Finally, residents of San Francisco had spoken.
According to a new poll, residents begin thinking about moving out of the city due to crime increased, and homelessness is getting worse, with many openly injecting drugs on public streets.
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce wrote that:
“New polling released by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce shows that eight out of ten of San Franciscans consider crime to have worsened in recent years. The results were consistent across gender, age, ethnicity, party affiliation, and neighborhood, and homeownership status.”
“For the second year in a row, 70% of residents feel that the quality of life in San Francisco has declined. Considered in light of the pandemic, these views are somewhat unsurprising. However, what stands out in the polling results is the strikingly high and consistent number of respondents who now view homeless and crime as the leading problems facing the City. Roughly 88% see homelessness as having worsened in recent years, and an overwhelming 80% see addressing this homelessness crisis as a high priority.”
Here’s an excerpt from the CBS local report:
The local CBS affiliate reported – In the next few years, more than 40% are planning to move out of the city.
Lindsay Stevens, a San Francisco resident for 12 years until last weekend, told KPIX-5, “There’s nothing worse than seeing such a beautiful place in such disarray. I really thought I was going to be sad when the movers loaded up the last container on Saturday, and I have never been more relieved.”
“I honestly think in the last three years, we’ve seen a massive decline in the quality of life and that was only enhanced over COVID,” she said. “The homelessness has been a severe problem, people are not feeling safe walking their dog… the number of break-ins seem to be constantly on the rise.”
Compared to the same time last year, Police statistics show 80% of residents say crime in the city has worsened in recent years including car break-ins and burglaries skyrocketed 753% in May.
Rodney Fong, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said, “San Francisco has suffered over the past year, which highlighted and exacerbated issues like homelessness, street conditions, and safety concerns. Public infrastructure and the ability to manage street conditions were also pushed to their limits, and unsurprisingly our residents feel strongly about it.”
“In order to support the City, its residents, and our economic recovery, serious investments need to be made. Mayor [London] Breed has laid out budgets which target these issues in a holistic manner, and they lay the groundwork for serious solutions.”
Earlier this month, Breed announced a $1 billion investment to address homelessness.
“Beyond programs, San Franciscans want to see substantial policy changes in the City’s response to homelessness. 80% of San Franciscans supported expanding conservatorship for individuals experiencing severe mental illness. Conservatorship provides court-ordered treatment for those who are no longer able to care for themselves due to mental illness,” the Chamber said.