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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Halloween in Fallujah: Timeline to Castro Meltdown

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 8:03 AM

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So it's come to this: As reported in this week's SF Weekly, Castro residents concerned that a lack of Halloween Porta-Pottis will turn their neighborhood into a Porta-Potti are considering "toilet vigilantism."

The notion of the entire Castro being transformed into the men's room floor at CBGB's for Halloween is the latest turn in a strange and terrible saga we've been keeping a close eye on here at the Weekly.

So, if your enquiring mind wants to know more, click "more" for our Halloween retrospective...

August: We break the story that through a combination of bad planning, bad luck, and good old-fashioned Nixonian secrecy, the city's Halloween plans fell through, forcing a cancellation of the official Castro bash.

September: An oft-surreal community meeting reveals that the city's plan for dealing with throngs of Oct. 31 revelers is "We got it covered." Hilarity does not ensue.

Oct. 10: After the city gives the silent treatment to anyone who dares ask how it plans on handling Halloween festivities, Police Commissioner Theresa Sparks demands a progress report.

Oct. 11: At Sparks' much-ballyhooed Police Commission meeting, more of the city's plan is revealed -- but Castro activists are still steamed at being locked out of a process they say is doomed to failure. Also, the word "potty" comes up about a thousand times.

Oct. 17: District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty announces that the city's "Do NOT come to the Castro!" ad campaign has been so successful, it can be scaled down. The Weekly's response: "Really, doctor?"

Oct. 19: City official says, with straight face, that outhouses could be used as "projectile weapons" by Halloween hooligans. The Weekly is there.

-- Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more

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