• Petitioning

This petition will be delivered to:
supervisor, District 1
Mayor, City of San Francisco
Edwin M. Lee


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    2. Petition by

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      Sacramento, CA

From 1934 through 1976, several generations of San Franciscans grew up with what amounted to a second mother, 'The Laughing Lady' (sometime called 'Laughing Sal' by outsiders) who used to live in comfortable residence in the Funhouse at Playland at the Beach. Playland, and its half-century of memories, of course, now lies buried under tons of concrete and stucco called condos that replaced it after it was demolished in 1972. ( )

The Laughing Lady, however, suffered another fate. She was kidnapped, passed around like so much laughing trash and finally sold at a slave auction in 2002 (or 2004, depending on who you read) to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, where she is daily humiliated and put to the thankless task of greeting foreigners (to S.F. that is) in a forlorn window display of the most tawdry design and under the most garish lighting imaginable. A degrading and servile end for a great lady.

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If there ever was a clear-cut case of icon abuse, this one takes the cake. Laughing Lady needs to be returned to her home, to those who love and know her. Most of all to our children and grandchildren and those who ought to know why their parents and grandparents are so loving, kind, brilliant, sensitive, tolerant, diverse and welcoming - as all native San Franciscans are. All because of the unstinting nurture and love lavished on us by our second mother, It was because of the undending devotion of the Laughing Lady, that we all turned out as fine and beautiful as we did.

Our kids and grands- need to know this, and Our Laughing Lady, needs to be ransomed and brought home, at long last, to a dignified and fitting place in the history and heart of the City by the Bay. This is an icon rights issue, this is basic human decency.  Yes, we know there are other Laughing Sals around the country and even one at the Mechanique Musee in San Francisco. But none are our own true and original Playland Laughing Lady. What, you think we can't tell our own mother?  Do pelicans catch fish?

There is only one of those in the world, and we know the difference - we can smell the difference. That one is being held captive in Santa Cruz and it is high time we mounted a rescue mission (Could we use Navy Seals?) and get her home. For the sake of ourselves, for the sake of our kids; for the respect we owe to the Laughing Lady and, most of all, for her sake.

Clear evidence of the atrocities being committed on Laughing Lady as you read this can be seen at Waterboarding would be kinder and gentler (she's made of paper mache, and would only suffer a quick and merciful death.)

[ps: We've no axe to grind with Santa Cruz. I lived there for several years and can vouche that the people of Santa Cruz are among the kindest, smartest and most enlightened in the Country.  Still, even the best of us can miss from time to time.  And, in this case, they did - big time.]


Recent signatures


    1. "Laughing Lady" petition keeps laughing

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      Petition Organizer

      Hello folks, all 16 of you. Yes, 'Rescue the Laughing Lady' is a humor petition, to keep us laughing amidst a sea of very serious petitions. But I elected to keep it going for another year anyway. Why? Maybe to remind myself that along with all the grim news and daily crises, there are still some real values that market-values don't get, like laughing. Does that mean the Laughing Lady is unimportant? Heavens no! Anyone languishing in captivity is of utmost concern -- even fictional surrogate mothers made of paper mache. So don't give up hope. As soon as we raise enough funds for an aircraft carrier, we plan to park it offshore near Santa Cruz as a reminder to those folks to hand her over or.... Well never mind the "or", we haven't figured that part out yet. But do keep your hopes up, and pray if you're inclined to pray. The laughing lady still has a last laugh or two left in her.

    2. Background on the obsession of a confessed synthetic 2nd-mother complex

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      Petition Organizer

      "Passages" probably explains more than you want or need to know. But I'm sure you can sympathize with the fact that it was a mission I simply could not refuse - at the risk of an already periled psyche!

    3. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 5 months ago


    • Frances Kakugawa SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Add a fundraiser for some dental work, too.


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