In 2019, Dick Young highlighted Patricia Mahon’s American Spectator piece on California’s self-inflicted societal carnage. Anyone who lived through the Democrats’ unleashing of crime in Summer of 2020 knows things in California and other liberal bastions have only gotten worse. Record homicides are being recorded, and New York City and Chicago look like the 80s again. As San Francisco POA President Lt. Tracy McCray tells ABC7, the problems caused by Democrats’ attacks on police are going to take years to correct. Stephanie Sierra reports:
Increasing crime, staffing shortages, and lagging police response times. All issues facing San Francisco – each one getting worse.
Many living here ask — what will it take for the city to change?
San Francisco POA President Lt. Tracy McCray shares what she says is the reality.
“To be honest with your viewers, people watching this, this is going to take years to correct this,” said McCray. “If, we even can.”
“Are you tired of it?” ABC7’s Stephanie Sierra asked.
“Girl, I’ve been tired of it,” said McCray.
There’s been a 32-percent increase in car break-ins so far in 2022 — where property was stolen inside, according to data from the San Francisco Police Dept.
Call it the price of parking in San Francisco. It can happen to any of us – even Lt. McCray.
In the past couple weeks, McCray went to visit a family member in the ER and parked her car at the corner of Franklin and Post. She locked her doors and left nothing in sight. But, a mere 30 minutes later she came back to her windows smashed.
“I knew instantly it was broke, shattered,” she said. “So frustrating.”
The real question is: what can we do about it?
“There is nothing you can do, it’s really just the luck of the draw,” McCray said. “That’s what it feels like.”
And many have been unlucky so far this year. Aside from vehicle break-ins, SFPD reports a 29-percent spike in larceny theft.
“Crime is going up,” said Furlishous Wyatt, the security service manager for SF Safe, a crime prevention and education program that works with SFPD. Facing heightened demand for services, Wyatt says these “groups” of criminals have been targeting one neighborhood at a time.
Dick wrote in 2019:
At The American Spectator, Patricia Mahon describes the utter carnage inflicted on California by its progressive liberal politicians. Rampant homelessness, drug use, prostitution, and crime have infected the state’s big cities. Mahon writes (abridged):
With a burgeoning homeless population of some 50,000, Los Angeles now boasts one of the largest unsheltered communities in the United States. It is a rough group of heroin addicts, prostitutes, the mentally ill, and folks who are simply down and out in Tinseltown.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the city’s homeless population has surged 75 percent in six years, and it’s evident everywhere. This notoriously hip, rich, and progressive place has an ugly underbelly of filth and disease. Residents walk their dogs with pet boots in downtown L.A., not because it’s trendy but to protect them from Hepatitis A, which has blanketed Skid Row.
It’s no secret that the “City by the Bay” is also littered with trash, needles, and feces. Other parts of the Golden State are plagued by gangs, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, child prostitution, and people smuggling. Violent crime in California has increased over the past two years, and in some cities, like Sacramento, murder, robbery and rape are rising at twice the national average.
Make no mistake, this is a one-party state. The Democrats have presided over the California Legislature for 40 years. The State Controller has been a Democrat for over 44 years. There has not been a Republican senator elected from the state in over 25 years. There has not been a Republican attorney general or a Republican state treasurer in over two decades.
There is no healthy debate here — no passionate discourse, no differing opinions, and no democratic process. California is in the throes of the greatest economic, political, and public monopoly in the history of this country. And it’s failing miserably.
From a gallon of gas to a gallon of water, the cost of living is scandalous. We find ourselves in a grossly overpriced one-star hotel from which residents are checking out and leaving en masse— to Arizona, Nevada, and Texas to escape high taxes, unsafe neighborhoods, failing schools, a wall of debt, a pension crisis, and a political ruling class that has neither the guts nor the will to effect change.
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