A business owner in San Francisco took issue with Mayor London Breed’s dismissal of homelessness and crime after the city organised a makeshift cleanup operation last week in anticipation of the much-awaited APEC conference.
Tom Wong, a longtime resident of San Francisco, stated on “FOX & Friends First” that the city had reverted to its previous state, which included homelessness, drugs, and violence, in less than a day.
“It’s horrible. I just drove through the Tenderloin, and it is just a lot of drug heads, drug dealers, and they’re all out, they’re all out in the neighbourhood,” Wong told co-host Todd Piro Tuesday. “It’s less than 24 hours, and it’s back to the same thing.”
“It is crime-ridden… drugs everywhere. There are needles everywhere. There’s poop everywhere again,” he continued.
Governor Gavin Newsom acknowledged that the significant gathering between President Biden and Chinese President Xi last week was the reason the city was cleaned up.
“I understand that some people are thinking, ‘Oh, they’re just tidying up this place in preparation for the arrival of all those elite leaders.'” “It’s accurate, as it is accurate,” Newsom remarked during the introduction of a fresh drive to plant trees in urban areas as a component of his Clean California project, which was initiated in 2021.
He added, “It’s also true for months and months and months before APEC, we’ve been having different conversations, and we’ve raised the bar of expectation between the city, the county, and the state and our federal partners.”
Wong contended that San Francisco reverted to its former state soon after the visit, despite the attempts to purge the city of narcotics and criminality ahead of the U.S.-China meeting.
But over the weekend, Breed reiterated his assertions that the city’s crime rates had decreased recently—a claim that detractors categorically reject as citizens and companies leave.
“When you look at the data of what is happening with our crime numbers over the past five years, they are showing a decline, especially with car break-ins, burglaries, and other challenges that people are talking about,” Breed said during ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.