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.
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