Out of a curiosity, or perhaps a sheer desire to hear terms like "easement" and "conditional use" after a long hiatus, I popped down to see the proceedings in Room 400 of City Hall today. Walking into San Francisco City Hall for the first time, I couldn't help but get eery flashbacks to the final scenes in the movie Milk, although I realize the city has had 34 years to conduct other business since then. I was particularly interested in the zoning hearing going on related to the proposed addition of a La Boulange franchise at 1266 9th Avenue in Inner Sunset. Given that I frequent that block several times a week, plans for that block's future development have a direct impact for me. I used to cover planning committee meetings all the time as a reporter for several newspapers in Maryland, but this is the first time I was attending something like this more as a citizen than a journalist.