City Council live: Public comment

Jamie Larson on shelter: A lot of the things being proposed by animal commission are already happening: return to owner, trap-neuter-release of cats, held a wellness clinic earlier in year and another is coming up (so community outreach is there, she said), SF SPCA providing full-time vet so medical care greatly improved, there is a foster program. “Please spay your pets. This would resolve the entire problem.” And she asked people to get their animals micro-chipped. And she said if you find litter of unweaned kittens, avoid bringing to the shelter because they would have to be euthanized.

Laura Prater said she had a bad experience recently when she visited the shelter, that it was dirty and smelly when she visited and employees were sitting around.

Gary Malloy: praised Visionary Homes for improvements at a building in the 1100 block of Sutter.

Cynthia Gayle Boyd: She said she attended a 50th-birthday party for a friend and she received an expensive plaque from the city. “Where do you get the money to hand out plaques for people’s 50th birthday,” she asked. She said she just turned $60 and she didn’t receive a plaque and she should get one for being a “survivor” of the city’s issues. “Who do you think you’re fooling?” she yelled in conclusion.

Vincent Sales spoke about the fact that the nation is “one-third obese.” “We have a very lazy nation,” he said. He advocated “rebound” exercise, which he also spoke about at the last council meeting. He said “rebounding is the most efficient form of exercise known to man.” Tell that to the Golden State Warriors.

A woman spoke about the high cost of incarceration and advocated spending it much more cost-efficiently on education. She said three things need to happen to prevent recidivism: A spiritual awakening, a person who believes in them and a job on the outside.”

Elizabeth Wong Fontana spoke about Pacific Pedicabs … she wants to have pedicabs in the parks and on the waterfront promenade. She said there is an “archaic ordinance” that is keeping the pedicabs from those places. She wants the ordinance removed. Reed Fujii wrote about this in January. Mayor Anthony Silva said some work is being done on possible legislation.

Marshi Anthony of the Barrow Foundation said her group is going to sponsor a summer youth program. She said the foundation, which is at 719 E. Market Street, also offers educational programs. She said there will be a job fair at the Teen Impact Center on May 22 from 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Phone: (209) 898-8323.

Motecuzoma Sanchez, who is running for Paul Canepa’s District 3 seat, praised plans to be approved later to hire a firm to develop a strategic economic development plan. “I urge strong support,” he said.

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