SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco voters will decide
on Tuesday whether to remove the famous Alcatraz Prison visited
by thousands of tourists a day and instead create a "global
The proposition sharing the presidential primary ballot
comes from the director of the California-based Global Peace
Foundation who gives his name as Da Vid. He says transforming
Alcatraz will "liberate energies, raising the whole
consciousness of the Bay Area."
Supporters would like to raze the prison and build a
medicine wheel, a labyrinth and a conference centre for
non-violent conflict resolution. Volunteers collected 10,350
voter signatures last year to put it on the local ballot.
But even in a city long famed for its embrace of
counterculture, many are sceptical about he plan.
"Perhaps we haven't reached the proper stage of
enlightenment yet, but we're more inclined to support
propositions with defined sources of funding attached to them,"
the San Francisco Chronicle said in an editorial.
Alcatraz is San Francisco's second-most popular paid
tourist attraction after cable cars, luring 1.4 million
visitors annually on a short ferry ride into San Francisco Bay.
To sceptics Da Vid responds: "Like John Lennon, I may be a
dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
(Reporting by Amanda Beck; editing by Adam Tanner and Todd