Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Supervisor challenger Lucrecia Bermudez is spanking incumbent Tom Ammiano for welcoming the Guardian Angels into the Mission in an effort to combat street crime. One pithy paragraph: "If someone is wounded or killed, or somebody's civil or legal rights are violated because of the presence or actions of this 'informal' group of goons, who is responsible? The City? Supervisor Ammiano? Gavin Newsom? The cops? Nobody is talking about those issues and everyone prays the PR stunt can last without incident until Election Day." … There hasn't been much squawking about the Angels, though, with one longtime Mission activist remarking that they serve to put a spotlight on the needs of poorer neighborhoods that normally escape City Hall's attention. …

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