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San Mateo City Charter.

9.08 Definitions.

Unless the provision or the context requires otherwise, as used in this Charter: "shall" is mandatory and "may" is permissive; "law", "state law", "general law", and similar terms, mean the law as it now exists or may hereafter be enacted applicable to general law cities in this state; "state" means the State of California; "county" means the County of San Mateo; "city" means the City of San Mateo; nouns or pronouns includes the masculine, feminine, and the neuter, and the singular includes the plural.