Supes crack down on homeless camps in parks

San Francisco supervisors Tuesday toughened the city's stance on homeless encampments by passing an ordinance prohibiting cooking and modifying landscapes to create shelters in city parks.

The ordinance will amend the city's park code — which already prohibited building or maintaining structures, tents or anything “that may be used for housing accommodations or camping” — to now include inhabiting such places, modifying the landscape to make a shelter, or accumulating furniture, appliances or construction debris in a park.

Additionally, cooking, except with the permission of the Recreation and Park Department or Commission, will be prohibited.

Sleeping in parks, which was already prohibited from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., will now be forbidden between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

People will not be found to be in violation of the code if they do not already have an outstanding citation for the same offense, and if they agree within 30 hours to accept temporary or permanent housing, residential drug treatment, homeless outreach services, or admission to a hospital or other medical treatment facility.

The ordinance was submitted by Mayor Gavin Newsom and passed the board on an 8-3 vote.

Bay City News

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Union threatens legal action after Police Commission expands use-of-force policy

San Francisco’s police union is pursuing legal action after the Police Commission… Continue reading

Restorative art on the inside and out

Curator Ericka Scott organizes exhibition of works by prisoners

City Attorney seeks to recoup ‘illegal profits’ gained by Walter Wong through city contracts

San Francisco will seek to recover “illegal profits” gained by well-known permit… Continue reading

SF Police Commission votes to expand use-of-force policy

Decision to bypass union negotiations could set stage for litigation

Free Muni for Youth program expansion halted by SFMTA budget crisis

Low- and moderate-income kids can still travel for free

Most Read