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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Frida the Dog Mayor Ushers in New Era of San Francisco Political Civility

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 11:59 AM

click to enlarge Mayor meets lapdog. - MIKE KOOZMIN
  • Mike Koozmin
  • Mayor meets lapdog.
Yesterday's Board of Supervisors meeting was both notable and quotidian. As is the case every two years, the political knives came out and a new board president was elected — a bruising, ad-hominem, vindictive affair in which rival politicians see their hopes and dreams cruelly dashed and then smile about if afterward and exchange hugs. Kind of like Miss America. 

Before this exhibition of gladitorial politics, however, onlookers were made to wait nearly five hours while the Board weighed in on, among other matters, a proposed condo atop Telegraph Hill resembling either the Tiny Boxes of Daly City or packs of tofu.

A fitting demonstration of San Francisco government inaction. And so, the day's highlight wasn't the tofu condos or nasty political battles culminating in two supervisors walking out of the meeting but another sort of walk: The instillation of Frida the chihuahua as this city's dog mayor.

The event was picked up by both local and national media of an example of how odd we are in this city. Is it odd for a chihuahua with a sequined fedora to be named mayor of a city prior to an internecine political battle in government chambers. Or at all? Sort of. But not really. 

In actuality, this was a quid-pro-quo transactional deal. Local dog-lover Dean Clark bid upon this honor at a Friends of Animal Control auction and, thank God, the dog he chose to tote into Board Chambers to collect on his charitable purchase was both portable and well-behaved (While Frida appears to be on Xanax, she is not. Clark assures us the dog is just very mellow. The only thing that sets her off is applause, which she did receive upon her recognition by the Board — and it set her off). 

Frida the dog has had her day. The city moves on, as do other internet-famous animals. But, if nothing else, think about visiting the Friends of Animal Care and Control website and doing something nice. 

Hail Frida. 

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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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