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lished in a weekly newspaper once a week for four successive weeks, and in either case the full publication must be completed not less than twenty nor more than thirty days before any further action can be taken thereon.

Sec. 3. The publication must state the character of the franchise or privilege proposed to be granted, the term for which it is granted, and, if it be a street railroad, the route to be traversed; that sealed bids therefor will be received up to a certain hour and day named therein, and that the successful bidder and his assigns must, during the life of said franchise, pay to the county or municipality two per cent (2%) of the gross annual receipts of the person, partnership or corporation to whom the franchise is awarded, arising from its use, operation or possession. No percentage shall be paid for the first five (5) years succeeding the date of the franchise, but thereafter such percentage shall be payable annually; and in the event said payment is not made, said franchise shall be forfeited; provided further, that if the franchise be a renewal of a right already in existence, the payment of said percentage of gross receipts shall begin at once.

SEC. 4. In case the franchise granted shall be an extension of an existing system of street railroad, then the gross receipts shall be estimated to be one half of the proportion of the total gross receipt of said system which the mileage of such extension bears to the total mileage of the whole system, and said estimate shall be conclusive as to the amount of the gross receipts of said extension.

SEC. 5. Said advertisement shall also contain a statement that the said franchise will be struck off, sold and awarded to the person, firm or corporation who shall make the highest cash bid therefor; provided, only, that at the time of the opening of said bids any responsible person, firm or corporation present or represented may bid for said franchise or privilege a sum not less than ten per cent above the highest sealed bid therefor, and said bid so made may be raised not less than ten per cent by any other responsible bidder, and said bidding may so continue until finally said franchise shall be struck off, sold, and awarded by said governing body to the highest bidder therefor in gold coin of the United States. Each sealed bid shall be accompanied with cash or a certified check, payable to the treasurer of such county or municipality, for the full amount

of said bid, and no sealed bid shall be considered unless said cash or check is enclosed therewith and the successful bidder shall deposit, at least ten per cent of the amount of his bid with the clerk of such county or municipality before the franchise shall be struck off to him. And if he shall fail to make such deposit immediately, then and in that case, his bid shall not be received, and shall be considered as void, and the said franchise shall then and there be again offered for sale to the bidder who shall make the highest cash bid therefor, subject to the same conditions as to deposit, as above mentioned. Said procedure shall be had until said franchise is struck off, sold, and awarded to a bidder who shall make the necessary deposit of at least ten per cent of the amount of his bid therefor, as herein provided. Said successful bidder shall deposit with the clerk of such county or municipality, within twenty-four hours of the acceptance of his bid, the remaining ninety per cent of the amount thereof, and in case he or it shall fail to do so, then the said deposit theretofore made, shall be forfeited, and the said award of said franchise shall be void, and the said franchise shall then and there, by said governing body, be again offered for sale to the highest bidder therefor, in the same manner, and under the same restriction as hereinbefore provided, and in case said bidder shall fail to deposit with the clerk of such county or municipality, the remaining ninety per cent of his bid, within twenty-four hours after its acceptance, the award to him of said franchise shall be set aside, and the deposit theretofore made by him shall be forfeited, and no further proceedings for a sale of said franchise shall be had unless the same shall be readvertised and again offered for sale, in the manner hereinbefore provided.

SEC. 6. Work to erect or lay telegraph or telephone wires, to construct street railroads, to lay gas pipes for the purpose of carrying gas for heat and power, to erect poles or wires for transmitting electric heat or power, along or upon any public street or highway, or to exercise any privilege whatever, a franchise for which shall have been granted in accordance with the terms of this Act, shall be commenced in good faith within not more than four months from the granting of any such franchise, and if not so commenced within said time said franchise so granted shall be declared forfeited, and shall be completed within not more than three years thereafter, and if not so completed within said time said franchise so granted shall be forfeited; provided, that for good cause shown the governing or legislative body may by resolution extend the time for completion thereof, not exceeding three months.

SEC. 7. The successful bidder for any franchise or privilege struck off, sold, and awarded under this Act shall file a bond running to said county, city and county, or city or town, with, at least, two good and sufficient sureties, to be approved by such governing body, in a penal sum by it to be prescribed, and set forth in the advertisement for bids, conditioned that such bidder shall well and truly observe, fulfill and perform each and every term and condition of such franchise, and that in case of any breach of condition of such bond, the whole amount of the penal sum therein named shall be taken and deemed to be liquidated damages, and shall be recoverable from the principal and sureties upon said bond. Said bond shall be filed with such governing body within five days after such franchise is awarded, and upon the filing and approval of such bond, the said franchise shall, by said governing or legislative body, be granted by ordinance to the person, firm or corporation to whom it has been struck off, sold, or awarded, and in case that said bond shall not be so filed, the award of such franchise shall be set aside, and any money paid therefor shall be forfeited, and said franchise shall, in the discretion of said governing or legislative body, be readvertised, and again offered for sale in the same manner, and under the same restrictions, as hereinbefore provided.

SEC. 8. It shall be the duty of the Attorney-General, upon the complaint of any county or municipality, or, in his discretion, upon the complaint of any taxpayer, to sue for the forfeiture of any franchise granted under the terms of this Act, for the non-compliance with any condition thereof.

SEC. 9. No clause or condition of any kind shall be inserted in any franchise or grant offered or sold under the terms of this Act, which shall directly or indirectly restrict free and open competition in bidding therefor, and no clause or provision shall be inserted in any franchise offered for sale, which shall in anywise favor one person, firm or corporation, as against another, in bidding for the purchase thereof.

SEC. 10. Any member of any Common Council or other governing or legislative body of any county, city and county, city or town of this State, who, by his vote, violates or attempts to violate the provisions of this Act, or any of them, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and may be punished therefor, as provided by law, and may be deprived of his office by the decree of a court of competent jurisdiction, after trial and conviction.

SEC. 11. All Acts or parts of Acts in conflict herewith are hereby repealed; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall be construed as repealing, or amending the following Acts, to wit: “An Act relating to the granting by the counties and municipalities of franchise for the construction of paths and roads for the use of bicycles and other horseless vehicles," approved March twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and ninety-seven; “An Act to authorize cities and towns 'to grant franchises for the construction and maintenance of railroads beyond the limits of such cities or towns leading to public parks owned thereby," being chapter forty of the laws of eighteen hundred and ninety-seven of the State of California.

This Act shall take effect immediately.

An Act to authorize cities and towns to grant franchises

for the construction and maintenance of railroads beyond the limits of such cities or towns leading to public parks owned thereby.

[Became a law, under constitutional provision, without Governor's

approval, March 1, 1897.)

The People of the State of California, represented in the Senate

and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. It shall be lawful for the council, trustees, or other governing body of any city or town owning public parks situated outside of said city or town, to grant franchises for the building and operation of railroads from any point in, or at the exterior boundary of such city or town, to, in, or through such park, in the same manner and to the same extent as it now has power to grant the same for street railroads within the limits of such city or town; provided, that in addition to all other conditions, it shall be made a condition of such franchise that the fare of passengers on such road or roads shall never exceed five cents for a single trip.

SEC. 2. All railroads, except as otherwise provided in this Act, authorized by this Act, to be so chartered shall be governed by the provisions of part four, title four, of the Civil Code of California, concerning street railroads and corporations, so far as the same shall be applicable thereto, and of all Acts amendatory thereof. Also by the provisions of “An Act providing for the sale of railroad and other franchises in municipalities and relative to granting of franchises," approved March twenty-third, eighteen hundred and ninetythree.

SEC. 3. This Act shall take effect immediately.

BANKING CORPORATIONS.

DISSOLUTION OF SAVINGS BANKS, ETC.

An Ac providing for the dissolution and winding up of

savings banks, trust companies, and banks of deposit, and providing for the disposition of all funds deposited therein and not claimed within five years after such banks have ceased to do business, or after the commencement of proceedings to dissolve.

[Approved March 31, 1891.]

The People of the State of California, represented in Senate

and Assembly, do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. That any savings bank, or trust company, or bank of deposit, heretofore created, or which may be hereafter created, shall have the right, on application of the stockholders or members to the Superior Court of the county wherein its principal place of business is situated, to dissolve said corporation in the manner provided for in title six, part three of the Code of Civil Procedure.

SEC. 2. It is hereby made the duty of every person or corporation holding funds of any savings bank, or trust company, or bank of deposit, at the end of five years from and after such bank has ceased to receive deposits, or do business, to pay the same into the State Treasury, which money shall be held in the State Treasury in a fund which is hereby

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