Puzzling technological initiatives, close studies of dense municipal bureaucracies, garage regulations — this week at City Hall ain't exactly a stroll down the carnival midway, but there's some important stuff on the table. And if you pay very, very close attention, you just might get a sneaky-peek under the tent flap at the libidinous, beer-guzzling Dog Boy. So check it out:
On Monday afternoon, the supervisors' Land Use and Economic Development Committee will take a look at legislation from Board of Supervisors President David Chiu that would make it harder for homeowners in Telegraph Hill, Chinatown, and North Beach to install street-level garages in their houses. (After being passed by the full board, the proposed ordinance was sent back to committee.) Chiu has claimed that this practice leads to undue evictions of The Sainted Tenant — perennial fetish of left-leaning city supes and activists — but others have questioned whether the bill is an undue intrusion on property rights that might be based on some iffy assumptions.
On Tuesday, the full Board of Supervisors will decide whether to throw its hat into the ring in the contest to be named host of a fiber-optic cable network built by Google. Public officials in other municipalities have swam with sharks and jumped into freezing water to demonstrate their go-get-'em civic spirit for this competition. Would it be too much to ask that Gavin Newsom shave his head?