Monday, December 31, 2007

Life in San Francisco...

...or, in what our friends over at USF refer to as "the gay Rome."

Here's a letter, by one of our neighbors, sent to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, about a "medical" marijuana dispensary that's around the corner from SS. Peter and Paul:

"Only in San Francisco, a city that already has a bad rap for being family-unfriendly, would you hear a member of the Board of Appeals tell the parents of North Beach that if they don't like a pot dealer in their neighborhood they should move. This comment was made by Vice President Michael Garcia at the Wednesday (December 19) evening Board of Appeals hearing on the Medical Cannabis Dispensary (MCD) at 722 Columbus Avenue in North Beach."

Despite the overwhelming neighborhood opposition to this business, (it's a block away from Saints Peter and Paul Church and School and the Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club and a block away from the North Beach playground) this tiny establishment has the dough to stretch this appeals process out as long as possible, while they rake in more. And they have big time legal talent: former SF District Attorney Terence Hallinan is representing them. I've never seen anybody go in there who looked sick, but I have seen scary looking guys come out and get into shiny new Mercedes...

Now the Vice-President of the Board of Appeals tells North Beach parents: if you don't like it, move!

Where's our Mayor, Gavin Newsom, who has vowed to make San Francisco "family friendly"? No comment. He's busy. But he had time to declare February 23, 2007 "Colt Studio Day (Colt Studio produces homosexual pornography) and he had time to issue a commendatory proclamation welcoming the 2007 Folsom Street Fair. Just another day in SF...

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

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