Tuesday, July 9 is SF Pride Accountability Day at the regular meeting of the full Board of Supervisors during public comment time, and the day is so declared by myself and two friends who will speak during that time. The agenda is posted here. The meeting begins at 2 pm and there is no set time for public comment.
Our goal is to promote a hearing convened by Supervisor David Campos, a leader in the recent effort to hold SF Pride accountable over the Manning mess and the organization's distressing financial situation, at City Hall.
My June post gave a few reasons why Campos should hold the hearing including making the annual grant of $58,000 from the City to SF Pride more transparent and to hear reports back from City agencies such as the police, public works, health and parking departments about this year's events.
I would expand the reasons why the hearing is very necessary to include the shooting of two vendors, which sent them to the emergency room at SF General Hospital, and the investigation of the incident. Be sure to read my recent letter in the Bay Area Reporter regarding a hearing at the Board of Supervisors.
Also on July 9, the board of directors of SF Pride is holding their regular general planning meeting at their office located at 1841 Market near Guerrero starting at 7 pm. My friends and I will be at this meeting, and again will use public comment to air our concerns.
One complaint I want to lodge with the board is the determination of the Parade line-up. As far as I can tell, there's no transparent process to how the line-up is arrived at and certainly no public voting on who gets what number and marches during the Parade's early contingents or is stuck at the very end.
Hope to see you at the Board of Supervisors or the SF Pride board meeting on Tuesday.