A number of syringes are seen in the remains of a tent city being cleared by city workers along Division Street Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in San Francisco. Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week. The mayor’s office says about 40 tents remain, down from a high of 140 tents this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
In case you wondering how things are going in California, here’s the latest.
San Francisco just lost the Oracle conference, which was estimated to bring in over $64 million in revenue for the city and local businesses. Instead, the event will now be held in Las Vegas, which apparently ranks higher on the “lack of poo in the streets” scale than the once beautiful west coast city.
“Oracle stated that their attendee feedback was that San Francisco hotel rates are too high,” the email, which was viewed by CNBC, said. “Poor street conditions was another reason why they made this difficult decision.”
The SFTA, a private nonprofit organization that promotes San Francisco tourism, said it’s issuing a cancellation bulletin, covering five days and over 62,000 room nights in October 2020, October 2021 and September 2022.
“The estimated economic impact of each of the above is $64,000,000, a huge loss for our city,” the email said.
Shockingly, allowing one’s city to turn into a 3rd world garbage dump, complete with rampant homeless encampments and people taking dumps on grocery store aisles, hurts the ability of said city to attract events and businesses. San Francisco has lost other conferences due to their lack of sanitary and safe conditions over the last few years, so this isn’t a new problem.
— Deborah Kan (@debkhk) December 15, 2019
The local and state governments in California have shown no stomach for tackling this problem, instead choosing to pretend it’s simply a housing issue. In reality, most of the homeless on the streets are drug addicts and/or mentally ill. You could hand them an American Express black card and they’d still manage to end up pooping on the sidewalks and assaulting bystanders.
But to admit that and tackle the real issues would mean coming to the conclusion that the predominant social justice narrative is wrong, i.e. that homelessness is just about an unfair system and people down on their luck. We can’t have that, now can we?
Instead, California will keep doing what’s it’s been doing, which is raising taxes and wasting money on overpriced housing “solutions” that do little to nothing to help.