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Riots Force Shutdown of Operations, Says Governor in Statement

All work on the San Francisco-Oakland bay bridge in San Francisco stopped today as the result of strike riots, Gov. Merriam announced.

Work on the San Francisco side of the bridge was in the area bounded by the top of Rincon Hill, the Embarcadero, Harrison and Bryant sts. The units are the viaduct, the anchorage, Pier A, at Main st.; Pier B, on the east side of Main st., and pier 1 at Spear st.

Chief Engineer C.H. Purcell will confer with Police Chief Quinn for aid, and Gov. Merriam offered cooperation if the situation is not corrected.

The governor’s official statement was:

“I have just been informed by Chief Engineer Purcell that strikers have occupied Rincon Hill and the Embarcadero area and that the battle with police this morning has driven off all bridge workers and stopped all bridge work in San Francisco.

“The strikers have stopped work at Rincon Hill by 100 Healy-Tibbetts construction men and a staff of 15 state bridge engineers and assistants.

“The contractors’ men were driven off by rocks and gas at 9:50 a.m., although hauling of dirt from Pier A, Pier, B Pier W-1 and the viaduct stopped earlier.

“All survey crews were called off by the chief engineer this morning. The effect of the stoppage of work will postpone the date when hiring of steel crews can begin. Mr. Purcell will confer with Police Chief Quinn for aid. If control is not reestablished today, Mr. Purcell will again report to me and I am studying the situation and will give him the co-operation he needs so that work can go on.”

The Daily News
July 5, 1934

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