Newsom defends sit-lie measure 

Opponents of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s sit-lie proposal are tossing the same rhetorical bombs they used to fight many of his other social programs, namely his controversial Care Not Cash homeless initiative.

But the one thing that all of his controversial programs have had in common, Newsom says: they’ve worked.

“I don’t think there is anyone with more scars with these types of battles than me,” Newsom said after Monday’s debate on the proposed ordinance to ban sitting or lying on city sidewalks between certain hours.

Opponents have been fighting Newsom’s measure, calling it draconian and a means to criminalize homelessness. But Newsom shrugged off the “hyperbole,” saying the exact same arguments were used to fight his efforts around Care Not Cash and panhandling enforcement.

“If you consistently say ‘the sky is going to fall in’ every time there is a new initiative and then it doesn’t, at what point do people stop listening?” Newsom asked.

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