Crime in Democrat-Run San Francisco Is So Bad, 40% Of Residents Are Leaving City
'Eight out of ten of San Franciscans consider crime to have worsened'
Resdients of San Francisco are at a breaking point as the city continues on its rapid downward spiral of soaring crimes and homelessness.
According to a new poll released by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has rvealed that eight out of ten San Franciscans consider crime to have worsened since the pandemic took hold.
The results were pretty much uniform among different gender, age, ethnicity, party affiliation, and neighborhood, and homeownership status.
“For the second year in a row, 70% of residents feel that the quality of life in San Francisco has declined.
"Considered in light of the pandemic, these views are somewhat unsurprising. However, what stands out in the polling results is the strikingly high and consistent number of respondents who now view homeless and crime as the leading problems facing the City.
"Roughly 88% see homelessness as having worsened in recent years, and an overwhelming 80% see addressing this homelessness crisis as a high priority.”
40% of residents say they are now planning to flee the city in the next few years, the local CBS affiliate reported.
San Francisco resident, Lindsay Stevens, told KPIX-5:
“There’s nothing worse than seeing such a beautiful place in such disarray."
"I really thought I was going to be sad when the movers loaded up the last container on Saturday, and I have never been more relieved.”
“I honestly think in the last three years, we’ve seen a massive decline in the quality of life, and that was only enhanced over COVID,” she said.
“The homelessness has been a severe problem; people are not feeling safe walking their dog… the number of break-ins seem to be constantly on the rise.”
80% of residents say crime has worsened in recent years, according to the poll.
Police have reported that burglaries skyrocketed 753% in May compared to 2020.
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Rodney Fong said:
"San Francisco has suffered over the past year, which highlighted and exacerbated issues like homelessness, street conditions, and safety concerns.
"Public infrastructure and the ability to manage street conditions were also pushed to their limits, and unsurprisingly our residents feel strongly about it.”
“In order to support the City, its residents, and our economic recovery, serious investments need to be made.
"Mayor [London] Breed has laid out budgets which target these issues in a holistic manner, and they lay the groundwork for serious solutions.”
Breed announced a $1 billion investment to address homelessness earlier this month.
“Beyond programs, San Franciscans want to see substantial policy changes in the City’s response to homelessness," the Chamber said.
"80% of San Franciscans supported expanding conservatorship for individuals experiencing severe mental illness.
"Conservatorship provides court-ordered treatment for those who are no longer able to care for themselves due to mental illness."