October 31, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco supervisor is set to propose legislation that would close the city's parks overnight - a move that has drawn criticism from homeless advocates.
Supervisor Scott Wiener says he will introduce the legislation at Tuesday afternoon's Board of Supervisors meeting.
The law would close all city parks from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. The goal is to decrease rampant vandalism, metal theft and dumping. Wiener says illegal dumping and vandalism occur largely at night and cost the city about $1 million every year.
Violators could get a ticket or face a misdemeanor charge.
Wiener says sleeping in parks is already illegal, and the law is not directed at the homeless.
But Lisa Marie Alatorre of the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco says it would criminalize and displace hundreds of homeless people who live in the parks.
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