I doubt any of the shiny, colorful tourist pamphlets of San Francisco will include photos of streets strewn with garbage and feces and impassable sidewalks where homeless camp out.  And, I doubt any of those pamphlets will mention how seemingly dangerous it is for tourists to walk around this city that promotes tourism.  Maybe they should start mentioning it.

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In the news today:

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/British-tourist-stabbed-in-head-during-SF-robbery-6843060.php

 

This is the latest report in a never-ending wave of crime news that has become the norm in San Francisco.

From the sfgate article:

A tourist from the United Kingdom was fighting for his life after he was stabbed in the head during a street robbery in San Francisco, police said.

 

The attack is just the latest in a string of street muggings in which tourists have been victimized.
In December, three French tourists were robbed on a Twin Peaks hill while snapping photos of the vista. An 81-year-old man was shoved to the ground and lost consciousness.
In August, a tourist from Thailand was shot in the shoulder by muggers who attempted to steal his camera as he shot photos near the famed winding stretch of Lombard Street, in one of the city’s most scenic neighborhoods. In the summer of 2014, two Dutch tourists were robbed at gunpoint while taking pictures in the same area.
Officer Carlos Manfredi, a police spokesman, said it’s unlikely that tourists are being targeted for robberies, which he explained tend to be crimes of opportunity.
“It happens to everybody, so every now and then there’s going to be a tourist in the mix,” Manfredi said, “especially in the tourism capital of the world.”

 

Did you notice that remark by a police spokesman?

“It happens to everybody, so every now and then there’s going to be a tourist in the mix,” Manfredi said, “especially in the tourism capital of the world.”

 

It is all summed up by this sfgate comment on the article:

Welcome to SF.
oic800

 

Want to know how the citizens of SF feel about it?  Here are some of the other comments:

 

“It happens to everybody…” I certainly hope not. Maybe only in “Everybody’s favorite city.”
-lockwriter

 

On a recent tour across Europe everyone I met expressed interest in sf but after seeing how clean and well manged their cities are my response was always- why? It’s dirty dangerous and overpriced feels like the elected leaders are failing us all.
-fishead

 

I suggest a tourist strike – Tourists refuse to come to San Francisco until the city institutes some serious anticrime and public safety measures.
-badminton

 

1 question for our fine citizens:

If you got a call from your sweet Aunt Bee and she asked you:

“I want to come to SF and stay at a hotel on Union Square–is it safe?

you would answer: yes or no ?
-butterkins

 

 

San Francisco, you’d better do something about your crime situation, and quick. Between this, the homeless, constant high-end shop heists, and news crews being attacked, you have a serious public image problem. At this point, why anyone would come to visit SF as a tourist is beyond me.
-oakslugger

 

I live 2 blocks from there and there is a Walgreens rights on that corner I frequent. We have heard a dramatic increase in sirens locally and heard commotion again last night, but seriously this city is out of control. I call police at least 1 x a week to report vandalism, homeless camps, drug users …. On and on. The city either does not care or does not listen. This has become a very unsafe place to live. I’m 6’1 200 lbs and I carry mace. I spoke to a cop and she told me to protect myself. So I did.
-Tubenuts

 

 

Bring back the Matrix program.
… city-journal.org/story.php?id=1368
Matrix—a month-long program for enforcing in the downtown area 18 city and state ordinances that had fallen into disuse. Designed to ensure order in public places, they covered offenses such as public drunkenness, public urination and defecation, trespassing, street sales of narcotics, dumping of refuse, graffiti vandalism, camping and lodging in public parks, and obstructing sidewalks. Teams of 12 to 18 officers made regular tours through the Civic Center Plaza, a four-block stretch of Market Street, and Union Square.

The Matrix enforcement effort unfolded like a military campaign, retaking the city block by block. Every ten days or so, Matrix teams would announce a sweep of an additional area, chosen on the basis of citizen complaints. Cleaning up Civic Center Plaza took ten intensive days in January 1994… Forty-six people were arrested for drug or weapons possession.

Homeless advocates have furiously opposed Matrix from the start. But the elimination of a large encampment in Golden Gate Park—a wild green refuge in the center of the city—especially fanned their ire. For years the encampment had rendered one end of the park off limits to normal use. The city concluded that the settlement had to be bulldozed to clear away heaps of hazardous debris.

Jordan refused to apologize for either the means or the timing of the clean-up. “If the encampments are depositories of human feces, rain-soaked garbage and trash, discarded needles, and other disgusting waste, we will not hesitate to use extraordinary measures to clean up the mess. I won’t expose city workers to health risks under any circumstances.”

-Big Squash

 

 

@BigSquash The phrase “homeless advocates” says it all for SF. Let’s advocate solutions for homelessness not advocate homelessness itself. All for bringing back the matrix program. I am confused why anyone would advocate for humans to defeceate and sell drugs openly on the street. A little basic common sense people, civilize societies don’t “advocate” for that behavior.

-katratro

 

 

If that’s not depressing enough, this was in the news today as well:

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Gold-teeth-taken-from-man-in-broad-daylight-SF-6842454.php

A 38-year-old man was punched and knocked to the ground in broad daylight by two muggers who proceeded to steal his gold teeth in San Francisco’s Financial District, police said Friday.

Some commenters on that article think there’s more to the story because this is a busy section of the city at a time when there should be many people around as they leave work.  But, that’s how it’s being reported.

 

On a different note, has anyone sampled The Joe Pags Show?  Every day I am loving him more.  I might have to shove Mark Simone over a bit to make room for Joe Pags at the top of my current favorite radio host list.

I think more people are finding his show and it’s creating some messy calls.  Now people call-in just to get Rickrolled off the line.  It’s funny.  I don’t always hear the entire show because I’m working and things come up, but on Friday I heard at least three Rickrolls in a row.  ha ha!  I love it.  That’s what’s fun about callers and hosts who know how to handle them when they purposely try to disrupt the show.  Mark Simone has that talent.  Joe Pags takes it up a level.  He knows how to have fun with it.  As he says, “I’m gonna Rickroll your a** outta here!”

I think I’ll do the same, get my a** outta here and enjoy the weekend!  I hope you do, too.

 

But, before you go, check him out:

His website:

http://www.joepags.com/

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/JoeTalkShow

iHeart Episodes:

http://www.iheart.com/show/The-Joe-Pags-Show/

 

Plus, here is good ol’ Mark Simone:

His website:

http://www.marksimone.com/

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/MARK-SIMONE-24939307470/

Podcasts:

http://www.wor710.com/media/podcast-mark-simone-show-marksimone/

 

 

 

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