San Francisco mayor declares state of emergency to tackle city’s ‘wicked streets’


Conditions in San Francisco were fed nationally to Fox News and other conservative media outlets as signs of disarray allegedly created by liberal governance. In San Francisco, opponents of district attorney Chesa Boudin have tried to capitalize on a perception of disorder and high-profile retail theft incidents to foster a recall effort. This week, Ms Breed has used more strident language than even the harshest critics in her town.

His announcement came as mayors across the country grapple with an increase in gun violence, homicides and overdose deaths.

Ms Breed detailed a list of initiatives to disrupt street sales of stolen goods, expand police surveillance powers and pressure drug addicts into treatment. Ms Breed said the declaration of a state of emergency would allow the city to cut red tape and increase funding for the police, who she said had already arrested 23 ‘people who were holding this neighborhood hostage. »During searches of arrest warrants.

Some who work in the net said they were encouraged by Ms Breed’s announcement.

One block from a deserted playground, Hanh Huynh, 33, said the Vietnamese grocery store where she works is frequently robbed and that she recently moved because she feared raising her child. 2 years in the region. Ali Baalouach, 44, said homeless people often stole the food he sold at his father’s halal grocery store. “I love the mayor,” he said. “Listen to her, follow the rules and do what you have to do. “

Fatou Sadio, 37, who lives two blocks from Tenderloin and frequently shops in the neighborhood, said she was happy to hear the town would crack down on drugs and the homeless. “You walk out of your door and you have to be careful,” she said, “because someone is sleeping there, using needles, pooing over there.”

But not everyone welcomed the news of the mayor. Laura Thomas, director of harm reduction policy for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, said Ms Breed was mixing good solutions with bad ones. “She seems to be packing things that we know to be effective with things that are really counterproductive,” Ms. Thomas said.

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