San Francisco Is Doomed

San Francisco has been declining for a number of years, particularly in light of the city government’s increasingly tolerance for reprehensible behavior like urination and defecation in the streets, ‘camping’ by the homeless along all city streets, tolerance of panhandlers, and hostility towards property owners trying to keep their stoops and sidewalks feces and derelict-free. Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, the people of San Francisco double down and prove otherwise.

The latest action taken by San Francisco voters that will hasten the City by the Bay’s destruction?

Electing a new District Attorney who has already stated that he will not be prosecuting so-called ‘Quality-of-Life’ crimes.

Incoming D.A. Chesa Boudin’s decision is basically the antithesis of “Broken Windows” policing, such policing addressing the little crimes that help head off bigger crimes. Broken Windows has been proven to work, with New York City embracing it during the Giuliani Administration. It drove a dramatic decline in crime across the board and helped make New York City a much safer (and cleaner) city for all its inhabitants.

What can we expect as Boudin’s policy is implemented?

Today on the other side of the country, incoming San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin promises that he "will not prosecute cases" involving "public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc." In other words, [San Francisco], already rife with such activities, is about to get a whole lot worse.

I wonder how badly crime will escalate. Seeing as the threshold for felony theft in California was raised to $950, shoplifting and theft from retail establishments has skyrocketed. Perpetrators are issued summonses and let go, not arrested and charged with theft. Businesses are seeing losses increase dramatically. I expect crimes outside of those quality-of-life crimes no longer being prosecuted will increase. Things like theft, burglary, robbery, assault and battery, rape, and homicide will increase, No one will be safe, including the political elite.

Will the ruling elite do something once they are victimized by the inaction of the new DA? Or will they ignore it and merely relocate somewhere away from the crime-ridden streets of San Francisco?

My ex-missus has friends in San Francisco that have been planning to sell their home there and relocated to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I have suggested that she contact them and to tell them to relocate as quickly as possible before the “feces hits the rotary oscillator” and the value of their home plummets due to the widespread crime. Best they get out while they can still salvage as much value of their home as they can.