The latest Starbucks casualty is in Sacramento, along the Broadway corridor, wrought with blocks of homeless transients, escalating crime, and legitimate safety concerns for the residents and business owners who live and work there.
“The growing crime wave in Los Angeles and Southern California claimed a new retail victim on Tuesday when Starbucks announced that 6 stores in the LA area would be closing due to crime and safety issues,” the Globe reported in July.
This is the first Starbucks in Northern California to close for safety concerns.
This is in my neighborhood, so I know the issues well, and have not been inside this Starbucks in several years – for good reasons.
Next door to the Starbucks is a just-closed Jamba Juice.
A friend said the nearby Walgreens will probably close next. “Then that entire shopping center will look like a Safe Ground Site. It already had daily camping and drug use. But it will get bigger and destroy Tower and Sampinos business.”
The Broadway business district separates downtown Sacramento and the Land Park neighborhood. The Broadway business association has pleaded with the city to help eradicate the businesses of the drug-addicted, mentally ill transients who leave piles of used drug needles near their businesses, camp inside doorways, defecate on the sidewalks, harass and terrify shoppers and employees, and break in and steal from them.
The now-closed Starbucks repeatedly had problems with the homeless transients coming in demanding to use the restrooms. They harassed patrons and their kids. They stole food. They attacked patrons, stabbed a patron, and another was stuck with a used needle.
Land Park is one of Sacramento’s oldest neighborhoods, with tree lined streets, beautiful old architecture and charm, and home to a 160-acre regional park which houses the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town, Funderland amusement park, and the William Land Park Golf Course.
KCRA reported “The Sacramento Police Department said it has responded to six narcotic-related calls in that area in the last month.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There are shootings every weekend on Broadway.
Last November the Globe reported, “The crime wave across California has come to the front doors of millions in once-safe cities. As the Globe recently reported, in the once sleepy cow town of Sacramento, California, there are now regular (daily) shootings, stabbings, even machete attacks, bank robberies, assaults and homicides.”
“Sixteen months since Sacramento County lifted COVID-19 restrictions and allowed indoor seating at restaurants to resume, the 15th and Broadway Starbucks in Land Park is still take-out only,” the Sacramento Bee reported. “Even the outdoor seating has been removed. Bathrooms have also been closed. ‘This is a high incident store,’ explained several store baristas to a customer inquiring about using restroom facilities.”
Starbucks was part of the problem allowing homeless to use the restrooms inside the store. That chased away a lot of regular customers, and put others in jeopardy. The Broadway Starbucks management was also resistant to neighbors offering advice and help to make the store more safe and appealing to paying customers.
The woke company is now paying for its wokeness, prioritizing homeless drug-addicted transients over locals who paid for their designer coffee drinks and snacks. Some Starbucks in the chain offered used-needle disposal boxes for their local homeless.
Last December the Globe reported, “Lining many streets in Sacramento are battered old RVs, campers and trailers, vans, and passenger vehicles, which have become homes for many of the city’s drug addicted and mentally ill transients. Despite spending millions on futile ‘solutions’ like tiny homes, FEMA trailers, and renovated hotel rooms for the city’s growing homeless population, it’s grown to more than 11,000 transients living on Sacramento streets.”
And last fall “homeless” transient Troy Davis, out on the streets despite his recent parole violation, raped and murdered downtown Sacramento resident Kate Tibbitts, in the Land Park neighborhood, killing her dogs and setting her house on fire,” the Globe reported.
At a December 2021 city council meeting, “the Mayor was yelling and scolding the heartless citizens in the crowd because they are not willingly sacrificing their quality of life,” despite the alarming November crime stats for just for one street in Sacramento, Broadway, we reported. This only validates what city residents and business owners have been telling council members for the last year – a 400% increase in burglaries of businesses.”
Neighbors formed an unofficial group a few years ago to assist Sacramento police and help neighbors report as many of the crimes as possible. It was mostly a success and trained many locals how to file a police report, and to report every violent episode, harassment, attack, threat, and crime observed. However, too many neighbors accused the group of being heartless toward the homeless transients.
The problem is not that the homeless transients are “unhoused” as the Mayor and members of the City Council would have us believe. The street transients are drug addicted and mentally ill and are not just “unhoused,” but they are “unsober” and untreated. As business owners and area residents know, until we address that issue, the crime, addiction, and growing trash and filth problems will continue to grow.
“No amount of housing will fix drug addicted criminals who do not want services,” the resident said.
Another commented, “We’ve been relegated second class citizens behind the homeless in Sacramento. What about our rights and quality of life?”
Is it any wonder the Sacramento Starbucks shut its doors forever on this disgusting street?
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