According to the Examiner, our new police chief, George Gascon, says that “a review of the SFPD’s policies regarding the monthly bike ride/protest, Critical Mass, is under way” and that he is “not satisfied with Critical Mass,” saying that “I get pounded regularly on both sides.” REGARDING THAT ISSUE, you perv! GOD.

From the article, it looks like this was said at last Friday’s Newsom-attended presser in which Gascon vowed to reduce citywide serious crime by 20%. At the presser, Gascon apparently said “he thinks a ballot measure banning Critical Mass would pass would flying colors” before Gavin Newsom, perhaps thinking about the shitstorm that erupted when Willie Brown tried to kill off the monthly bike event by confiscating bikes, hastily noted that “there was no such ballot measure in the works.”

But what if there were? If a measure to ban Critical Mass made it to the ballot, how would you vote? (If it helps you decide, the Guardian is piiiiiiised.) There’s only one way to find out: Poll time!

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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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