SF Voters: Sidewalks Are for Walking Only

Controversial "sit/lie" ordinance on its way to passing

By Mike Anderson
|  Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 AM PDT
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SF Voters: Sidewalks Are for Walking Only

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A homeless man sleeps in front of a closed San Francisco store.

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Better not rest on city sidewalks anymore, unless you want a ticket.

Voters supported the controversial Measure L, a.k.a. the "sit/lie" ordinance, which would ban sitting or lying on sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

PROPOSITION L
581 of 590 precincts reporting

  • YES    85,174
  • NO     73,797

Opponents say Measure L unfairly targets the homeless. Some have even been putting up illegal street art to get their message across. Supporters say residents in some neighborhoods are harrassed by people who sit all day on sidewalks.

A competing ordinance, Measure M,  would invalidate Measure L if both passed. But measure M is trailing 56-to-43-percent after early returns Tuesday night.

Mayor Gavin Newsom put the issue to voters when the city's Board of Supervisors voted down a sit/lie ordinance in June. The Measure is also supported by SFPD Chief George Gascon.

Before citing or fining anyone, police are required to issue a warning first. Repeat offenders could face jail time.

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