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The City may use a corporate seal; may sue and be sued; may acquire property in fee simple or lessor interest, by estate, purchase, gift, appropriation, devise, lease, lease with privilege to purchase, for any municipal purpose; may sell, lease, hold, manage and control such property; may make any and all rules and regulations, to carry out all covenants or conditions of any conveyance, deed, gift, bequest or lease; may acquire, construct, own, lease, operate and regulate public utilities, may engage in the manufacture, sale or distribution of any commodity generally used by the inhabitants of the City of Bakersfield; may assess, levy and collect taxes and provide penalties for non-payment thereof, for general and special purposes, on all subjects or objects which the City may lawfully tax; may enforce the lien of taxes and penalties against property, for taxes assessed and levied thereon, by sale thereof; may borrow money on the faith and credit of the City, by sale of bonds or notes of the City; may appropriate the money of the City for all lawful purposes; may create, provide for, construct, regulate and maintain all things of the nature of public works and improvements, hospitals, parks, playgrounds or other places of amusement or entertainment, may for purposes of regulation and revenue, license all persons, corporations and associations engaged in any business, occupations and associations engaged in any business, occupation, profession or trade; may establish and maintain a free municipal employment office; may define, prohibit, abate, suppress and prevent all things detrimental to the health, morals, comfort, safety, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants of the City, and may abate all nuisances and causes thereof; may regulate the construction, height and material used in all buildings, and the maintenance and occupancy thereof; may regulate and control the use of the streets and other public places; may create, establish, abolish and organize offices other than those herein provided, and except as herein provided, fix the salaries and compensations and hours of labor of all officers and employees; may make and enforce local police, sanitary and other regulations; and may pass such ordinances as may be expedient for maintaining and promoting the peace, good government and welfare of the City; the City shall have the power to make and enforce all laws and regulations in respect to municipal affairs, subject only to the restrictions and limitations provided in this charter; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be construed to prevent or restrict the City from exercising or consenting to, and the City is hereby authorized to exercise, any and all rights, powers and privileges heretofore or hereafter granted or prescribed by general laws of the state, and the City shall have all powers that now are, or hereafter may be granted to municipalities by the constitution or laws of the State of California; and all such powers, whether expressed or implied, shall be exercised and enforced in the manner prescribed by this charter, or when not prescribed herein, in such manner as shall be provided by ordinance or resolution of the Council. The enumeration of particular powers by this charter shall not be held or deemed to be exclusive, but, in addition to the powers enumerated herein, the city shall have, and may excise all other powers, which, under the constitution and laws of California, it would be competent for this charter specifically to enumerate. (Amended November 6, 1962)