San Francisco to Pay $300 to Not Shoot People; Also Known as, 'Stupid Solutions for $500'

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San Francisco has decided to begin a pilot program where they pay $300 to residents in poor communities to not shoot each other.

Why do these Leftist elites assume throwing money at a problem is always the best solution? All you have to do is look at California’s homelessness mess to see the failure in that proposition. Yet, they keep doing it.


And what a perspective San Francisco’s Black Mayor London Breed has of her own people: Black and brown people are incapable of stemming their penchant toward crime because they’re so poor, so let’s give them a monthly incentive to stop.

Straight up racism wrapped in supposed good intentions.

We all know what the road to hell is paved with….

This initiative is the pilot program that will now be used in place of actual policing. According to KQED, this is what Breed did with the funds formerly allotted to the police budget:

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday announced a plan for how the city will spend $120 million over the next two years, pulled from law enforcement budgets, to reinvest in the city’s long-underserved Black communities.

“The Dream Keeper Initiative,” as it’s dubbed, increases investments in workforce development, health campaigns, youth and cultural programs and housing support. The allocations reflect spending priorities conveyed by Black residents during a series of community meetings and public surveys led last year by the city’s Human Rights Commission, Breed said.

“It was important that we took the conversation to the community and we got feedback on what was most important,” Breed said on KQED’s Forum Thursday.

What was “most important” is money for curbing their violent tendencies? Yeah, right.

“I want to change the outcome of African Americans in the city who are disproportionately impacted in the criminal justice system, disproportionately impacted by homelessness and a number of other disparities, even in our public school system. And I wanted to make sure that these investments were going to make a difference.”


But London, your boy Chesa [Boudin] (the SF D.A.) doesn’t prosecute anybody anymore. So, how are Blacks now disproportionately impacted? And while we’re at it, instead of using taxpayer dollars to pay for this initiative, why not just take Chesa’s salary since he is not doing his job?

Of the $60 million slated to be spent this fiscal year, through September, nearly $14 million will go toward workforce training and development programs, including small business support and efforts to increase Black employment in city agencies. Another roughly $15 million will be used to support community health and wellness initiatives, and about $10 million will go toward housing security, including a push to increase Black homeownership.

So, does the first program out the gate have anything to do with Black employment or workforce training? Did we connect Robert Half and Apple One with some grants to do this? How about Health and Wellness? Are Whole Foods and Sprouts invading the community? What is this ‘housing security’? Will the criminals with guns now double as security guards?

Nope, they’re only paying people $300 to not to shoot each other.

From Newsweek:

A new program in San Fransisco [sic] will pay people at high risk of shooting someone not to pull the trigger to help alleviate rising gun violence in the city.

The Dream Keeper Fellowship is set to launch in October and pay 10 individuals $300 each month to not be involved in shootings, Sheryl Davis, executive director of the Human Rights Commission, told Newsweek in an interview Tuesday.

Davis explained that the program is not “transactional,” but will rather focus on making investments in communities most impacted by violence.

“It’s not necessarily as cut and dry as folks may think. It’s not as transactional as, ‘Here’s a few dollars so that you don’t do something bad,’ but it really is about how you help us improve public safety in the neighborhood,” she said.


How is this not transactional? You are paying for someone to modify their behavior. However, transactions usually work when the price agreed upon for the service or product given is beneficial to both parties. How do we know $300 now is worth the benefit of not capping someone later? Or how do we know these individuals are not merely moving their penchant for criminal behavior into other arenas?

Have any actual studies been done on this?

Participants will be paired with life coaches from the city’s Street Violence Intervention Program and will be considered “community ambassadors” who work to prevent violence. They will work on their professional, personal, and community development and will be thought of as “partners” in engaging community members and decreasing violence.

“As you become better, your community benefits from that,” she said.

Life coaches? This is sounding more and more like a Saturday Night Live sketch. The San Francisco elite apparently have more money than common sense. Wait, our governor is one of them… Never mind!

The program aims to get to the “root causes” of violence, “which in so many ways are economic,” according to Davis.

“We need to be getting to the root causes of why some neighborhoods are safer than others,” Davis said.

Hmm.. I’ll give you some hints. In some neighborhoods, people actually work hard to be able to live there and maintain their property; so they already have an investment and they are more motivated to protect that investment, including maintaining morally acceptable behavior — so that they, and others, are not put at unnecessary risk. These people teach their children to learn to invest (this starts with life maintenance and education), and to respect their investments, as well as the investments of others. You know, the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Mutual respect helps to mitigate adverse consequences.


Everyone invested in the neighborhood demands a code of conduct, and expects everyone to adhere to it. And finally, these neighborhoods like having a police presence and are willing to pay for it.

Breed and her social change agents are using the model set in Richmond, CA, back in 2013. According to reports from that particular initiative, homicides were cut in half. However, they started to rise again the next year. Now, it’s 2021, and Richmond is ranked No. 37 in violent crime in the nation.

That includes a drive-by shooting in June, and a multiple victim shooting in July:

According to preliminary investigations, police said a group of people was grilling at the park when a four-door sedan pulled up and two people inside got out and began firing guns. The gunmen then got back in the car, which fled west along Macdonald and onto Richmond Parkway.

The shooting, the city’s first with multiple victims since last month’s triple fatal shooting on Father’s Day, brought Richmond’s homicide total to 13 in 2021. One of the homicides was investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

So, what happened to the success of this initiative? Was it disbanded? Or did it actually fail to address the “root causes” of violence, which has little to do with economic status or racial category, and more to do with the state of the heart?

What I find fascinating is that these “principles” the life coaches use in this program used to be taught — without fail — in two places: the church and public school.

Both of these institutions, which used to actually educate, teach civic responsibly, and provide moral underpinnings, have been turned into Marxist indoctrination centers.


Being good little Marxists, these folks realize the vacuum created has to be filled with something; and that something is violent crime and disinvestment in the community and in others. But instead of dealing with that inconvenient God and moral stuff, they just try to replicate it through an expensive social program.

Good luck with that.

How do we know that supposed dip in crime in 2013 Richmond wasn’t just outsourced elsewhere? I suspect that the same people who commit crimes in San Francisco today probably live in those East Bay communities of Richmond, Hayward, and Oakland.

Prove me wrong.

All that shoplifting done in Walgreens, Target, and CVS? Probably being committed by the person who will be getting $300 not to shoot someone.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Ben Dugan sat in an unmarked sedan in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood one day last September waiting for the CVS to be robbed.

He tracked a man entering the store and watched as the thief stuffed more than $1,000 of allergy medicine into a trash bag, walked out and did the same at two other nearby stores, before loading them into a waiting van, Mr. Dugan recalled.

The target was no ordinary shoplifter. He was part of a network of organized professionals, known as boosters, whom CVS had been monitoring for weeks. The company believed the group responsible for stealing almost $50 million in products over five years from dozens of stores in Northern California. The job for Mr. Dugan, CVS Health Corp.’s top investigator, was to stop them.

Retailers are spending millions a year to battle organized crime rings that steal from their stores in bulk and then peddle the goods online, often on Inc.’s retail platform, according to retail investigators, law-enforcement officers and court documents. It is a menace that has been supercharged by the pandemic and the rapid growth of online commerce that has accompanied it.

“We’re trying to control it the best we can, but it’s growing every day,” said Mr. Dugan.


Quite a workforce training program they got there. The Dream Keeper Initiative needs to take some notes.

Crime is on a daily increase, says the CVS crime stopper. Instead of seeing what Ray Charles can, Breed decides that the “root causes” are financial and socioeconomic, and throws money at it, while defunding and dismissing the police force as non-essential.

Simply Brill.

From a lifelong San Francisco resident who documents the decline of her city, here is what San Francisco has become:

Instead, London Breed and her ilk think thusly:

Yeah, keep pouring money down the drain to coddle and enable criminals. No amount of money will be able to cure them or you of stupidity.


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