Wiener Agrees With Me On . . .
I asked if he cared about the health menace of the pigeon poop at Harvey Milk Plaza, especially the layer of it on top of the empty news rack in the plaza, and if he would take an interest in deleting the excessive number of news racks cluttering up the Castro's pedestrian-crowed sidewalks.
To my surprise, Wiener said he was aware of my campaigns on both matters, agreed that they are important, and that he would contact the Department of Public Health and the Department of Public Works to nudge them to address my concerns.
A few merchants told me they too want the pedmounts diminished and the public sidewalks more accommodating for pedestrians. One merchant said he expected me to dog DPW about the matter until there's consolidation, while another gave me the email addy for a Noe Valley businesswoman who is on the news rack committee and said I need to lobby her.
Other business folks came over and expressed support for my news rack campaign, and I asked them all to make their views known to DPW.
Now that the chamber organized this public forum on Wiener's behalf, I hope he soon starts holding his own town halls organized by his City Hall staff of three assistants. More community communication will go far in lessening the high tensions and divisions in the gayborhood.