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San Francisco’s Failing Political Policies Should Forewarn the Country

It’s not a secret that San Francisco is a ‘dumpster fire’

By Katy Grimes, December 7, 2022 9:09 am

It’s not a secret that San Francisco is a “dumpster fire,” as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently called it. San Francisco was once named the most beautiful city in America. The city is utterly calamitous today with decades of Democrat leadership and mismanagement – the last Republican Mayor of San Francisco was George Christopher, elected and served 1956 to 1964.

Following Mayor Christopher was Democrat Mayor Jack Shelley, 1964 to 1968, the first Democrat Mayor in a string of 11 successive Democrat Mayors. Then came Democrat Mayor Joe Aliotto 1968 to 1976. Democrat Mayor George Moscone was elected 1976 and served until he was assassinated in 1978 by Dan White, at which time then SF Supervisor Diane Feinstein succeeded Moscone, and served 1978 to 1988 when she was termed out. Democrat Art Agnos followed and served 1988 to 1992. Democrat Frank Jordan served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1992 to 1996. Democrat Willie Brown served as Mayor 1996 to 2004. Democrat Gavin Newsom was elected SF Mayor in 2004 and served until 2011. Democrat Mayor Ed Lee was elected in 2011 and served until his death in 2017. Democrat Mark Farrell then served as Mayor from January 23 to July 11, 2018, leading up to Democrat Mayor London Breed today, who was elected in 2018.

Notably, Democrat Willie Brown was elected to the California Assembly in 1964 and served until 1995. He was the 58th Speaker of the California Assembly 1980 to 1995.

Is it incompetence, inexperience, corruption that leads to the destructive policies? It could be all of the above, but the results are the same – destruction of society. The policies enacted by these Democrat Mayors over the last 58 years since the last Republican city leader, tell the story of how the most beautiful city in America turned into a dumpster fire:

Open drug use.

Homeless living on the streets.

City funded drug dens.

Government employees fired for being White.

Restricted gun ownership.

Quashed property rights.

Defunded police.

Decriminalized psychedelic drug use.

Illegal immigrants allowed to vote.

Mass retail store closures.

Vacant Residential Unit Tax.

All landlords within the city must give tenants facing eviction a 10-day warning period in order to have time to fix or pay off whatever is needed to avoid being ousted.

San Francisco Department of Emergency Management advised city residents to not call 911 unless it was for a life-threatening medical emergency.

San Francisco, already suffering from a police shortage, placed 120 police officers on administrative leave for opting out of taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

San Francisco Apartment Association and Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute argue that legislation passed in July by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that relieves all back rent on small businesses that were shut down for a long time during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as salons, gyms, tattoo shops, and other similar establishments, goes too far and simply removes any unpaid rent without compensation.

San Francisco International Airport mandated all 50,000 employees had to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced in November a new 18-month guaranteed income program for low-income transgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and intersex residents in the city.

San Francisco’s proposed plan to open 12 supervised drug consumption sites.

The Folsom Street Fair – the world’s largest celebration of kink, leather, and “alternative” sexualities.

San Francisco city government temporarily closed an In-N-Out fast food burger restaurant during Covid lockdowns and partial re-openings, over the company’s refusal to force customers to prove they are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The City by the Bay required a vaccine ID to purchase a burger and fries, but no ID to vote. San Francisco allows open meth and heroin purchases and use on city streets, homeless vagrants to poop on the sidewalks, and thieves to rip off Walgreens daily, but if you wanted a Double-Double and a chocolate shake during Covid, you needed to prove you were vaccinated.

It’s not just the city’s Mayors who have led to the mass destruction of the city.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, Vice President Kamala Harris, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Barbara Lee, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, State Sen. Scott Wiener, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Sen. Mark Leno, Assemblyman Phil Ting, all hail from San Francisco and have all contributed to the city’s heartbreaking demise through legislation and destructive policies.

Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine Pelosi is seen as an heir-apparent future politician.

A focus on recent legislation by Democrat San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener highlights the demise. Here is some of his 2022 legislation:

SB 107 – Provides refuge for trans kids and their families in California so they can avoid criminal prosecution for seeking or allowing gender-affirming care in states like Texas.

SB 866 (Teens Choose Vaccines Act) – Allows teens 12 and over to get vaccinated without parental consent

SB 834 (No Tax Exemption for Insurrection) – Ends tax-exempt status for nonprofits that engage in or support insurrection or overthrowing elections

SB 836 – Extends the safeguards from SB 785 (Wiener, 2018), which protected a person’s immigration status in a public court record

SB 922 (Jumpstarting Sustainable Transportation Act) – Cuts red tape and speeds up sustainable bike, bus, light rail, pedestrian and other transportation projects

SB 923 (TGI Inclusive Care Act) – Requires health providers and staff who interact with transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (TGI) people to undergo cultural competency training to help them provide inclusive care

SB 1106 (Fresh Start Act) – Helps people clear their record and reenter society — such as getting a job and housing — even if they can’t pay restitution fines

SB 1228 (Genetic Privacy for Sexual Assault Victims Act) – Protects sexual assault survivors and other victims by prohibiting the retention of DNA profiles collected from victims by local law enforcement agencies — including rape kits for sexual assault survivors

SB 1336 – Provides targeted tax relief to California’s struggling, legal cannabis businesses

San Francisco Senator Scott Wiener’s 2021 legislation:

SB 10 – Provides a powerful tool for local governments to upzone neighborhoods to 10 unit apartment buildings in an expedited process, as long as the upzoned areas are not sprawl.

SB 57 – Legalizes Overdose Prevention Programs (safe consumption sites) in San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles County.

SB 225 (Bodily Autonomy, Dignity and Choice Act) – Provides children (some of whom may identify as intersex) and their families a chance to make informed decisions about major surgeries to change variations in the appearance of genitalia and other sex characteristics.

SB 234 (SUPPORT Act – Supporting Underserved Young People for Positive Resets and Transitions) – Creates a $100 million forgivable loan program to fund new housing, or acquire existing housing, for transition age youth between ages 16 and 26.

SB 260 (Climate Corporate Accountability Act) – Mandates all companies with over $1 billion in gross annual revenue disclose and set up targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

SB 357 (Safer Streets for All Act) – Repeals discriminatory loitering law that targets sex workers and trans women of color

SB 379 (Equitable and Inclusive UC Healthcare Act) – Ensures that University of California Health System (UC Health) contracts with healthcare facilities that allow UC staff practicing in those facilities to provide a full range of healthcare services, including reproductive and gender-affirming care.

SB 467 – Halts the issuance or renewal of permits for hydraulic fracturing (fracking), acid well stimulation treatments, cyclic steaming, and water and steam flooding starting January 1, 2022, and then prohibits these extraction methods entirely starting January 1, 2027.

SB 477 (Housing Data Act) – Strengthens California’s housing data collection to ensure the state and the public understand the impact and effectiveness of state housing laws.

SB 478 (Housing Opportunity Act) – Ensures that areas already zoned to allow multifamily housing up to ten units are able to legally accommodate this type of housing, doing away with abusive requirements that make it effectively impossible to build anything other than a large single-family home despite the multi-family zoning.

SB 519 – Decriminalizes possession and personal use of psychedelics.

The warnings are many and are overt – supporting any candidate from San Francisco for national office will only advance more of the policies which led to the dumpster fire ruination the City-by-the-Bay now resembles.

Busy commuters step over a sleeping figure on the streets of San Francisco. (Photo: Ken Kurson for California Globe)
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24 thoughts on “San Francisco’s Failing Political Policies Should Forewarn the Country

  1. A nice compact little history of S.F. mayors —- from once Repub to Dem-only since 1964 —- followed by a handy-dandy list of absurd S.F. policy and appalling S.F.-led state legislation (Sen Scott Wiener) that would cause most of the rest of the country, including blue state residents, to cry out in horror and disbelief, makes it plain and easy to see WHY the once-breathtaking, golden-sunned San Francisco is the sad-and-scary, poop-and-needle-filled, crime-ridden gutter-land that it is today.
    Sure hope the rest of the country will see and pay attention to an alarming summary like this one — that Californians have unfortunately come to know so well —- and is ready to brandish a cross against ANYONE from the CA Bay Area (looking at YOU, Gav) who comes sniffing around seeking a govt job such as, for instance, the presidency.

  2. San Francisco’s failed political policies are no different than any other large city in the country that is controlled by the deep-state Democrat globalist cabal?

  3. Let’s put up billboards throughout the Bay Area. “San Francisco – 100% Governed by Democrats!! Come visit paradise!!”

    1. Good idea as long as the billboards come with pictures of needles on the street, people using drugs openly, and homeless on the sidewalks. And I’m sure there are other wonderful things to show!

  4. What will they do in SF, if Elon is planning on moving Twitter to Texas? Land purchases beginning would be happening soon. Just scuttle butt now, but…

  5. In one word, California Democrats support micro-managing every single aspect of your life, thoughts and beliefs.
    Tax revolt is the only answer – bring back the spirit of Prop 13 when the people rose up and said NO.

  6. Prediction: Elon will post on Twitter soon how bad the business climate is in SF and that he’s thinking about moving the company to Texas! London Breed will reply; “F-You Elon”! Elon will reply; “Message received”! Then he’ll move Twitter to Texas!

  7. I think the country is in more trouble than everyone realizes.

    If you don think for a second, that the newly re-elected Senator from George would vote for ALL of the above, given the opportunity, then you dont see whats coming.

  8. It is so easy to point the finger at the political class.
    The resident voters are at fault here!
    Question: How many land owners in S.F. county have dual citizenship?
    How many land owners live in S.F. county?
    The landlords (commercial and residential) care only about the rents collected, not how their real taxes are spent.
    What is voter turnout % in S.F. county?
    How many residents in S.F. county were not born to apple pie and baseball?
    Is attendance at church (pick your deity) in decline in S.F. county?
    The politicians are controlled by the money, the money comes from, Marin, Atherton, Santa Clara.
    Its not the pols its whomever has the biggest check book, and they don’t give a s__t about the crown jewel of the Pacific Rim.

  9. They can’t even hide it in their own local schlock “newspaper” anymore


    that’s how they treat the “achievers”. (The crackpot left has been trying to wreck the Lowell admissions program for decades). Note the accounting scandal, in the middle of the “high tech” capital of the Bay Area they can’t find an accounting program that works?!

    This is the bitter fruit of absolute one-party rule. And I can assure you from experience one of the key drivers is “identity” politics and management–once you descend into the quicksand of “which box did you check” as the prime determinant of how you are judged, it’s Good Night Nurse. By the time they get through, they have lost all contact with the reality of individual characteristics as they pray at the altar of somebody’s idea of “diversity”. Look up the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, there the government commits mass casualty events against the citizens because they must hire/promote/put in charge people whose sole contribution is their “box” or boxes. This has now infested the federal government, now more than ever.

  10. SF at one time was a beautiful city, world class. In the 60s and 70s, I would go all the time. Now, no way. When I have friends visit from out-of-state or country, I tell them as blunt as I can to stay out of Frisco! for their own safety.

    In the last 20 years, I have not visited Frisco other that to pass though; however, I have been to Sydney, AU 8 times. Beautiful, friendly, safe place to go. The transportation is amazing! I know there are other beautiful cities in the world but Sydney is my choice.

    Take paradise and make it a sewer.

  11. Great title – you forgot the tagline though: “But They Won’t!” It’s the ‘City-Folk’ who continue to elect these nutcases and as long as the line isn’t too bad in the Starbucks drive through and they can get their Mocha Choke-a Lot-eys in a reasonable time, they’ll continue to vote Blue, electing these lunatics. It’s completely non-sensical and lacks even a modicum of intellect, yet I’d bet dollars to donuts every one of the people pictured in the header stepping around the passed homeless drug addict can’t associate the causality between their voting and that passed out dude. San Fransicko – and indeed California – is willfully Fat, Dumb, and unfortunately for those of us un rural CA – Lost.

  12. I don’t agree with the premise that San Francisco’s demise is due to Democratic Mayors and their leadership. When I made my first visit to the city in 1971, I was impressed with the raw beauty of the place and also noticed the looniness of some of the residents. It has always been a bit of a freak show and its politicians are their faithful representatives. In my humble opinion, lots of otherwise normal folks are born in or move to the city for good reasons. They either know what they getting into or soon regret the decision and move to other spots around the Bay. The mystery to me is that anyone outside the city cares about their dysfunction.

    1. “The mystery to me is that anyone outside the city cares about their dysfunction

      John Thomas, the reason that the normal people in California care about SF dysfunction is that SF politicians like Senator Wiener try to impose that same dysfunction on the rest of the state. I don’t think anyone would care about SF if they simply kept their stupidity to themselves.

  13. O that the earth would open up and swallow San Francisco kit and caboodle. The world would be a better place. If the 2022 elections presage anything, it’s that the entire country is headed toward becoming a North American dumpster fire.

  14. I remember the Summer of Love,how beautiful Golden Gate Park was . later, I went there with my wife and kids. I’d go with my wife to see a play or go to a restaurant in San Francisco,the City as we lovingly called it. Always our first choice the city.That ship has sailed. Now we go south to Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur. Restaurants just as good and landscape even more beautiful. then San Francisco at its peak.My son wants to take me to Prime rib Inn on my birthday but I won’t go to San Francisco; might catch
    a Giants game but that’s it.

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