For those with a taste for the bitter, litigious, and inordinately complex world of San Francisco dog politics, there's a lot to look forward to over the next few days.
Two of the four public meetings planned by National Park Service officials on their new dog rules for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area are taking place in San Francisco. The first will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Seven Hills Conference Center at San Francisco State University. At 4 p.m. Monday another meeting will be held at the Fort Mason Center.
Meetings of this kind have, in the past, been occasions marked by fervid advocacy from both pro-and anti-leash law activists, including a 2001 meeting at which then-Supervisor Gavin Newsom led a pack of dog owners in a civil rights era-style chant of “No Leashes!”
There's plenty of reason to expect passions to run similarly high this weekend and Monday; at the Monday meeting, dog owners are organizing a rally to protest the GGNRA's proposed leash laws. At the first public meeting, which took place Wednesday in Mill Valley, some 300 people attended.