San Francisco’s Liberal Policies Have Made It a Slum

san francisco sanctuary city bay conservatism Berkeley liberalSan 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 s— 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. Its test car was quickly broken into. Then the camera crew discovered that its 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 Gov. 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.

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by John Stossel

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1 year ago

Hey, John, do you have a link to your video of the San Francisco’s slums?
With all the politicians in that part of the state, you’d think they’d take more pride in their “human environment” and clean up the place. Oh, wait a minute; what am I saying? They live behind security walls and lush landscaping to block it all out! Or they vacation in Hawaii or Puerto Rico where the air smells of plumeria instead of poop!

1 year ago

Having grown up in the Bay Area, mostly in the East Bay, it was always special to take out-of-town visitors to “the City”. Especially around Golden Gate Park, it was lush and green, picturesque all year around. Now, the “green” is either from the “weed” or the nausea experienced from the stench!

1 year ago

What you read in this article, is happening to every city in California. If the Democrats get to implement
their policies this will happen all over the USA.

1 year ago

Blame the Demonrats! They will allow anything for a VOTE!

Bob L.
1 year ago

San Francisco has been “different” for decades. I remember seeing the hippies all over the place back the mid 1960’s.
So, don’t expect Nancy to ever tear down her “immoral” wall around her estate there.

1 year ago

Very sad. Always loved “the city” and went to school there. Not even interested in visiting.

1 year ago

For many years San Francisco has been a puss filled boil on the ass of America and it still is!!

1 year ago

Seattle is the same. I remember when it was a beautiful, clean, safe city and it breaks my heart to see what our pathetic “leaders” have done to it. They enable the worst behavior, which only encourages more of it. I wish I could understand whenthe activists of the far left took charge. The elected politicians are so afraid of them that they will not let the police do their work to drive them out. Our police department is so restricted that they are losing many on the force, and not many want to apply for the open jobs. Who… Read more »

1 year ago

It is way past time to replace the spineless govenmemt officles that just collect a paycheck and do nothing. Time for t. he taxpayers to take controal

Lloyd 1954
1 year ago

And now the mayor that brought you the S-hole that is San Francisco is going to do the same to the entire state. Leave now and take your money with you.

Irv C
1 year ago

Politicians don’t care. They have a WALL around their homes

lora favorite
1 year ago

San Francisco gets what it deserves, these people are so stupid. What did they think what going happen to all of these people? My god wake up before your city is totally destroyed. I feel sorry for all of you.

JMD Russio
1 year ago

People get the government they vote for – elections have consequences. Citizens of San Francisco elected these loons – liberal – communist.
Now how do you get them out of office. My Uncle lived in Mountain View California for almost 60 years after WWll. If he was still alive I know he wouldn’t recognize what these loons have done to a formerly beautiful vibrant city. The whole state of California is toast – New York is a close second and maybe even going to pass-up California. We have to stand-up and not to be afraid to speak out.

1 year ago

Just a microcosm of what’s in store for the country when millennials and younger become the largest voting bloc. Add to that the threat from foreign aggressors when the defense budget is slashed. Ugly…really ugly.

1 year ago

If you think you want to come see San Francisco this might help you change your mind.

Fred Dover
1 year ago

I don’t see how anyone can afford to live in San Francisco

1 year ago

The author used a word rarely heard anymore; vagrant. Language is important. The left has been systematically destroying meaning by stigmatizing certain words. They want people to believe the vagrants, bums and hobos are what they are solely because of free markets. This is not the case. Yes, many are mentally ill, but there are also many who relish the freedom from convention…. and work, that their lifestyle affords them. Nice people fall right into the lefts trap because they cant believe others would choose to live under a bridge. These same nice people also struggle to understand that criminals… Read more »

Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Heading to city in May for graduation, told by said student they have area for homeless. But still drive away tourism alone.
Thanks to the Leftists.
Now replicate in all US cities IE NYC alone.
Watch urban residents leave city for suburbs due North X Golden Gate or head South & East.
Love to see a City Map denoting the Homeless Zone for area.
Make public.

teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 year ago

more to the point why do people give support to the dems????? i guess they don’t mind filthy surroundings – i will never go back there ever

1 year ago

I just can’t believe how San Francisco got into just a slum city. I remember back in the early 90’s my husband and I went to visit his sister and her family twice for a visit. At that time, SF was so beautiful and I remember riding on a trolley car there. We also went to the Golden Gate and visit other interesting thing. I had heard now that San Francisco is nothing like I used to remember. I do blame these Democrats for this mess. It’s a good thing at that time, I was able to visit San Francisco… Read more »

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