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Government Code - GOV


  ( Title 4 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79. )

DIVISION 3. OFFICERS [36501 - 41805]

  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79. )

PART 2. LEGISLATIVE BODY [36801 - 40592]

  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79. )

CHAPTER 14. Municipal and Public Utilities [39730 - 39794]

  ( Chapter 14 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79. )

ARTICLE 1. General [39730 - 39732]
  ( Heading of Article 1 renumbered from Article 2 by Stats. 1955, Ch. 624. )


The legislative body shall require every residential unit in an apartment house or similar multiunit residential structure, condominium, and mobilehome park for which a building permit has been obtained on or after July 1, 1982, other than a dormitory or other housing accommodation provided by any postsecondary educational institution for its students or employees and other than farmworker housing, to be individually metered for electrical and gas service, except that separate metering for gas service is not required for residential units which are not equipped with gas appliances requiring venting or which receive the majority of energy used for water or space heating from a solar energy system or through cogeneration technology.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 701, Sec. 1.)


By gift, purchase, or eminent domain, a legislative body may acquire any existing ferry system, including any franchise or license, boats and vessels, land and interest in land, slips, wharves, piers, landing places, approaches, and equipment and facilities used or for use in the maintenance and operation thereof. The legislative body may operate the ferry system as a toll or free ferry upon navigable waters within or adjacent to the city boundaries. The cost of acquisition and operation may be paid from the city general fund, from revenues of the ferry system, or from any other funds that may be legally applied to such purpose.

(Amended by Stats. 1953, Ch. 735.)


The legislative body, in connection with the acquisition or otherwise, may contract with any person, firm, or corporation for the operation or management of any ferry system acquired or owned by the city upon such terms and provisions as it may determine.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 735.)


Neither the State nor any subdivision, authority, or agency thereof, nor any public corporation, district, or authority, shall construct or operate any bridge, tunnel, or transportation facility, which by its operation, will compete with and materially damage the property or injure the business or revenues of any toll-ferry system owned by any fifth or sixth class city, without first making adequate provision for just and reasonable compensation for the damage or loss of the property and revenues of such ferry system.

(Added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 735.)


The legislative body may:

(a) Acquire, own, construct, maintain, and operate bus lines, street railways, steam railway spur tracks, telephone and telegraph lines, gas and other works for light, power, and heat, public libraries, museums, gymnasiums, parks, and baths.

(b) Grant franchises for the construction of public utilities it deems proper, the laying of railroad tracks and the running of cars on the tracks, and the laying of gas and water pipes in public streets.

(c) Permit the construction and maintenance of telegraph and telephone lines.

(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79.)

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