FROM John Glionna
Olympic Torch Faces a Mixed Reception Next Week in San Francisco On its way from ancient Olympic to Beijing, the Olympic torch will touch down just once in North America - next Wednesday in San Francisco. To the distress of Mayor Gavin Newsome, the Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution resolving to greet the torch with “alarm and protest.”
San Francisco Supervisors to Greet Torch with 'Alarm and Protest' On its way from ancient Olympia to Beijing, the Olympic torch will touch down just once in North America, in a city that's one third Chinese American—and where city officials are sharply divided between welcome and protest. Mayor Gavin Newsome says San Francisco has scrapped plans for the torch to ride a cable car, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and visit Alcatraz Island. It will be carried from Fisherman's Wharf to the Ferry Building in about 90 minutes. Newsome opposed a resolution, passed 8-to-3 by the Board of Supervisors, resolving to greet the torch with "alarm and protest" over Tibet, Darfur, and human rights in China. John Glionna is San Francisco Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times .
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