Oh boy. Here we go.
The dogs of war are about to be unleashed over their proposed releashing.
Tomorrow, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area releases its long-awaited Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which will include new "dog management" rules. These will dictate exactly where peripatetic pooches will be allowed to frolic off-leash, and where they will not.
I'm only exaggerating a little when I say that in certain interested Bay Area communities, this is an issue that incites the same partisan reactions evidenced in the most intractable geopolitical conflicts. (Within our own borders, think Red State vs. Blue State or Team Jake vs. Team Edward.) Generally, the battle pits dog owners vs. environmentalists, although sometimes non-dog loving city residents join the fray.
When the GGNRA tried to issue stricter leash guidelines in 2001, it caused a huge ker-ruff-le put on hold by a court's ruling that the National Recreational Area had to institute a public-comment policy before it changed the policy.