In certain quarters of elite Western Society (Yale University, Columbia University, Oxford, and San Franciso), being the bastard son of a Weather Underground terrorist imprisoned for bank robbery and the murder of two police officers and adopted and brought up by fellow Weathermen Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn constitutes the very best kind of membership in the hereditary aristocracy of the Left which just naturally qualifies any such dynast for prominent public office.
Michael Gibson correctly sees Chesa’s rise as one more key watershed moment in San Francisco’s continuing descent into left-wing insanity.
On January 8, London Breed, San Franciscoâ€™s mayor, was sworn in for her first full term. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi congratulated her in a tweet, saying, â€œI look forward to working with you to continue San Franciscoâ€™s proud tradition of standing as a guiding light for progress across America.â€ I donâ€™t know what definition of â€œprogressâ€ Pelosi is using, but any candid observer would rate the city a catastrophe. Mayor Breed was inaugurated on the same day that I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, after ten years working at the cutting edge of science and technology.
Even before the current Covid-19 pandemic, San Francisco was a deeply troubled city. It ranks first in the nation in theft, burglary, vandalism, shoplifting, and other property crime. On average, about 60 cars get broken into each day. Diseases arising from poor sanitationâ€”typhoid, typhus, hepatitis Aâ€”are reappearing at an alarming rate. Fentanyl goes for about $20 a pill on Market Street, and each year the city hands out 4.5 million needles, which you can find used and tossed out like cigarette butts in parks and around bus stops. The cityâ€™s department of public works deploys feces cleaners dailyâ€”a â€œpoop patrolâ€ to wash the filth from the sidewalks.
This is just a brief summary of the lack of hygiene and common decency. A reasonable person might declare an emergency, but in her first official act, Breed swore in Chesa Boudin, San Franciscoâ€™s new district attorney, before a packed house at the Herbst Theater. â€œChesa, you have undertaken a remarkable challenge today,â€ said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a congratulatory video message. â€œI hope you reflect as a great beacon to many.â€ Boudinâ€™s rÃ©sumÃ© boasts of a stint working directly for the late dictator Hugo ChÃ¡vez in Venezuela, who turned a once-rich nation back to the dark ages. â€œWe will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes,â€ Boudin promised during his campaign. He must have witnessed the success of that policy in Caracas, which was voted the worldâ€™s most dangerous city in 2018.
It’s been over 20 years since I visited San Francisco. I drive through every now and then but with good planning I cross the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday morning about 9-10 AM and don’t stop driving until I’m South of Half Moon bay. This is partly because I’m pulling a trailer and I’m avoiding traffic and mostly because San Francisco is too crazy to spend any time in.
I used to visit it often when I lived in Monterey. Would do all the tourist things and take long walks through different parts of the city.
I miss the “”old” California. It’s gone and will never be back. But it continues it’s downward slide. Can it be saved or will it become America’s first third world country? I don’t know.
San Francisco was always “entertaining”. I didn’t know anyone who expected it to be functional, even at the theme park level. It was always a place to take a break on the way to something useful.
There used to be “keepers” who, at least, kept the streets relatively clean. But the city will survive since UCSF needs an experimental population for their Psychiatry Department.
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