California Municipalities. A Journal for Progressive Cities. Vol. 2. No. 2. March 1900.

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Original publisher's beige wrappers with staple binding. 6 7/8" x 10 1/8." Pages 43-67, complete. Black and white illustrated advertisements, complete. Two additional pages of ads in the front and four additional pages of ads in the back for various products. Pages and covers are very clean and intact. Binding is tight. California State Library and pencil writing in the top margin of the front cover. Pomona Public Library stamp on front cover not affecting text. Covers are browned. California Municipalities was a monthly magazine that was published to help city officials in running the cities they represented. The front cover of this issue states, "The aim of this magazine is to seek for that which is best for the municipality, and to give publication to those things that will aid municipalities to achieve their highest destiny." This issue contains the following articles: "Municipal Licenses" by C. N. Kirkbride, "The Value of Municipal Libraries" by Frederick J. Teggert, "The Proposed Street Law" by Joseph Hutchinson, "Concerning Electric Lighting Contracts," "The Use of Garbage as Fuel," "Miscellany," "Editorial," "What the Cities Are Doing," and "Recent Court Decisions." This magazine was connected with an organization called the League of California Municipalities. The League of California Municipalities was founded in 1898 by Alameda city clerk Ben Lamborn, community activist Haven A. Mason, and San Francisco Mayor James D. Phelan. The goal of the League of Municipalities was to have California city officials meet and discuss topics relevant to their cities such as funding, taxes, implementation of new laws, and the like. The League of Municipalities was inspired by the National Municipal League, which was a citizens group that had been founded in 1894 to fight city corruption. The League of Municipalities still exists to this day as the League of California Cities with the main office located in Sacramento. Most of California's 482 cities are represented in the League.