One of the more puzzling aspects of San Francisco politics is the bizarre level of conflict that arises with any discussion of dogs.
The prolonged internecine conflict between those who wish to run their dogs free and advocates of more restrictive leash laws has periodically convulsed the city. In a cover story last year, we predicted that an impending crackdown on off-leash dogs at the federal lands managed in San Francisco by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area could lead to renewed strife.
Consider that crackdown “impending” no longer. It's here, in the form of a new plan, released yesterday by National Park Service officials, that calls for extensively curtailing off-leash dogs in such popular areas as Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Fort Funston.