A new law targeting those who hang out, and lie down, on the sidewalks and streets of San Francisco has some asking whether this city, known for its “love thy neighbour” attitude, has perhaps decided some neighbours aren’t welcome.
In November, 53% of voters here passed Prop. L, which forbids people from sitting or lying on public sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The ordinance is very similar to anti-sit/lie laws in Berkeley, Seattle, and other liberal cities, and received strong support from Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief George Gascon.
After civil rights advocates and the progressive majority on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors opposed the idea, Mayor Newsom pushed to get it on the ballot.
Critics like Andy Blue call it cruel and heartless, words not normally directed at “The City by the Bay.”
There’s enough of the ’60’s radical in me that finds this hard to take. Whatever happened to the city that turned our culture upside down? (They even gave the “Jesus Music era” classics such as Cookin’ Mama’s New Day and Glide Memorial’s Bobby Kent. If you want to see how a San Francisco hippie is supposed to live, visit Kent’s site and view the photos). How could they do this? Worse, how could People’s Republics like Berkeley and Seattle do it?
Although the Board of Supervisors attempted to “keep the faith”, the duplicitous Gavin Newsom did not.
I’ve always said that Boomer liberals sold out, which is one reason why I cannot stomach their continued influence in our society. This is additional proof. The next thing you know, they’ll want to cut off welfare and really make people get off of their end. But wait, Bill Clinton did that in the 90’s…