Clean up San Francisco’s streets, tourist industry pleads

Clean up San Francisco’s streets, tourist industry pleads, by Heather Knight.

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 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. …

An Australian gamer tweeted that San Francisco “is a dangerous city” and the conference should no longer be hosted here. He cited a mugging, credit card theft and the general feeling of being unsafe. Others chimed in with stories of car break-ins, a knife fight and assaults. One attendee tweeted that all the developers he’d talked to were “still shell shocked after this year.” …

Ron Olejko, senior director of meeting services for the American College of Rheumatology, plans conventions for 16,000 people and last brought the event to the city in 2015. One of his big conferences alone is worth 53,000 hotel nights, he pointed out, not to mention all the meals and other items participants spend money on. But he said conference attendees last time reported feeling unsafe — being followed and screamed at, and having to step around needles and feces. One colleague walking with Olejko was spit on.

San Francisco is one of the great cities in the world, and it’s like you’re in the Third World,” he said, adding that for now, San Francisco is still in his rotation, but more for the image than the reality.

San Francisco has been under Democrat rule forever, and California has turned quite left in the last three decades. San Francisco is a sanctuary city, and a magnet for the homeless. See here.

This is where Kate Steinle was gunned down by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times and since found not guilty of her murder. See here.