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Groups called The Open the Great Highway Alliance and Concerned Residents of the Sunset have called for Mayor London Breed to fire Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the city’s Recreation and Park Department, for his actions in closing the Upper Great Highway to vehicle traffic. The alliance says its petition has nearly 16,000 signatures demanding the Great Highway be reopened
. . . Though much of the wildfire activity in California has been on federal land, a state assemblyman from Kern County is pushing a bill to spur private landowners to “proceed with critical vegetation management on private land” according to Assemblyman Vince Fong’s office. “One effective measure is to remove excess fuel, including overgrown brush and shrubs, deadwood, and debris,” said Fong . . . Mayor Breed plans to introduce legislation to improve the usefulness of cameras in crime fighting, for example by changing the inability of police to use real-time video footage even while crime is taking place — such as the recent organized retail raids in Union Square. If the Board of Supervisors won’t approve the bill, she plans to bring a ballot measure before voters.

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