Sit-Lie Protest Finds City Hall Steps Barricaded

Supervisor argues the controversial proposal a cynical political ploy

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 24 : San Francisco City Hall is seen October 24, 2003 in San Francisco. As Mayor Willie Brown visited Asia on October 24, mayor-for-the-day Supervisor Chris Daly secretly appointed and swore in two environmentalists to the city's Public Utilities Commission, then announced the appointments on official letterhead he had drawn up for the occasion. Brown cut his trip short to return to San Francisco to deal with the coup. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The Public Safety Committee of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors heard public comments Monday about the Sit-Lie law proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

    Earlier in the day, opponents to the proposed law who had filed a permit to protest it found that City Hall's steps had been barricaded -- meaning no one could sit, lie or stand on the city's finest public political stage.

    The Sheriff's department told the San Francisco Examiner the barricades were set up because the steps, which hold 150, were smaller than the estimated crowd for the protested.

    When the crowd was smaller than expected, the barricades were removed.

    Supervisor Chris Daly, who sits on the committee along with Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and David Campos, argued during the hearing that the proposed law was simply a wedge issue being used to divide voters ahead of district elections in November.

    Newsom has promised to put the issue on the ballot if the supervisors don't pass the law.

    Jackson West figures Daly, Mirkarimi and Campos could just kill it in committee and spare the political capital of the larger progressive majority.