National grocery chain Safeway confirmed this week the company will reduce evening hours at its San Francisco location due to “off the charts” shoplifting and physical threats to patrons and staffers.
“Yet another major retailer in San Francisco has made the decision to close earlier due to excessive theft particularly at night, according to San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman,” reports CBS San Francisco. “The Castro Safeway on Market and Church Streets was open 24 hours, but that’s not the case any longer. Signs posted on its entrance state its new hours are 6 am to 9 pm, effective October 24.”
“I feel like it’s definitely an inconvenience, not everybody can make it to the supermarket between those hours, so it’s a little frustrating, especially for me personally. I like to shop later on,” said Chris Rankins, who lives in the Castro.
“I think like a lot of retailers they’ve been experiencing increasing property crime and theft from their stores,” Mandelman said. “I think the last 6 months from what they say has been sort of – off the charts in terms of how bad it’s been. It’s sad, upsetting and frustrating.”
“It’s an equity problem,” he said. “There’s a lot of low-income folks, seniors, folks with disability, who rely on that Safeway and other Safeways around the city.”
Read the full report at CBS San Francisco.
SAN FRAN SPIRALS: Reporter Posts Video of Thief Robbing Walgreens With 'No Consequences'
Video went viral on social media Tuesday showing a criminal openly robbing a San Francisco Walgreen’s pharmacy without the slightest fear of arrest, punishment, or intervention from police.
“This guy clearly knows he can run in and shoplift from a store without fear of arrest or punishment. When I worked in retail, we used to chase guys like that. And they got arrested,” posted a reporter with ABC San Francisco.
This guy clearly knows he can run in and shoplift from a store without fear of arrest or punishment. When I worked in retail, we used to chase guys like that. And they got arrested. https://t.co/8dC9yWmUPP
— Marc Brown (@abc7marc) June 15, 2021
“The Golden State has no peers when it comes to expanding GDP, raising household income, investing in innovation and a host of other key metrics.” https://t.co/c7v6npbims
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 14, 2021
“The Golden State has no peers when it comes to expanding GDP, raising household income, investing in innovation and a host of other key metrics,” posted Governor Gavin Newsom shortly before the video went viral.
Watch the shocking footage above.
SAN FRAN SPIRALS: Woman Leans Out of Car Window Holding AK-47
The San Francisco Police Department published troubling images on social media this week showing an armed woman casually leaning out the passenger window of a moving car carrying an AK-47 rifle.
“During an illegal exhibition of speed event at Barneveld & McKinnon, a passenger leaned out of a Cadi holding an AK47; see photo. SFPD Traffic Company personnel worked up a case, and seized this particular vehicle today,” posted the Department on Twitter.
The car was discovered by authorities and impounded Wednesday.
“We’re almost double where we were in the last two years, and that is a huge concern,” Police Chief Bill Scott told reporters when discussing the rise in shootings during a mid-year report last month.
On 7/11/2021, During an illegal exhibition of speed event at Barneveld & McKinnon, a passenger leaned out of a Cadi holding an AK47; see photo. SFPD Traffic Company personnel worked up a case, and seized this particular vehicle today. @SFPD @sfmta_muni @SFPDPerea pic.twitter.com/4disQpzziY
— SFPDTrafficSafety (@SFTrafficSafety) August 5, 2021
The uptick in violence comes just weeks before Governor Gavin Newsom faces a recall election over his botched handling of crime, the Coronavirus, and homelessness.
“51% of likely voters in California’s upcoming gubernatorial recall election today would vote Yes to recall incumbent California Governor Gavin Newsom, according to SurveyUSA’s latest exclusive polling for KABC-TV in Los Angeles and KGTV 10News and The San Diego Tribune,” writes the polling outfit.
“Republicans support recall by an 8:1 margin; Democrats oppose by a smaller 3:1 margin. Independents support recalling the Governor by 5:3. Those who have been partially or fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus narrowly back recall, 47% to 43%; those who have not been vaccinated, 18% of likely voters, support recalling Newsom by a 40-point margin. White voters vote to recall Newsom by a 21-point margin, 56% to 35%; Latinos narrowly vote to recall, 47% to 41%. Black voters vote no, to keep Newsom, by a 52-point margin; Asians vote no by a 37-point margin. “Likely” voters vote No, 43% to 36%; “100% certain” voters break Yes by 3:2,” adds Survey USA.
Similar polls showed Newsom’s recall in a statistical dead heat.
A survey from Emerson shows 48% are now against the recall and 46% support removing Newsom.
“As it turns out, COVID is re-emerging,” said Golden State political insider Darry Sragow. “And now the fact is the governor is going to have to handle it in a way that reassures these Democratic voters.”
“How close the recall turns out to be depends on exactly one thing and only one thing,” Sragow said. “And that is whether Democrats take the time to vote.”
Read the full report at Fox News.