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Ruef persuaded the reluctant Schmitz to run, polished his speaking and gave him a crash course in city issues. In November , Schmitz won a convincing victory. The first Schmitz administration was not particularly corrupt.
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Liquor licenses, control of gambling and prostitution, public building contracts and private building permits were all under the control of the Police Commission and the board of public works, which Ruef controlled. Those doing business with the city learned that the machinery of government functioned much more smoothly if it was greased with cash. But in , the Police Commission voted to deny them liquor licenses. He held no elected office, so money paid to him was technically not a bribe, making any such transaction difficult to prosecute.
But Ruef had loftier goals than simply making money. He was plotting to make Schmitz governor and himself a U.
And in November , it looked like his dream was well on its way to coming true. Serious boodle, the kind that came with such decisions as the setting of utility rates, would be theirs. As opened, nothing seemed to stand in the way of limitless wealth and equally limitless political power for the savvy boss. E-mail: metro sfchronicle. Answer: The Sacramento Street headquarters of the Second Committee of Vigilance, so named because it was surrounded by gunnybags.