Racing At Ascot Seems Assured.: Attorney-General Webb Sanctions Suit To Determine Legality of Annexation., Daily Racing Form, 1907-05-30


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RACING AT ASCOT SEEMS ASSURED. Attorney-General Webb Sanctions Suit To Determine Legality of Annexation. Los Angeles, CaL, May 29. Under the sanction ot Attorney-General Webb, proceedings to determine the legality ot tbe annexation of Uie "ahoeatring district," in arnica Ascot Park is located, have been bronghl in the Superior Court by George II. Peck and other citizens of San Pedro and it is now do-ciareil thai I u Loa Angeles lockey Club can proceed with its plana for ■ winter Meeting at Ascot Park with the assurance 11m! there will be no in lei ruplion of Hie racing or the betting. ir tbe courts hold tliit the annexatioa of the •■si string district" i Illegal and iavaUd, the Ai.ii nark arctton will not be a pari of the city and siibj, ei to its ordinances. No natter bow the case gH I tie Superiu t wrt, it v. ill be ap pealed hj out aide or the other and fought through the higher courts. This will require many months. lu granting Mr. Peek and his associates permission to bring tbe aatt, Attorney-General Webti declares that it i- niki Importanl to ttu elrj of Loa An gele. that the in;esiiou oi its lurisdirtion over tliis territory he determined. Two point . refetn 1 to by the attorney gi*neral, apiieai : i»- aeceai deli inline. The lit -I is thai tbe city council of Los Angeles did not h. iRj ..til the election tor the annexation •■ the district November 12. 1008, fait ing to comply with aectlOB 200 of 1 1 . « - city charter. which provides thai the ordfaiace Shall be published at bast ten da s prior to the tune . f i tllinj election. The ordinance, it appears, was publl bed but once. Ilo other poial is that the I I of Issm doea not authorize the annexation ■ . such ■■■■ tract ot land as was annex..! in this instance. Attorney General Webh c u nts on tliis point as follows: "If the annexatioa of ibis atrip of land he legal, 00 like reasoning Ho annexation of a strip ot greater length and less width could be defended, it will not do to answer thai injury mold not result, for a majority vote of the Hants of the territory must be had in faror ot the annexation, for it might Weil he thai a majority of the voters of the territor; to be anne pd would reside in the large and more populous ■ d of the stip lying Immediately aiju m to th. city limits, while those residing :i the atrip many miles ,j;s-tanl from Hie city, and who could not he benefited by being Incorporated therein, would ho !•-■within the city limits againal their will, and solely by tor. e id the rotes of those residing neat and aI;o would 1..- benefited by aucb annexation. I shape of the territory here aought to he annexed ah.u. must giv lis, t,, g| in doubts of the validity of the proceeding! resulting in its annexation."

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