Category: San Francisco

Dec 11 2019

Oracle Pulls Conference Out of Decaying San Francisco

It isn’t just a major medical conference pulling out of San Francisco due to moonbattery having rendered it unfit to be visited by civilized people. The situation is so bad that even a major tech conference is leaving — despite Pelositown sitting at the heart of Silicon Valley.

Via Fox News:

Oracle, a major Silicon Valley tech company, will move its annual OpenWorld conference to Las Vegas next year due to San Francisco’s expensive hotel rates and the city’s “poor street conditions,” according to reports.

The loss of OpenWorld, which has been held in San Francisco for about 20 years, is raising new concerns about whether the city’s struggles with homelessness, open drug use and street violence may be scaring off tourism and other business, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Tourism has been San Francisco’s #1 industry. Soon this will be surpassed by the homelessness industry, which funnels $zillions of taxpayer money into the pockets of do-gooder bureaucrats (and some crony capitalists) and unsurprisingly produces an ever-greater profusion of derelicts crapping on the sidewalk and assaulting anyone who looks normal.

San Francisco recently invested $551 million in a renovation and expansion of the downtown Moscone Center, the convention facility where OpenWorld had been held for years…

Throwing money at the problem won’t help. Someone needs to clean up that sewer. But that is not likely to happen under liberal rule.

On a tip from Varla.

Nov 11 2019

Radical Chesa Boudin Elected San Francisco District Attorney

It would be nice to think that moonbattery can only be pushed so far before it triggers a backlash, like a pendulum that has swung so far in one direction that surely it must swing back in the other. But it doesn’t work that way in San Francisco, where no matter how crazy things get, progressives find a way to progress still further. Chesa Boudin is the son of Kathy Boudin, a Weather Underground terrorist who was convicted of murder and is now unsurprisingly a professor at Columbia University. Ideologically, Chesa follows in his mother’s footsteps. He has just been elected San Francisco District Attorney.

The SF Comical refers to his “campaign promising to confront mass incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal justice system, while vowing to hold police more accountable in cases of brutality.”

To translate, this means more criminals loose on the streets, explicit discrimination against Caucasians, and handcuffed police.

Due to moonbattery imposed by leftist pols, San Francisco already has the highest rate of property crime of the 20 largest US cities. No other city is likely to catch up to it now.

Chesa Boudin’s radical bona fides are impeccable. He worked for Hugo Chavez, the socialist dictator who destroyed Venezuela, before settling in San Francisco. His father is David Gilbert, another Weather Underground maniac. Gilbert is fortunately still in prison.

Chesa was 14 when his parents were arrested. He was raised by two other Weather Underground terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who launched the political career of Barack Obama from their home.

All of these moonbats must be proud of Chesa. At his election party, the crowd chanted “F*** POA” (POA = Police Officers Association):

San Francisco has literally put the bad guys in charge of law enforcement. Harry Callahan couldn’t clean up the mess moonbattery has made of this once-great city.

On tip from Pork_Soda, Kate P, and QP.

Nov 03 2019

California’s Proposition 47 Wreaks Havoc

California’s Proposition 47, a referendum that passed 5 years ago, goes into the thick file labeled “Unintended Consequences That Were Easy to Predict.” It effectively legalizes shoplifting if the merchandise stolen would cost less than $950. The effects this has had will surprise only the most foolish.

Via Fox News:

The decision to downgrade theft of property valued below the arbitrary figure from felony to misdemeanor, together with selective enforcement that focuses on more “serious” crimes, has resulted in thieves knowing they can brazenly shoplift and merchants knowing the police will not respond to their complaints, say critics.

Progressives might counter that this helps the politically sacred derelicts and junkies who become ever more numerous in California. Fox News interviewed Cassie, a San Francisco heroin addict:

“If my babies need diapers or formula, who is going to get that for me? No one. I have to do it,” she said. “They ain’t out here arresting people for (shoplifting) and everyone knows it.”

Considering the money it spends to promote homelessness, California probably has whole departments with multi-$million budgets devoted to passing out free diapers for the almost certainly illegitimate offspring of heroin addicts. But with shoplifting decriminalized and the cops told to ignore it, it is probably easier to swipe merchandise and sell it to a fence than it is to navigate the bureaucracy. It is certainly easier than finding a job, even with unemployment at record lows — or at least, easier than keeping a job, if that would require giving up drugs, showing up on time, et cetera.

Supported by the state Democratic Party and championed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the referendum was passed by a wide margin in 2014.

Then came the consequences:

Among the nation’s 20 largest cities, San Francisco now has the highest rate of property crime, which includes theft, shoplifting and vandalism.

Private security is hardly more helpful than the police; it can only “observe and report thefts” — a waste of time. Consequently, thieves go into stores, fill up backpacks with stolen merchandise, go out, dump them, then come straight back in to fill them up again. They bring calculators so as not to exceed the $950 per trip limit.

Enviromoonbattery makes the situation even worse:

California is one of a handful of states that doesn’t hand out plastic shopping bags. To get one, the purchaser has to pay an additional dime. Residents looking to save ten cents and spare the environment typically put merchandise in a purse, backpack or have it in their hand when they walk out, an unintended consequence of which is shoplifters can easily “fit in and walk out” with the paying crowd.

Prop 47 has enabled more than petty crime:

Del Seymour, founder of the non-profit Code Tenderloin, told Fox News that fencers – often from Mexico and Guatemala – set up shop in the middle of the day and night around the city’s United Nations Plaza area. He said he’s also noticed that the stealers and dealers have gotten bolder by the day. The retail heists taking place, he said, aren’t some small-time operation but instead a sophisticated network of international dealers who cross the border to buy stolen goods. What’s worse is that a majority of the handoffs happen in view of San Francisco’s City Hall.

That’s appropriate, not only because the Democrats within helped enable this massive looting spree, but because they are looters themselves.

Hilariously, Prop 47 was called the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. The only people it made safe are thieves and drug users (certain drug possession felonies were also reduced to misdemeanors). But then, letting criminals run rampant is one way to keep the prison population down.

On a tip from Sean C.

Oct 17 2019

San Francisco Subsidizes Homelessness, Gets More of It

Subsidize something and you get more of it. This is particularly true of homelessness, as San Francisco demonstrates.

Proposition C passed with 61% of the vote, imposing a payroll tax that would raise $300 million per year to bestow upon homelessness. This money has been held up in the courts, but that has not stopped San Francisco from spending in a big way, as noted at Manhattan Contrarian:

The basic budget for homeless services has gone from about $155 million annually in the 2011-12 fiscal year, to $271 million annually in San Francisco’s most recent 2018-19 spending plan. And then there’s the newly uncovered honeypot of money in something called the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund. What’s that? According to a piece in May from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, “ERAF is a state program that requires counties to set aside a portion of local property taxes to a fund to be used for their school district. When the fund reaches its state-imposed cap, the remaining funds are then returned to the local government to be used for other purposes at the local government’s discretion.” According to that piece, San Francisco Mayor London Breed intends to spend much of this year’s ERAF “windfall” on “housing and homelessness initiatives,” including “$15 million for a new homeless navigation center, $40 million for anti-eviction measures, $14 million to buy land for affordable housing, $9 million to improve public housing and $42.5 million to complete construction of a homeless housing site.” That would look to be another $120 million or so in a year.

This cascade of cash has had the effect that any reasonable person would expect on homelessness.

According to a piece in the City Journal by Erica Sandberg on October 10, the official count of homeless in San Francisco is now 9,780. That represents an increase of at least 30% just since 2017.

When the Prop C money is freed up, San Franciscans will be spending about $600 per capita per year to subsidize homelessness. Expect the hordes of derelicts to skyrocket.

Spending money to help the homeless into homes they cannot afford (and are unlikely to maintain) will cause already stratospheric housing costs to skyrocket too. This happens when demand goes up while supply is held down by local regulators who make it economically unreasonable to build. The government is not likely to construct enough housing for the homeless to keep prices from rising as a result of “anti-eviction measures.” Consider the effect federal assistance has had on college tuition rates.

The blanket of human waste and taxpayer-financed heroin needles that covers the sidewalks will continue to thicken. The once beautiful city will tailspin ever faster into dystopia.

The same lunacy is unfolding down the Left Coast in Los Angeles.

It would be nice to think other parts of the country are at least learning from California’s example.

Hat tip: Maggie’s Farm.

Sep 13 2019

Pod People

The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers fittingly took place in California, and the first remake right in San Francisco. That’s where a similar sort of pod people have become a reality:

On tips from KirklesWorth and Kate P.

Sep 05 2019

San Francisco: NRA Is a Terrorist Organization

A crucial front in the Cold Civil War is the siege of language. Words leftists don’t like are forbidden, as the Newspeak Dictionary steadily shrinks. Words they have a use for are repurposed. For example, “liberal” used to refer to proliberty countermoonbats like Thomas Jefferson. Now it refers to antiliberty maniacs like Michael Moore. Another example is the word “terrorist,” which on the Left can be defined as “that which leftists are committed to destroying.” This means that the NRA is a terrorist organization.

Via SF Gate:

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Tuesday declaring that the National Rifle Association is a domestic terrorist organization.

The NRA did not bomb the Pentagon like Barack Obama mentor Bill Ayers and friends. It did not fly airliners full of innocent people into office towers full of more innocent people like the Muslims championed by progressives. Its “terrorism” consists of lawfully defending a key component of the US Constitution.

The irresponsible resolution passed unanimously. San Francisco’s lunatic leaders urge other cities, states, and even the federal government to follow suit. If Bernie Sanders would promise to throw energy executives in prison for keeping the lights on, why shouldn’t other “liberals” do the same to those who defend our fundamental rights?

The NRA responds, via KTVU:

“This ludicrous stunt by the Board of Supervisors is an effort to distract from the real problems facing San Francisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse and skyrocketing petty crime, to name a few. The NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans.”

Freedom-loving Americans constitute one minority that does not qualify for special privileges.

As its elected rulers strike authoritarian poses, San Francisco continues to swirl down the drain.

On tips from Stormfax, Dragon’s Lair, Bluto, and ABC of the ANC.

Aug 23 2019

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Revises Newspeak Dictionary

At least in 1984, party apparatchiks streamlined the language. Recent revisions to the Newspeak Dictionary by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are anything but streamlined. But then, Shakespeare did say that “brevity is the soul of wit” — and as we know, moonbattery is the soul of witlessness.

The San Francisco Comical describes the new “person first” language guidelines adopted by the board:

Going forward, what was once called a convicted felon or an offender released from jail will be a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or simply a “returning resident.”

A parolee or someone on criminal probation will be referred to as a “person under supervision.”

A juvenile “delinquent” will become a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”

And drug addicts or substance abusers will become “a person with a history of substance use.”

The idea is to destigmatize criminals, so that they will not be “forever labeled.”

According to the board’s language resolution, words that acknowledge the criminality of criminals “only serve to obstruct and separate people from society and make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal.”

At the current rate of deterioration into sheer lunacy, it won’t be long before “felon” goes from “returning resident” to “angelic victim of racist injustice.”

In their resolution, the Supervisors go on to lament that

“Inaccurate information, unfounded assumptions, generalizations and other negative predispositions associated with justice-involved individuals create societal stigmas, attitudinal barriers and continued negative stereotypes.”

Social engineers must be delighted that medical technology may provide a cure for people who have negative stereotypes of criminals.

What language to use for the victims of criminals? Applying the new terminology, here’s how you could refer to someone whose car was stolen by a paroled junky:

“A person who has come in contact with a returning resident who was involved with the justice system and who is currently under supervision with a history of substance use.”

On tips from Chuck A, Jack Bauer, KirklesWorth, and Pierre.

Aug 01 2019

Why Homelessness Is Worse in San Francisco Than Seattle

We have seen the deleterious effects of feeding feral cats and the catastrophic effects of showering aid upon Africa. The same principle explains why the homelessness problem in San Francisco is even worse than in Seattle.

Seattle’s KOMO illustrates:

Despite increased incremental spending of tens of millions of dollars each year, San Francisco leaders were shocked when results of this year’s one night count of the city’s homeless went up 30 percent from just 2 years ago.

“Despite.” That’s like saying, “Despite continuing to pound their thumb with a hammer, it kept on hurting.”

San Francisco will spend $305 million on homeless housing, shelter and services in 2019. Seattle is spending roughly $90 million. Behavior, mental health and drug treatment services are not included in these totals.

Brandon Deerfield demonstrates the results of this demented waste of other people’s money. He used to be homeless in Seattle, and now lives on the streets in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, where he finds it easier to acquire drugs.

Like a lot of homeless people, Brandon has switched from heroin to fentanyl, which is more powerful. Bums smoke it through discarded syringes.

“That’s why you don’t see syringes on the ground,” he says. “Since the city banned plastic straws, the addicts are using syringes as pipes.”

Consider that drinking straws are illegal, but syringes explicitly intended for the injection of heroin are provided at taxpayer expense by the government, and you will soon understand why San Francisco has a homelessness problem.

Brandon says people in San Francisco are more generous than Seattleites with their dollars to panhandlers who are ‘flying a sign.’”

In Seattle, he says, “They’re like, ‘Oh you are just going to spend it on drugs,’ but it’s normal for them out here.”

He says he can get $30 in 15 minutes when he ‘flies a sign’ asking for money, whereas in Seattle it could take him all day.

That comes to $120 per hour for indulging in uselessness during a time of extremely low unemployment.

“They already know, they give it to you and say here, ‘I don’t care what you do with this,’” he says.

This depraved form of do-gooderism is reflected in a municipal government in San Francisco that tops even Seattle’s for moonbattery.

He also said services are more readily available in San Francisco than Seattle.

“I feel they have more services here; they are more on top of it here because it’s so full of homeless.”

It is beyond belief that the leftist bureaucrats in charge do not understand that it works the other way around; they have so many derelicts because they throw so much money at them.

Meanwhile California Governor Gavin Newsom squeaks that he will double the vast amount of state tax money that is spent subsidizing homelessness. This plague will not go away until moonbattery does.

On a tip from Steve S.

Jul 04 2019

San Francisco to Destroy George Washington Mural

Looks like George Washington will be following fellow Founding Father Thomas Jefferson into the memory hole. From AP:

San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people.

Anything depicting a Caucasian is likely to be seen as “racist and degrading” to strategically aggrieved racial groups these days. Even to remind people of the Enlightenment period that produced George Washington is offensive. That is the reason Nike gave for opposing the Betsy Ross Flag.

The “Life of Washington” was painted by Victor Arnautoff, one of the foremost muralists in the San Francisco area during the Depression.

In those days, San Francisco was part of America. Even so, Arnautoff was a Russian-born communist, who apparently intended the fresco as a critique of Washington. At the time, it was considered radical. Now, it isn’t radical enough.

The San Francisco School Board’s decision to paint over the 83-year-old mural is prompting some to worry that other artwork from the so-called New Deal era could face a similar fate because of changing sensitivities.

This won’t stop at the New Deal era. The War on History demands that everything produced before yesterday be demonized and/or erased. Only a people with no heritage is malleable enough to be forged into suitable inhabitants for utopia.

The name of the school is George Washington High School. No doubt that will be changed to something more suitable, like Huey Newton High.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

Jun 26 2019

Moonbattery Destroys San Francisco and Los Angeles

Everything that moonbattery touches is made corrupt, filthy, diseased, hideous, and dysfunctional. This includes even some of the most beautiful cities in the world, like the crown jewels of California, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Once upon a time, some of the most beautiful cities in the entire world were on the west coast, but now those same cities are degenerating into drug-infested cesspools of filth and garbage right in front of our eyes. … Right now, nearly a quarter of the nation’s homeless population lives in the state of California, and more are arriving with each passing day. When you walk the streets of San Francisco or Los Angeles, you can’t help but notice the open air drug markets, the giant mountains of trash, and the discarded needles and piles of human feces that are seemingly everywhere. If this is what things look like when the U.S. economy is still relatively stable, how bad are things going to get when the economy tanks?

Tank it will, if only because liberals are sure to get back into power and inflict policies motivated by Marxism and climate ideology that are explicitly hostile toward the success of the free market economy.

UN official Leilani Farha visited San Francisco last year. She compared the conditions there to Third World hellholes like Mumbai. The difference is, San Francisco is the epicenter of the tech industry and therefore one of the wealthiest cities in the world. The condition of its streets is purely a function of liberal local politicians who incentivize homeless and tolerate illegal aliens and recreational drugs. Add in a severe economic slowdown and it will make Mumbai look like paradise.

As for Los Angeles,

If someone predicted half a century ago that a Los Angeles police station or indeed L.A. City Hall would be in danger of periodic, flea-borne infectious typhus outbreaks, he would have been considered unhinged. … Yet typhus, along with outbreaks of infectious hepatitis A, are in the news on California streets. … Hygienists warn that permissive municipal governments are setting the stage — through spiking populations of history’s banes of fleas, lice, and rats — for possible dark-age outbreaks of plague or worse.

If moonbattery can do this to California, it can do it to the rest of the country.

On a tip from Eddie_Valiant.

Apr 19 2019

Bay Area Brownout

As previously documented (see e.g., here, here, here, here, and here), terminal liberalism is literally reducing formerly beautiful San Francisco to a sewer. Nasty as the brownout has already become, it continues to worsen at a dramatic pace:

Between 2011 and 2018, San Francisco experienced a massive increase in reported incidents of human feces found on public streets.

In 2011, just over 5,500 reports were logged by the San Francisco Department of Public Works; in 2018, the number increased to more than 28,000.

This counts only those incidents that were actually reported:

Avoid any city that has utterly succumbed to moonbattery — and if you can’t, watch where you step.

On tips from Eddie_Valiant and Tony O.

Apr 01 2019

Drugs and San Francisco

In the 1960s, the hippies came to San Francisco with their drugs. The drugs are still there. The liberals in charge have dealt with the problem by facilitating drug use out of the goodness of their hearts. Let’s see how that approach has worked out:

At the heart of Silicon Valley, San Francisco is one of the wealthiest cities in the country. It demonstrates that homelessness is not primarily an economic problem but a symptom of drug abuse, which in turn is a symptom of degeneracy and irresponsibility at both the personal level and the government level.

On tips from Varla and Pork_Soda.

Mar 25 2019

Bailing on Bay Area Moonbat Utopia

Progressives have produced a prototype of utopia in the San Francisco Bay Area, where there is virtually no resistance to leftist politics. Unsurprisingly, people want out.

Almost two-thirds say quality of life has declined over the past 5 years, largely due to housing prices, the general cost of living, and the out-of-control infestation of drug-addled mentally ill derelicts.

It’s so bad that about 44 percent say they are likely to move out of the Bay Area in the next few years, with 6 percent saying they have definite plans to leave this year.

At the heart of the region is America’s most liberal city — where dissatisfaction is the worst.

San Francisco residents showed the most displeasure, with 72 percent saying life in the Bay Area has soured in recent years.

Progressives push their policies by suggesting a society is racist that doesn’t put the interests of black people first — and yet:

Pessimism spread across ethnic groups, with black voters most often reporting a drop in the quality of life.

Liberals also claim to be the champions of the working class and Hispanics — and yet:

About two-thirds of blue collar workers said they were likely to leave the region, far more than white collar professionals (43 percent) and service workers (44 percent). And more than half of the Latino residents and 7 in 10 black residents polled said they planned to move in the next few years.

Liberals shriek about the evils of income equality — and yet:

Wage growth is falling behind the rapid escalation of housing prices, and the middle class is slipping farther behind high-earners in the Bay Area.

A major Bay Area complaint is the traffic. Progressives say they will take our money and use it to provide efficient public transport — and yet:

Voters complained in interviews about unreliable public rail and buses, high-density apartments and condos adding traffic, and the steady rise in transportation taxes and fees that never seem to make highways and transit faster and better.

This about sums up the erstwhile Golden State under moonbat rule:

[Softward engineer Diego] Vela, 30, has a good salary that could be the envy of friends and family back home in Texas. But then he explains to outsiders the high cost of living in California. “It looks nice,” he said, “until you factor in reality.”

That’s why leftists keep reality at a distance.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

Jan 12 2019

Dead Raccoon in San Francisco McDonald’s

Something interesting can happen at any time when you live in a city that moonbats have reduced to an open-air insane asylum. In San Francisco, McDonald’s customers were recently presented with a blood-dripping dead raccoon:

On tips from Varla, 1-Bodhisattva, and Becky in Washington. Hat tip: Power Line.

Dec 27 2018

Postcards From San Francisco

The promised utopia awaits not in the faraway future but right now in San Francisco, a city so liberal that Nancy Pelosi represents it in Congress. Dysfunctional behavior is not only permitted but encouraged, as required by progressive ideology. The inevitable consequences are so conspicuous, even CNN can’t help notice them:

Outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in downtown San Francisco, a woman urinates on the sidewalk and smokes a crack pipe. …

About 50 yards away, a man injects another woman in the neck with a needle. …

This San Francisco neighborhood is home to the headquarters of Uber, Twitter and Salesforce. But stroll around here, and you’re also likely to find used drug paraphernalia, trash, and human excrement on the sidewalks, and people lying in various states of consciousness.

Ruin and decay don’t come cheap. Local government provides subsidies:

Last week, the mayor announced a detailed plan to direct a $181 million cash windfall the city received from the state to homelessness, affordable housing and related problems. The proposal includes nearly $20 million to be spent on beds for patients who have addiction and mental health problems.

Spending money on the homeless unsurprisingly draws the homeless and exacerbates the problems they cause. In Los Angeles, doubling the homeless budget increased homeless crime by nearly 50%.

No crisis is so bad that the progs who caused it can’t make it worse while supposedly fixing it:

San Francisco may also see an influx of cash to help solve the crisis, after a controversial ballot measure passed in November. Known as “Prop C,” the measure is viewed as a “homeless tax” — it aims to raise $300 million a year to spend on homeless services by taxing big businesses.

The city already provides junkies with 4.45 million free needles per year. Now Mayor London Breed wants to offer taxpayer-funded shooting galleries (a.k.a. “safe injection sites”), staffed with healthcare workers. If abortion is healthcare, then so is helping junkies shoot up.

Restauranteur Adam Mesnick lives and works in South of Market (SoMa). If you are among the shrinking number of travelers planning to visit, his Twitter page gives you a preview of the sights to behold:

The page CleanUpWestSOMA offers an alternate travel guide:

Don’t let this happen to your town. Block moonbattery at every opportunity.

On tips from 1-Bodhisattva and Dragon’s Lair.

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