The homeless living in tents - in San Francisco -
this is one of better ones -
most are filthy and for sure unkempt.
San Francisco has a growing " homeless " population - the City and County of San Francisco - talks the talk but has failed to walk the walk. Time is running out - one death is one death - too much to bear.
Some at City Hall - think and more feel - this situation - is a laughing matter.
Some at City Hall - think and more feel - this situation - is a laughing matter.
Right now at this late date - plans are afoot to move the homeless into some pre-fabricated smaller units.
Something that has been talked about for 7 years - but - now after everything has failed - this ploy is being spoken of - but how will it be implemented - is anyone's - guess. Imagine those that must be free - put in a small space - and told to live like animals.
Memorial services have been held for the homeless that have died on the steps of City Hall.
We have billionaires in San Francisco - and we have a budget of over $10 Billion - the SF Board of Supervisors - talk about the
" homeless situation " - and bring about some " concrete " and speedy solutions - actions that count - everything coms to a abrupt - STOP.
The Mayor's Office of Housing and Economic Development - is another entity that has the money - lacks the leadership to exercise " capacity building " - and has treated the homeless situation - with disdain.
Sitting on millions and allowing those that can be accommodate - given opportunities to live in units that they can afford - those making " $80, 000 and below " - this segment of the population are force out of San Francisco.
This segment of the population - contributed to building our neighborhoods now taken over by " techies " - and newbies that have NO clue about cultural competency - less being a San Franciscan - and even less having the heart of a San Franciscan.
BS banners - once flew all over the place -
tattered and torn - they were taken down -
thousands of San Franciscans - saw some HOPE -
until years later - they gave up on HOPE and left San Francisco.
It is the same with the SF Police Department - after numerous interventions - called in by the " Hot Teams " - who work for the SF Health Department.
Many of these calls resulting in the death of the homeless.
Shoot first and ask questions later.
SF Police arrive - without hesitation they shoot - the victims dies - and then everything is - in limbo.
The SF Health Department is looking at the homeless situation - without connecting the dots - with an over $2 Billion budget - the many " hot teams " - those few focusing on the OPIOID epidemic - try to address the situation at hand - more with an attitude that is not holistic - " no solution " will be attained - if the issue at hand - is catered to - as a " band aid ".
More is those trying to resolve the issue - who do not have their heart in the right place.
At this late date - the issue of the homeless has been taken over by the Department of Public Works (DPW) - with a former employee - employed by the Homeless Czar - Sam Dodge working for DPW.
Sam Dodge - has been hired by the DPW - more of the same -
to take charge of the homeless - who have been disrespected, treated with disdain - their personal propriety confiscated - and many mentally and physically challenged - not treated with respect - citied and incarcerated.
All this in our City and County of San Francisco - named after Saint Francis of Assisi.
For years the SF Police Department and more 850 Bryant the City's Jail House - has been the destination - for the mentally and physically challenged - doctors and nurses working at the Bryant Jail House - try their best - to deal with the situation.
It is not unusual for those that are mentally challenged to be released from the Jail House - only to return back - after a few days.
More - as there are few services worth the salt - with rap around services - in San Francisco - there is the money - but more spent for administrative services - and less on the victims that need the help.
Some non-profits - try - but they prefer to treat the ailments superficially - and stay away from retaining and hospitalizing the patients. No one want to address the issue in a holistic - manner.
No wonder we see no many wandering on the streets of San Francisco - the indigent population - consisting of the " mentally challenged " - has adversely impacted the entire City - put a damper on Quality of Life Issues.
All it takes a number of " mentally challenged " to invade any neighborhood and upset the constituents.
The constituents - call the SF Police Department - they try to reach out to anyone they are told can be helpful - with little or no results.
As usually happens - NOT - all can be attain in a " jail setting " - that is NOT to say that we do not appreciate the services - of those that have their hands tied.
I personally have monitored the situation at hand - and admire the tenacity and fortitude of the Doctors, the Nurses - and those employees that work so hard.
God bless them all.
We have an pandemic taking place everywhere - and the disease that is spreading like a plague is - " stress ". We cannot take stress more " acute stress " - for granted. How many times have you seen a gun drawn on our freeways - look at a person - and if she or he think you look funny - an alteration arises - an assault - and many times resulting in mayhem and murder.
Most people cannot afford to live in the City and County of San Francisco - unless they make $150, 000 at a minimum - many spend over $60, 000 for a decent two bed room unit.
Living in the City is expensive - and Mayor Edwin M. Lee and his lackeys gives a damn.
The poor and those that have fallen on bad times - are treated with disdain - and SF Board of Supervisors - the likes of Mark Farrell, Malia Cohen, London Breed, Kathy Tang and Ahsha Safai.
The Municipal Transportation Agency - is tasked with keeping our MUNI ( our local public transportation system ) clean and safe. They fail to do so - they listen sometimes - and I am requesting Ed Reiskin to look into this matter - on a War Footing.
Again and again stinking buses - leave the various depots - and any spot check - will reveal - the many very serious diseases - present - a random - testing of the surface of the bus - on the inside can spell out - the situation at hand.
MUNI operators and decent citizens who take Public Transportation - fear for their lives - not only from the increased assaults - but the lack of hygiene.
The many situations evident - people coughing and in general the number of people - mostly poor and indigent - who stink - because they cannot afford to take a shower.
You do not have to go far - you see it all in front of the Main Library in San Francisco.
The United Nations Plaza - and the Mayor Edwin M. Lee - can just look outside his window - and judge for himself - what is displayed for all the world to see - on the lawns before him - and there is more.
Children are exposed to "junkies " - who pass up the junkies - most of them high - and think they are free - to shoot heroin in their arms and other places - with no shame - compunction.
The SF Health Commissioners - love to hear reports - and see presentations - that paint a " rosy picture " on the streets of San Francisco.
Unfortunately this is not the case.
Again and again the lack of " cultural competency " and " implicit bias " - comes into play - with sordid words and lack of empathy - uttering words like " those people ' - those that utter the words - think the victims - the poor - have brought this plight on themselves with intent.
Well time will tell.
San Francisco has more and more - treated our infants, children, youth, and young adults - with disdain. We have no forums where the children and youth - can express themselves - adults who know little.
They cannot speak for the children and youth - and this attitude - manner of sorts - brings about divisiveness and more is an insult to our smart and savvy children and youth - many are very talented and have much to offer.
Our Seniors are despondent - more those that live on the streets of San Francisco. More and more they have given up on the City Agencies and officials - of the City and County of San Francisco.
I personally know the many heads of Departments - some are making a vague efforts - but the majority are nonchalant - and this attitude must change - none take the time - to go to ground zero and see things for themselves.