Monterey Bans Sitting and Lying on Sidewalks

July 2, 2014

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. – Anatole France


The East Village Coffee Shop attracts more patrons than can be accommodated in chairs every Saturday morning, leaving many to sip their coffee while seated on the sidewalk. Don’t hold your breath waiting for these customers to be moved along or cited under Monterey’s new ordinance.

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