California Gov. Gavin Newsom has admitted the only reason San Francisco cleaned up the homeless mess was because “fancy leaders are coming to town,” reported Fox News.
This week, The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit will be hosted by San Francisco where dozens of foreign leaders will arrive in California including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Fox News reported the Governor said San Francisco “has to clean up the house” due to the major attention the city will receive.
Governor Newsom admitted, “I know folks say, ‘they’re just cleaning up this place because all those fancy leaders are coming into town’ – that’s true because it’s true. I’m so excited about showing this place off to 21 fancy foreign leaders from around the world.”
“Anytime you put on an event, by definition, you have people over at the house – you got to clean up the house,” he continued. “21 foreign leaders, you got tens of thousands of people coming from around the globe, what an opportunity to showcase the world’s most extraordinary place.”
The major task of cleaning up the fenced off homeless encampments and garbage throughout the city began in October where city workers began scrubbing off graffiti, sweeping up trash and install numerous decorative pieces outside the iconic Market Street.
Many residents of San Francisco claim this is only a “band-aid” to a horrible problem the city faces without any proposed solutions.“They are just essentially herding the problem around but offering no long-term solutions,” said business owner Adam Mesnick.
Mesnick added, “I’m just outside what they consider the ‘containment zone’ for APEC, so the problem is getting pushed into my area, which is already pretty saturated with drug activity. They are very good at creating an illusion and they are very good at performance art.”
San Francisco has seen major increases in crime, drug overdoses, and homeless rates as many large retailers continue to close down shop in the city. Polls conducted of residents in San Francisco have shown 80% of residents citing crime as the number 1 issue and only 26% would vote for the current Democratic Mayor for reelection.