SF mayoral candidates look at the issues facing the Richmond District, adopt a dog or cat this weekend and two free festivals take to Golden Gate Park.

Those are some of the headlines from the Richmond SF blog this week.

Mayoral candidates take up Richmond issues… Most of the candidates in the San Francisco mayoral race took part in a debate Monday night at the Richmond Rec Center. Mayor Ed Lee, former Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier and Emil Lawrence were not in attendance and both state Senator Leland Yee and City Attorney Dennis Herrera left early. Among the interesting tidbits: The candidates were all in favor of improving transit on Geary, although not necessarily with the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project.  The issue of bringing in more businesses to the many newly vacant storefronts was met with a response mainly revolving around challenges facing small business owners like permitting and licensing.  And most seemed opposed to a project in Golden Gat Park to replace the Beach Chalet soccer fields with artificial turf and lighting. Remember, election day is coming up in November.

Overpopulated shelters increase need for adoption…Cal’s Pet Supply on California near 22nd Avenue is holding a dog and cat adoption drive on Sunday. Working with the San Francisco SPCA, they are hoping to help with the recent abundance of pets in animal shelters.

Festivals galore in GG Park…You always have to like free festivals and there are a pair this weekend in Golden Gate Park. Tour de Fat, put on by the SF Bicycle Coalition, is taking place on Saturday in Lindley Meadow. And the Alice Now & Zen Fest, featuring the Goo Goo Dolls and Michelle Branch hits Speedway Meadow on Sunday.



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