John W. Baumgartner
John Walter Baumgartner (born 1890) was a civil engineer who was a member of the Los Angeles, California, City Council from 1933 to 1945.
Baumgartner was born on May 17, 1890, on a ranch in Los Angeles located at what later became the intersection of Beverly and Rampart boulevards. He was educated in Los Angeles public schools and graduated from St. Vincent's College, now Loyola University. He was a civil engineer for fifteen years. Married since 1914, he was the father of one daughter, Helen (Mrs. Kenneth Kritser). He lived at 1010 South Burlington Avenue.
He was elected to the 12th Councilmanic District in 1933 and reelected every two years thereafter until he retired in 1945. In that era the 12th District covered roughly the area north of Pico Boulevard and south of Griffith Park, with Hoover Street on the west. He was the End Poverty in California candidate in 1935.
In 1934 he opposed the policy of allowing the Automobile Club of Southern California to post directional signs for motorists on city streets because "the club is in the insurance business." City purchasing agent Holm said that the club furnished the signs for free and maintained 21,000 of them at no expense to the city.
He and Councilman Byron B. Brainard obtained the original allocation of $175,000 from the state in the 1930s to begin the project that opened 10th Street and turned it into Olympic Boulevard without having to assess local property owners for the improvements.
He was appointed to a committee of five council members in May 1940 to call on Mayor Fletcher Bowron to complain about "persistent and erroneous" remarks the mayor made about the council in his radio addresses.
In summer 1940 he began a campaign against pinball and other recreational machines, and in October of that year submitted a motion to "prohibit possession, operation or playing of so-called marble games known as bali ball and miniature bowling." He also asked "consideration of a ban on the playing of those games by the use of any spherical object other than a marble."
He and Councilman Ira J. McDonald opposed issuance of $12.5 million in bonds in 1945 to improve Los Angeles Airport on the grounds that "airlines, like railroads, should pay for their terminals instead of having a terminal financed by the taxpayers."
- Location of the Baumgartner residence on Mapping L.A.
- Los Angeles Public Library reference file
- "Do You Know Who Your City Councilman Is?" Los Angeles Times, March 24, 1935, page 22 Includes a map.
- "City Hall Gossip," Los Angeles Times, May 20, 1935, page A-4
- "Policy on Road Signs Confirmed," Los Angeles Times, August 22, 1934, page 20
- "Stroke Fatal to Brainard," Los Angeles Times, March 20, 1940, page A-3
- "Council Irate Over Mayor's Radio Talks," Los Angeles Times, May 2, 1940, page 1
- "Council Renews Battle on Game," Los Angeles Times, October 9, 1940, page A-3
- "Final Oil Hearing Set," Los Angeles Times, September 25, 1943, page 1
- "Elysian Park Oil Drilling Gets City Council Approval," Los Angeles Times, October 30, 1943, page 1
- "Airport Authorized," Los Angeles Times, March 13, 1945, page 4
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