The federal government had threatened to enforce leash laws on federal parkland that the city had originally given to them. Dog owners were beyond angry and the meeting got raucous and out of control.
Federal law prohibits unleashed dogs in federal parks.
A young member of the Board began making particularly impassioned speeches about the rights of citizens and of dogs to roam freely. He threatened to take back from the federal government the land in question.
"This is not Yosemite," Supervisor Gavin Newsom said, "Urban parks are different and should be treated differently."
Whether he was motivated by principles, politics, or pandering, the crowd loved it.
They began chanting: “Gavin. Gavin…”
Two years later Gavin Newsom was elected Mayor of San Francisco, the youngest in modern times. Four years later he was re-elected with 70% of the vote. He is currently Lt. Governor of the state with a campaign in place to run for governor (and beyond).
If you haven’t heard of him, you will…
It all started with dogs.