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CITY HEIGHTS, CA. Tonight outside a rally for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in City Heights, a local activist – and writer for the OB Rag blog – was prevented from taking her sign about the lack of funds for public transit into the rally site, a local City Heights school auditorium.
Anna Daniels, who has made a name for herself locally in saving city libraries from being closed, went to a rally being held in her community for gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, the Mayor of San Francisco. For a while she stood outside holding her sign that read: “public transit almost bankrupt. do you care?” Daniels has recently been active around the issue of public transit.
Anna described her sign: “Obviously an important question for a gubernatorial candidate. The State was able to balance the budget by cutting the transit allocation for the NEXT FIVE YEARS, among other cuts.”
Anna then reported what happened next:
So I stood outside with my sign, and after a while headed toward the school auditorium. I was told that I couldn’t take my sign inside. I said- “excuse me the mayor is from San Francisco and if you said that there, they would tear the building apart. The would tear the building apart NAKED!!!”
They still wouldn’t let me in. I said this isn’t very democratic and I want to go inside with my sign… No way. So I said this is bullshit and the man lost my vote right now. I was so pissed I came home.
Since when did carrying a sign to a political rally become off-limits?
Hey, San Francisco! What’s going on?
Anna said that the person who refused her entry into the rally with her sign was a “young, polite guy in a suit.” He told her that she could leave her sign outside and she could go inside. The reason she had to leave her sign outside was because the rally was “a private event.” She retorted: “No, it isn’t. It was publicized and in a public space,” the school auditorium of Monroe Clark Middle School on Thorn Street in City Heights.
We now have an exclusive photo of the offending sign and have posted it above.
So, what’s up SF?