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 cut red tape and increase funding for the police, who she said had already started arresting “the people who have held this neighborhood hostage” during the searches 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 like the mayor,” he says. “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 with the crackdown 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.

“It is absolutely clear to all who live or work in the net that we need to do more,” said Laura Thomas, director of harm reduction policy for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, adding that increased criminalization and a forced treatment does not work. . “We don’t have enough services, we don’t have enough housing, we don’t have enough accommodation beds.

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