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San Mateo City Charter.

2.16 Emergency Ordinances.

Any ordinance declared by the council to be necessary as an emergency measure for preserving the public peace, health, safety, or welfare and containing the reasons for its urgency, may be introduced and passed at one and the same meeting and, if passed by a majority of the council plus one, shall become effective immediately. As soon as practicable after its passage an emergency ordinance shall be published in the official city newspaper, but the validity of the ordinance shall not depend upon such publication. Every such ordinance, except one for emergency appropriations or calling an election, shall automatically stand repealed as of the ninety-first day following the date on which it was adopted, but this shall not prevent reenactment of the ordinance if the emergency still exists.