Monday, August 12, 2019

San Francisco, Third World City

If you thought Baltimore was bad, just take a gander at San Francisco. We are all inured to the appalling reality that is today’s San Francisco. Homeless encampments line the streets. Drug addicts lie in their filth. Human excrement lines the streets. And the local officials, the bureaucrats seem perfectly incapable of dealing with the problem. 

Still, they have lots of excuses. Anything better than getting the job done. 

So, local news outlet, NBC did its own investigation. The news was very bad indeed:

How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city – the more than 20-mile stretch includes popular tourist spots like Union Square and major hotel chains. The area – bordered by Van Ness Avenue, Market Street, Post Street and Grant Avenue – is also home to City Hall, schools, playgrounds, and a police station.

What did they find?

As the Investigative Unit photographed nearly a dozen hypodermic needles scattered across one block, a group of preschool students happened to walk by on their way to an afternoon field trip to city hall.

“We see poop, we see pee, we see needles, and we see trash,” said teacher Adelita Orellana. “Sometimes they ask what is it, and that’s a conversation that’s a little difficult to have with a 2-year old, but we just let them know that those things are full of germs, that they are dangerous, and they should never be touched.”

And also:

The Investigate Unit spent three days assessing conditions on the streets of downtown San Francisco and discovered trash on each of the 153 blocks surveyed. While some streets were littered with items as small as a candy wrapper, the vast majority of trash found included large heaps of garbage, food, and discarded junk. The investigation also found 100 drug needles and more than 300 piles of feces throughout downtown.

Fortunately, the area has experts who can explain the dangers lurking in the filth:

“If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases,” said Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease expert at University of California, Berkeley. He warned that once fecal matter dries, it can become airborne, releasing potentially dangerous viruses, such as the rotavirus. “If you happen to inhale that, it can also go into your intestine,” he said. The results can prove fatal, especially in children.

In the race to the bottom, so to speak, the streets of San Francisco are worse than those of the worst slums in the developing world:

Based on the findings of the Investigative Unit survey, Riley believes parts of the city may be even dirtier than slums in some developing countries.

“The contamination is … much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India,” he said. He notes that in those countries, slum dwellings are often long-term homes for families and so there is an attempt to make the surroundings more livable. Homeless communities in San Francisco, however, are often kicked out from one part of town and forced to relocate to another. The result is extreme contamination, according to Riley.

Needless to say, local officials find it unacceptable. Yet, there is a chasm between finding it unacceptable and doing something to solve the problem:

“Unacceptable. Absolutely unacceptable,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “We're losing tourists. We're losing conventions in San Francisco. All of this is happening because we aren't addressing the root cause, which is we need more temporary beds for street homelessness.”

Ronen believes San Francisco has been too focused on permanent housing for the homeless and that the city has neglected to provide enough temporary shelter, which can provide the homeless a respite from the streets. The city currently has about 2,000 temporary beds. Ronen, however, believes an additional 1,000 are needed, at a cost of about $25 million.

We do note, as we read through the NBC article, that those who are in charge of dealing with the problem seem to have been chosen for diversity more than competence. Remember, diversity is our strength… or whatever.


trigger warning said...

You're describing, in Nancy Pelosi's words, "San Francisco values".

Sam L. said...

How long has Frisco been run by Democrats??????

Sam L. said...

Clearly, too dang long!