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City of San Mateo Municipal Code.


The following words, terms and phrases whenever used in this code shall be construed as defined in this section unless from the context a different meaning is intended, or unless a different meaning is specifically defined, and more particularly directed to the use of such words, terms or phrases:

(a) "City" means the City of San Mateo, or the area within the territorial limits of the City of San Mateo, and such territory outside said City over which the City has or may have jurisdiction or control by virtue of any constitutional or charter provisions, or any law.

(b) "City Council or council" means the City Council of the City of San Mateo.

(c) "Code" means the San Mateo Municipal Code.

(d) "May" is permissive.

(e) "Must" is mandatory.

(f) "Oath" means oath or affirmation.

(g) "Person" means natural persons of either sex, joint ventures, partnerships, firms, associations, corporations, business trusts, whether acting by themselves, or by servants, agents or employees. The provisions hereof shall be applicable as well to the servants, agents, managers, lessees, officers and employees of such persons.

(h) "Shall" is mandatory.

(i) "State" means the State of California.

(j) "Street" means the land dedicated or condemned for, or established by use as, a public thoroughfare, including all streets, boulevards, highways, avenues, lanes, alleys, courts, places, squares, curbs, or other public ways of this City, or other public property so designated in any law of this State.

(k) "Written" includes handwritten, printed, typewritten, mimeographed, multi-graphed or reproduced by photography.