sierralitter.jpgThough many local politicians have established their green credentials with SF’s disposable bag bans and fees, there’s an even less green item almost all of them are still supporting: campaign door hangers.

This issue isn’t anything new, of course — even the Sierra Club has been known to litter SF’s streets with their fliers.

It is interesting, though, that as San Francisco widens the ban on plastic bags and (as of October 1) requires businesses to charge a 10-cent fee for every paper bag they provide, this tree-killing tradition remains standard practice.

You’d think, perhaps, that with SF’s new level of ecofriendliness, perhaps the same candidates who backed the bag ban would be completely on board the Prius. Not necessarily, as we all know — as this election approaches, San Franciscans are coming home to gaily colored campaign literature hanging from their front doors like some sort of disapponting Christmas stocking.

There appears to be only one exception: in a letter to Haighteration, D5 Supervisor candidate Andrew Resignato says he hears SF’s complaints about paper door hangers.

Says Resignato, “The more I have talked to people in SF the more I have come to realize what a public nuisance they are. They tend to be redundant, many times end up as garbage on the street, and even alienate people from the political process.”

In a press release sent this summer, Resignato says he is challenging other candidates to follow suit, saying “We intend to set an example for how a campaign can create less pure garbage.”

Do you hope other local politicians will follow Resignato’s lead? Or are these door hangers still a meaningful way to inform voters?

Photo: Noe Valley SF, via Tree Hugging Group OK With Killing Them For Endorsement Fliers

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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