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No Sit-Lie Law for Berkeley

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Berkeley's own version of a Sit-Lie law was voted down by about 52 percent to 48 percent on Tuesday. Measure S would have banned sitting down on Berkeley's shopping district sidewalks from 7am to 10pm. Store owners in areas like Telegraph Ave have long been unhappy that people sitting on the sidewalks in front of stores kept shoppers away (sound familiar?), but opponents said the law is harsh and wouldn't really help the homeless population. Looks like the voters agreed. [SF Business Times/photo: Shutterstock]