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Alternative Title
DWP Photo Collection ; Padilla Collection 1908-1935
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Los Angeles Public Library
DWP Photo Collection
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This is not a Library Collection, it is hosted for DWP. ; Researchers may view the collection in person at DWP by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 8am – 3pm. For information and appointments, contact Angela Tatum at (213) 367-8906. ; Photos that are published should properly credit the owner of the photo as “Historical Photo Collection of the Department of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles”.
William Burgess Mathews (1865-1931) in 1889 he settled in Los Angeles and opened a private practice. From 1898 to 1902 he was a member of the Board of Library Directors. He served as city attorney from 1900 to 1906 and was a member of the City Charter Revision Committee, 1906-1909. When he left the office of city attorney he entered a partnership styled Bordwee, Mathews & Wadsworth. He also served as special attorney for the Los Angeles City Water and Power Department, advising them on legal and financial matters. His services place him in the front rank of those who wrought into permanent realities the Boulder Dam and Colorado River Aqueduct projects. To others, he gave the honor and the glory. His were the priceless contributions of clear vision, wise counsel, unremitting toil, and devotion to a public cause. A distinguished Lawyer and Public Servant…City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, 1901-1907…Special Counsel for the Los Angeles Municipal Water and Power Systems, 1907-1929….General Counsel for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, 1929-1931.
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