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Mayor Lee gets dogged by questions on his friend’s house falling down

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By Tim Redmond

Mayor Ed Lee came to the Board of Supervisors to talk about dogs, but the issue that dogged him out in the hall afterward was the collapse of a building owned by his friend and supporter Mel Murphy.

It was Question Time, that scripted dance where supervisors read questions aloud that they’ve already sent to the mayor, and the mayor reads aloud an answer that his staff has prepared for him. It’s not at all what the sponsor (former Sup. Chris Daly) intended, but Board President David Chiu and the mayor worked out an arrangement that pretty much guarantees no surprises, no debate, and no unscripted (that is, lively) discussion.

In this case, Sup. Scott Wiener wanted the mayor to weigh in on the debate over dog-walking in Golden Gate National Recreation Area parks, like Crissy Field and Fort Funston. The GGNRA wants to limit four-legged beasts to smaller areas; the dog owners of the city are outraged. (more after the jump)

Marke B.
Marke Bieschke is the publisher and arts and culture editor of 48 Hills. He co-owns the Stud bar in SoMa. Reach him at marke (at) 48hills.org, follow @supermarke on Twitter.

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