Jeff Bliss (@jeffbliss1) on San Francisco’s enormous drugs and filth problems damaging the economy; drug needles & human waste everywhere. Police write jaywalking tickets but do nothing about the horrible conditions.

Oct 13, 04:13 AM

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Jeff Bliss (@jeffbliss1), Pacific Watch, covers San Francisco’s enormous drugs and filth problems that are damaging the economym, becoming a reputational risk – steer clear of the Civic Center and Tenderloin: drug needles and human waste everywhere in midday. Police write jaywalking tickets but do nothing about the horrible conditions.

Downtown Lost Angeles used to be a sort of replica of old haciendas; tourist and families would visit on weekends; school trips to see history. However, a new homeless shelter was installed: fewer visitors, stores losing income. Terrible problem with trash, and vermin all over. Mayor offers $300K to clean it up, which is minuscule compared to what’s needed. The money is available, but no will to clean it up.

Typhus started in the downtown, outbreak spreading across the many encampments; and now the rodents and vermin come in; typhus is spread by fleas. Has moved to Pasadena and Long Beach. May be moving along the light rail line. A 13-year-old boy was bit by a shark off San Diego. Shark lab analyzed that it was a white shark who’d bit the child; now looking at migration patterns for science and public safety.

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