Legislation counters mayor’s sit-lie plan 

As the debate about sit-lie legislation heads to a hearing before supervisors, a counter measure that could create community justice courts citywide is being pitched.

In March, Mayor Gavin Newsom proposed a citywide sit-lie ordinance that would make it illegal to sit or lie on San Francisco sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., with 30-day jail sentences and $500 fines for repeat offenders.

The Newsom legislation will be heard before the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee on Monday.

Also at that hearing, a separate proposal from Board of Supervisors President David Chiu will be heard. This week, he introduced legislation for a restorative-justice task force to consider expanding the services offered in the community justice center to other parts of The City — starting with the Haight neighborhood.

“I am interested in considering whether a community justice model integrated with social services would be a better long-term solution to the problems we see in certain neighborhoods,” Chiu said.

Newsom supports the expansion of community justice centers, but not at the expense of a sit-lie law, said Newsom spokesman Tony Winnicker. 

“If the board refuses to pass a meaningful law to deal with the unacceptable behavior on our sidewalks, then the voters will be given the opportunity this November,” Winnicker said.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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