When people block The City’s sidewalks, it leads to a “cycle of decline” for residents and tourists, according to the language of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s sit-lie proposal for the November ballot.
“Business areas and neighborhoods become dangerous to pedestrian safety and economic vitality when individuals block the public sidewalks. This behavior causes a cycle of decline as residents and tourists go elsewhere to walk, meet, shop and dine, and residents become intimidated from using the public sidewalks in their own neighborhoods.”
Several vocal neighbors of the Haight and Tenderloin have been pushing for the new law, saying that their neighborhoods have been ground zero for a turf war. But this law can be applied anywhere.
“Because lying down or sitting is an incompatible use of the sidewalk in residential and commercial areas, and in order to prevent displacement of violators from one district or neighborhood to another, the prohibition applies citywide.”
The first infraction, which can only be given after a warning, costs $50 to $100. A second infraction can be as much as $500.