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Success of SF sidewalk sitting ban a surprise to some at Democratic election-night event

Kayla Kuhn, Todd Andersen and Akina Chargualaf, SF Public Press — Nov 4 2010 - 11:02am

As the election results were streaming in projected on a large screen behind performers at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco Tuesday night, the disappointment with the passing of Proposition L was palpable. Proposition L, the highly scrutinized sit-lie ordinance backed by Democratic Mayor Gavin Newsom, will restrict people from sitting or lying on sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., with certain exceptions. “That law passed? That sounds crazy,” said Harrison Gough, a 23-year-old businessman who joined the crowd at the event, sponsored by the San Francisco Democrats and the San Francisco Labor Council, for the camaraderie, the booze and free appetizers.

On poison pills slipped into San Francisco’s ballot propositions

Kayla Kuhn, SF Public Press — Nov 2 2010 - 2:20pm

So-called poison pills are written into two measures on the current ballot to nullify an opposing proposition in the event that both are voted in. Also known as wrecking measures, they are created by a legislator who disagrees with another proposition and wants to undermine it. Ballot propositions cannot be amended. This year there are two dueling pairs: Proposition K would nullify J, and Proposition M would nullify L.

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