Bush Sewage Plant
Some creative San Francisco bar patrons want to rename a sewage treatment plant after the, um, sitting president.
From the Department of Damned-With-Faint-Praise, a group going by the regal-sounding name of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is planning to ask voters here to change the name of a prize-winning water treatment plant on the shoreline to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant. The plan, naturally hatched in a bar, would place a vote on the November ballot to provide “an appropriate honor for a truly unique president.”
The renaming would take effect on Jan. 20, when the new president is sworn in. And regardless of the measure’s outcome, supporters plan to commemorate the inaugural with a synchronized flush of hundreds of thousands of San Francisco toilets, an action that would send a flood of water toward the plant, now called the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant.
Critics say this is “an abuse of process” and being done “without regard to the city’s governance or cost.” Well, that’s democracy, I guess.
Amusingly, Josh Patashnik has responded with a post entitled “Why Direct Democracy Is Awesome” that rather demonstrates the opposite.