Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Slow Steady Death of San Francisco

By Linda L Barton

We’ve all heard Democrats proclaim that President Trump and those who support him do not care about the poor and homeless here in the USA. We are forced to listen to the likes of Pelosi and Schumer ramble on about how President Trump has made life worse for the average American through his massive tax cut bill. However, what they aren’t saying is it’s only happening in DEMOCRAT run cities.

As a former Californian, I’ve always thought it was a beautiful state. The state has just about everything you could want. The regal Red Woods, the beautiful view along the Pacific Coastal Hwy, the endless miles of orchards and fields growing yummy food in the center of the state, the Sierra Mountains along its eastern border, and all the way down to sunny Southern California. I never thought I would leave, BUT something happened to that once great state… Democrats.

We’ve all watched on News Reports how homelessness has hit California. Now, I’m not saying they was not a problem before. Unfortunately, now, it seems to have grown to an uncontrollable level. Tent cities are popping up all over the place in California. What’s even more distressing is many of these Tent Cities are NOT full of drug addicts and criminals. Nope, many have families who can no longer afford the expensive housing in California.

This is what brings me to the topic of this post; San Francisco, a once beautiful city. Heck, whenever I think of the song, I left my heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennet. I wonder what lyrics it would have today?

Let’s take a closer look at San Francisco, one of the nation's wealthiest and most cultured cities and how it came to have so many people living on its streets…

San Francisco has been declared one of the world’s filthiest slums. In fact, it has conditions dirtier than the slums found in third world nations such as Kenya or India. Just how dirty are the streets of San Francisco, you ask? Well, imagine drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco. 153 blocks of the city which is more than a 20-mile stretch that includes popular tourist spots like Union Square and major hotel chains are covered with the filth mentioned above. This area is bordered by Van Ness Avenue, Market Street, Post Street and Grant Avenue. The City Hall, schools, playgrounds, and a police station are also in that area. It’s sad when great swathes of the city are covered in feces and needles. So much so that hospitals overflow with patients that have fallen ill due to the contamination.

One frightening story was how nearly a dozen hypodermic needles scattered across a one block area was seen by a group of preschool students as they walked by on their way to an afternoon field trip to City Hall. YIKES!!!

“We see poop, we see pee, we see needles, and we see trash,” said teacher Adelita Orellana. “Sometimes they ask what is it, and that’s a conversation that’s a little difficult to have with a 2-year old, but we just let them know those things are full of germs, they are dangerous, and they should never be touched.”

As a parent and grandmother, I cannot image young ones being subjected to such awful things. Children should not have to worry about stepping on discarded needles and human waste on their walk to school.

What’s even more frightening is dried feces can lead to airborne viruses!

“If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases,” said Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease expert at University of California, Berkeley. He warned that once fecal matter dries, it can become airborne, releasing potentially dangerous viruses, such as the rotavirus. “If you happen to inhale that, it can also go into your intestine.”

The results can prove fatal, especially in children. Riley has researched the conditions across the poorest slums of the world. His book titled, “Slum Health,” examines health problems that are created by extreme poverty.

Riley went on to say, “The contamination is much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India.” He states in those countries slum dwellings are often long-term homes for families in which there is an attempt to make them more livable. However, the homeless communities in San Francisco are often forced out from one part of town to relocate to another. The result is extreme contamination.

So, why is this happening in this wealthy Democratically run city? I thought Democrats were for the little guy. While claiming to want equal rights for illegals and opening their city as a Sanctuary city, San Francisco has forgotten the average American. If you take a close look at Democrat-run cities all over the country, you can see the same thing happening.

Tent cities are popping up all over the place. People are being forced from of their homes by high state and local taxes. Heck, even California Governor Moon-Beam is contemplating putting a tax on drinking water, along with limiting the amount a family can use per day. What’s next, a tax on air?? Damn, maybe I shouldn’t have said that because I wouldn’t want to give him any ideas.

Lombard Street in San Francisco
So, I guess the days of strolling the streets of the once beautiful city of San Francisco are a thing of the past. Now, it’s a city of poverty, waste, and lost hope.

I’m sure many on the left would LOVE to blame this on President Trump, but that will never fly. They have NO ONE but themselves to blame. Whenever a Democrat politician talks about equality, what they’re actually saying is EQUAL SUFFERING FOR ALL… except, of course, for them.

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