which population is
so large a factor of the prosperity
of cities like Los Angeles, Chicago
and New York.

Bridge Is Equivalent

13. The Golden Gate Bridge is
the equivalent of a permanent expo-
sition as a stimulant of tourist traf-
fic. Commuters and other transient
units are effective in this direction
only periodicall)^ The bridge will
he a continuous drawing card for
San Francisco.

14. San Francisco, in the Golden
Gate Bridge, will have an advertis-
ing medium of worldwide power.
The structure will surpass all others
and this will give it a drawing power
for sightseers, engineers and scien-
tists that will never cease to bring
an influx of visitors wholly separate
and distinct from the ordinary

15. The area of San Francisco,
only 42 square miles, is insufficient
to permit its effective functioning as
a major city. It is limited as to num-
ber of fine residence sections and

While the gaunt specter of
unemployment will be stalking
through the country during the
winter months, San Francisco
can easily repulse the advance
of the menace on the bay dis-
trict, declares James Rolph, Jr.,
mayor of San i:<rancisco and
Republican standard bearer for
governor. The approval of the
§35,000,000 bond issue for the
construction of the Golden
Gate bridge will provide the
shock trooDS of labor to elimi-
nate the menace, he declares.

"Though San Francisco has
been fortunate throughout the
summer, conditions, unless
some action is taken, will be
different this winter. Build-
ing and development work of
all kinds is virtually at a stand-
still. With the natural tight-
ening of the reins after the first
of the year this condition ■will
be accentuated for.

"However, the citizens of the
Golden Gate bridge district
have it within their power to
change this gloomy outlook.
Anyone can foresee the bene-
ficial results of the voting of
the 835,000,000 bond issue on
November 4.

as to the size of the residence lots,
compelling building to the lot line
without adequate intervening space.
The Golden Gate Bridge will open
up new suburban residence sections
within a stone's throw of the city
with large lots permitting present
San P'rancisco residence property to
be devoted to large apartment
houses and hotels, and the city's
real estate development to parallel
that of other large centers.

Pierce Water Barrier

16. The Golden Gate Bridge will
pierce the water barrier holding
back San Francisco real estate de-
velopment and will bringmbout a re-
adjustment which will raise the sale
and rental value of all San Fran-
cisco property, and together with
the increased population density of
the entire related area will reduce
apartment and store vacancies.

17. The Golden Gate bridge will
populate the now undeveloped lands
of the northern counties drawing
both from San Francisco and other
points. What San Francisco County
will lose, is only apparent because
those who seek residence across the
bay wull conduct their business ac-
tivities in San Francisco. Business
and real estate values are directly
proportionate to population density.

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