[fosc] Dogs, off leash, signs, Dimond Canyon, city policy

Laurel Kunit laurelnk at gmail.com
Mon Jan 23 09:19:48 PST 2006

It is important to let dog owners know where they CAN have their dogs
run off-leash (most East Bay Regional Parks), besides letting them
know where dogs must be leashed.  (all City of Oakland Parks, assuming
they are allowed at all)  Although EBRP parks are very close to most
of us in Oakland, they are still too far away for people who do not
own cars.  Did you know that well-mannered dogs of any size are
allowed to ride the public transportation systems in many large
cities?  Why not AC Transit?  (see latest issue of Woofer Times).  The
best way to successfully implement leash laws is to offer dog owners
high quality, feasible alternatives.

On 1/23/06, Mjrauz at aol.com <Mjrauz at aol.com> wrote:
> Obviously this is a super-sensitive issue since I would say most trail users
> are dog walkers. I would insist the dog contraint regulations and education
> be
> done outside of FOSC to the extent possible. I hope the Parks Dept and law
> enforcement are THE lead and follow through on this. There have been signs
> placed in the past only to be destroyed overnight. If there is no consistent
> follow-up planned and maintained (and this is likely-if water quality/sewage
> complaints and city response are an example) then we risk alienating or
> worse a large
> user-group. My experience of this group is that the majority are not FOSC
> financial supporters per-se, but their displeasure at regulation could
> translate
> in destruction of property or bad press about FOSC making a more difficult
> climate to operate (& fundraise) in. Without a dog park established before
> Dimond
> park trail closures seems like an invitation to a public outrage to me, and
> I
> don't want FOSC to be the target of, or in any way responsible for that
> reaction. My 2cents.
>  Mark Rauzon

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