'Only in San Francisco' moments of 2010

The City by the Bay catches flak for its wacky ways, but sometimes it is true that it could only happen here.

While SF’s broke, city officials party
Building management at City Hall became wary of increasingly frequent and large parties being held in Board of Supervisors offices. At a time when the economy was in the dumps, the party atmosphere was so big at City Hall that management had to set out new guidelines limiting the number of attendees, restricting alcohol use and setting noise levels.

Different political views
In many parts of the country, Theresa Sparks running for office would raise eyebrows. It did here too. Sparks, a transgender woman who used to run a sex-toy business, ended up being called the “conservative” candidate for District 6 supervisor.

Campaigning at illegal rally
Jane Kim, as a candidate for the Board of Supervisors, campaigned at Critical Mass, a law-breaking monthly event in San Francisco that is, naturally, chaperoned by police officers. No word on if she joined the raucous lawbreakers.

Folks smoke marijuana in SF?
Dallas-based NBC reporter Newy Scruggs interrupted his own live World Series report from AT&T Park to tell his viewers that people were smoking marijuana near him. “They want to see their team win, but they’re all half-buzzed out,” he said. The public display of drug use was news to Texas residents.

Bear necessity
Since some people seemed to want to climb into the bear enclosure at San Francisco Zoo, city officials had to pass legislation that increased penalties for trespassers who foolishly mingle with zoo animals and the bison in Golden Gate Park.

‘Historical’ Tiki bar
Many people would not consider the loss of a tacky bar a bad thing. In The City, the plan to destroy the Tonga Room as part of the Fairmont Hotel remodel dragged into months of hearings.

 

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