California Municipalities. A Journal for Progressive Cities. Vol. 2. No. 4. May 1900.

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Original publisher's brown wrappers with staple binding. On the front cover is a black and white reprinted photograph of "Market Street, San Francisco, paved with bitumenous rock, by the City Street Improvement Co." 6 7/8" x 10 3/4." Pages 107-130, complete. Black and white illustrations, complete. Two additional pages of ads in the front and two additional pages of ads in the back for various products. Pages and covers are very clean and intact. Binding is tight. Slight chipping at the corners of the covers. California State Library stamp and pencil writing in the top margin of the front cover. Covers may be browned. California Municipalities was a monthly magazine that was published to help city officials in running the cities they represented. The front cover of one 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 following are some of the articles and topics addressed in this issue: "Taxing Public Bonds," "Uniform Municipal Reports," "The Value of Improvement Clubs," "Oil Used on Roads," "The Higher Municipality" by R. W. Snow, "A Report on Oiled Roads" by B. L. Brundage, "Cost of Operating Water and Light Works at Santa Clara," "Sprinkling Highways," "In Favor of Water Meters," "Municipal Improvement & City Debt," "Bakersfield's Public Library," "Weed Ordinances," "Pneumatic Tube Transit," "Municipal Ownership Reduces Tax Rates," "Target Practice for the Police," "Oceanside's New Pumping Plant," "New Municipal Officers," "Book Reviews," and "What the Cities Are Doing." 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.