"One warning by a peace officer to a person who is violating this section is sufficient for a thirty (30) day period as to any subsequent violations of this section by said person during said period."
Community members involved with Direct Action Monterey Network (DAMN), the group that has been organizing the demonstrations, say the sit-lie ban is a discriminatory law which targets homeless people and travelers. By organizing the sit-ins they hope to clog Monterey's legal system with citations.
So far no one has been cited at any of the demonstrations, but the city has expended a certain level of police resources in their responses to the actions. In February, six Monterey police officers watched the group of demonstrators for two hours, and at the May sit-in, three police officers issued warnings to over a dozen individuals who were sitting on the sidewalk. In March and April, business owners argued with them and threatened to call the police on the demonstrators if they didn't leave.
At the June 5 demonstration, approximately 16 people were in attendance, with about eight people sitting. As people walked by (and through) the group, one woman greeted people by saying, "homelessness is not a crime," and then offered them literature about the protests. Literature was also available on a table, along with free coffee.
Another member of the group of sitters that day communicated continually to passers-by that the sit-lie law is being, "selectively enforced by the business community."
Whether it was an example of selective enforcement or not, the demonstrators were left to sit free from police interactions on June 5.
Members of DAMN say they will continue to organize the actions on the first Friday of every month from 4pm-6pm.