Hetch Hetchy Environmental Debates
San Francisco Examiner Petition to the Senate of the United States Supporting the Raker Bill
In this petition, hundreds of California residents urged Congress to pass the Raker Bill, a bill to grant San Francisco the right to dam the Hetch Hetchy Valley. Written and distributed by the San Francisco Examiner, this petition stressed to Congress that San Francisco's need for water was urgent and that the Hetch Hetchy Valley was the only available water source not under private control. The paper, owned by William Randolph Hearst, published regular pieces in support of the Raker Bill.
San Francisco Examiner Petition to the Senate of the United States Supporting the Raker Bill, December 191; Petitions and Related Documents That Were Presented, Read, or Tabled (SEN 63A-K8); Records of the U.S. Senate, Record Group 46; NAID 7268086