September 16, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials have supported a measure to close city parks from midnight to 5 a.m. in an effort to thwart vandals, metal thieves and others who damage the parks at night.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 6-5 for the closures, saying current operating hours are inconsistent and unenforceable.
Homeless advocates argued the new hours discriminate against the poor, but Supervisor Scott Wiener, who proposed the legislation, said it is already illegal to sleep in parks.
Supervisor Eric Mar, who opposed the measure, called the move "mean spirited" and said it would push the homeless into neighborhoods at night.
The board will take a second vote on the measure next week, and then it will be sent to the mayor.
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