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"San Franciscans Try to Take Back Their Streets"

MI's Heather Mac Donald in the WSJ details a voter initiative permitting police to deal with aggressive homeless panhandling. San Francisco city government, which spends $175 million on homelessness services (compared to $442 million for police), had resisted any form of broken-windows policing, with predictable results. Mac Donald didn't have space to discuss the fact that the voter initiative will likely be tied up in the courts for years; as previously discussed in this space, the Ninth Circuit enjoined Los Angeles from any sort of legitimate policing of vagrancy in Jones v. Los Angeles.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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