President Trump announced this week that he plans to hit San Francisco with an environmental violation over the pollution and trash caused by the city’s homelessness problem. It’s the right thing to do as they can’t or won’t handle the problem there and it is becoming a massive health threat with diseases such as leprosy making a comeback in the City by the Bay.
The drains in the city are being overwhelmed with human waste and trash that includes dirty needles. What isn’t backing up into the streets there is being sent into the ocean according to the president. It’s not only killing wildlife and pets… it’s killing humans and making many others ill. The president said the Environmental Protection Agency will be ‘putting out a notice’ of violations in San Francisco very soon.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed took offense to the president’s comments. She’s livid over it. She tweeted: “If the President wants to talk about homelessness, we are committed to working on actual solutions.” She cited plans to add 1,000 shelter beds and said the city is working to pass a $600 million affordable housing bond to create badly needed housing. None of which will work or be anywhere near enough.
“In San Francisco, we are focused on advancing solutions to meet the challenges on our streets, not throwing off ridiculous assertions as we board an airplane to leave the state,” the mayor said, according to NBC Bay Area. Do you know what would work? Utah’s approach. Get them into some kind of housing and put them to work. Make them work for what they are given or go to jail. If they can’t work, they should be in a place that caters to those who are elderly, insane, or infirm… not on the streets.
“It’s a terrible situation that’s in Los Angeles and in San Francisco. And we’re going to be giving San Francisco — they’re in total violation — we’re going to be giving them a notice very soon,” Trump told reporters. “They have to clean it up. We can’t have our cities going to hell,” he added.
Trump made his statements as he flew back to Capitol Hill after two days of fundraising in California where he saw firsthand the toilet that the once Golden State has become. His comments came as a surprise and it is not entirely clear how he would use the EPA regulations against San Francisco and their homeless problem. But it is a step in the right direction.
Trump is furious that San Francisco and Los Angeles are not doing anywhere near enough to address the massive homeless problem in their cities. Everyone knows that it is totally out of control because of liberal leadership or lack thereof.
San Francisco alone has seen its homeless population swell to 8,011 people in January 2019, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, a 17 percent increase from 2017. Tens of thousands of hypodermic needles are collected every month from the streets of San Francisco. In August 2018 alone the city’s Public Health Department’s needle recovery program retrieved 164,264 needles through a disposal program and street cleanups.
“When he’s talking about homelessness and solving that problem, and affordability, that goes across party lines,” GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, said in defense of Trump. “Drive around — every community, even in Bakersfield — homelessness is the No. 1 issue,” he added, referring to his rural Central Valley district outside of Los Angeles. It looks like a third-world country these days.
Trump also said he was considering creating an ‘individual taskforce’ as a possible solution to homelessness. “We have people living in our … best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings … where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige,’ Trump said.
“In many cases, they came from other countries and they moved to Los Angeles or they moved to San Francisco because of the prestige of the city, and all of a sudden they have tents. Hundreds and hundreds of tents and people living at the entrance to their office building. And they want to leave. And the people of San Francisco are fed up, and the people of Los Angeles are fed up.”
An interactive map created in 2014 called “Human Wasteland” shows a heavy concentration of incidents of human excrement throughout the city. It’s not just disgusting, it’s a plague waiting to happen.
The EPA’s notice should happen within a week. In my opinion, it’s long overdue. If California refuses to handle this, perhaps it’s time the federal government stepped in. That’s what they are there for in emergency cases such as this. California’s progressivism not only affects them, it also affects the nation.
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