San Francisco Sit-Lie Ordinance, Proposition L (November 2010)
The ordinance would 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. Police officers must give a warning before they can give a citation and the ordinance cannot be used to restrict the people's rights to free speech and peaceful assembly.
Gavin Newsom is the measure's main sponsor and cheerleader. Police Chief George Gascon is also a fan of the measure. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors declined to enact the ordinance themselves, and at that point, Newsom moved to have the measure placed on the November ballot, where the city's voters can decide its fate.
Homeless advocates oppose the measure, which they view as an attack on the homeless.
- San Francisco Examiner, "Sit-lie effort spurs ballot bickering", July 16, 2010
- San Francisco Examiner, "Newsom to unveil sit-lie ballot measure", June 15, 2010
- KTVU, "Sit-Lie Ordinance Passes Committee But Expected To Fail", May 24, 2010