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

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

The proposal, if voters approve it, will require the San Francisco Police Department to establish a foot patrol program.

The measure conflicts with an ordinance favored by Mayor Gavin Newsom, the San Francisco Sit-Lie Ordinance. The ballot language for the Foot Patrol Program contains a poison pill that says 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.

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.[2]


  1. San Francisco Chronicle, "Police foot-patrols measure to go before voters", July 28, 2010
  2. San Francisco Chronicle, "Ballot battles", August 24, 2010

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