The crisis is caused by a breakdown in the criminal justice system as liberal judges refuse to put criminals in jail. It was also exacerbated by the passage of Proposition 47 by California voters in 2014. The measure downgraded certain “non-violent” crimes such as forgery, shoplifting and using illegal drugs. With fewer drug addicted people in prison, more have found a home on the streets of San Francisco.
It seems clear that a tolerant attitude towards drugs in San Francisco has accelerated the homeless problem. Among the homeless are drug addicted zombies who are given free needles in the city so they can shoot up and continue their unhealthy lifestyle.
An amazing total of 4.45 million free needles are given away by the city every year. It should surprise no one that this program increases not only drug addiction, but also trash in San Francisco as the needles end up as litter on the streets.
Along with the drug addicted, the homeless population also includes mentally ill individuals who are not being served in the area hospitals. In addition, some city officials are blaming the skyrocketing housing prices for forcing residents onto the streets. For example, a yearly income of over $117,000 for a family of four is not enough to survive in San Francisco. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it would qualify for low income status in the city.
Thus, San Francisco is a tale of two cities, one for the uber rich and the other for a struggling middle class and the poor. Liberal leaders have not been able to grow the middle class, deal with the homeless problem, or keep the city safe.
Instead of worrying about the growing number of victims, city leaders seem to be more concerned about how criminals are treated. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution that targets such words as “felon,” “inmate,” “convict,” or “prisoner.” According to the geniuses on the board, such words are “dehumanizing” and “make the institutionalization of racism and supremacy appear normal.”
Thus, in the Orwellian city of San Francisco, it preferred that phrases such as “currently incarcerated person,” or “young person impacted by the justice system” be used to replace the supposedly racist language.
So, San Francisco is not dealing with the liberal policies at the root of such problems as homelessness or crime. Instead, city leaders are attacking the language so they will not be accused of racism and criminals can feel better about themselves.
This is a city with “woke” leaders desperately trying to implement the latest politically correct polices, while problems are exploding on the streets. It is a sad state of affairs, in fact it might be called criminal, but, unfortunately that word is no longer allowed in San Francisco.
Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at [email protected]