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LAW RELATING TO

COUNTY GOVERNMENT

IN CALIFORNIA

Annotated

By W. F. HENNING

of the Los Angeles Bar

Embracing Acts of the Legislature as Follows:

County Government Act of 1897.
Fee Bill of 1895.
Highway Acts-Protection from Storm Water; Bridges;

Width of Tires; Bicycle Paths; Etc.
Sale of Franchises.
Inventories of Public Property.
Wages on Public Work-Claims for Labor and Material.
Promotion of Horticulture.
Drainage, Protection, Sanitary and Irrigation Districts.
School Teachers' Annuity Fund.
Primary Election Law.
Protection to Candidates.
Water Rates-Sale and Rental.
"Torrens" Land Act.

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PREFACE.

For the last seventeen years, and during at least nine sessions of the legislature, there has been an apparent struggle on the part of legislators to frame general laws, having a uniform operation, and to fix and regulate the compensation of officers in the mode and under the restrictions imposed by the constitution of 1879. It is a lamentable fact that the enactments of the several sessions of the legislature during that time have uniformly been held violative of several provisions of the constitution, especially those statutes commonly known as county government acts, or amendments thereto.

From present investigation and latest intelligence, the last effort of the legislature to enact a county government law has been no more successful than former efforts. I am just in receipt of a letter giving details of a decision in the superior court of Orange county, in a mandamus proceeding against the county auditor, who refused to issue his warrant as directed in subdivision 16, of section 184, of the new county government act. By reference to page 362 of this volume it will be seen that a local law applicable to court reporters in counties of the twenty-seventh class has been included in this act. The same is true as to counties of the twenty-eighth class, page 364,

LIBRARY OF THE LELAND STANFORD JR. UNIVERSITY.

A 29,158

PREFACE.

For the last seventeen years, and during at least nine sessions of the legislature, there has been an apparent struggle on the part of legislators to frame general laws, having a uniform operation, and to fix and regulate the compensation of officers in the mode and under the restrictions imposed by the constitution of 1879. It is a lamentable fact that the enactments of the several sessions of the legislature during that time have uniformly been held violative of several provisions of the constitution, especially those statutes commonly known as county government acts, or amendments thereto.

From present investigation and latest intelligence, the last effort of the legislature to enact a county government law has been no more successful than former efforts. I am just in receipt of a letter giving details of a decision in the superior court of Orange county, in a mandamus proceeding against the county auditor, who refused to issue his warrant as directed in subdivision 16, of section 184, of the new county government act. By reference to page

362 of this volume it will be seen that a local law app icable to court reporters in counties of the twenty-seventh class has been included in this act. The same is true as to counties of the twenty-eighth class, page 364,

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