San Francisco Mayor London Breed, in her first one-on-one interview since taking office, said homeless advocacy groups that receive funding from the city need to better educate the homeless to “clean up after themselves.”
“I work hard to make sure your programs are funded for the purposes of trying to get these individuals help, and what I am asking you to do is work with your clients and ask them to at least have respect for the community — at least, clean up after themselves and show respect to one another and people in the neighborhood,” Breed told the Investigative Unit, referencing her conversations with nonprofit groups aimed at serving the homeless.
When pressed about whether her plan calls for harsher penalties against those who litter or defecate on city streets, Breed said “I didn’t express anything about a penalty.” Instead, the mayor said she has encouraged nonprofits “to talk to their clients, who, unfortunately, were mostly responsible for the conditions of our streets.”
Viral Investigation Exposed San Francisco’s ‘Diseased Streets’
A recent investigation went viral after exposing an alarming amount of trash, drug needles, and feces scattered across San Francisco.
The report centered around a 153-block survey of downtown San Francisco, which revealed trash on every block, 100 needles, and more than 300 piles of feces along the 20-mile stretch of streets and sidewalks.
On Friday, two days after Breed’s inauguration, the new mayor during an afternoon stroll saw firsthand the reality and challenges of the city.
Video shows a man prepping a needle as Breed walked by.
— Josue Kevin Duran (@josuekduran) July 13, 2018
More Feces on Sidewalks
“I will say there is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here,” Breed said. “That is a huge problem and we are not just talking about from dogs — we’re talking about from humans.”
San Francisco is slated to spend nearly $280 million this year on housing and services for the homeless — a roughly 40 percent increase compared to just five years ago. Over that same span, however, the number of homeless in the city has largely remained the same at about 7,500 people, according to city counts.
“About 70 percent of the people estimated to be homeless in San Francisco were actually housed in San Francisco before they became homeless,” Breed said. “We have to make sure people who live here, [and] sadly, people who are homeless here, that they are also held accountable for taking care of our streets. This is our home.”
City’s Street Cleaning Budget Slated for 20 percent Boost
San Francisco spent $65 million on street cleaning last year and plans to add nearly $13 million in additional spending over the next two years.
“I don’t think that the city is poorly spending what it already has,” Breed said. “I spend a lot of time on Fillmore Street. I see the people who are part of a program, out there power washing. They’re out there doing what they can to keep the community clean, almost every day, and then right after they leave, maybe an hour or two later, the place is filled with trash again.”
San Francisco, and indeed all of the Democrat-ruled cities in California, have a worsening underbelly that San Francisco’s Tourism chief, Joe D’Alessandro says he can no longer gloss over, SFGate reports.
People injecting themselves with drugs in broad daylight, their dirty needles and other garbage strewn on the sidewalks. Tent camps. Human feces. The threatening behavior of some people who appear either mentally ill or high. Petty theft.
“The streets are filthy. There’s trash everywhere. It’s disgusting,” D’Alessandro said, adding he’s traveled the world, and San Francisco stands out for the wrong reasons. “I’ve never seen any other city like this — the homelessness, dirty streets, drug use on the streets, smash-and-grabs.
“How can it be?” he continued. “How can it have gotten to this point?”
All of this is coming from the man whose job is to glorify San Francisco, a very strong indicator of how far the city has sunk under Democrat-Communist policies.
“We can’t be quiet anymore,” D’Alessandro said. “We’ve got such a glorious history, such a beautiful setting, and the fact is, we’re letting it all slip away into this quality of life now that is not good for anybody. We’ve become complacent, and I think we’ve taken this as a kind of new normal, and it’s not. It’s wrong, and we have to do something about it.”
He said so many visitors are sending complaints to him about their experiences in San Francisco, he’s got to speak up. He joins a growing chorus of people whose jobs make them dubious about telling a columnist their real opinions of San Francisco, but who say they have to because working behind the scenes isn’t moving the needle. Well, so to speak.
Things have gotten so our of hand with homeless Americans wandering the streets of San Francisco, that Union Square Business Improvement District, which assesses extra property taxes to pay for services in the shopping mecca, was having to train retail workers on what to do when a severely mentally ill or drug-addicted person wreaks havoc in their store.
Meanwhile, pundits say that tourists and businesspeople don’t matter more than homeless people, those addicted to drugs and others in desperate need of help, but it’s quite clear based on laws and policies followed in California, that Illegal Aliens DO matter more than the homeless.
After all, illegal aliens squatting in California get free health care, free drivers licenses that automatically register them to vote, government housing preference, and those that can manage even a rudimentary level of English are preferred for jobs over American citizens, add onto this, that citizens report that illegal aliens are rarely ever punished in traffic court, with judges applying maximum penalties to citizens to “make up for what illegals don’t pay”.
Eventually, California’s America-last, open-borders State Assembly will wake up and rectify the issue, but that time will likely be long after the state has split into 3 different states, and the coastal liberals find themselves with a drastically reduced influence locally, and across the nation & world.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
July 16th, 2018