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Catalog Number 2014.014.007
Description Foster City Incorporation Celebration Key, 1971. Small plaque with a brass skeleton key affixed diagonally at bottom right. At top left corner, a rectangular metal plaque is affixed that reads, "FOSTER CITY INCORPORATION / CELEBRATION / May 8, 1971 / MAYOR / Wayne A. McFadden / Councilmen / H. James Duffelmeyer Mark S. Reeve / Ed. L. Keyser William E. Walker."
Object Name Key, Commemorative
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Foster City Incorporation Celebration Key, 1971
Date May 8, 1971
Creator California Trophy
Role Printer
Inscription Text "FOSTER CITY INCORPORATION / CELEBRATION / May 8, 1971 / MAYOR / Wayne A. McFadden / Councilmen / H. James Duffelmeyer Mark S. Reeve / Ed. L. Keyser William E. Walker" (metal plaque glued to top left front corner); "California Trophy / and engraving co. inc. / 659 So. Van Ness / UN 3-7801" (white paper sticker with red and black print on back)
Notes "The engineering challenge of creating Foster City from the marshlands of Brewer's Island required enormous financial backing. ...
"The City incorporated in 1971, following a long battle with the EMID (Estero Municipal Improvement District) over high taxes resulting from bond debt. ..."
[http://www.fostercity.org/ourcommunity/Creation-of-Foster-City-Part-2.cfm 07/07/2017]

"In 1960, the California Legislature created the Estero Municipal Improvement District (EMID), a public agency with general taxing and bonding powers, specially created to aid specific land developments. One of only two such districts in California, "the organizational requirements of these 6 districts placed each of them under the direct control of the developers and in addition anticipated and encouraged self-dealing between the developer and the district - all without any independent audit controls or other review procedures" (Foster et al. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue 1983). The initial bill called for three EMID directors who would all be owners or their representatives (Senate Bill 51, Chapter 82, 1960). EMID was granted most of the government powers associated with an incorporated municipality, except the powers to zone and approve development and certain police powers; however, property owners became disenchanted with the developer-run EMID as taxes increased. In 1967, the State amended the enabling act, increasing the number of directors to five distributed such that "two shall be owners or officers or legal representatives of owners, two shall be registered voters resident within the district, and one shall be a public member designated and appointed by the county board of supervisors" (Sec. 3-6, Chapter 1511, California State Statutes, 1967). In addition, all directors were required to be residents of Foster City by the time of the 1971 election. The city was incorporated that same year. Between 1970 and 2010, the population of Foster City rose from 9,327 to 30,567 (Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments 2016; USBC 2012), not quite reaching Foster's initial projection."
[http://www.fostercity.org/publicworks/lagoonandlevee/upload/Appendix-D_Cultural-Resources_sm.pdf 07/07/2017]
Dimensions H-3.875 W-4.625 D-0.75 inches
Search Terms Duffelmeyer, H. James
Foster City
Incorporation
Keyser, Edward L.
McFadden, Wayne A.
Reeve, Mark S.
Walker, William E.
Subjects City council members
Commemoration
People Duffelmeyer, H. James
Keyser, Edward L.
McFadden, Wayne
Reeve, Mark S.
Walker, William E.