Six things to watch for at the Democratic convention

August 25, 2008

The 2008 Democratic National Convention starts today in Denver, and whether you’re just trying to make up your mind about the candidates or you’re an experienced observer of politics, here are six things that will help you make sense of the convention.

Obama stencil found on sidewalk in San Francisco Aug. 24, 2008

Obama stencil found on sidewalk in San Francisco Aug. 24, 2008

Like most party conventions, this one is going to be mostly dull. Unless you’re a serious political junkie or you’ve got an invitation to a shindig with an open bar, you’d probably have more fun watching the queasy expressions on people exiting the Tilt-a-Whirl at the county fair.

But while the selection of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president is a given, there is some interesting stuff happening at the convention, with important implications for the next few weeks of the campaigns and Americans’ choice for their next president. Don’t consider this a comprehensive list of what we’ll see at the convention, but rather a brief rundown of a handful of highlights.

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Last chance to comment on GGNRA management plan

August 1, 2008

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is revising its policies for managing the lands and facilities under its jurisdiction, but the period for public comment is drawing to a close.

This revision is important to anyone who uses the GGNRA in any way, as it is intended to guide the management of the park for many years. Friday, August 1 is the last day the GGNRA and the National Park Service will accept comments on the plan from the public.

Read the four alternative proposed management concepts, and make your comments before 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

My understanding is that after the GGNRA selects a general set of guiding principles (the management concepts), it will undertake further study and gather additional public input to turn those principles into actual working regulations, policies and practices.