Chief James Edgar Davis holds a box with the burning mortgage to the Bide-A-Wee home for women. The mortgage was set on fire by Gloria Swanson, silent film actress. Swanson helped Minnie Barton, home founder, pay the mortgage by sending $100 a month for several years. The group gathered to burn the mortgage in celebration of completing payment on the home set up by Barton to help working mothers. Also pictured are Mary Brill, president of the Big Sister League, Superior Judge Georgia Bullock, and Mrs. Robert Ladd Gifford. Minnie Barton was the second woman to join the Los Angeles Police Department and also founded the Barton Home for girls in 1917. Gloria Swanson was an actress best known for her role as Norma Desmond in the film Sunset Boulevard. James E. Davis James Edgar Davis was Los Angeles Chief of Police from 1926–1931 and from 1933-1939.
New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia presides over the Pacific coast regional meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors in the City Council Chamber in City Hall. Boston Mayor Frederick Mansfield served as Mr. La Guardia's secretary. Approximately 60 Pacific coast mayors attended the conference. Unemployment relief was a focal topic at the conference, which was held at Los Angeles' City Council chamber. May 15, 1937.
Mayor Earl Riley of Portland, Oregon with his wife Fay Riley. The Rileys were in Los Angeles between flights from Washington to Palm Springs. While in town, Mayor Riley offered a five point proposal for solving the traffic problem
Arch-Abbott S. Ohtani of the Hongwanji Buddhist movement presents Mayor Frank L. Shaw with a bronze incense burner while visiting American temples. Left to right, Mayor Shaw and S. Ohtani are the two figures in the center. Directly behind them, left to right, is Rev. H. Sasaki of a local temple and Rev. T. Sasaki, secretary for S. Ohtani. The unidentified men possibly include Rev. J. Yukawa, Rev. J.A. Goldwater, Rev. E. Washioka, and F. Yano.
Mayor Shaw with Dwight Long who sailed the globe for four years on a 32-foot sailboat. Frank Lawrence Shaw (February 1, 1877 – January 24, 1958) was an American politician. In 1933, he successfully ran for mayor of Los Angeles. He was re-elected in 1937 but was recalled from office on September 16, 1938. Dwight Long sailed a 32-foot sailboat around the world from 1934-1938.