San Francisco’s Sit-Lie Law Proves Successful In The Haight

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – It’s been six months, but the proof is in the pudding when it comes to whether San Francisco’s controversial sit-lie law is actually working.

On Haight Street, Shade played his music as tourists offered him tips. He said he’s found a glitch in the ordinance, as he sits on a milk crate and not the sidewalk.

“(The law) means no sitting or walking on the actual ground,” he said.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

Ariana, who plays alongside Shade, said police have for the most part, been fairly tolerant.

“They are more worried about kids being so wasted that they have no choice but to sit on the ground,” she said.

Bruce Smith, who owns Roberts Hardware on Haight Street, said he has seen an improvement since the law was implemented.

“It seems to be going just fine. I haven’t seen a lot of problems on the street,” said Smith. “It’s nice to see the tourists out there shopping.”

San Francisco Police Captain Dennis O’Leary said citations and arrests were heavy in May and June, but have gone down so far in August.

“Park Station has issued three warnings and a dozen citations for sit-lie and no bookings (in August),” he said. “Those numbers are down and they are down because we are getting compliance without issuing citations.”

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said it appears his officers are being more judicious about enforcing sit-lie, not criminalizing the less fortunate and just trying to gain compliance.

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  • G.T.

    Placing a milk crate on the sidewalk is illegal under the law.

  • George

    This is reporting???? (!!!!!)

  • Bobby

    Nothing like quoting the homeless guy as the expert on the law. The law forbids sitting on any object placed on the sidewalk as well unless it is by the adjacent homeowner (even a renter doesn’t qualify). Essentially the police get to decide which street musicians they like or not.

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