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Wed Feb 6, 2019, 08:45 AM

San Francisco once America's Jewel, now a sh!thole. Democrats made this.

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2019/02/06/slum-by-the-bay-n2540847
Slum by The Bay
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San Francisco is one of the richest cities it the world. It's given us music, technology and elegant architecture.

Now it gives us filthy homeless encampments.

One urban planner told me, "I just returned from the Tenderloin (a section of San Francisco). It's worse than slums of India, Haiti, Africa!"

So I went to San Francisco to make a video about that.

I've never seen slums in Africa, but I've seen them in Haiti and India.

What I saw in San Francisco looked similar. As one local resident put it, "There's shit everywhere. It's just a mess out here."

There's also lots of mental illness. One man told us, "Vampires are real. I'm paranoid as hell." San Francisco authorities mostly leave the mentally ill to fend for themselves on the street.

Other vagrants complain about them. "They make it bad for people like us that hang out with a sign," one beggar told us.

San Francisco is a pretty good place to "hang out with a sign." People are rarely arrested for vagrancy, aggressive panhandling or going to the bathroom in front of people's homes. In 2015, there were 60,491 complaints to police, but only 125 people were arrested.

Public drug use is generally ignored. One woman told us, "It's nasty seeing people shoot up -- right in front of you. Police don't do anything about it! They'll get somebody for drinking a beer but walk right past people using needles."

Each day in San Francisco, an average of 85 cars are broken into.

"Inside Edition" ran a test to see how long stereo equipment would last in a parked car. Their test car was quickly broken into. Then the camera crew discovered that their own car had been busted into as well.

Some store owners hire private police to protect their stores. But San Francisco's police union has complained about the competition. Now there are only a dozen private cops left, and street people dominate neighborhoods.

We followed one private cop, who asked street people, "Do you need any type of homeless outreach services?"

Most say no. "They love the freedom of not having to follow the rules," said the cop.

And San Francisco is generous. It offers street people food stamps, free shelter, train tickets and $70 a month in cash.

"They're always offering resources," one man dressed as Santa told us. "San Francisco's just a good place to hang out."

So every week, new people arrive.

Some residents want the city to get tougher with people living on the streets.

"Get them to the point where they have to make a decision between jail and rehab," one told us. "Other cities do it, but for some reason, San Francisco doesn't have the political will."

For decades, San Francisco's politicians promised to fix the homeless problem.

When Sen. Dianne Feinstein was mayor, she proudly announced that she was putting the homeless in hotels: "A thousand units, right here in the Tenderloin!"

When California Governor Gavin Newsom was mayor of San Francisco, he bragged, "We have already moved 6,860 human beings."

Last year, former Mayor Mark Farrell said, "We need to fund programs like Homeward Bound."

But the extra funding hasn't worked.

One reason is that even if someone did want to get off the street and rent an apartment, there aren't many available.

San Francisco is filled with two- and three-story buildings, and in most neighborhoods, putting up a taller building is illegal. Even where zoning laws allow it, California regulations make construction so difficult that many builders won't even try.

For years, developer John Dennis has been trying to convert an old meatpacking plant into an apartment building -- but it has taken him four years just to get permission to build.

"And all that time, we're paying property taxes and paying for maintenance," says Dennis. "I will do no more projects in San Francisco."

People in San Francisco often claim to be concerned about helping the poor. But their many laws make life much tougher for the poor.
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We see the same thing over and over again. Democrats create the same misery wherever they go.

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Reply San Francisco once America's Jewel, now a sh!thole. Democrats made this. (Original post)
Da Mannn Feb 6 OP
foia Feb 6 #1
imwithfred Feb 6 #4
Troll2 Feb 6 #2
Magyar Heidinn Feb 6 #3
Duke Lacrosse Feb 6 #5
Carlos W Bush Feb 6 #6
Lowrider1984 Feb 6 #7
sobek Feb 7 #8
Lowrider1984 Feb 7 #9
Bubba Feb 8 #10
oldenuff35 Feb 9 #11

Response to Da Mannn (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 09:11 AM

1. The Democrats are destroying Seattle too.

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Response to foia (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 11:45 AM

4. ".....The Democrats are destroying Seattle too....."

And, incredibly, even Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.

They're like the bubonic plague.

One wishes they'd hurry up, do their destruction, and then die.

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Response to Da Mannn (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 09:45 AM

2. San Francisco is a poor place to build a city

There is no fresh water.

It's easibly accessible only from the peninsula, which is now a major built up urban area.

It's in a major earthquake zone.

The fact is that development is much more economical in the South Bay and East Bay, which is where most investment has gone for the last several decades.

San Jose is bigger than San Francisco.

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Response to Da Mannn (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 10:05 AM

3. What should be shame is pride in the eyes of communists.

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Response to Da Mannn (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 01:51 PM

5. The politicians' favorite "solution" is to throw countless millions of dollars at "affordable"...

...housing, as if lack thereof was the root cause of most homelessness for most homeless people.

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Response to Da Mannn (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 02:47 PM

6. What do you imagine Republicans would do differently if they were in charge?

Honest question.

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Response to Carlos W Bush (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 6, 2019, 03:08 PM

7. Well. a good start would be to

round up the dopers and addicts, lock them up somewhere, make them do rehab.
Haul off all of the tents/sleeping bags/shopping carts, etc. to the dump.
Require all vehicles to at least move from the street every 24 hours.
If a vehicle is not in a paid parking space, impound it.
Any person urinating or defecating in public will be arrested. Anyone whining about "human rights and dignity" to defend the bums should be fined in order to fund the clean-up.
No sleeping ANYWHERE in the public spaces.
NO LOITERING ALLOWED!
Get a job, support yourself or get out of town.

Well, you asked.

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Response to Lowrider1984 (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:16 AM

8. The mfckrs won't work!

Visiting my daughters in California, I had to indicate to aggressive homeless that I was armed, from Idaho, and would most definitely shoot them for approaching my truck.

On further parley I advised them to get off their lazy doped up asses, get on down to Labor Ready, work for a couple months and get off the street. Labor Ready has your earned money in your hand in credit card form every night.

There is no excuse for this shit!

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Response to sobek (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 01:49 PM

9. Ah, California, The Cereal State

Filled to the brim with Fruits, Nuts and Flakes!

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Response to sobek (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 03:22 AM

10. Where Do They Get

Money for the drugs??

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Response to Bubba (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 01:38 PM

11. They are adept at finding enough money to support their habits.

Begging, sex trade, stealing, selling drugs themselves, even selling their own blood.

The street people there have almost zero hope or intent of every entering the local society independently. They are in one of the highest cost of living cities in the world where everything from food to lodging is outrageously priced.

There is currently not enough housing in the city for those who are willing and can pay the $5k to $6K per month for an apartment..

Just how are you going to get someone, lots of someones, who have nothing, off the street and into a packed job market making the necessary money to pay for the real and actual costs of living in that city?

It is not going to happen.

These people must be removed from the city for the good or the working residents and for the good of the homeless themselves.

San Francisco must become an inhospitable place for the homeless. Law enforcement must enforce the laws, the left wing idiots need to stop giving the beggars money, and the city needs to stop all cash payments to the homeless.

Our government needs to build rehab facilities down south in the better year-round weather areas, that can facilitate families as well as single people. These facilities need to be able to provide food, shelter, drug/alcohol treatment, job training and education at all levels.

Above all else, they will need to provide real and effective mental health treatment in this complex.

As it is right now, the homeless are only going to become more pushy/bigger pests, a bigger drain on the city, and commit more criminal acts,(violent and non-violent), so that they can survive in a place that they will never be able to afford/succeed by living and working in that local culture.

There is not any published idea or plan that, in reality, allows the homeless in SF bay area to be able to join the ranks of the working citizens of that that culture. With the current cost of living there this just ain't going to happen and if SF continues down its current path certain parts of their city will turn into a world class nasty ghettos.

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