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We all appreciate the work done to help and bring together the community in South San Francisco. As such, I would like to use this channel as a way to voice a concern that I have that affects our close community. As of today Grande Ave has American flags out presumably in celebration of Fourth of July – more than 2 weeks in advance. At a time where individuals need to feel connected to the community, I find putting these flags up during pride month to be tone deaf. To grow and empower our community we should be raising awareness and respect to those who build and make our community. To do so otherwise harms everyone.
Hi there – thank you also for your email with similar concerns, to which I replied directly with the following information (Jun 15, 2019, 3:59 PM) As I see your post here, I am sharing that response should others also have concerns on this subject:
Yes, our flags are out on Grand Avenue, and also on Sign Hill in honor, and respect to Flag Day, which is recognized nationwide annually on June 14th. You will find more information on this event https://www.military.com/flag-day,
Please note, our City does take ‘pride’ in our LGBQ community, and to that end have recognized Pride Month at our last City Council mtg, which was televised as well as live streamed from the City website. At that meeting, this past Wednesday, Mayor Matsumoto presented the proclamation declaring June as #LGBT Pride Month to Aaron Adriano and Ethan Mizzi, both recent graduates, pictured below. This was the 3rd year our City has honored Pride Month as we reaffirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the City, unanimously carried Resolution 17-2017 on February 22, 2017.
Should you stop by City Hall, at 400 Grand Ave., this month during the day you will see the LGBT Pride flag displayed, as well during the night to view our ‘historic building aglow in the beautiful colors of the rainbow’. Because Everything South City is pretty much a labor of love, it is hard to keep on top of all the information for us to re-broadcast on our site. However, your email has made me realize we did miss this opportunity and I will add this to our site soon (I am currently in the midst of 3 other articles…. dancing as fast as I can!)
Please also note, our policy does not allow us to delete any content yet I do believe commenters have the option to edit, or remove, their own posts.
Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Have a good weekend.
Kamala Silva Wolfe, Founder/Editor
Why would anyone be troubled by American Flags being flown on SSF’s main downtown street in front of City Hall two weeks before July 4th whether or not it’s also during Pride Month? You write, “To grow and empower our community we should be raising awareness and respect to those who build and make our community.” Is it not just as important to raise the same awareness and respect to those who created the very country we’re in that allows for a Pride month? Must the greatest, most free nation in the world be recognized only when politically convenient? It isn’t necessary to conceal American Flags in order to recognize Pride month or any other event and to even consider doing so is shameful.
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