District 4 among most colorful
Town Hall Meetings of 2005
Police Chief Heather Fong and Mayor Gavin Newsom
field questions from District 4 residents in a packed
August 2005 Town Hall Meeting
By Luke Thomas and Pat
Copyright fogcityjournal.com 2006
January 2, 2006
Participation grew in 2005 as "connect" became watchword
for greater community involvement. A District 4 Town Hall Meeting
was one of the most colorful as animated residents posed questions
to Mayor Newsom and an entourage of City department heads, all
eager to address concerns and resolve district issues.
The question and answer session began in rudimentary fashion
with questions on crime and traffic posed to the Mayor and department
heads, oftentimes with ice-breaking humor that had the town hall
Increased home burglary questions began the session with Police
Chief Heather Fong expressing a need for extra vigilance and awareness
by the community. She explained more foot patrols had been added
to the district in light of the recent upsurge of burglaries but
emphasized the importance of residents reporting suspicious behavior
to the SFPD.
Traffic, always a concern in San Francisco, held particular interest
for the residential neighborhoods of District 4, as the automobile
is the favored conveyance in an area where parking is at a premium.
Those who rejected the call for additional speed bumps and stop
signs drew guffaws from the safety-first conscious contingent.
The amiable discussion crescendo'd first to chiding then to cranky,
as Patrick Monet-Shaw critiqued Laguna Honda Hospital services
and cost. Soon another Laguna Honda partisan lasered glare on
Patrick Monet-Shaw draws a wary eye
from Neighborhood Services Director Daniel Homsey
as Monet-Shaw initiates a volley of Laguna Honda Hospital criticism
The questions on the subject of Laguna Honda Hospital future
soon became lengthy monologues expressing displeasure at new hospital
plans falling short of bond promise.
Despite the difficulties the subject of Laguna Honda Hospital
created for the mayor, the meeting returned to its more uplifting