SF Denies Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Concert Permit for Second Time

Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Golden Gate Park

As San Francisco gets ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, a concert scheduled for August 27, 2017 in Sharon Meadows at Golden Gate Park, has been denied an application for a permit for a second time.

The City of San Francisco determined that the event’s promoters advertised the concert without permission. Other grounds for denial include the use of volunteers and refusing to use a production manager selected by the city’s permits department.

In a press release, the promoters claim wrongdoing on the part of the city, saying there’s a concerted effort by the city government to “intentionally trying to stop this event and all cultural non-profit events in our public park.”

The statement went on to say, “We the Council of Light demand the city of San Francisco, restrain and discipline Dana Ketcham and Diane Rae who are the permits officers involved. We have met all standards of compliance and have a long history of peaceful and well run organized events. These permit officers have directly and intentionally denied our permit on onerous and unfounded grounds.”

Organizers are calling on residents to contact the San Francisco Permits department 415-831-6868, 415-831-5504, and Mayor Ed Lee 415-554-6141 and “make your words heard, don’t take no for an answer.”

Yehouda Silverman

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