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Pants on Fire: Not Even Politifact Is Buying What Gavin Newsom Is Selling on San Francisco’s Homeless Problem

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Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at his gubernatorial campaign’s primary night watch party in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

When it comes to addressing serious problems in their own backyards, Democrats typically default to blaming Republicans in an effort to avoid responsibility for the consequences of their own disastrous polices.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is a prime example of this, especially when it comes to issues he has no one to blame for but himself and his fellow left coast Democrats.

Back in June, Newsom told Axios‘s Jim VandeHei in a wide-ranging interview that the dire homeless problem in San Francisco was primarily due to an influx of homeless people coming to the city from … Texas:

Facing what feels like the first real crisis of his new administration — and in the midst of stalled efforts in Sacramento to do something about it — Gov. Gavin Newsom has taken aim at something new when asked about California’s homelessness problem: Texas.

Specifically, Newsom accused the Republican-led state of sending people to San Francisco.

“The vast majority also come in from — and we know this — from Texas. Just interesting fact,” Newsom said in an interview broadcast on Sunday with “Axios on HBO.”

The comment came after interviewer Jim VandeHei asked Newsom why the net size of San Francisco’s homeless population hadn’t changed much during his tenure as the city’s mayor (although a number of people did find shelter during his administration).

The L.A. Times, not exactly a friend to Republicans and Texans, wrote about Newsom’s claims at the time and easily debunked them, noting that it was actually the reverse that was true:

A spokesman first pointed to a 2016 newspaper story that counted the number of homeless people San Francisco officials put on buses to other communities and states. But the article doesn’t cite any inbound deliveries of people. In fact, it reported that Texas was the top out-of-state destination for San Francisco to send away homeless people. As of late Sunday night, there was no additional information provided to back up the governor’s claim.

Newsom conceded in the broadcast that California has an enormous poverty problem. “We’ve got to get our act together,” he said. Nonetheless, he went on to criticize states led by Republicans that he said have an “intentional” policy to ignore those in need.

Nearly two months later, the geniuses at Politifact finally decided to weigh in. And in a genuine shocker of shockers, they rated Newsom’s claims as “Pants on Fire”:

Politifact isn’t exactly the type of fact checking organization that rushes to defend Republicans or to take Democrats to task, so that they decided to take Newsom to the woodshed is worth mentioning.

They did a detailed analysis of Newsom’s claims, and found them to be sorely lacking. Here’s what they concluded in their ruling:

San Francisco’s own homeless surveys contradict this. They show a large majority reported living in the city before becoming homeless, and just a fraction coming in from out-of-state.

Newsom’s office pointed to data from San Francisco’s bus ticket program for homeless people. But that defense doesn’t hold up. It shows just a small fraction, less than 7 percent, left for Texas, and doesn’t demonstrate that they originally came to San Francisco from that state.

In the end, we found Newsom made a ridiculous claim.

We rated it Pants on Fire.

Just to put an even finer point on how duplicitous, self-serving, and shameless Newsom is on this issue, when asked about comments made by President Trump in early July that the federal government may need to “intercede” in cities with large homeless problems, here’s how Newsom responded:

“If interceding means cutting budgets to support services to get people off the street, (Trump has) been very successful in advancing those provisions,” the governor said. Instead, he argued, the president has been “decreasing the social safety net to address the reasons people are on streets and sidewalks in the first place.”

It’s similar to what he told Axios in June. In other words, Republicans are to blame for this crisis.

It’s baloney. The homeless issues the state of California (and not just in San Francisco but in other big cities like Los Angeles, too) can in large part be laid at the feet of Democrats who have absolutely run the state into the ground, including Newsom.

Newsom was a member of the SF Board of Supervisors from January 8, 1997 to January 8, 2004. He was the Mayor of San Francisco from January 8, 2004 to January 10, 2011. He was the Lt. Gov. from January 10, 2011 to January 7, 2019.

That’s 22 years he alone has had to commit to helping solve the homeless problem that exists in cities like San Francisco and L.A. Him trying to pin the homeless crisis there on Republicans is absurd, and just shows he’d rather conveniently pass the buck rather than take responsibility for his own leadership failures.

(Hat tip: Hot Air’s John Sexton)

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San Francisco judge orders suspect to wear ankle monitor after seeing video of attack

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After pressure from local officials, the San Francisco judge who released a deranged homeless man after he attacked a woman outside her apartment building this week has decided the suspect must now wear an ankle monitor. The judge claimed she changed her mind after seeing the video of the attack on television.

A judge under fire for releasing a man who allegedly attacked a woman outside her Embarcadero condo ruled Friday that the suspect must wear an ankle monitor…

[Judge] Van Aken said Friday that she had not seen the video when she ruled in the case. She saw it Wednesday on a TV in a restaurant.

“When I saw the video, I was frankly alarmed at the level of violence,” she said at Friday’s hearing.

The District Attorney apparently didn’t include the video as evidence at the hearing, relying on the police report instead. In any case, the video may have helped change the judge’s mind but there’s no doubt that public outcry and negative comments from local officials probably focused her thinking a bit too. As I noted yesterday, Mayor London Breed said, “I think the judge, unfortunately, made a huge mistake. [The homeless] person is a danger to society.” Supervisor Matt Haney who represents the district where the victim lives said this:

“People with serious mental health needs should not be released back onto the street without adequate treatment or services,” Haney added, saying that without additional information Van Aken’s decision to release Vincent “doesn’t make any sense to me. From what I know, he should have been kept in custody, and received serious mental health treatment and services.”

That was mild compared to the reaction of the San Francisco Police Officers Association which recommended Judge Van Aken be reassigned to traffic court, calling her “a catastrophe of a criminal judge.”

Paneez Kosarian was attacked Sunday by 25-year-old Austin James Vincent. Vincent was arrested and pleaded not guilty to charges of false imprisonment, battery, and attempted robbery. Judge Christine Van Aken put Vincent into a pretrial diversion program over the objection of the District Attorney. That decision didn’t sit well with Kosarian who tweeted video of the attack to California Gov. Gavin Newsom. As you can see in this clip, this was a violent attack. What you can’t see is that before it began Vincent was ranting about robots taking over the world and his desire to kill the woman/robot at the reception desk inside the apartment lobby.

The judge’s theory here is that Vincent, who apparently doesn’t have a record, isn’t really a danger to anyone, he was just so high at the time he didn’t know what he was doing. But Kosarian makes a good point: “What is it preventing him from getting high and attacking someone else?” The answer at the moment is a drug addict’s promise not to get high and to check in with the diversion program. Maybe that will work out but, at a minimum, monitoring Vincent’s location until he faces trial for this violent attack seems like a good idea.



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San Francisco: A homeless man attacked a woman at her apartment and a judge released him

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A woman named Paneez Kosarian came home to her apartment building in San Francisco Sunday night and found a homeless man waiting outside. Kosarian says she spent five to ten minutes talking to him, perhaps hoping he would leave so she could enter the building alone. She told KPIX he was warning her that the receptionist inside the building was a robot who wanted to kill her and claiming he was the last human on earth.

The bizarre conversation quickly transformed into a more pedestrian robbery when the homeless man demanded Kosarian hand over her phone and wallet. At that point, Kosarian reached for the front door and that’s when 25-year-old Austin James Vincent got physical, grabbing her and trying to drag her away from the door.

Police had been called on Vincent man before the altercation with Kosarian began, but they didn’t arrive until 30 minutes after it was over. That’s because the initial call about a man loitering outside the building was considered a low priority. Police did find and arrest the Vincent about a block away but a judge was quick to release him back onto the street.

Arrested at the scene, Vincent was arraigned on Tuesday after entering a plea of not guilty to charges of false imprisonment, attempted robbery and two counts of battery and was released. Vincent was ordered by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christine Van Aken to report to a caseworker on condition of his release.

After finding out her attacker had been released, Kosarian tweeted a video of her attack to Governor Gavin Newsom. Here’s the one-minute long clip:

Mayor London Breed responded to the incident, telling KRON 4 that the judge made a “huge mistake.” She’s right. What are the odds that this distrubed man with no address is going to show up for subsequent court proceedings? However, Governor Newsom claimed he had just heard about the attack and offered no specific response beyond saying it was “a very serious issue.”

“I think it’s really unfortunate what happened,” Breed said. “I think the judge, unfortunately, made a huge mistake. [The homeless] person is a danger to society.”…

Newsom, a former San Francisco mayor, claimed he had just been informed of the attack but said “it was a very serious issue. It goes to the core of people wanting to live in a city as spectacular as [San Francisco]. And that foundation is safety.”

Newsom expressed his “sensitivity” to the incident, and others like it, but gave no opinion on the specific ruling.

Here’s KPIX’s report on the attack:

And there’s an additional wrinkle to all of this. The apartment building where Kosarian was attacked is next door to a planned homeless shelter which is currently under construction. That shelter will eventually house up to 200 homeless people. Neighbors sued to try to stop the shelter arguing that it would result in more crime and drugs in the area. What happened to Paneez Kosarian is exactly the sort of thing neighbors were worried about. KRON 4 returned to the neighborhood and spoke to people about the attack after Vincent was released. None of the people featured in this report thought the decision to release him made sense.



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San Francisco School Board Won’t Destroy Controversial Washington Mural, But They Will Cover it Up

Back in June a San Francisco school board kicked up controversy when it voted to remove an historical painting of George Washington from a local high school named after America’s first president.

The painting – “Life of George Washington” by  Russian-American artist Victor Arnautoff – depicts the life journey of George Washington, including scenes of him interacting with slaves and battling Indigenous tribes.

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The Sacramento Bee reports that the school board voted 4-3 to change the decision.

The San Francisco school board voted Tuesday to preserve but cover up a public high school mural depicting slavery and the killing of a Native American.

After a public outcry, the board voted 4-3 to reverse its June vote to paint over the “Life of Washington” mural at George Washington High School. Instead, staff were directed to work out alternatives to cover the mural with panels or other materials depicting “the heroism of people of color in America” and their fight against racism and poverty, said board President Stevon Cook, who made the proposal.

“We are not going to paint over public art,” he said. “We’re going to find another way to keep it from public view.”

Keeping art from public view sounds frighteningly Orwellian. It is understandable that in a state that has all but given up teaching comprehensive American history  that some would feel uncomfortable at such a mural being viewed by students. However, America’s history isn’t some Utopian fantasy where “people of color”  (ahem..you mean Black and Indigenous people) have led prosperous and successful lives free of oppression and prejudice. Our history is amazing and unique but also complicated and ugly. A school, of all places should be a place where people can view that history honestly, and react accordingly. It does our children no favors – particularly minority children – to literally cover up the icky parts of our nation’s story.

Not everyone agrees with the Board’s decision to cover the mural despite its depictions.

“I hope that this board would leave that mural alone. It tells the whole truth about Mr. Washington’s being complicit in the slave trade,” said the Rev. Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP.

“Art has to make us feel uncomfortable,” actor Danny Glover, a Washington High graduate, told reporters before the meeting. “That’s what art does.”

The Lives of Others is a fantastic film about artists living in communist East Germany in the 1980s. Berlin had a thriving but heavily monitored arts scene. The government allowed artists to create, but every public piece had to be approved by government censors and had to properly portray the government and the country’s history in a positive light. When government becomes involved in art, both history and artistry lose. Eventually, so do we all.

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Feds announce crackdown on San Francisco’s Tenderloin district saying it has been ‘smothered by lawlessness’

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San Francisco’s Tenderloin district is home to the city’s dirtiest street, according to the NY Times. Last October the San Francisco Chronicle quoted a police officer who called the Tenderloin “an open-air narcotics market.” Now the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Northern California is vowing to crack down on crime in the district which he describes as having been “smothered by lawlessness.”

U.S. Attorney David Anderson said the federal government was targeting the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood — a roughly 50-block area — with arrests of drug traffickers as the first step in cleaning up a roughly 50-block area he says is “smothered by lawlessness.”

Federal authorities also announced that 32 people have been charged with selling drugs in the Tenderloin.

Chris Nielsen, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in San Francisco, said that most of the dealers were Honduran nationals and part of an operation that stretched from Mexico to Seattle.

Nielsen said an investigation that began in 2017 uncovered two independent drug trafficking networks that operated in the same way. The feds said that people living in the eastern end of the San Francisco Bay Area crossed into the Tenderloin daily to sell cocaine, meth, heroin and fentanyl.

Naturally, since this is San Francisco, there is concern about criminalizing the homeless who live in the Tenderloin. Immigration agents are part of the task force that will be conducting sweeps in the area. But as the Associated Press points out, the homeless living there aren’t just drug consumers, they are also low-level participants in the trade, with about half of all drug-related arrests in the city taking place in this one neighborhood:

The drive is not aimed at the area’s massive homeless population or people addicted to drugs, Anderson said in remarks prepared for his first news conference since being appointed to the post by President Donald Trump in January…

Supervisor Matt Haney said in April that he would create a task force to come up with a plan to tackle the problem. More than half the nearly 900 people booked into jail or cited for incidents tied to drug sales in 2017-18 were cited or arrested by police in the Tenderloin, according to an April report.

It said a high percentage of drug sales involve organized crime and “sellers often give drugs to homeless people who are addicted in exchange” for holding the drugs.

The focus on the Tenderloin is set to last for at least a year, with 15 new prosecutors devoted to the area. But the focus won’t remain solely on drugs. US Attorney Anderson says the sweeps will also focus on guns, human trafficking, identity theft, and other crimes.

This is the best thing that could happen to San Francisco. The city has serious drug, homelessness, and crime problems, all of which are intertwined in the Tenderloin. Having the feds come in and make a real effort to clean up the problem may give the city some respite from the crime and the mess these problems create. If some homeless people go to jail or some drug dealers are deported in the process, so be it. Winking at the problem, as the city has been doing for years, is not going to improve anything.

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With the addition of more toilets and the ‘poop patrol,’ San Francisco streets are looking less crappy

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With homelessness up double digits in San Francisco and surrounding areas it’s definitely too early to claim victory over the scourge of human waste on the streets, but today the Associated Press reports there are some initial signs that the city’s efforts to combat the problem are working. Last August the city announced the creation of a “poop patrol” which would target problem neighborhoods for steam cleaning. The city also expanded the use of “pit stop” toilets which are basically a pair of toilets in a trailer which the city can part wherever needed. At least one local businessman says things have improved:

[Ahmed] Al Barak says it’s an improvement from a year ago, before the city posted a portable toilet across the street from his business in the city’s Tenderloin district.

He no longer regularly sees people relieve themselves in broad daylight, and he does not see as much feces and urine on the streets. In his opinion, it’s the one bright spot in a city where taxes are too high.

“We used to have a disaster here. I used to call the city all the time to come and clean, because they don’t know where to go,” he said, recalling one woman in particular who shrugged at him in a “what can you do?” gesture as she squatted to pee.

As a result of the improvement, there are fewer requests over the city’s non-emergency request service for street cleaning:

Mayor London Breed last year announced the formation of a special six-person “poop patrol” team where each cleaner earns more than $70,000 a year.

Advocates say steam cleaning requests have dropped in areas surrounding some of the public toilets. The mayor signed a budget Thursday that includes money for seven new Pit Stop bathrooms for a city where a one-night count of homeless people grew 17% in the past two years. The toilets each cost an average of $200,000 a year to operate, with most of the money going to staffing and overhead.

All of the toilets have a full-time attendant, usually someone who has spent a long stretch in prison and is grateful for the work. The attendant is there to make sure homeless people aren’t taking naps inside the toilets and that they’re not doing drugs. I wonder how hard and fast that last rule is though. The toilets also contain a bin for disposing of used needles.

Los Angeles, which also saw a double-digit increase in homelessness this year, has also been operating 16 of the “pit-stop” toilets downtown. That’s not nearly enough for the estimated 50,000+ homeless in LA county. However, there is a concern that providing enough of the staffed toilets for everyone on the streets would be a very expensive proposition:

L.A. has estimated that staffing and operating a mobile bathroom can cost more than $300,000 annually — a price tag that has galled some politicians. During budget talks this spring, city officials estimated that providing toilets and showers for every homeless encampment in need would cost more than $57 million a year.

“How many single-family homes could you build for that much money?” Councilman Paul Krekorian asked at a hearing at City Hall last month, saying that L.A. had to find a cheaper solution.

Most of the cost of these toilets isn’t the hardware, it’s the attendant. You’re paying someone minimum wage to babysit the site all day long (the toilets close at night) and that adds up. But not having someone on-site invites the homeless to get creative with the space. Someone could move in, barricade the door and proclaim the trailer their new home until police are sent to remove them. Or you could have drug dealers setting up shop and making the site a shooting gallery.

There’s probably no way to cut costs and have the facilities be used as intended. The estimated $57 million a year is just one more cost the county would be forced to absorb from working people to cover the shortcomings of people living on the streets because of drug addiction, mental illness, etc. That definitely doesn’t seem fair to the people paying the bills but at least there’s a chance the city where they live and work wouldn’t be a disgusting mess.

[Note: the graphic above was created by plotting all of the reports of feces the city of San Francisco has received from residents since 2011.]

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One day up close with San Francisco’s homeless crisis

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The San Francisco Chronicle has put together a pretty deep look at San Francisco’s homeless crisis. The concept is that the paper is looking at the story over the course of one long day, June 18th, from the perspective of 36 different journalists covering different aspects. So we get the story of wheelchair-bound Alex Pierson aka “Shorty” who has lived on the streets for years and survives by panhandling and with the help of homeless friends:

Shorty is hurting. Like every day about this time, he needs his first hit of meth. He hasn’t eaten anything since the afternoon before, but his guts are so tight from the need for that hit, his nerves so jumpy, that he can’t eat. He sits with his homeless friends in his wheelchair under a palm tree across from the Ferry Building and fidgets.

“Hey, Zito, I need you to take care of me,” he tells 45-year-old James Zito.

Zito pulls out a little box of dope, rolls up a dollar bill, taps a line of speed onto a lottery ticket and takes a snort. Then he lays out a new line on the ticket and hands it to Shorty…

There’s little danger of cops busting him. In San Francisco, they focus on the big dealers, not the users.

The grin fades in moments. Shorty rolls a few feet away and lights up a pipe bowl of pot.

“The drugs, the addiction, are a damper on my life,” he says quietly, and Zito nods, overhearing. “You think we want to depend on this stuff? No. Deep down, we really want normal lives.”

But some of the stories are surprising. For instance, Jimmie Wu is a veteran living in an Econoline van by choice. He’s getting money every month and is attending college but figures it’s crazy to pay rent in a city like San Francisco. By living in his van, he’s managed to save up tens of thousands of dollars for his future.

Some of the vignettes in the piece are presented in the form of animated cartoons. Some are audio files. And there are some videos like the one of a police officer trying to wake up a man sleeping in a hammock 15 feet off the ground. There’s also a video of one man who says he doesn’t like it that women find him scary or that people cross the street to avoid him. But looking at him, I wouldn’t blame any woman who did so. People on drugs are unpredictable.

One aspect of the story touched on several times is the city’s trains. This is where homeless people with nowhere else to go eventually wind up.

Methodically walking through each railcar, BART police Sgt. Nick Mavrakis and Officer Youn Seraypheap remind everyone aboard that this will be the end of the line — literally. The train is headed to San Francisco International Airport from Powell Street, with no train returning to the city.

The officers are looking for homeless people. They find one in DeShawn Evans, who is sprawled across the seats.

“You gotta get up, sir,” Mavrakis says. “You can’t take up two seats. Sit up, please.”

Evans, 24, slowly rises. When the cops leave, he slumps back down.

Not all of the end-of-night encounters end as easily. When a bus driver was unable to get a homeless man sleeping in the back to leave her bus at the end of the night, she wound up having to call the police:

“The bus driver asked you to get off,” one says, “so it’s time to get off.”

Evans sits up petulantly, stomps off the bus and walks a half block up Fremont Street, where he curls up in a doorway next to a parking garage for the Salesforce West building. Less than 10 minutes later, a flashlight is pointed his way.

“Move!”

Evans jabs his leg at the private security guard’s shin.

“Don’t you kick me!” the guard says, and calls the cops. Fifteen minutes later, two officers show up.

“Sir, it’s the Police Department. Wake up.” Nothing. “Sir, if you don’t sit up on your own we’re going to grab you.”

Suddenly, Evans begins demanding they call an ambulance. “Call the f— ambulance, what the f—?” he says.

He stands up, cursing the cops and spitting at them. He moves off toward Powell Street BART Station. He’ll wait for it to open at 5 a.m. so he can get on a train and go back to sleep.

The whole story is worth a look. It’s amazing to think that you could repeat this journalistic exercise every day with completely different homeless people and it would take many months before you’d need to go back to the same people. The overall impression is that despite all the money the city is spending on cleaning and keeping people from settling in one place, they aren’t anywhere close to tackling this problem.

Clearly, drugs and addiction (and mental health) are behind a lot of the chronic homelessness depicted in the story but facing that head-on is not really something San Francisco seems prepared to do. There’s a brief discussion of forcing people to get help for their addictions but it’s just one small paragraph which seems equivalent to throwing one’s arms in the air in surrender:

Forcing mentally ill people in need of help into treatment is a decades-old hot-button issue with no end in sight. New city and state laws to make conservatorship easier don’t come close to answering the problem, or the debate: Is it more humane to lock people into facilities, or wait for them to come to treatment voluntarily?

And that’s it. I was left with the impression San Francisco will continue to be at the mercy of this crisis until the discussion above gets more than a passing thought. In any case, good work by the Chronicle putting together this excellent piece looking with some detail and clarity at what is really happening on the streets.

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San Fran legislator confronts Cruz in CA airport over detention centers

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It’s not every day that a random encounter between two politicians in an airport results in an in-your-face confrontation. It happened to Senator Ted Cruz Sunday as he waited to board a plane at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). His confronter was a California politician.

Hillary Ronen, a San Francisco Supervisor, literally got in Cruz’s face to berate him over the Trump administration’s enforcement of immigration law at the southern border. Her specific beef with Cruz is family separation and the “caging” of children. She turned her opposition to the administration’s policy into a personal attack on the senator.

“We are horrified with what is happening with the caging of children and separation of families,” Ronen told Cruz. “I don’t know how you can live with yourself.”

The confrontation began after Ronen noticed a group of AFSCME 3299 union members gathered around Senator Cruz chanting “Free the children” at him. She joined the group to publicly berate Cruz. Her rant was captured on video, of course, and Ronen posted the scene on her Facebook page Monday morning.

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Her outrage aimed toward those in elected office isn’t limited to immigration policy, you’ll note. She boasts that she will also cause a public confrontation over gun control, according to her Facebook post. She introduced herself to Cruz as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and ran through her credentials as a legislator representing a large Latinx community in San Francisco. As she began her appeal to Cruz, you can hear a Trump supporter in the background tell Cruz he supports the administration’s immigration policies.

Cruz began to explain that the detention policy isn’t a new one under President Trump, but she wasn’t having it. Democrats refuse to acknowledge the laws on the books, passed by previous Congresses. The cages to which she refers were built during President Obama’s administration. “I don’t care who built the cages,” she said. “Dismantle them.”

In the San Francisco Examiner piece on this confrontation, I noticed some editorial bias coming through in the reporting. Look at the first four words of the two paragraphs devoted to describing Cruz’s work on conditions at the border.

Despite his party affiliation, Cruz has made some efforts to address conditions at the border. Earlier this month he wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, urging them to set up a process to accept donations for migrants in custody.

Cruz also led an effort with Texas Sen. John Cornyn to pass a bipartisan $4.6 billion bill to fund humanitarian aid at the border, including in those detention centers. That bill was initially critiqued by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who backs a competing House bill authored by Democrats with more provisions to ensure humane care for people detained at the border, according to the New York Times, before the two parties eventually brokered a compromise.

“Despite his party affiliation”? Really? This is a prime example of media bias on behalf of the Democrat narrative – those evil Republicans hate brown people. Cruz, unfortunately, is used to public confrontations and remained calm, even as the crowd around him broke out into chants. One supporter even moved toward Cruz and took a photo with him.

One unidentified individual yelled “Americans will not be silenced,” which led to a group chant of “free the children!”

Cruz remained calm and appeared unfazed, even stopping to pose for a picture with a fan in the middle of the chaos, as protesters continued to yell around them.

The man who took the photograph then tried to create space between the Texas Republican and the protesters, before offering him a path out of the crowd.

It all goes with the territory of being an elected official, especially a high profile one like Senator Cruz. A little more honesty would be appreciated, though, in the reporting of such scenes. Editorial bias doesn’t help encourage both sides to work together to find solutions when both parties agree that something must be done to ease the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. Elected officials putting on a show for those with a mob mentality at the expense of another public servant doesn’t move the issue forward either.

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KOMO News looks at homelessness in San Francisco’s worst neighborhood

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KOMO News, the Seattle news station that produced the “Seattle is Dying” special, sent a reporter to look at the homeless situation in the city of San Francisco. The result was a video report that compares the situations in the two cities and finds that things appear to be worse in San Francisco in a number of ways.

Despite increased incremental spending of tens of millions of dollars each year, San Francisco leaders were shocked when results of this year’s one night count of the city’s homeless went up 30 percent from just 2 years ago…

We visited the Tenderloin, a 30-block neighborhood in the center of San Francisco where the convergence of homelessness, drug addiction and mental illness is most visible.

Nearly half of city’s sheltered and unsheltered homeless are concentrated around the Tenderloin and in an area known as South of Market.

It’s where Brandon Deerfield, originally from Monroe, Wash., now calls home.

“This is just homelessness, drug use and all its madness,” says Brandon, who now lives on the streets of the Tenderloin. He used to be homeless on the streets of Seattle and offers a unique perspective.

“I’d say it’s more chaotic here. Drugs, it’s easier to get them here, than there,” he says…

Brandon says people in San Francisco are more generous than Seattleites with their dollars to panhandlers who are ‘flying a sign.’”

In Seattle, he says, “They’re like, ‘Oh you are just going to spend it on drugs,’ but it’s normal for them out here.”

By putting up a sign on the sidewalk, Brandon says he can make $30 in 15 minutes and he claims some people explicitly tell him “I don’t care what you do with this.” It never ceases to amaze me that some people can take pride in their willingness to help someone else fall a little farther down the ladder as if that’s something to be personally proud of. Because what Brandon does with the money he’s given is buy fentanyl which he smokes by heating it with a lighter and inhaling it through a broken syringe. Brandon tells KOMO that’s the new thing now that fentanyl is easier to come by than heroin.

This city is said to be focused on a “Housing First” policy which tends to concentrate thousands of homeless people in the Tenderloin because that’s where a number of old hotels built in the early 20th century have been turned into subsidized housing. The city also seems to tolerate tent camps in the area in a way it does not anywhere else. According to San Francisco County Supervisor Matt Haney who represents the area, there are drug dealers selling heroin and fentanyl on the streets, catering to the addicted homeless every day. He wants the city to step in an offer more individualized help but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

“We have a failing shelter system, a failing mental health and failing housing system, so I think you need to treat all of them at the same time,” Haney told KOMO. This is just part one of this story. The next part will be published on Wednesday. The video report that accompanies the story is worth watching but doesn’t seem to be embeddable at the moment. So, for now, you’ll have to click here to watch it.

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Rush Limbaugh Backs Trump and Speaks Hard Truths About Democrat Run Cities

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The circus that has formed around President Donald Trump’s comments about Democrat-run cities has reached peak capacity. The backlash against Trump saying people like Rep. Elija Cummings have failed their district and the major cities that they contain has been overzealous and taken out of context in order to desperately grasp at something to help bring Trump down.

While Democrats lie about Trump being a racist for calling out the failures of Democrats to keep their big cities vibrant and clean, others are embracing the truth of what Trump said. This includes radio show host Rush Limbaugh. According to the Daily Wire, Limbaugh made it clear that Trump was right, and said it despite the social faux pas:

“What he’s saying here is the absolute truth, but it’s not supposed to be said about any place where the Democrats are in charge,” Limbaugh said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

“Wherever you find this decadent decay, you’re going to find Democrats having run the operation for decades,” he said. “The Democrats get to claim they are compassionate and that they care, but they never do anything that actually improves the quality of the lives of their constituents. Their constituents are as unhappy today as they were 50 years ago,” Limbaugh said.

Rush is correct, and the truth of Trump’s words are very evident. Baltimore is a trash-filled city with a horrific rat problem that even Baltimore’s leaders admitted to two years ago in a PBS documentary.

To Rush’s point about Democrat-controlled cities that experience rampant crime or decay, you need only look at Detroit which went from being a vibrant city and industrial hub to a scene out of Fallout. How about Chicago which experiences murder rates so high that you can find daily updates as to how many people were killed or injured. San Francisco, a gorgeous city, has become a literal toilet with a drug problem.

It’s tragic that these once-great cities have been reduced to trash heaps thanks to the abuse and mismanagement of Democrat politicians, but for some reason, we can’t acknowledge these cities have taken a turn for the worse because it’s not a good look on the people who ran it.

Instead, their number one defense is to call Trump a racist for even mentioning it, despite the fact that the places he denounced include New Hampshire, which is predominantly white.

Still, these things do need to be called out and the politicians who brought it about more than a little inconvenienced with bad press. They should lose their jobs and investigate for corruption.

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