STREETS AND HIGHWAYS CODE
18000. This part may be cited as the Street Lighting Act of 1919.
18001. Unless the particular provision or the context otherwise
requires, the definitions and general provisions obtained in this
chapter shall govern the construction of this part.
18002. This part shall be liberally construed in order to effectuate
18003. This part provides an alternative system for making the
improvements authorized by this part and the provisions of this
part shall not apply to or affect any other provisions of this code.
When any proceedings are commenced under this part, the provisions
of this part and no others shall apply to such proceedings.
18004. "Street lighting system" and "system"
include any or all appliances, poles, posts, electroliers, transformers,
lighting units, lamps, cables, wires, pipes, conduits and other
suitable or necessary works or appliances for street lighting purposes.
18004.5. "Street," and any of its variants, mean and
include highways, state highways, roads, avenues, boulevards, alleys,
parkways and other public places and ways dedicated to public use,
or any portion thereof, within a city or along a boundary of a city.
18005. "Tax collector" and "city tax collector"
mean the city officer, board or employee designated as such by the
city council in the resolution levying the assessment, and the officer,
board or employee so designated shall discharge all duties prescribed
as those of tax collector or city tax collector and all provisions
applicable to the tax collector or city tax collector shall apply
to the officer, board or employee so designated.
18006. "Service," and any of its variants, means and
includes the furnishing of electric current or energy, gas, or other
illuminating agent to all or part of any street lighting system.
18007. "Improvement," and any of its variants, include
the maintenance or servicing, or both, of all or part of any one
or more street lighting systems and, where applicable, the installation
of street lighting systems owned by any public utility subject to
the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission of the State
18007.5. "Maintenance," and any of its variants, as used
in this part includes the replacement of any obsolete equipment
with the new modern equipment necessary for an adequate street lighting
system or systems.
18008. "Assessment district" means the territory to
be benefited by the proposed improvement and to be assessed to pay
the costs and expenses thereof.
18009. "Clerk" and "city clerk" mean any person
or officer who is or acts as clerk of the city council.
18010. "Treasurer" and "city treasurer" include
any person or officer who has charge of and makes payment of city
18011. "City" includes all corporations organized and
existing for municipal purposes.
18012. "City Council" and "council" include
any body which by law is the legislative department of the government
of the city.
18014. If any lots or parcels of land belonging to the United States,
or to this State or to any county, city, public agency, mandatory
of the government, school board, educational, penal or reform institution,
or institution for the feebleminded or the insane are in use in
the performance of any public function and are included within the
assessment district, the city council may, in the resolution of
intention, declare that such lots or parcels of land, or any of
them, shall be omitted from the assessment thereafter to be made
to cover the costs and expenses of the improvement. If the lots
or parcels of land, or any of them, are omitted from the assessment
by the resolution, the total cost and expense of all work done shall
be assessed on the remaining lots lying within the limits of the
assessment district, without regard to such omitted lots or parcels
of land. If the city declares in the resolution of intention that
said lots or parcels of land, or any of them, shall be included
in the assessment, or if no declaration is made respecting such
lots or parcels of land, or any of them, the city shall be liable
for such sums as may thereafter be assessed against such lots or
parcels of land, and such sums shall be payable by the city out
of the general fund unless the city council shall in its resolution
of intention designate another fund. However, any such sums which
may be assessed against any such lots or parcels of land, shall
not be payable by the city when such sums are paid by the owner
of or the governing body controlling such lots or parcels of land.