Police quietly rolled out enforcement of the sit-lie ordinance late last week, but it appears no one has been cited for violating the law. Park Police Station Capt. Denis O’Leary said he was advising his officers “to go easy in the beginning and just admonish people.”“I haven’t seen a cite yet,” said O’Leary, whose district includes the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Read More
The City’s controversial sit-lie ordinance remains unenforced, but the Police Department hopes to finish training for officers and unveil a public education campaign in the next “couple of weeks,” interim police Chief Jeff Godown said Sunday.The ordinance, which makes it illegal to sit or lie on public sidewalks, with certain exceptions, between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily, was approved by 54 percent of voters in November. Read More
Proponents of San Francisco’s controversial sit-lie ordinance say the law is already deterring aggressive panhandlers in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, even though police haven’t started enforcing it.
The Civil Sidewalks law went into effect Dec. 17 but won’t be enforced until mid-February, when the department completes its training and community outreach, police said. The law makes it illegal to sit or lie on a public sidewalk in The City between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Read More
Police could be given another tool to deal with unacceptable behavior, under a November ballot measure Mayor Gavin Newsom will introduce today on sit-lie legislation at the Board of Supervisors meeting, spokesman Tony Winnicker said.
The measure will restrict sitting or lying on sidewalks citywide from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and provide access to social services for those who need it. Read More
Businesses have asked Mayor Gavin Newsom to scale back the controversial sit-lie legislation so it applies only to commercial districts where merchants say loitering is most problematic.
In March, the mayor proposed a citywide sit-lie ordinance, which would make it illegal to sit or lie on San Francisco sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., with 30-day jail sentences and $500 fines for repeat offenders. Read More
It could hardly be a shocking revelation to anyone that the sidewalks and business doorways of the Haight have largely been taken over by loitering street thugs who get high, threateningly demand handouts and seriously intimidate tourists and residents alike. Read More