All photos: Matt Ghali for the Appeal.

We could barely hear Supervisor Chris Daly when we called him yesterday afternoon to get a quote for another story. Have I caught you at a bad time? “No, I’m just at the rally” he shouted over the background din.

The rally in question was by SEIU local 1021, which says (we’d link to the press release they sent us, but their site’s not updated) “The Newsom administration is stubbornly going forward with 500 layoffs in the ranks of lower-wage public health and education clerical workers certified nursing assistants, despite the availability of new state revenue to avoid such job cuts.”

According to D. Boyer at IndyBay, “Members of the labor union SEIU held a protest at San Francisco’s City Hall. Protesters eventually made their way to Room 200 in City Hall, and sat down and demonstrated outside that office. Ultimately approx. 25 people were in Room 200 and may have been arrested. There was no sign of Mayor Gavin Newsom.”

However, the Chronicle’s Rachel Gordon reports that “Police never moved in, and the protesters left on their own to other locations.”

There was plenty going on outside City Hall, though, and our own Matt Ghali was there to capture a lot of it. Check out his slideshow for some local character and a pretty creepy giant puppet.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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