San Diego Sides With Advocates In Sidewalk Case
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 30, 2002
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA--Disability rights advocates in California have convinced the City of San Diego to withdraw its support for Sacramento in a potential U.S. Supreme Court case.
Sacramento wants the Supreme Court to overturn a June decision made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the city must make sidewalks -- not just curb cuts -- accessible to blind people and those who use wheelchairs.
Officials from 92 California cities joined Sacramento in its position. Last week, San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn announced to a crowd of disability advocates that they had convinced him to withdraw his city's support for Sacramento.
"It was said at our last meeting that this is a civil rights issue, and I agree with you. This is about civil rights," Gwinn said.
The Sacramento Bee newspaper ran an editorial Thursday, calling for Sacramento to drop its "wrong-headed and mean-spirited" action.