Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

SF supervisors committee continues Sit/lie proposal

A San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee has continued a controversial proposal to restrict people from sitting or lying on public sidewalks to Monday, May 24.

A Monday, May 10 public safety committee hearing on the ordinance lasted several hours, but that apparently still wasn’t enough time to fully discuss the ban, which specifically would be in effect between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Progressives have criticized Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier’s proposal, saying it’s unnecessary. Some also worry it could be used to target groups such as homeless LGBT youth.

Others, including residents and merchants in the Haight who first suggested the idea, say it’s needed to keep squatters from blocking doorways and intimidating people.

The ordinance was introduced Tuesday, March 2.

The proposal calls for police to first issue a warning to any violator. After that, among other punishments, a first offense could result in a fine of $50 to $100. Subsequent offenses could result in penalties including fines of $300 to $500, or jail time.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, May 11, 2010 @ 1:14 pm PST
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