Tuesday, June 19, 2018

San Francisco lawmakers vote to ban public nudity

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco lawmakers disappointed committed nudists on Tuesday by narrowly approving a ban on public nakedness despite concerns the measure would undermine the city's reputation as a sanctuary for free expression.

The Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 in favor of a public safety ordinance that prohibits exposed genitals in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit. The law still must pass a final vote and secure Mayor Edwin Lee's signature to take effect early next year.

Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced the ban in response to escalating complaints about a group of men whose bare bodies are on display almost daily in the city's predominantly gay Castro District.

"The Castro, and San Francisco in general, is a place of freedom, expression and acceptance. But freedom, expression and acceptance does not mean anything goes under any circumstances," Wiener said Tuesday. "Our public spaces are for everyone, and as a result it's appropriate to have some minimal standards of behavior."

Weiner's opponents on the board said a citywide ban was unnecessary and would draw police officers' attention away from bigger problems while undermining San Francisco values like tolerance and appreciation for the offbeat.

"I'm concerned about civil liberties, about free speech, about changing San Francisco's style and how we are as a city," Supervisor John Avalos said. "I cannot and will not bite this apple and I refuse to put on this fig leaf."

Wiener countered that it was inappropriate for hard-core nudists to wrap themselves in the mantle of personal liberty.

Under Weiner's proposal, a first offense would carry a maximum penalty of a $100 fine, but prosecutors would have authority to charge a third violation as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and a year in jail.

Exemptions would be made for participants at permitted street fairs and parades, such as the city's annual gay pride event and the Bay-to-Breakers street run, which often draws participants in costumes or various states of undress.

Comments
Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier returns, with energy to spare

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier returns, with energy to spare

HOUSTON — Energy.That's what Kevin Kiermaier said he felt he'd bring most in rejoining the Rays Tuesday against the Astros after missing two-plus months recovering from thumb surgery."I like to think I bring energy on both sides of the ball, wh...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
As Tesla races to meet Model 3 deadline, factory pressures and suspicions grow

As Tesla races to meet Model 3 deadline, factory pressures and suspicions grow

Tesla chief Elon Musk said last week that the company’s layoffs of 9 percent of its workforce wouldn’t affect production as the all-electric automaker races to build thousands of new Model 3 sedans a week.But documents the company filed days later wi...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Norris Trophy could be good consolation for Lightning’s Victor Hedman

Norris Trophy could be good consolation for Lightning’s Victor Hedman

Victor Hedman is talking from a hotel room in Las Vegas and admits he's a little jet-lagged."Actually, very jet-lagged," Hedman says.That's what happens when you take a flight from Sweden to the party capital of the world.But he knows exactly what he...
Updated: 1 hour ago

AP Top News at 10:06 p.m. EDT

AP Top News at 10:06 p.m. EDT
Updated: 1 hour ago
Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran

Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran

Officials in the Saudi-led coalition fighting to capture a crucial Yemeni port displayed weapons captured on the battlefield that they say show Iran is arming Shiite insurgents
Updated: 1 hour ago
Aquadog to the rescue: Labrador likes to play in the water (w/video)

Aquadog to the rescue: Labrador likes to play in the water (w/video)

Chief doesn't enter the water like most dogs doing a belly flop but dives in head first when he has to get to the bottom of deep pools.He can dive to 15 feet says Masson. "He started by jumping and looking underwater for the object and then he would ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Governors pull National Guard over immigration policy

Governors pull National Guard over immigration policy

East Coast governors from both parties are turning down requests for National Guard resources in protest of a federal policy of separating immigrant children from their families
Updated: 2 hours ago
Emotions erupt as ‘zero tolerance’ policy overtakes Florida politics

Emotions erupt as ‘zero tolerance’ policy overtakes Florida politics

The raw emotions over President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration swept across the Florida political landscape Tuesday in the midst of a pivotal midterm election.A growing chorus of Florida Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott, ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Hillsborough school district will pursue two kinds of local taxes

TAMPA — Hillsborough County School District officials took an important step Tuesday toward asking the voters to pay higher taxes for schools that, they say, are not getting enough money from the state.The board voted 5-0 to submit a tax referendum r...
Updated: 2 hours ago
China hopes for implementation of NKorea-US summit outcome

China hopes for implementation of NKorea-US summit outcome

Chinese President Xi Jinping has told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he hopes Pyongyang and Washington can implement the outcome of last week's nuclear summit at which the sides agreed to work toward denuclearization in exchange for security guarantees
Updated: 2 hours ago