Canine politics land at Grace Cathedral 

Want to go to a quintessential San Francisco community meeting? First, it’s in Grace Cathedral and it has nothing to do with religion.

Second, Supervisor David Chiu and Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg will be there.

Third, it was put together by the Nob Hill Association.

Fourth, it’s about whether dogs should be on leashes, but know that the on- and off-leash sides are like oil and water.

The meeting stemmed from a history of war between dog owners who do and don’t use leashes in Huntington Square Park. The law technically requires dogs to be on a leash in the park, but for years it’s been overlooked.

Last year, however, park patrols started monitoring the park more closely and being aggressive about citing off-leash dogs.

That got a little ugly, and it took city officials to tone it down. Now, officers patrol the area during their routine runs.

But then the fuse was lit again when prominent Nob Hill resident Marion Cope – who is a firm believer in leashes – got bitten by an unleashed dog.

The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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