“LA IS NOT NYC”
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was 500 feet up and about a half-minute from San Francisco International Airport when its speed dropped below the threshold for a safe landing. It continued slowing until just about 8 seconds before touchdown, when pilots recognized the need for more speed and throttled up.
But it already was too late. By the time the engines started adding speed, the hulking Boeing 777 was barely above San Francisco Bay and the plane clipped the seawall at the end of the runway, slammed down and spun, then caught fire. Incredibly, only two of the 307 people on board died, and most of the survivors suffered few or no injuries.
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday revealed additional details about the final seconds before Saturday’s crash, but what remained unknown was why the pilots didn’t react sooner.
- Have pilots become too reliant on automation?
- NTSB: S.F. jet was far below target speed before crash
- Asiana Airlines: Pilot was getting on-the-job training
Some of the answers about decisions they made were expected to come Tuesday, after details emerge from U.S. and Korean joint interviews of the pilots that began Monday.
This being San Francisco, there are exceptions:
The preschool set still could go diaper-less anywhere and everywhere. Fetishists could drop trou for a flogging during the annual Folsom Street Fair, billed as the world’s largest leather fest.
The proposed ban would not stop the athletically inclined from jettisoning their shorts during the Bay to Breakers run — the historic, costume-optional race through this city’s microclimates (chilly to chillier). And Dykes on Bikes could wear — or not — whatever they wished during the Pride Parade.
But a starkers stroll down Market Street would most emphatically be out if the prohibition passes.
“In its traditional form in San Francisco, public nudity was fine,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro District and introduced both ordinances. “It was fine to have a random [naked] person walking through the neighborhood once in a while. It was fine at public festivals and parades.”
But although many talk about the tolerant “spirit of San Francisco,” Wiener said, “what’s happening now is … a caricature.”
You can thank the “Naked Guys” for that.
Until recently, officials generally had turned the other cheek to questions of public nudity — particularly when the sightings of sandal-clad men with all-body tans around the Castro District, the heart of gay San Francisco, were sporadic.
Then two years ago, when Jane Warner Plaza was dedicated at the intersection of Castro and Market streets, the number of Naked Guys grew. And so did the complaints, from gay men who live in the area and shop owners near the gathering spot eventually dubbed the “Buff Stop.”
Wiener’s attempt at regulation last year banned nudity in restaurants and established the outdoor seating guidelines. The goal was to bring a little civility back into the practice of urban nudism. Unfortunately, it had the opposite effect.
–Maria L. LaGanga
Photo: George Davis, 65, exercises his right to be nude while reading at the corner of 17th and Castro streets in San Francisco. Credit: Maria L. LaGanga/Los Angeles Times
THE WASHINGTON POST
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A federal court declined an appeal to revisit California’s gay marriage ban on Tuesday, clearing the way for the Supreme Court to consider whether the ban violates the U.S. Constitution.
Supporters of the ban, Proposition 8, have lost two rounds in federal court. Tuesday’s decision now passes the issue into the hands of the top U.S. court, which, while conservative-leaning, has been sympathetic towards gay rights.
The Supreme Court could agree to hear the matter in a session beginning in October, ahead of the November 6 U.S. presidential election, and putting it on track to decide the case within a year.
The Supreme Court could turn its next session into a gay-rights blockbuster, with two major cases coming at the same time. In addition to the California decision on Proposition 8 by the 9th U.S. Circuit, a Boston federal appeals court recently struck down part of the federal law rejecting same-sex marriage, the Defense of Marriage Act.
“The timing is too perfect,” said Thomas Goldstein, aWashington-based attorney who practices before the Supreme Court, adding that the argument would resemble this year’s proceedings on legal challenges to Obama’s health care plan. FULL ARTICLE
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