San Francisco Call, Volume 97, Number 102, 11 March 1905 — CAMPAIGN ENDS WITH SPEECHES [ARTICLE]
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CAMPAIGN ENDS WITH SPEECHES
Oakland Municipal Ticket of Republicans Sure to Win Splendid Victor}
ORATQKS' FINE WORDS
Candidate for Mayor Mott Makes Stirring Talk at Enthusiastic Gathering
Oakland Office San Francisco Call, 1016 Broadway, March 10. A big Republican love feast was held to-night at the Dewey Theater in celebration of the close of the municipal campaign.. Unusual enthusiasm marked the meeting, which was attended by a large audience. Speeches were made by Frank K. Mott, the nominee for Mayor, and other leaders in the city and State. A rousing reception was given to A. P. Leach, the Republican nominee for City Attorney. On the platform were F. C. Turner, Charles D. Bates Jr., George J. Fitzgerald, G. E. Aitken. Arthur H. Breed and other candidates. Frank W. Bilger, chairman of the Republican City Central Committee, introduced H. C. Camvell, who was president of the evening. He read a letter from Governor George C. Pardee, who said he could not leave Sacramento at this time. The Governor added: "A ticket with Frank K. Mott at its head ought to compel the confidence and support of a constituency like that of my home town." District Attorney John J. Allen made a rousing appeal to Republicans to stand by the ticket from top to bottom. A. P. Leach spoke for harmony In the municipal administration. Samuel M. Shortridge, who had been Invited by the committee to talk to Oakland's Republicans, eulogized Oakland and said: "I am here as a Republican. I am a Republican In municipal, In State and in national affairs. When I have been called to talk to Republicans I go no matter wher* the call may come.
STRENGTH OF PARTY.
"A party is something more than an organization of men. Through it must run an enduring idea. There must be a love of country, of State, of city, actuating it. Make your party strong by voting with it at all times."
Frank K. Mott was warmly welcomed. During his address he said:
It is highly proper that the people should have an opportunity to hear and see the men who aspire to public office, but you will fully agree with me when I say that it is not only Improper, but positively foolifh for a candidate for office, especially the office of Mayor, to utter long strings of promises all beginning with the big capital letter "I." The Mayor of Oakland Is but one party to a partnership — you are the other party, and only by agreeing as to terms and Items can we accomplish anything. I have said that this is no time for egotism, but It Is a time for a straight perfonal talk, and that I propose to give you. But one promise has been made by me during this campaign — that If elected I shall give to Oakland the best that I have. The more one sees o' political life the more one Is Impressed with the futility of promises. A man may go upon the rostrum and tell his fellow citizens that he will do thus and so, never considering the conditions that might arise to forbid him absolutely from following such a course as he had promised. He may have been sincerity Itself In the making of those promises, but he finds when confronted with the situation that hp. has been compelled to stultify himself. As a candldate*for Mayor of Oakland. It 1b due to you and to myself thsrt I should' make a definite 'statement concerning my attitude toward municipal affairs. This. I believe, can be done wKhout my going too elaborately Into th« conditions that make the administration of Oakland's government somewhat difficult. And I believe that such a statpment as I purpose to make will not compel me to go on record with a lot of ante-election pledges which might perforce have to be swept aside like chaff In the face of specific conditions.
SUBJECT OF TAXES.
• The most important .subject ■ to the . voters and the property owners :of . Oakland Is the tax rate. The charter of the "city of Oakland fixes a limit of $1 for the maintenance of the city government — this dollar limit means that no money, can. be raised for general operations outside that figure.- That the levy has been j higher than that Is due to the demand for pay- ! ment of bond interest and • redemption and ■ for 1 the support of our high schools | and ■■. pubfio I parks. These additional : amounts are author- j ised by special acts of. the Legislature. It goes without uaylng that Oakland is advancing rapidly In population. This means . that there ip a steadily Increasing demand for more fire I protection, for more ■ policemen, for more i sanitary protection, in short, for a greater ex- I penditure of public funds in the administration of civic affairs. .It will be a problem deserving of ■ much thought • and study to i make | the Income | fit the j constantly growing I demands upon it.' I am one of those who believes that our municipal government is honestly, conduct- | cd. V I', have sat In ; th« City Council ' and . have had opportunity to see where the money goes. I have seen, the closest scrutiny given to bills against ; the. . city, and have done what was In my power to Insure ! economy and thrift In the handling of public ; money. - As Mayor lof Oakland I should : Insist upon that- degree of care ! In the' expenditure ■■: of municipal coin .as 111 exercised by any conservative business man In the conduct of hi* private Interests. • The tax rate must kept within the dollar limit, for our city charter so requires. So there can be no argument with: that charter provision, starIng us .in . the face, and ito i attempt ■to £ make politics , out of ;. this > condition Is \ but = demapoguery. It Is due ' to the people of Oakland that they should know where I stand on this question of 'taxation. .:- Let sm«;5 m« ; remind -.them that I am ', personally - concerned ias ■ a ; citizen of i Oakland - In this ' subject. . v My r Interests and yours are : Identical.*;. ■-. Fconomy "in ; municlnal affairs means ' lust as much to me ; as It '■ does to you -and this should be a' sufficient guarantee of jmy position ; on the subject of taxation. • PUBLIC ; IMPROVEMENTS.
Next in importance on the list, to my mind. Is th« matter of public improvements. Throughout thiß campaign I have said that Oakland was a show city; that Its magnificent natural advantages made It essentially a city ' that should always be on exhibition. I believe In fine streets and sidewalks. I want to see the city clean and beautiful from the bay shore to Fruitval* and from th« estuary to th? Contra Costa hills. It Is as necessary to make a city attractive from an esthetic point of view as it is to develop all of its natural advantages on the commercial side. These functions of government run hand In hand, and must be given equal consideration In mapping out the campaign of finance by which the sinews of war are attained. Of course, we must have firemen, policemen, health and street officials. "We must have our ; park* beautified, our thoroughfares k?pt fresh and in aood retmlr. public property of all descriptions kept up. and such improvements mad? as the state of the public treasury will permit. It shall be one of the prime purposes of my administration. In event of my election, to share the ' expenditures of our public funds that some permanent betterments shall accrue. in looking about the city we find that it comp&res on all sides very favorably with other municipalities of California, not only In its general condition, but In such matters as street Improvement and the like. Thl^ does not mean that we have perfect highways, or that there is no need for battering conditions. But it does mean that there are many cities of this State which are much more backward than Oaklr.nd In public matters. For years It has been the custom in Oakland to I belittle »r.<3 to attempt deterioration of everything that the city tries to accomplish. As a matter of fact, Oakland gone ahead at a pne# that It is hard to realize. I have seen this development and am glad to see that our people are seeing It. ana appreciating its value. The commercial organisations are doIng good work In that direction. We must all ret behind them and help to build and to make permanent the foundation upon which Oakland's sreat future Is to rest.
IN A BETTER CITY.
You must realize that this is the day of the electric motor. You must understand that the sta?'- coach day has gone. We must get together and make Oakland not only a great but a beautiful city, attractive to business
men, to homeseeker*, to the lover of th* garden' and sto j all 3 who :' delight -.' in ? that '■ which . goes ' t0 .. : make ". a 5" community - happy,, and ■■ contented. Municipal 9 government that ■is - based "on : euch lines Is I the ; kind ;of i municipal V government * I favor. s* It :is the sort of administration I should lika 'to i give j our » citizens, should : the/ •.; make me their Mayor. Such an administration would Ibe: a I credit \ not f only •to our city as a 1 whole, but % would '. shine as , an example Sto - be > fol- "' lowed ' by • every ■ progressive ; community <In ; the State. Let tvs | cast/ out ail *of i the ■ littleness, the petty things, the meannesses and work tor Oakland.* On ; that '■ sort . of a platform ' one can stand • and * say ; to ! his :- fellow ; citizens: • 'Help ; us to 'accomplish : something for our horn is and our business , Interests." •...;..! -'';. * " ; .'•--, fete It has i seemed to /he a part x of <a • political campaign ; to * rail :at , everything -in ; sigh 'It has * seemed %to r demand % that a - candidate for public | office : should denounce all : existing" . conditions ac l ftoing to the "dogs." That, to my mind,"-' is ' ridiculous I and what lis more. Is ; thing . but ; cheap > gallery i playing. = Oakland Is not ; going to i the "dogs." And r even were ilt true, -< no *■ good -» purpose '•* could ■be ': served by howling 5 the -: lamentable I fact «to i th« ; four cor- ; ners •of i the ; earth. Let •us * have ;a < little con-" structive t\ campaigning. ri Let Pus be *■, happy. i Make ■ the | b^st ■ of ; opportunity. Vs. That ;Is what I i shall' try to do tor. the ' city, of you - mak* : me your Mayor.