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San Francisco Voters Show Support For Sit/Lie Ban

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People walk by a homeless man. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — In early returns, voters were supporting an ordinance that makes it illegal to sit or lie on San Francisco sidewalks.

Measure L, known as the “sit/lie” ordinance, would ban sitting or lying on sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

The ordinance requires police to issue a warning before citing or fining anyone, but repeat offenders could face jail time.

The city’s Board of Supervisors voted down a sit/lie ordinance in June, prompting Mayor Gavin Newsom to take the issue straight to voters.

In response, opponents backed a competing ordinance, Measure M, which would invalidate Measure L if both pass.

Measure M was trailing 56-to-43-percent after early returns.

Proponents of sit/lie said residents in some neighborhoods are often harrassed by people who sit all day on sidewalks.

Opponents said the measure unfairly targets the homeless.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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