Although San Francisco’s sit-lie law has been used only sparingly against the problematic vagrants who were its intended target, the regulation is now the latest police enforcement tool for dealing with the sidewalk dwellers of the Occupy SF movement.
The law prohibits sitting or lying on The City’s public sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., with certain exceptions for First Amendment practices such as participating in a demonstration. Read More
Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting was one of the first mayoral candidates to lash out at a progressive ballot measure that would change the way Care Not Cash benefits are dispersed when it comes to homeless-shelter beds. Read More
Police say The City’s new sit-lie law appears to have had an effect on Haight Street despite the misgivings of some, although a small but steadfast group of drunken loiterers remains. Read More
A police lieutenant working in the Haight-Ashbury area said The City’s new sit-lie law has been ineffective, though the claim was disputed by a neighborhood group.
Speaking at the Police Department’s public CompStat meeting, Park station Lt. Belinda Kerr said that despite “a prolific amount” of citations and warnings, “I haven’t seen that it’s done a whole lot.” In addition, she said, police have been seeking stay-away orders for multiple offenders. Read More
The City’s efforts to keep Twitter in San Francisco (“Twitter tax break takes stage,” March 15) are very important to job growth in The City. Twitter is important not only as a rapidly growing job producer in its own right, but as a marquee symbol of San Francisco’s (only recently achieved) status as a technology startup hub. Read More
The latest cause for pause in enforcement of The City’s controversial sit-lie ordinance? The print shop.
“The entire department has been trained up on policies and procedures,” involving enforcement of the new ordinance, which prohibits sitting or lying on public sidewalks, police Chief Jeff Godown said Sunday. “We’re just waiting for the cards to come back from the printer.” Read More
The makers of a pro-sit-lie video pulled a high-ranking officer’s testimony Thursday for fear of breaking ethics rules about campaigning in uniform.
The video, produced by the Coalition for Civil Sidewalks in favor of Proposition L on the Nov. 2 ballot in The City, includes testimonials from business owners, elected officials and city employees. Read More
The folks behind Proposition L, the sit-lie law known as Civil Sidewalks, produced a video you can check out here that includes testimonials from business owners, elected officials and city employees. Read More
A proposal to make sitting or lying on city sidewalks illegal was defeated by a wide margin Tuesday — but Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to give voters the final say in November.
The growing unrest of merchants and residents who complain about intimidating and disruptive behavior on San Francisco sidewalks led Mayor Gavin Newsom, with the support of police Chief George Gascón, to propose making it illegal to sit or lie on sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Read More
After weeks of committee hearings deliberating the merits and necessity of a proposed sit-lie ordinance, this afternoon the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted down the measure, which is now likely to come before voters on the November ballot.
Since March, when Mayor Gavin Newsom introduced the measure, his office has delivered a steady message: if the ordinance fails to pass at the board, the mayor will let the voters decide in November. Read More