Friday, July 18, 2008

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Paris is my favorite city in Europe (maybe anywhere). I've now lived in Philly longer than anywhere else and I have come to consider it home (although Scranton will always be my "hometown") . However, although I don't see myself ever living there, San Francisco is still my favorite city in the States.

All the more reason to love San Fran is the upcoming ballot measure from the Presidential Memorial Commission:

San Francisco voters will be asked to decide whether to name a city sewage plant in honor of President Bush, after a satiric measure qualified for the November ballot Thursday.

Backers of the measure, who for several months circulated a petition to place the measure on the ballot, turned in more than 12,000 signatures on July 7, said organizer Brian McConnell. The Department of Elections on Thursday informed those supporters, the self-proclaimed Presidential Memorial Commission, that they had enough valid signatures - a minimum of 7,168 registered San Francisco voters - to qualify for the November ballot.

McConnell, who came up with the idea over beers with friends, often donned an Uncle Sam outfit to drum up support for the petition. The all-volunteer group of signature gatherers often carried around an American flag and blasted patriotic music from a boom box to attract attention. He said the campaign to pass the measure will be an equally grassroots effort.

The measure, if passed, would rename the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant the George W. Bush Sewage Plant. McConnell said the intent is to remember the Bush administration and what the group sees as the president's mistakes, including the war in Iraq.

See George W. Bush Sewage Plant plan is on ballot.

The article notes that the Republican Party in San Francisco (there are Republicans in SF??) is not happy about the measure, finding the idea embarrassing. More embarrassing that George Bush? I wonder. Oh well, poop on them if they can't take a joke.

(Picture via Laughing Squid)

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