Angry residents packed a high-stakes meeting over the weekend focused on a proposed ‘Mega’ homeless shelter along San Francisco’s famed waterfront district; saying the 200-person facility would likely bring more crime and drug use to the rapidly-changing neighborhood.
“Angry residents have packed public meetings, jeering at city officials and even shouting down Mayor London Breed over the proposal. They say they were blindsided and argue billionaire Twitter executive Jack Dorsey and other tech executives who support the idea should lobby city officials to build a shelter by their homes,” reports the Associated Press.
“The waterfront uproar is among recent examples of strife in an expensive city that is both overwhelmed by tech wealth and passionate about social justice,” adds the author.
The facility -called a Homeless ‘Navigation’ center by city officials- would be erected in an unused parking lot owned by the Port of San Francisco.
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CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Major Conventions ABANDON San Francisco Over ‘Safety’ Concerns
As thousands of Americans abandon San Francisco over rising crime, escalating homelessness, and rampant drug use, one major convention has decided to pull-the-plug on its semi-annual Bay Area conference; saying its members “no longer feel safe” in the region.
According to SF Gate, at least one “major medical association” has decided to cancel its annual convention in San Francisco; ending a tradition that extends back to the early 1980s.
“It’s the first time that we have had an out-and-out cancellation over the issue, and this is a group that has been coming here every three or four years since the 1980s,” said the President of San Francisco’s tourism bureau.
“The doctors group told the San Francisco delegation that while they loved the city, post-convention surveys showed their members were afraid to walk amid the open drug use, threatening behavior and mental illness that are common on the streets,” writes SF Gate.
“There was a time when the biggest obstacle to having a convention here was that it can be expensive, but now we have this new factor,” added the tourism insider.
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SAN FRAN CHAOS: Train Conductors Warn Commuters to ‘WATCH OUT FOR NEEDLES’
San Francisco commuters received an unexpected announcement from their train conductors this week, with transit employees warning their riders to be on the lookout for used hypodermic needles before they sit down.
“Conductors there reportedly have taken to the trains’ PA systems to warn riders about hypodermic needles being left on seats by transient drug users as San Francisco fights an uphill battle to clean up thousands of syringes discarded each month all over the city,” writes Fox News.
This morning in San Francisco, BART conductor on the PA: “Please look around you for needles before you sit down. There’s at least one needle in car 1551 and there may be others. Thank you.”
— Caroline O'Donovan (@ceodonovan) July 26, 2018
“Once again, please make sure there are no needles in or around your seat before you sit down,” added the BART conductor.
The ominous warning comes as the region struggles to cope with rising crime rates, a soaring homeless population, and rampant drug use.
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