It was simply a matter of time before a once beautiful and pristine city like San Francisco stopped attracting businesses and organizations.
Recently, a major medical association announced it will no longer hold its annual convention in the “bay city” (an event attended by over 15,000 conventioneers yearly) because of the unsafe and squalid environment which now permeates the city.
The Chicago-based medical association’s decision to hold the convention elsewhere may finally signal the beginning of the end of San Francisco’s lucrative $2 billion annual industry.
Moreover, its self-destructive progressive policies have reduced one of the most affluent cities in the country into a third world environment, leaving many to wonder when will it end?
The announcement regarding the medical association convention leaves San Francisco with a $40 million loss and the potential of other organizations following suit. Especially, after a 20-pound bag of human feces was dumped last week on a city sidewalk.
The incident was compounded further by a New York Post expose, “Human waste-related complaints in San Francisco have skyrocketed 400% from 2008 to 2018, according to data from the city’s 311 system. In 2017 alone, more than 21,000 reports were received, due in part to the thousands of homeless people living throughout the city without regular access to restrooms.”
Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, 57, a former actress and business owner appeared Friday night on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.
“I’m third generation Californian, born and raised, and this is not the California I came from or knew for that matter,” acknowledged Pelzer, who is running on the Republican ticket for Congress, in the 36th congressional district against incumbent Democrat Raul Ruiz.
“I have people coming into my stores on a regular basis stealing items that my employees are later finding on Craigslist, and the police can’t do anything about it,” she said. “They say they won’t show up because, where do you send a ticket for someone who is homeless?” She added, “they simply don’t show up any longer, and they’ve made crime okay in the State of California.”
Pelzer said San Francisco, which is “Nancy Pelosi’s backyard,” is at the epicenter of a “liberal agenda that is driving California down the path that it’s going and Raul Ruiz, who I’m running against, is doing the exact same thing.”
Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association, whose core responsibility is to attract new business and organizations to the city, lamented “It’s already hitting San Francisco in the pocketbook.”
Adding, “We don’t want San Francisco to be seen as a dirty, unsafe, unfriendly city, and we need to do what we can to counter that.”
However, according to D’Alessandro, the “handwriting appears to be already on the wall” in that the Chicago-based medical association specifically referenced the city’s “dirty streets” and “unsafe” atmosphere as the reason why their members decided to walk away from San Francisco
“They just said that the conditions of the streets, in their mind, had gotten to the point where their delegates don’t feel safe coming to San Francisco,” he said. “They see harassment on the street, and it’s not a pleasant environment, so they have reconsidered all future years in San Francisco.”