It’s gotten to the point where government and society just can’t function wherever radical leftists have full control.
No place exemplifies this more vividly than California, where crime is out of control, the power grid is stretched thin, and a middle-class standard of living eludes more and more with each passing year.
Now, One San Francisco problem will be forced to fester because of this action by a radical judge.
Over 7,800 people are currently homeless in San Francisco.
According to city data, San Franciscans think that homelessness is the biggest problem the city faces, in addition to the crime and lawlessness surrounding the homeless encampments that have sprung up in recent years.
But now, a leftist judge has temporarily banned San Francisco from clearing homeless encampments, citing the city’s failure to offer other shelter in accordance with its own policies.
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According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu in U.S. District Court in Oakland issued an emergency order barring the city from taking away tents and confiscating the property of those in the encampments.
This action came after a lawsuit was filed on behalf of homeless plaintiffs seeking to stop the city from removing homeless encampments until it has thousands of additional shelter beds.
The judge called the city’s arguments in their defense “wholly unconvincing.”
In a statement, even leftist Mayor London Breed cried foul, saying. “Mayors cannot run cities this way. We already have too few tools to deal with the mental illness we see on our streets. Now we are being told not to use another tool that helps bring people indoors and keeps our neighborhoods safe and clean for our residents. Many people encountered during the cleanups are refusing services or are already housed and some use the encampments for drug dealing, human trafficking, and other illegal activities.”
Lawyers for the city say that the policies balance the rights of homeless people with a need to maintain clean and safe public spaces.
According to court documents, homeless people get plenty of notice of upcoming cleanings, receive offers of help and shelter, and are asked to leave an encampment only after declining an offer to stay elsewhere.
The city acknowledges that it is short thousands of available temporary or permanent beds, but no government action can force people to voluntarily give up a drug habit, and studies show that substance abuse and addiction go hand in hand with the persistence of homelessness.
The sad truth is that the actions of this District Court judge aren’t going to do anything to actually solve the problem of homelessness in San Francisco – and indeed are far more likely to make matters worse.
In the end, this is just one more festering problem on top of a mountain of problems in the formerly Golden City of San Francisco.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.