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Category: San Francisco

Jul 02 2020

San Francisco Suppresses Mugshots to Defend Liberal Narrative

The way our march into totalitarianism works, first the private sector abolishes something on a voluntary basis. Then Big Government steps in to make it official. Recently, we read that many newspapers will no longer publish mugshots, because it draws attention to the extraordinarily high percentage of criminals who are Persons of Politically Preferred Pigmentation. In San Francisco (where else?), government begins to follow up:

San Francisco police will stop releasing the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city’s police chief announced Wednesday.

Stereotypes tend to be based on reality. To suppress stereotypes, you must suppress information.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott and outside police experts said they believe the department would be the first in the nation to do so based on concerns about racial bias.

Los Angeles and New York have policies that curtail releasing booking photos, but the policies are not explicitly devoted to suppressing information that undermines Cultural Marxist ideology.

Scott himself is a Person of Politically Preferred Pigmentation, which is likely the primary reason he holds his position. Yet he whimpers that he has been discriminated against “when not in uniform” due to pattern recognition, i.e., stereotypes.

“You walk into a department store and you get followed around and the security is looking at you suspiciously. I’ve experienced that,” Scott said.

You might think this is the mildest form of discrimination imaginable if not merely paranoia. Actually, it is racist oppression, because that is Scott’s lived experience.

In San Francisco, the only exceptions will be if a crime suspect poses a threat or if officers need help locating a suspect or an at-risk person, Scott said. Under the policy, the release of photos or information on a person who is arrested will also require approval from the police department’s public relations team.

That means the photo will be released on the rare occasions that the culprit is a Caucasian.

We already know from reading news stories that if they don’t provide a picture or mention the race, the perp is black.

You can see why mugshots must be suppressed if people are to be duped into buying the politically correct narrative. Blacks make up only 13% of the population yet commit 36% of the violent crime. This is why they end up in violent encounters with the police. But the liberal establishment demands that we believe the police hunt them down out of sheer racism.

On tips from Bluto, Varla, and Henry B.

May 21 2020

Why Normal People Can’t Afford to Live Near San Francisco

If you live in an area ruled by liberals, unless it has already been reduced to a slum, chances are good that the cost of housing is extravagant. Possibly the best example of this is the San Francisco Bay area, where regular people cannot afford to live. The Academic Agent explains how liberal policy drove out the middle class:

The objective is to turn the entire USA into either San Francisco or Oakland. No middle class means single-party Democrat rule.

On a tip from Pork_Soda.

May 08 2020

San Francisco Provides Alcohol, Cigarettes, Marijuana to Homeless Because COVID-19

After California has used liberal policies to attract substance-abusing derelicts from across the country and the world, then has used COVID-19 as a pretext to put them up in hotels (including luxury hotels on a coercive basis), how are the homeless to occupy their time while cooped up inside? Partying is how. They can drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, indulge in “medical cannabis,” and more, with party supplies provided by Big Government.

I swear this is from the San Francisco Chronicle, not the Babylon Bee:

San Francisco’s health department confirmed Wednesday that the city was administering alcohol, tobacco, medical cannabis and other substances in an effort to prevent a handful of people quarantined or isolating in city-leased hotels from going outside to get the substances themselves.

The Department of Public Health delivers the free booze and pot to the derelicts’ free hotel rooms. Supposedly this is financed by private donations.

Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but federal law does not apply to California, as we know from the way it thumbs its nose at immigration law.

It isn’t just San Fransicko:

Alameda, Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties are also using a harm reduction approach in their hotels, administering medications to keep addicts stable, according to officials there. A program similar to San Francisco’s is also in place in King County, Wash.

“Harm reduction” is the preferred euphemism for providing alcohol to drunks, drugs to drug fiends, et cetera. Progressive policies require euphemisms, usually of the Orwellian variety, because even some liberals would balk at the sheer lunacy of what they are doing if straightforward language were used to describe it.

On a tip from Chris Neilson.

Apr 09 2020

San Francisco Bans Reusable Shopping Bags

The Wuhan coronavirus has made the already evident insanity of reusable shopping bags so obvious that now we read this:

In 2007 San Francisco proudly became the first city to ban plastic bags. But last Tuesday the city’s Department of Health issued new guidelines, which now ban people from going to stores and coffee shops with “their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items from home.”

Virtue-signaling moonbats can’t save the planet without their filthy reusable shopping bags and coffee mugs. But even the leftists running San Francisco understand that we have real problems to deal with.

The Chancre by the Bay isn’t alone:

Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Illinois and Oregon have temporarily suspended their own bans on plastic bags, imposed new bans on reusable bags, or both.

Hawaii and Washington state have reversed their bans too.

Coronavirus epicenter New York has held off enforcement on its plastic bag ban until May 15. Since no one denies that plastic bags are not only more convenient, efficient, and economical but a clear benefit to public health, why not kill the moronic not to mention tyrannical plastic bag ban altogether? Because where liberalism has triumphed, the statist ratchet as a rule only moves in one direction: toward ever greater government control. The best you can hope for is to slow it down a little.

San Francisco’s new ban on reusable bags says nothing about plastic bags. But banning the bags that were supposed to be the smart alternative to plastic is probably as close a progressive city ever gets to admitting it was wrong.

How San Franciscans can legally carry their groceries is unclear.

On a tip from Varla.

Mar 04 2020

Shopping in San Francisco

Here’s what it is like to try to run a business in San Francisco, where shoplifting has in effect been legalized and the DA openly sides with criminals:

This is the natural culmination of liberal policies, which always favor parasitical takers at the expense of productive makers. You might say that California has entered into end-stage liberalism. Small wonder that communist looter Bernie Sanders won the Democrat primary there yesterday.

On a tip from Kate P.

Feb 08 2020

Maniac Who Threatened Pelosi’s Challenger Identified

We have an ID on the foul-mouthed maniac who threatened Nancy Pelosi’s challenger John Dennis. His name is Stefan Goldstone. You would never guess what he does for a living:

School social worker. What a surprise. You probably don’t see many moonbats working as social workers in San Francisco public schools. This is almost as astonishing as finding communists in the Democrat Party.

The Post Millennial reports that Goldstone is also a local hip-hop DJ who performs as “DJ Sake-1.”

Best of luck to Dennis in his attempt to unseat Pelosi. He’ll need it. Given the district, Goldstone would probably get more votes.

On tips from Pork_Soda and Wilberforce.

Feb 05 2020

How Nancy Pelosi Gets Elected

Nancy Pelosi is so obnoxiously disrespectful that even Democrats were disgusted by her premeditated State of the Union antics. How does someone like this get elected to Congress? Her Republican challenger John Dennis demonstrates the answer by trying to converse with one of her constituents.

Pelosi personifies what terminal moonbattery has done to San Francisco.

On tips from Mr. Freemarket, Ellen O, Rapinhoe, ABC of the ANC, and KirklesWorth. Hat tip: iOTWReport.

Jan 24 2020

San Francisco Restaurants Add Surcharge to Fight Global Warming

In addition to power grabs by leftist pols, the global warming hoax can also be used to justify jacking up the bill at San Francisco restaurants, with the increased revenue targeted to ineffectual moonbat virtue signaling.

Via Eater San Francisco:

Diners at some of San Francisco[’s] most popular restaurants might notice a new line item on their bills this month, a one percent add-on that’s known as the Restore California surcharge — a fee that’s intended to assist in efforts against climate change.

There is precisely zero chance that paying an extra 1% on your restaurant tab will improve the climate — as if there were anything wrong with the climate anyway.

According to its website,

Restore California is a public sector – private sector collaboration to enable consumers to invest a few cents at a time to actively “improve the grid” of food by helping local farmers implement climate beneficial farming practices.

The reference to the public sector means taxpayers are also getting bilked. At least restaurant customers can opt out if they ask to have the surcharge removed.

If people really want to do good regarding farmers, they should raise funds for bribing politicians to build more reservoirs, so that there will be enough water.

Over 400 restaurants closed in corroding San Francisco last year. Jacking up prices in the name of the global warming hoax is unlikely to improve the situation.

On a tip from Steven S.

Jan 16 2020

San Francisco Finds Another Excuse to Let Criminals Loose

The decriminalization of crime is steadily reducing California from the Golden State to an anarchotyrannical hellscape. Chesa Boudin — who was recently elected San Francisco District Attorney on a platform of F*** the Police — is doubling down.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Boudin on Tuesday announced the creation of a diversion program for primary caregiver parents of minor children — his first policy since being sworn in last week, and an issue that’s personal.

Here’s why it’s personal:

Boudin is the son of incarcerated parents, who were imprisoned when he was an infant for acting as getaway drivers in an armored car robbery in upstate New York in 1981 that left two police officers and a security guard dead.

Specifically, he is the offspring of Weather Underground terrorists David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin. While they sat in prison, Chesa was raised by their colleagues Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who escaped punishment and launched the political career of Barack Obama from their home.

A “diversion program” is effectively a get out of jail free card.

The policy will suspend criminal proceeding for 6 to 24 months while a defendant goes through the program that may include parenting classes, anger management, job training, drug and alcohol treatment, and counseling.

If the defendant completes the program successfully, the court will dismiss the criminal charges.

Assuming he gets word of this down in hell, San Fransicko’s patron saint Harvey Milk, a homosexual who preyed on children, must be delighted about the benefit to sex criminals:

A misdemeanor charge of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense, for example, requires an offender to register as a sex offender and future violations carry state prison terms.

No conviction thanks to the diversion program means no registration requirement.

Putting the bad guys in charge has consequences.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Jan 12 2020

Over 400 San Francisco Restaurants Closed in 2019

San Francisco is wealthy enough that it can get away with wallowing in moonbattery for a while. Not indefinitely though. Already the city is starting to die. When more than 400 restaurants close in a single year in a town that historically relies heavily on tourism, something is very wrong:

Crushing regulations, extravagant minimum wage, stratospheric rent, and general societal decay make running a restaurant in San Francisco challenging in the extreme.

As small business owners pack up and leave and still more vagrants wash up looking for freebies, municipal government will lurch ever further left. San Francisco has entered the Democrat Death Spiral.

On a tip from Don M.

Dec 17 2019

Shopping in San Francisco

San Francisco is so full of wokeness that the sidewalks are covered in human waste. But why should the legions of drug-addled derelicts attracted by the city’s liberal policies stay out on the sidewalk?

At least the guy with the manbun is preparing to wipe after having left that load on the floor. It shows that some vestigial conception of hygiene remains.

The store’s bathrooms were reportedly available for his use at the time, but habits are hard to break, as any junky can tell you.

It’s a vicious cycle. The worse the situation gets, the more the moonbats in charge bleat about the plight of the homeless and throw money at them, the worse the situation gets. Sane voters get the hell out of there, leaving the moonbats in charge ever more authority to reduce a beautiful city into a literal cesspool to show how much they revere the oppressed homeless.

Already the tailspin is so out of control that San Francisco just elected Chesa Boudin District Attorney. Boudin is the offspring of Weather Underground terrorists David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin. He was raised by the other Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn while his parents sat in jail. He ran on a platform of opposing the police and of not prosecuting quality of life crimes like public defecation.

On tips from Sean C, Rapinhoe, and robbanks.

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.

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