Well this was different. Seems that participants at today’s San Francisco’s Budget Town Hall in Golden Gate Park were invited by postcard to spend a few hours voicing their opinions about the city budget for 2010-2011. See?
And by voicing their opinions, I really mean they were clicking on Reply Mini remote control voting devices as if they were in a focus group.
An invitee. Perhaps the free California Academy of Sciences tickets given out to participants adjusted his attitude:
The mise-en-scene today, complete with City Department heads.
Here’s the spiel from Mayor Gavin Newsom. (Don’t be surprised to see some shots from the photographers today being used in the Lt. Governor’s race down the road.) Anyway, it seems “some” of the “150 people” who “run San Francisco” by speaking out at “every” public meeting are “paid to be there” – that’s the news of the day. And nobody showed up in a chicken suit.
Are today’s participants San Francisco’s version of Nixon’s Great Silent Majority? You Make The Call.