“I’m new to San Francisco,” New York Times journalist Thomas Fuller told a grocery store clerk shortly after moving to the city. “Is it optional to pay for things here?”
It sounds like an absurd thing to ask, but Fuller explains in a new article that he was genuinely forced to wonder what was going on after he witnessed people walk into Walgreens and Safeway, grab stuff, and walk out.
He says that the problem has only gotten worse in recent years—and is now literally forcing businesses to close their doors.
Proposition 47, which passed in 2014, no longer made it a felony to steal if the value of what you steal doesn’t exceed $950. It’s also no longer a felony to receive stolen property valued at less than $950...
According to this headline in the far-left San Francisco Chronicle… “Out of control’: Organized crime drives S.F. shoplifting, closing 17 Walgreens in five years.”
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin plans to seek $1.5 million from the mayor’s office to pay for a proposed auto burglary assistance fund that would reimburse city residents for the cost of their shattered windows.
The request comes as San Francisco remains under siege by marauding thieves who ransack tens of thousands of vehicles every year, driving the city’s property crime rate to the highest in the nation.
Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Incompetence, Character, Oops, Theft
Last year, burglaries increased in most San Francisco neighborhoods. Shoplifting decreased under pandemic lockdown and dropped slightly the year before, but incidents are often underreported and have become more violent and brazen, police said...
Retailers attributed a majority of losses to professional thieves instead of opportunistic shoplifters who may be driven by poverty, with one CVS leader calling San Francisco a hub of organized retail crime. Losses have shuttered drugstores providing vital services, even more critical during the pandemic as some stores give out vaccines...
The cost of business and shoplifting led Walgreens to shut 17 locations in San Francisco in the past five years... Theft in Walgreens' San Francisco stores is four times the average for stores elsewhere in the country, and the chain spends 35 times more on security guards in the city than elsewhere...
At CVS, 42% of losses in the Bay Area came from 12 stores in San Francisco, which are only 8% of the market share, Brendan Dugan, director of organized retail crime and corporate investigations, said at the hearing.
Liberal, Crime, Violence, Government, Incompetence, Theft
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In an effort to cut costs, San Francisco is temporarily cutting security services in half of its high-volume parking garages. The move comes at a time car break-ins are climbing back to record-high levels reported pre-pandemic.
"The city is trying to save money, that's the bottom line," said Howard Boyer, a security officer for the 5th and Mission parking garage in San Francisco...
"It's a scary thought, it really is," said Delphine Skreen, Director of Operations for Marina Security Services. The company's contracts have temporarily been cut at half of the city-owned parking garages in Union Square, Tenderloin, SOMA, Financial District, Civic Center, Japantown, and the Marina District.
"We're seeing a higher number of assaults, vehicle break-ins, destruction of property, problems with homeless, and drug abuse," said Skreen. "I'm surprised we've reduced the level of security in these locations."
Crime, Immigration, Murder
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson says the alleged murder of 33-year-old Newman, California police officer Ronil Singh “would have been prevented” if not for California’s “sanctuary state” law that shields criminal illegal aliens from deportation.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an illegal alien living in California, was arrested on Friday after he allegedly shot and killed Singh — a legal immigrant from Fiji — during a routine traffic stop the day after Christmas.
Over his police radio, Singh called out “shots fired” and as police arrived at the scene of the traffic stop, they found the officer on the ground with a gunshot wound. Singh was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.
Liberal, Crime, Violence, Degeneracy, Oops, Assault, Theft
BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered at least one train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries.
The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.
Already, petty crime has been effectively legalized. Crooks get a free pass on the first $950 a day they steal. The casual larceny and other offenses that make life unbearable are becoming more and more common as liberal laws release criminals to victimize regular citizens.
This is known as “justice,” as if someone who steals from a hardworking businessman is being cruelly put out by being arrested for it.
Liberal, Crime, Incompetence, Financial, Oops, Economy, Vandalism
OAKLAND — An Oakland institution is officially leaving town. A year after closing their Temescal deli, the owners of Genova announced this week they are shutting down their ravioli factory on upper Broadway. The quiet exit ends a 90-year run in Oakland... It appears vandalism also played a role in closing the factory...
“We had planned to open a ravioli direct to customer operation from our factory on 4300 Broadway but with so much vandalism and graffiti we just couldn’t take it anymore,” she said in an email. “Recently, I was out scraping graffiti from the windows and was threatened from a group of youths from across the street that ‘tomorrow there will be more.’ And worse. And to be sure it was done, (they) actually etched into the windows.”
Liberal, Crime, Government, Character, Degeneracy, Financial, Waste
They say crime doesn't pay, but that might not be entirely true in the District of Columbia as lawmakers look for ways to discourage people from becoming repeat offenders. The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that includes a proposal to pay residents a stipend not to commit crimes.... The bill doesn't specify the value of the stipends, but participants in the California program receive up to $9,000 per year.
Liberal, Crime, Government, Incompetence, Financial
LOS ANGELES – More jail inmates in Los Angeles County are being set free after serving only a fraction of their sentences because of budget problems and a space crunch caused by an influx of offenders now serving their terms in county jails rather than state prisons. The releases are benefiting even inmates sentenced to jail for violence and sex crimes, with those offenders released after serving as little as 40 percent of the time they were meant to spend behind bars.
Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Violence, Character, Degeneracy
With budget cuts forcing Oakland to trim its police force by a third, residents decided to pay themselves for private security patrols, which is understandable when you hear this from Hetherington. "A car came down the street, three guys got out with a gun. There was a gun battle three blocks over. And I did hear actually a bullet went through somebody's house."
Why should taking money on the side deny a public employee a taxpayer-subsidized retirement? It won't in Los Angeles, at least for now. Samuel In, a Los Angeles building inspector, was convicted and sent to prison for two and a half years for taking bribes. But he will keep his $72,000 annual pension.
Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Immigration
Secure Communities, the federal program that deports illegal immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes, can now be ignored by local law enforcement agencies in California according to state Attorney General Kamala Harris. The program requires illegal immigrants who were arrested to have their fingerprints sent to federal immigration officials.
Liberal, Crime, Incompetence, Degeneracy, Theft
Burglaries are up a startling 43 percent in Oakland this year compared to last, part of an ever-growing crime problem in the city. According to the latest numbers from the Oakland Police Department, more than 11,000 homes, cars or businesses have been broken into so far this year – translating to about 33 burglaries a day. The most popular targets have been cars with more than 5,700 burglarized so far this year.
Violence, Government, Incompetence, Justice
A computer system that lacked key information about inmates factored in the release of an estimated 450 prisoners with a "high risk of violence," according to the California inspector general.
California reported 1,331 offenses in 2010, the most recent findings, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. And San Francisco, a famously tolerant city, is also no stranger to hate crimes. The city reported 88 offenses in 2010.
In 1988, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis lost his presidential race in no small part due to the fact that he had paroled violent criminals. Taking a page from Dukakis’ book, California Governor Jerry Brown is now making a habit of paroling convicted murders. According to Brown, he expunged the records of 128 felons last year, and also gave the greenlight to parole for 377 convicted murders.
Liberal, Crime, Government, Incompetence
Supreme Court orders California to release tens of thousands of prison inmates. The 5-4 decision represents one of the largest prison release orders in U.S. history. The court majority says overcrowding has caused 'suffering and death.' In a sharp dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia warns 'terrible things are sure to happen.'
Government, Incompetence, Waste
California, moreover, is more expensive than other states. GAO auditors estimated California spends $34,000 to incarcerate a criminal alien for one year; in Texas, it's only $12,000.
Liberal, Hate, Degeneracy, Demagoguery, Tolerance, Diversity
A coffee shop in Oakland is refusing to serve law enforcement officers for the "physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves," according to the shop's social media.
Hasta Muerte Coffee, an employee-owned co-op, will not serve officers in uniform and turned away an officer a few weeks ago, as reported by NBC Bay Area. The sergeant who was turned away from the shop a few weeks ago said he was surprised by employees refusing to serve him, but walked out without any incident or any coffee.
Coffee shop workers did not respond to requests for comment on the policy, but a post on their Instagram account showed a photo with writing in Spanish that says, "Talk to your neighbors, not the police."