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8J- bo-ginning; Saa- RIVER STREET WIDENING CASE KNOCKED OUT (Continued from page one.) and that if said assessment was not paid by said private claimants, and if said property as public property of the city was not subject to assessment, assessment, no injury would accrue by the failure of its collection to the other owners of property within said dis trict; nor do I think that the city would be in any way affected in the assertion of its right of ownership In this property by the fact that it had been assessed to unknown owners under the provisions of section 12 of the statute." . LIBERAL CONSTRUCTION. Judge Richards maintained this morning that the supreme court of the Btate had held that the act under which the River street widening pro ceedings were instituted should be liberally' construed and that In the present case where the court felt certain certain that the city had substantially complied with the act's requirements, he would not take any advantage of technical objections made by the opponents opponents of the widening. Following out this assertion, Judge Richards ruled as Insufficient the contention that the city had never passed a prop er resolution levying the assessment on the lunds In the district; and that the assessment of the franchises of the Union Traction company and the Southern racific company were legal ly made and platted. OPPOSITION TO PROJECT WAS HEATED. The opposition to the River street widening project, one of the first im provements or any size unuenaKen by the Stone administration in the autumn of 1911, has been vigorously carried on. Former City Attorney Os- Os- burn, now practicing in KlngB City, was the attorney for the opponents who were led by Christian Hoffmann. The hearings before the council, both before and after the appointment of John B. Maher, C. E. Lilly and E. G. Shafter as the commissioners, were filled with personalities between Pro testants and members of the council, Christian Hoffmann and Mayor Stone at one time laying the foundation for an enmity later cemented Into a firm structure which has come to be known locally as the Stone-Hoffmann Stone-Hoffmann Stone-Hoffmann feud. HOFFMANN AND STONE CENTER OF FIGHT. Mr. Hoffmnnn always maintained that the assessments in the widening matter were unfair and publicly ac cused the council of "robbing widows" widows" In their work. Mr. Stone described described Hoffmann as an obstructionist to a necessary public Improvement. One of the preliminary wrangles at the inception of the litigation just ended ended today was concerning the stipend to be paid W. P. Netherton, who had been engaged ns attorney for the commissioners and who passed on their work. It was asserted that Netherton as a member of the board of education could not receive pay from the city. Judge Richards held otherwise. COMMENTS ON THE OUTCOME. Christian Hoffmann was visibly pleased this morning at the outcome of the litigation. He said: "Tell the people we'll open the avenue, avenue, and do It In a fulr and equitable manner. Duncan said Billy Bias and I were the Siamese twins of this opposition. opposition. Well, we're some twins to day, anyhow. City Attorney Johnston, whose part of the legal work In connection with the proceedings necessary to start the widening project were not found to be Incorrect in the decision render ed this morning, said: "I guess this ends the River street matter for a while." in

Clipped from Santa Cruz Evening News12 Jul 1913, SatPage 8

Santa Cruz Evening News (Santa Cruz, California)12 Jul 1913, SatPage 8
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