Writes The Examiner:

“Board of Supervisors President David Chiu added a provision Thursday to a proposed November ballot measure that could void the controversial sit-lie law. With the change, if the measure that requires police to operate a foot-patrol program passes, as does the sit-lie law, and if the patrol measure receives more votes, the sit-lie law would not take effect.

“Foot patrols are ‘a more effective vehicle to address safety and civility in public spaces and to protect the interests of merchants and citizens than an outright ban against a person sitting or lying upon public sidewalks,’ the amendment said.”

Newsom seems a little upset by the countermeasure:

“’David Chiu has set a new world record for pettiness and amateurishness at City Hall, and all he’s done is ensure that the Civil Sidewalks measure will pass and their poorly conceived foot patrol measure that takes away power from the chief of police will fail,’ Mayor Gavin Newsom’s spokesman Tony Winnicker said.”

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Heather Smith covers a beat that spans health, food, and the environment, as well as shootings, stabbings, various small fires, and shouting matches at public meetings. She is a 2007 Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism and a contributor to the book Infinite City.

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