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Supervisors consider sidewalk policing as public debate heats up
“What we are really talking about here is civility on our sidewalks,” said Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, a supporter of the measure.
Advocates on both sides packed the Board of Supervisors’ chamber to capacity with many waiting in the hall. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi began the meeting by holding up what he said was the largest stack of comment request cards that he had seen in a Public Safety Committee hearing.
After more than six hours of testimony by various city officials and comments from dozens of San Franciscans, the committee voted unanimously to delay action on the issue for two weeks.
Different views of street life
Looking for legal leverage
San Francisco Chronicle: “Moderates must stand up to rhetoric on sit/lie”
CORRECTION 6/30/10: A previous version of this story misspelled the name of organizer Andy Blue.
During the Public Safety Committee meeting, people rallied on City Hall steps against a proposed ordinance that would outlaw sitting or lying on the sidewalk. Photo by Monica Jensen/SF Public Press.
The Public Safety Committee meeting filled to capacity. Some waited outside the meeting room for a seat. Photo by Monica Jensen/SF Public Press.