San Francisco Police Foot Patrol Program, Proposition M (November 2010)

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A San Francisco Police Foot Patrol Program Ordinance, Proposition M was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in San Francisco.[1] It was defeated.

Proposition M, if voters had approved it, would have required the San Francisco Police Department to establish a foot patrol program.

Proposition M competed with an ordinance favored by Mayor Gavin Newsom, the San Francisco Sit-Lie Ordinance, Proposition L. The ballot language for the Foot Patrol Program contained a poison pill that said that if it earns more votes than the Sit-Lie Ordinance, the Sit-Lie Ordinance is null-and-void, even if it wins a majority of the vote. However, this provision turned out to be moot, since Proposition L did receive an affirmative majority of votes, while Proposition M did not.

Election results

  • Yes: 117,608 (46.59%)
  • No: 134,808 (53.41%) Defeatedd

Election results are from the San Francisco elections division as of November 26, 2010.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Proposition M: Shall the City require the Police Commission to adopt a written community policing policy, require the Chief of Police to establish a comprehensive Foot Beat Patrol Program, and not amend its Police Code to prohibit sitting or lying on sidewalks?[2]

Path to the ballot

The measure was placed on the ballot with a 7-4 vote of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Ross Mirkarimi, Chris Daly, David Chiu, John Avalos, David Campos, Eric Mar and Sophie Maxwell voted in favor of putting it on the ballot.

Sean Elsbernd, Michela Alioto-Pier, Carmen Chu and Bevan Dufty voted against putting it on the ballot.

Possible lawsuit to remove

See also: 2010 ballot measure litigation

On August 24, supporters of the competing Proposition L asked John Arntz, director of elections for San Francisco, to remove Proposition M from the ballot.

The grounds given by Proposition L supporters as to why Proposition M ought to be taken off the ballot revolve around whether or not the San Francisco Board of Supervisors held a required "second comment period" before voting to put Proposition M on the ballot.

If Arntz doesn't take action on the request, a lawsuit may be filed to accomplish the objective of removing Prop M from the ballot.[3]

External links


  1. San Francisco Chronicle, "Police foot-patrols measure to go before voters," July 28, 2010
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. San Francisco Chronicle, "Ballot battles," August 24, 2010

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