SF Ocean Film Festival weekend, GGNRA update

After 2 wonderful weeks in Laguna with William, Cece, other relatives, and Lynn, my guardian and I returned to San Francisco last week.  It’s nice to be back in town and to have the chance again for walks/romps on Crissy Field and also to assist in hosting several houseguests.  It’s been busy around here!

The SF Ocean Film Festival began last Thursday with the Opening Night party and continued until last evening.  This was the 9th annual festival and friends came to stay with us from Seattle (Jan), Portland (Bill), and Newport Beach (Lynn).  Our guests, my guardians, and other friends saw lots of good ocean films and heard from many visiting filmmakers.  For my part, I had the fun of 3 friendly houseguests and a fair amount of quiet time when everyone was at the movies (11 film programs – see http://oceanfilmfest.org.)

Since returning, I’ve been down to Crissy Field several times for walks but haven’t been off leash yet – I got a haircut on Thursday and my guardians want to preserve my well groomed state for at least another few days.  But I soon expect to run leash-free on East Beach!

On the subject of Crissy Field, I’d like to provide a brief update on the GGNRA’s (Golden Gate National Recreation Area) Dog Management Plan process.  The Dog Management Plan process is an expensive multi-year effort involving thousands of citizens, tens of thousands of dogs, and scores of third parties including government agencies and dog-based communities and advocacy groups.   As an update, I’ll simply include below a letter I recently received from Frank Dean, GGNRA’s Superintendent:

GGNRA Superintendent conveys a 1 year extension to the process timeline

(For the 4 page newsletter which contained this letter, here’s a link:  http://dl.dropbox.com/u/110878/GOGA%20DEIS%20newsletter_Jan2012.pdf)

I’m concerned about ensuring good off leash access for all dogs; my personal focal point is on Crissy Field.  For thoughtful comments as conveyed by one advocacy group, please see this letter:   http://crissyfielddog.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/CFDG_GGNRA_DEIS_letter_0527011.pdf

Thanks for your interest,

Wally

P.S. Of the 4713 comments Mr. Dean refers to, one came from me – I’ll put my comments in a future post for your consideration.

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About MrWally

I was found in a city park in Southern California without an ID or name and adopted when I was about one. I then moved to San Francisco with my new family who named me Wally. I very much enjoy the parks and beaches. I like all my neighbors and everyone around seems to like me - in fact, many neighbors greet me by name and I'm really friendly with our US Postal Carrier! Occasionally I get to spend weekends at a ranch in Sonoma, and I've already toured much of the western U.S.
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