Opponents of SF Park Closures Camp Overnight in Dolores Park

Opposition to new rule closing SF parks at night.

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    Last call in the park may soon be midnight.

    It's camping for a cause.

    A cadre of San Francisco political activists -- opposed to a proposed law that would close San Francisco's parks between midnight and 5 a.m. -- bedded down for the night in Dolores Park in protest Monday night, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    The rally began with "several dozen people," swelled to "about 100" well-wishers showing solidarity, and about "six people" stayed the night through til morning on Tuesday, organizer Tom Temprano told the newspaper.

    The law, up for a vote by the Board of Supervisors today, would deem city parks officially closed for the first time, and would subject violators of the law to a misdemeanor, according to the legislation.

    Supervisor Scott Wiener, the law's author, says that more restrictions are needed to clamp down on vandalism and other ills that overnight guests in city parks bring.

    Temprano counters that the law would only further criminalize the crime of being homeless: "The only people we saw in the park overnight are people who have no place else to go," he told the newspaper.

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