A San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee this morning will debate a proposed sit/lie ordinance intended to combat low-level street crime and harassment in neighborhoods such as the Haight-Ashbury.
The legislation has not yet been introduced but police Chief George Gascon has said it would be useful in preventing harassment of pedestrians outside some businesses.
Some have expressed concern that such an ordinance would unfairly target the homeless, and that anti-loitering and nuisance laws already on the books are not being enforced by police.
This morning’s hearing of the board’s Public Safety Committee will address the feasibility of a new sit/lie law and include presentations by the Police Department and other city agencies. It begins at 10 a.m. at City Hall.