San Francisco supes bark over GGNRA proposed off-leash policy 

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd acted as the lone dog in Tuesday’s fight over the off-leash dog policy going on for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s resolution opposing the proposed GGNRA off-leash restrictions on Ocean Beach, Crissy Field and Fort Funston was approved Tuesday in a 10-1 vote. Elsbernd opposed the opposition.

Dog related policies are a highly-charged subject matter in San Francisco, where about 110,000 households own dogs.

Elsbernd suggested the resolution was “a slap in the face to an equal government partner” and one that “fails to appreciate all of the voices involved in this issue.”

He said the “resolution is completely one-sided toward one group,” and he noted that “I hear from a group of people that consistently tell me they are intimidated by Fort Funston.”

The other 10 supervisors disagreed with Elsbernd’s comments.

Wiener postponed a vote on the resolution two weeks ago, at the request of Mayor Ed Lee who wanted time to reach out to the GGNRA. Wiener amended his legislation Tuesday to soften its tone and to give GGNRA “credit where credit is due.”

“This is not a good plan,” Wiener said of the current off-leash proposal.

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