The Martinez City Council has responded to complaints by merchants and residents about the number of people panhandling at shopping centers and intersections by banning aggressive panhandling within city limits.
They want more options when it comes to how to handle businesses that aren’t paying their fair share.
After a lengthy debate, the Berkeley City Council voted 6-3 early Wednesday morning in favor of putting a measure on the November ballot that would prohibit sitting on sidewalks near businesses during daytime hours.
The Walnut Creek City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a controversial nuisance ordinance that will hold all alcohol-serving establishments in the city to the same standards, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Fines for anyone caught violating the ordinance range from $100 to $500.
A toned-down version of a tough local hiring ordinance will be taken up at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Wednesday, with the same goal, but an extended time period to reach it.
In early returns voters were supporting by a three-to-one margin an ordinance that makes laying or sitting on San Francisco sidewalks illegal.