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San Mateo City Charter.

5.24 Public Improvements and Street Work.

All public improvements, including improving, widening or opening of streets or highways, may be done under and in pursuance of the general law of the state or procedural ordinances adopted by the council or the electors, and the whole or any portion of the cost thereof paid by the city or assessed on the property benefitted; provided that, except in a case of actual emergency the nature and existence of which is found and determined by resolution adopted by unanimous vote of the council, no public improvements to be financed by a bonded indebtedness of a city-wide district to be created under ordinances heretofore or hereafter enacted shall be made unless the indebtedness is authorized by vote of the people as required under state law for issuance of general obligation municipal bonds.