Anyone who has visited San Francisco in the past year has encountered the trash on the street and the stench of human excrement in the air.  It’s everywhere.  Sure, it was shuttled over a few blocks to clear the way for the big Super Bowl bash, but it doesn’t hide the huge homeless problem that is prevalent now in San Francisco as well as many major cities.

Image by Steven Lek CCA-SA 4.0 Intl

In the past I’ve posted about New York’s overwhelming indigent population and the comments about it on Mark Simone’s show (WOR-710AM in New York) and how the non-enforcement of former broken glass policies seems to have exacerbated the problem.  In the past year, I posted an audio clip from a frequent guest on Simone’s show, trial lawyer and media personality, Lionel, from lionelmedia.com.  His commentary on the homeless problem in New York expressed the same frustration we in the Bay Area have experienced with homeless encampments that increasingly menace the local population with locals having to navigate public streets and sidewalks used as toilets and dumping places for unimaginable trash.  There is also growing danger from the mentally-unstable, the drug-addicted, and felons living on neighborhood streets within these expanding homeless tent camps.

It’s been so bad that a local business owner distributed flyers listing all contact information for San Francisco supervisors and asked the local population to express their discontent with the current situation on the streets.  Here’s how it was reported in the news:

http://www.ktvu.com/news/88291253-story

http://sfist.com/2016/02/10/fitness_sf_owner_homeless_tent_city.php

https://www.reddit.com/r/sanfrancisco/comments/456poo/soma_gym_owner_fed_up_with_tent_city_homeless/

I heard on the news that the supervisors decided NOT to act on the business owner’s request, that it won’t solve the homeless problem.  They have to find housing for them first.  Good luck with that, San Francisco.  Paying residents have a hard time finding housing in the city.  So, the huge homeless encampment stays and the business owner has no option but to live with it.  huh?

The problem is not over exaggerated.  A nationally syndicated talk-radio host on a recent show talked about his San Francisco experience.  Well, I don’t know how many heard it since it was the Glenn Beck show, but he exposed the alarming deterioration of San Francisco on national radio this past week.

How did he describe his experience here?  He called it  sad, tragic and scary.  At times truly frightening.  On the streets he was almost gagging.  The whole place smells like urine.

He said he would not let family members walk down the San Francisco streets alone, even at four in the afternoon.  He saw people sleeping in doorways on streets with million-dollar homes.  Then he’d turn the corner and see four more plopping down in doorways.

If you want to hear what he said, it’s on the audio track STARTING at 1:34 and comments about it run through 1:50.  It’s near the end of the audio.

Unfortunately for me, I had to listen to the entire audio to find it.  I’m unfamiliar with Glenn Beck.  I’ve heard his name but that’s about it.  I happened to hear his San Francisco rant because when I work late his show airs after The Joe Pags Show and I sometimes catch snippets of it.  I usually turn it off, but this time I heard San Francisco and was interested in what he would say about it.

I have to say, that opening music of his is a real turn-off.  I feel like I should be drinking chamomile tea and petting a dolphin while watching a public-access channel from the ’70s.  What is up with that?

Not to mention the show is boring, two or three guys sitting around, probably drinking tea, and yukking it up at their perceived witticisms.  Beck also plays old clips of himself and clips of his name being mentioned in the media.  How pathetic is that?  Just like Rush.

So, if you want to bypass all of that, just go to the 1:34 mark (1 hour, 34 minutes), grab your tea, and start there.

 

 

If you prefer, here’s the link to YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmsKthvFr30

Until we can figure this out, we just might have to change Scott McKenzie’s song lyrics to: If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear air deodorizer in your hair…

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Comments
  1. bidness44 says:

    Great story….but FYI: “…have exasperated the problem,” should be: exacerbated. Also, “…sleeping in door jams…” should be doorways. Doorjambs refer to the vertical supports a door is hung from. PS no contact info ? Would have sent these corrections that way instead of posting a comment, but could not find contact info and could not reply to the newsletter.

    • Thank you so much! I usually write these things in the mornings and try to keep the English language intact. Guess my coffee didn’t kick in soon enough, or I was just being lazy! No excuse. I appreciate the feedback and will fix it right away. I don’t mind someone posting about my typo and grammar errors publicly. That way we all learn. Thanks, again!

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