The AP reports that "Tolerant San Francisco fed up with dirty, smelly streets". The article says that San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell is apportioning $750,000 for the sole purpose of gathering and disposing of dirty needles left on the streets. The joys of living in a progressive city! Best not to wear flip-flops there, I should think, lest your foot gets punctured by an infected needle.
Over the next two years, the mayor goes on to say, the city-county will spend an additional $13 million to steam-clean urine, fecal matter, and the like from the sidewalks, plus add portable toilets for the homeless. The mayor also recently ordered the dismantling of a homeless camp in the Mission District.
The article goes on to quote Mayor Farrell this way:
The trash, our homeless, the needles, the drug abuse on our streets, I've seen it all in our city and it's gotten to the point where we need to really change course. We've gone away from just being compassionate to enabling street behavior and that, in my opinion, is a shift that's unacceptable.
I'm delighted to see that the good mayor has the critical reasoning capacity to connect cause and effect in order to eliminate root causes of a problem.
I'm wondering, though, when he's going to connect the dots showing that San Francisco's sanctuary policy is a root cause that enables street (mis)behavior by alien criminals and gang members, including violent crime and homicides (see here and here).