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If you think Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large sodas and sugary drinks is crazy, read this:The mayor of Berkeley, Calif. wants to ban sitting on sidewalks. Yes, you read that right. Berkeley mayor Tom Bates is pushing for a measure on the November ballot to ban people from sitting in sidewalks and commercial areas, according to the Contra Costa Times.
Berkeley already has an ordinance prohibiting lying on sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. This measure would require violators to stand up if admonished by police, instead of just sitting up until police leave them alone.
If the measure is approved by voters, violators of the law could face a $50 fine.
Bates told the Contra Costa Times that Berkeley streets populated with homeless youth made him consider the measure.
“It’s just not civil,” Bates said. “I walk home every day and back and forth to the office and people have stopped me and said, ‘Can’t you do something about this?’ I figured this is a controversial issue and something that should be decided by the voters.”
Sitting bans have already been implemented in a few other West Coast cities, like San Francisco.
Berkeley’s city council will decide June 12 if the measure should appear on the ballot.
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