“It’s no longer an occasionally and quirky part of San Francisco. Rather, in the Castro, it’s pretty much seven days a week,” Mr. Wiener said. “It’s very much a, ‘Hey, look what I have’ mentality.”
Mr. Wiener’s opponents on the board said a citywide ban was unnecessary and would draw police officers’ attention away from bigger problems. Supervisor John Avalos expressed concerns about what the ordinance would do to San Francisco’s image.
“We are a beacon of light to other parts of the country, and sometimes there is a little bit of weirdness about how we express ourselves,” Mr. Avalos said.
Boos and calls for Mr. Wiener’s recall filled the board’s chambers after Tuesday’s vote. Gypsy Taub, a nudist activist who organized naked protests and marches in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s meeting, disrobed in protest before sheriff’s deputies escorted her from the room.
Under Mr. Wiener’s proposal, a first offense would carry a maximum penalty of a $100 fine, but prosecutors would have authority to charge a third violation as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and a year in jail.
Obama pardons pair of turkeys in annual tradition
President Obama pardoned two turkeys in an annual Thanksgiving rite on Wednesday, saying he wanted to offer the birds a second chance.
“They say life is full of second chances, and this November I couldn’t agree more with that sentiment,” a smiling Mr. Obama said in one of several lighthearted references to his re-election to a second term.
Cobbler, the newly designated national turkey, and his alternate, Gobbler, received a reprieve.
“The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward,” Mr. Obama said in a reference to his campaign slogan of “Forward.”
“Once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it,” Mr. Obama said, referring to the blogger at The New York Times who correctly predicted the president’s decisive victory in the Electoral College.
Accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia, Obama waved his hand over Cobbler in a vaguely religious “dispensation,” then laughed as the bird gobbled loudly. Mr. Obama and Sasha petted the turkey. Malia did not.
“Congratulations, Cobbler. You’re going to have a great life,” Mr. Obama said.View Entire Story
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