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Friday, February 21, 2014

"Laura's Law" Internet Poll E-Mailed to San Franciscans

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

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  • The people have spoken!

The demographics of San Francisco are changing with a rapidity befitting melting polar ice. That said, we remain a compassionate bunch. The notion of authorities forcing the mentally ill into confinement and onto medication is not an easy sell here. 

The alternative, sadly, is often to neglect the very neediest people of all. 

If, as Mayor Ed Lee has broached, the city has an interest in expanding "Laura's Law" and mandating treatment for unwilling mentally ill individuals -- how to make the argument? 

You poll it. 

The following queries have been e-mailed to San Francisco residents, with the carrot to answer questions about Lee, Laura's Law, and Supervisor Mark Farrell coming in the form of a possible $200 gift card. 

Read on: 

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Our calls to EMC have not yet been returned -- and it's doubtful the marketers would reveal who's underwriting this poll anyway. Staffers in Farrell's office say they had no idea questions about him -- and homelessness, his pet issue -- were being e-mailed to voters. 

Finding out who paid for this may become evident enough, however, when the arguments listed above are recited as talking points in the forthcoming campaign. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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